Obesity battle should start with cafeterias

Freedom New Mexico Childhood obesity has been a growing problem for several years. One of the biggest battles regarding the issue has been in school cafeterias, which must deal with the conflicting problems of low income and overconsumption. Because of predominant low household incomes, some public school districts provide free breakfasts and lunches to all […]

Roosevelt farmers, ranchers eligible for disaster aid

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Quay are among six New Mexico counties declared eligible for disaster assistance Thursday due to continuing drought. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced eligibility due to their proximity to Texas counties, which were declared disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties are now […]

Early voting turnout low in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis City Clerk Leighann Melancon, right, swears in Nita Biekkola as an election judge Monday at city hall. Biekkola will preside over the election site at Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If early voting numbers are any indication, today’s city elections will […]

Milk prices make slow climb

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Alan Anderson, owner of Anderson Dairy near Portales, said rising milk prices are helping dairies, but it will take some time to financially recover from about a year of prices that didn’t pay for production costs. By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Milk prices are rebounding but dairy owners expect […]

Farmers hope for more rain

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan A truck waits at the intersection of First and Main streets during Tuesday’s storm. Despite rainfall Tuesday night and over the weekend, farmers and ranchers still need more moisture. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. […]

State Bar awards grants to legal service providers

The State Bar of New Mexico, through the New Mexico Bar Foundation, awarded nearly $178,000 in grants to 12 entities which provide legal services to low-income New Mexicans.

Low-cost spay, neuter unit coming this weekend

CNJ staff A mobile medical unit is in Clovis this weekend offering low-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats.Low-income families and military members ranked E-5 and below can have their pet spayed or neutered for $20, according to a press release from Linda Cross, project coordinator.Appointments will be made for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.Pet […]

USDA declares counties disaster areas

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared 31 New Mexico counties disaster areas Thursday because of persisting drought conditions, including Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties according to a USDA press release. Eligible farmers have an eight-month deadline to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency to help cover their losses, according […]

Giving back truly patriotic

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Beneath it all, all the hooplah and ceremony, all the rah rah and fireworks, all the picnics and celebrating, lies a fundamental truth that we cannot afford to lose sight of. America is blessed with freedom. Even the freedom to say that we feel our freedom is threatened is somewhat […]

Bingaman: $1.7 million to help New Mexico low-income families weatherize homes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the state of New Mexico has been awarded more than $1.7 million from the federal government to help low-income residents make their homes more energy efficient and resistant to extreme heating and cooling costs. “Weatherizing is a great way to cut energy costs. But many families […]