Monday morning briefing: Surplus sale, crime awareness and the makings of war

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Surplus for sale The city of Portales is auctioning off surplus property, including vehicles and fire department equipment, according to its website. The auction is open to the public. Items are available for review at www.publicsurplus.com. Crime awareness The Clovis version of National Night […]

Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies […]

Affordable Housing Plan meetings begin Monday

Kevin Wilson The debate on the city’s affordable housing plan — to be decided in an Aug. 2 special election — is hitting every district of the city. City officials are pushing a citywide town hall, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, and five follow-up “neighborhood meetings” […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings, women building and FDR

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The following governing bodies in Roosevelt County are scheduled to meet this week: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes a request to change the location of the proposed war memorial on the Square, and items […]

Federal debt must be cut smart way

Freedom New Mexico President Obama said Monday during a White House press conference that he would not consider stopgap measures to temporarily avert the debt-ceiling crisis, saying “that is just not an acceptable approach.” Speaker John Boehner says he agrees with President Obama that the nation’s borrowing limit must be raised, to avoid a government […]

Melrose clinic opening Monday

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Courtesy photo The Melrose Health Clinic is scheduled to open Monday. The clinic was paid for through a $500,000 community development grant. Sharna Johnson Residents of the Village of Melrose and surrounding communities will soon be able to get medical care close by. Nearly four years in the making, the Melrose Health Clinic will open […]

Local areas get rainfall

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Monday’s rainfall dropped about .20 inches on Clovis, according to the National Weather Service. Freedom New Mexico That water dropping out of the sky is called rain and weather forecasters are speculating it could mark the end of a months-long drought and the beginning of a much needed monsoon season […]

County voting districts to be realigned

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Courtesy illustration Curry County Commission districts must be adjusted to compensate for growth shown in the 2010 census. The commission was given four possible plans during a Monday special meeting. Sharna Johnson Monday began the first of three hearings to determine redistricting of Curry County — an issue to be decided by the commission Sept. […]

Monday morning briefing: Traffic reports and The Babe’s debut

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Traffic reports The New Mexico Department of Transportation weekly traffic report is available online or by telephone. Notifications are posted as they reported to the NMDOT which can be found on their road advisory www.nmroads.com or by calling 511. Meetings watch The Portales Municipal […]

Police identify man found dead in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Police Sgt. David Meeks takes measurements in the apartment on East Brazos Street where James McCulley, 48, was found dead Monday. Investigators haven’t determined a cause of death and classify it as suspicious. Freedom New Mexico Investigators have identified a man found dead Monday evening, but they don’t know […]

Monday morning briefing: Fireworks and what started it all

Good morning and happy Fourth of July. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke on the Water In case you missed it, here’s the rundown on today’s annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water activities in Clovis: Activities start at 8 a.m. with the 2nd Annual Smoke on theWater 5k Fun Run […]

Rain falls, but no more in sight

CNJ staff Much needed rain pelted most of eastern New Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]

Clovis man claims $105,000 lottery jackpot

Freedom New Mexico Hector Martinez of Clovis claimed a $105,000 jackpot Friday for matching five numbers in Monday’s Roadrunner Cash drawing. Odds for Martinez matching five numbers in Roadrunner Cash were 1 in 435,897. The Lowe’s grocery store where Martinez purchased his ticket is eligible for a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Clovis City Commission to discuss election, street closure

CNJ staff reports The Clovis City Commission will have a special meeting 5:15 p.m. Monday at the city commission chambers of City Hall, 321 Connelly. Agenda items include: • Approval of election workers for the Aug. 2 special election on an ordinance to create an affordable housing plan in Clovis. • A street closure request […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

Fireworks stands open despite restrictions

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Monday was the first day vendors were allowed to sell fireworks in the state. Taylor Vest of Roadrunner Fireworks said the first week or so of fireworks season will be slow but business usually picks up closer to Independence Day. Stands close July 6. Sharna Johnson Despite restrictions, stands opened […]

Monday morning briefing: Smoke goal, basketball camp and one big fish

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke donations The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display for July 4 in Clovis is till $13,650 short of becoming a reality. Donations can be made at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce. Info: 763-3435 or email clovisnm@clovisnm.org Camp days The Portales Rams […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, fireworks and drive-in movies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch Two governing bodies in Roosevelt County are meeting Tuesday: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes a report on the proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered and the designation of county precincts. • Portales […]

Monday morning briefing: Memorial Day, school budget and the big race

Good morning and happy Memorial Day. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. This holiday Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army […]