Area legislators optimistic on capital outlay requests

Kevin Wilson Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it […]

New ENMU cross country coach optimistic

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University men didn’t scare Abilene Christian’s 20-time Lone Star Conference champion last fall, it’s safe to say they got the Wildcats’ attention. The Greyhounds ran a strong second to ACU in the LSC, and the bulk of their team returns. Meantime, ENMU’s […]

Zias’ new coach optimistic

Dave Wagner PORTALES — First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Lindsey Wilson is settling into her new position. Wilson, who played in the Lone Star Conference at Southeastern Oklahoma (2002-03) and Central Oklahoma (2003-06), expects to inherit nine players from last year’s Zias squad under Linden Weese. She said she has verbal committments […]

Baseball league more optimistic about adding Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Pecos League has submitted a few concessions it would like as it moves toward the possibility of opening play next May with a baseball team in Clovis. “I think there’s going to be baseball there (in Clovis), unless they come up and say (a park lease is) going […]

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 […]

Obamacare repeal efforts must continue

Freedom New Mexico I t may be overly optimistic to believe this is the beginning of the repeal of Obamacare. But when the White House urges Senate Democrats to scale back one of the most egregious provisions of the so-called health care reform law, something significant has begun. Even though two Senate votes failed Tuesday, […]

Officials optimistic festival earnings in black

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Mickey Thomas of Starship belts out “Sara” during Thursday’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival. Organizers said the 70s and 80s group helped bring a different audience to the Curry County Event Center. Kevin Wilson A few days after thousands of Clovis residents heard the sounds of Buddy Holly and […]

Ag Sense: Staying optimistic on wheat

By Mark Marsalis It doesn’t take very long while driving down the road to notice that things this spring are looking especially green and healthy. For wheat farmers this year, particularly dryland farmers, hopes are high for a good crop yield come harvest time. In fact, the anticipation has been building over the winter with […]

Charity officials optimistic despite economy

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico executive director Erinn Burch might understandably be concerned about how much could be gathered during the current fundraising campaign, given the nationwide economic downturn since the end of the last drive. But Burch, along with others in the world of non-profit organizations and […]

Auto dealers hope incentives spur sales

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico U.S. automakers are rolling out payment protection plans to ease potential buyers worried about job security. But in eastern New Mexico, car dealers are optimistic that isn’t the key motivation for customers. “I haven’t had anybody who’s needed it, and that’s a good […]