Our region owes thank you to Wright brothers

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico T oday we live an era of hyperspeed air travel by millions of men and women worldwide. So it almost seems an afterthought to celebrate the 100th anniversary of motorized flight. It shouldn’t be because it signaled a monumental shift in the events of daily life, especially travel. It was […]

Brrrrrrr c-c-cold and wet

CNJ STAFF Cool temperatures and rain showers covered the region on Thursday, but area law-enforcement agencies reported no serious weather-related issues. By 9:30 p.m., National Weather Service officials said temperatures had already dropped below freezing at Clines Corners, located northwest of Fort Sumner. By that time the rain had generally ended in De Baca, Curry, […]

ENMU harriers face talented region field

CNJ STAFF Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Greg LaSage knows his Greyhounds and Zias have their work cut out in Saturday’s South Central Region meet at Commerce, Texas. “The teams that beat us in the (Lone Star) Conference meet are all ranked in the top 10 in the region,” said LaSage, whose squads […]

AEDs to be available in rural areas

By Gary Mitchell Heart attack victims in rural eastern New Mexico will have greater access to medical attention, thanks to a recent $251,709 grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Rural Health Policy. The grant — for the placement of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural areas of the state — […]

Latin America could be a silent enemy

By Mona Charen The global war on terror has scored huge successes thus far. Pakistan, once an open supporter of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, has done an abrupt about face and now cooperates with the United States in tracking and capturing Al Qaeda. To date, Pakistan has arrested more than 500 terrorists. Yemen, Jordan […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

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Water takes on even more importance in the High Plains, where agriculture is one of the leading businesses. By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water […]