Friday morning briefing: Rodeo riding into town and nuclear power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rodeo time The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals ride into town Monday at the Curry County Events Center and

Ticket feature: Junior rodeo finals starting next week

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File photo Students from across the high plains will travel to Clovis for the week-long High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals beginning Sunday at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals begins in Clovis Monday for the 36th year. The events are the pinnacle of the High Plains Junior […]

Most area crops escape major hail damage

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Seth Bright helps harvest a wheat field farmed by Bruce Lee between Elida and Floyd on Friday. Farmers say crops are growing well in the area but need rain. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Crops are growing well in much of Roosevelt and Curry counties, although hail and excessive […]

Shoutouts

Bella Vista pinewood derby On May 13 at 1 p.m., the Arts Academy at Bella Vista hosted the first annual pinebox derby car race. Nine students built one of a kind cars and competed against one another to identify the fastest car at Bella Vista. Each student spent two months creating, painting and decorating their […]

Press release: Infant, child CPR classes offered

The American Red Cross together with Presbyterian Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis and the generous support of United Way of Eastern New Mexico is offering monthly Infant & Child CPR classes for new parents and caregivers. Red Cross Infant/Child CPR classes focus on teaching cardiac and breathing emergency skills for infants & and children […]

Republican lieutenant governor candidates participating in forum

CNJ staff All three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor are participating in a forum Thursday in Clovis organized by the High Plains Patriots. President Kim Runyan said candidates John Sanchez, Kent Cravens and Brian Moore will be at the organization’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Masters Centre conference room. A candidate forum will follow the […]

EPCOG chair says no vote needed in firing of former director

By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how Arguello […]

Local law enforcement hosting display at North Plains Mall

In recognition of National Police Week, local law enforcement will be hosting a display Wednesday at North Plains Mall. The display will include vehicles and equipment from local and military law enforcement agencies and there will also be a fingerprinting booth set up for children, according to a release. The display will be held from […]

More than 200 attend Clovis TEA rally

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fannie Brown of Clovis said she attended the Taxed Enough Already rally Thursday because “I want to see a change in American government. The government should work for the people. The people shouldn’t work for it.” CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots hosted a Taxed Enough Already rally in front […]

Press Release: Brumfield resigns from PRMC board

Gayla Brumfield resigned as Chair from Plains Regional Medical Center, PRMC, Community Board of Trustees as of April 1, 2010. Brumfield served on the hospital board for 15 years with the last 4 as chair. “The past several years serving as a Board Member and continuing on as the chairman of the Board has been […]

Director says EPCOG will follow state open meetings laws

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ Interim Director Richard Arguello says a meeting held Wednesday without proper public notice was an oversight that won’t happen again. Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Eastern Plains Council of Governments Interim Director Richard Arguello said Thursday the organization’s failure to notify the public of an […]

Republican candidates agree on issues

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing statements and […]

Hospital to dedicate outpatient surgery center

CNJ staff Plains Regional Medical Center is dedicating a new Plains Regional Outpatient Surgery center Wednesday, according to a press release. The outpatient surgery center includes a section for surgery and one for physician’s offices. The release said physicians housed in the center expect to begin seeing patients by summer. Six physicians representing four specialties […]

North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks that […]

Takeover bid targets North Plains Mall parent company

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire ailing rival General Growth Properties. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. The acquisition would allow General Growth, the No. 2 owner of shopping centers, to […]

Baby central: PRMC provides area’s lone obstetrics department

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nurse Kaylynn Fahsholtz finishes paperwork for a patient in the labor and delivery department at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center has a unique distinction among the hospitals that dot eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas towns — they are the […]

Plains Regional Medical Center auxiliary donating $50,000 to hospital

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Plains Regional Medical Center auxiliary outgoing president Ina Chandler, front, and member Judy Wylie worth together to stock shelves in the gift shop at PRMC. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After years of saving, the Plains Regional Medical Center auxiliary has a $50,000 check to hand over to the […]

Hospital waste removed from landfill

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Plains Regional Medical Center hired Stericycle Medical Waste Disposal to remove infectious waste found at the Clovis landfill. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A crew with a medical waste disposal company spent Wednesday cleaning up infectious waste found at the Clovis Landfill on Saturday. Justin Howalt, city engineer, confirmed […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Connie Marquez of Lovington works on finishing her Christmas shopping Tuesday at North Plains Mall. Marquez said she was happy for the chance to travel to Clovis so she could get to the mall before the holiday. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer If shopping at North Plains Mall is […]

Plains Regional Medical Center reporting increased child births

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Kim Leal, left and Jon Leal watch baby Jonathan take a nap Friday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Jonathan was one day old. By Eric Butler:Freedom New Mexico Plains Regional Medical Center may have been showing a little when it set new records in 2008 for child births. Now, it’s […]