Jail administrator says he’s saved by bringing inmates back in county

Robin Fornoff New jail Administrator Gerry Billy said Tuesday he’s already achieved “substantial savings” for the county by reducing the number of inmates being housed outside the county. Billy’s announcement was part of his first report to commissioners since assuming leadership at the jail three weeks ago. Billy said bringing inmates back to the Curry […]

Berry’s good work should be remembered

Moving forward… Thursday was a sad day for eastern New Mexico law enforcement. Former Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry was convicted of tampering with public records, a result of Berry destroying traffic citations issued to an acquaintance. This is the definition of “good ol’ boy” police work, also known as a fourth-degree felony when more […]

Shorthanded Hounds halted in overtime

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CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero Greyhound junior guard Devone Davis drives around Texas A&M-Commerce defender Devondrick Walker in a Saturday afternoon Lone Star Conference game at Greyhound Arena. Davis scored 10 points in the 67-62 overtime setback. By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University’s men may have gotten an “A” for effort, but Saturday was an […]

Roosevelt arena to house Ag Expo

Alisa Boswell The main cause of excitement for the 20th annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo is the new Roosevelt County Event Arena, which will house all of this year’s vendor booths at the event. Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher said the new facility puts all vendors under one roof. “I think it will allow […]

New owners believe community newspapers future of industry

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CMI staff photo: Gabriel Monte Garry Ellis, left, and Gary Stevenson, new owners of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and the Quay County Sun, met with newspaper employees on Thursday. The two business partners will assume ownership of all three newspapers today and say they forsee very minor changes to the papers’ operations. CMI […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, all things Ag and Coke’s secret formula

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, Portales. It features Andy Mason and Don Thomas performing. Admission is $5 at the door. Ag Expo coming The 2012 New Mexico Ag Expo kicks off 9 a.m. Wednesday in the […]

Renovated dormitories readied for airmen

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley After undergoing renovations, dorms 1156 and 1159 are available to house airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. In addition to individual room upgrades, common spaces such as kitchens and day rooms received new furnishings, appliances, tile and paint. By Emily Crowe: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron The rapid […]

Portales youth tour Cannon

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Johnathan Estrada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, talks to kids from the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, about his daily duties in the control tower Feb. 11 at Cannon Air Force Base. The kids from the home […]

E-Paper switching providers (updated)

CNJ staff Link to new e-paper Users of our online newspapers are seeing a change in providers. The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, which transitioned Thursday from Freedom Communications into Clovis Media Inc., switched from Olive to Presteligence for e-Paper service. The e-Paper is basically the print edition of the newspaper, […]

Press release: Wanted Clovis man with medical condition turns self in

On February 15, 2012, at approximately 10:00 AM, Robert Gutierrez, on his own accord, went to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment. On January 27, 2012, the New Mexico Department of Health was granted a Temporary Order of Protection by District Court requiring that Mr. Gutierrez be isolated at a medical facility due to an […]

Change to city golf course exciting

I would like to thank the city of Clovis for the new plans for the Municipal Golf Course space. Keeping the par-3 course open will provide opportunities for youth programs, academic programs through Clovis Community College, and an alternative to the 18-hole course for golfers. I am especially, excited, however, about the majority of the […]

Local film company launching web series

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell From left, Gabrielle Vigil, James Perkins and Will McGrath talk shop Monday afternoon on the main set of their Internet series, “Extragalactic Black.” McGrath said the series will be airing on the Web this week and previews of the show have had excellent audience reactions. Alisa Boswell A local film […]

Ute water project may receive more money

CNJ staff Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up the […]

Press release: Ute Water Pipeline Project receives federal dollars

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA) would like to applaud the Obama Administration and our New Mexico Congressional Delegation for their efforts to allocate approximately $3 million towards the construction of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Project.

Wednesday morning brief: In search of blood and Mister Ed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Blood drive United Blood Services will hold a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard. Plaza exhibit The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Art will host the University of New Mexico-sponsored exhibit of The Plazas […]

Storm drops snow on area

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Courtesy photo: Gilrobert Rennels Muleshoe received 3 inches of snow Sunday, delaying school buses Monday by two hours. A few minor vehicle accidents asssociated with the snow were report. Tonjia Rolan A winter snow storm swept through the area Sunday, dropping 1/2 inch of snow, sleet and ice on Clovis and Portales, according to the […]

Bill tracker

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Tonjia Rolan Local area legislators have introduced 14 new bills since Jan. 26. The deadline for filing legistlation was Feb. 1. House and Senate bill progress has been updated to reflect information available 5 p.m. Monday.

Smart aleck valentines available

You can order my new batch of Valentine’s Day cards at SmartAleckSloan.com Here are the fronts and backs: • “You are the Super Bowl of women — The hype is better than the game” • “There’s a thin line between love and hate — And you’ve crossed it” • “I don’t like to make mountains […]

Resolution making can be dangerous business

Curtis Shelburne Please forgive me for beginning here with a probably painful query, but, if I may ask, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Maybe a better question at this point in the calendar is not how they’re coming but if you even remember the resolutions that you made! I very effectively solved […]

Love notes

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Floral Associate Danielle Martinez puts together an arrangement Friday at Hestands Floral. Owner Michelle Ward said her shop had 63 pre-orders for Valentine’s Day, which is double last year. With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their […]