USDA to close 259 facilities

Staff and wire reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and [...]

Santorum leaves Iowa carrying momentum

Freedom New Mexico Iowa’s first-in-the-nation voting did what it was supposed to do for the Republican presidential primary: narrow the field and create front-runners for the nomination. Even though he finished in second place, Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, was the big story of the evening and heading into the first state [...]

Clovis pastor working to import hay from Iowa

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MCT photo With a surplus in Iowa and a shortage in the Southwest, a Clovis pastor is working to bring hay to area farmers and ranchers in need. “We’re gauging the need and seeing where we can be the hands in God’s work. You never know until you ask,” said Bonita Knox, pastor of Trinity [...]

Still too early to pick leading GOP candidate

Freedom New Mexico The Republican presidential race is tightening. The Iowa straw poll Saturday didn’t pick any delegates, which will be done at the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 6, but the poll began culling the herd of GOP candidates. Finishing first with 4,823 votes was Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was born in the Hawkeye State [...]

Ticket feature: Music Man to take stage in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Music Man focuses on a con man in small town America. Freedom New Mexico The Music Man is set to take to the stage at the Marshall Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Presented by the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series, The Music Man is the tale of a fast-talking con artist [...]

Club notes — Jan. 16

P.E.O. Sisterhood P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded by seven college friends on Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing to women increased opportunities for higher education. There are 71 chapters in New Mexico and three in Clovis. Chapter AY of Clovis was [...]

Grady resident protests school-sponsored coyote hunt

Sharna Johnson Ranchers say the coyote is a menace and a threat to the way of life around the ranching community of Grady. May be, a community newcomer contends; but killing them is not supposed to be sport and there are more appropriate ways to raise money for school athletics. Cliff Sagnotty, who moved to [...]

New plant owner optimistic about future of biodiesel

Sharna Johnson An Iowa renewable energy company that has acquired a Clovis biodiesel plant says it is optimistic about the future of biodiesel. Wednesday, Renewable Energy Group announced it has purchased a twice-stalled biodiesel plant planned for Clovis. Company spokeswoman Alicia Clancy said REG is “excited” about its future in Clovis. However she said the [...]

Engagements — Sept. 12

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Merchant-Rogers Elizabeth Merchant and Brian Rogers of Clovis will be married 1 p.m. Sept. 18, 2010, at the Sunken Garden in Clovis. The prospective bride is the daughter of Jack and Toni Merchant of Clovis. The prospective groom is the son of Linda Rogers of Springville, Iowa, and Rick and Dianne Rogers of Marion, Iowa. [...]

USDA announces additional 300,000 acres for wildlife habitat expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has approved an additional 300,000 acres for conservation projects under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). These additional areas include 150,000 acres for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative; 50,000 acres for the Duck Nesting Habitat Initiative; and 100,000 acres for the Habitat [...]