Residents concerned district plan would weaken community

Kevin Wilson Ahead of an upcoming redistricting vote by the Curry County Commission, residents of District 1 spoke out Thursday morning about a redistricting plan they felt would weaken their community and voice in electoral matters. The commission handled numerous tasks during a three-hour special meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, but a majority of […]

Up close and personal

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Civilians surround an A-10 fighter jet, mingle with airmen, ask questions, and observe the jet’s artillery Saturday at the Cannon Air Force Base open house. Benna Sayyed Excitement prevailed at Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday as area residents poured in to get an up-close look at the 27th Special […]

What they’re saying: Area residents recount 9/11 memories

The 9/11 tragedy was a pivotal moment not only for this country, but around the world. It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t remember where they were and what they were doing. Recently, some were kind enough to share those memories in a series of video-taped interviews with Freedom New Mexico. A new mother. A […]

Clovis residents spend Labor Day working

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Eduardo Lopez, right, and his son, Krystian, spent most of Labor Day working on a mural on the wall of Blanca’s on Main Street. Lopez, a business banker by day, said he enjoys painting and takes on side jobs so he can do what he loves. Sharna Johnson When he’s […]

Residents share Labor Day plans

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Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Zia Elementary Principal Jeralynn Butler monitors a fourth grade class as they pass through the hallway Friday morning. Butler said she spends the majority of her days on the go, moving from classroom to classroom and interacting with students and teachers. She said she looks forward to her holiday vacation […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Terri Damron, a sixth-grade teacher at Zia Elementary in Clovis, helps student Jace Piepkorn, 12, with an assignment in an empty classroom Friday afternoon. Damron is Piepkorn’s favorite teacher because she is “always happy and really nice.” Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

Clovis residents appointed to state entities

CNJ staff A pair of Clovis residents were appointed to a state board or corporation by Gov. Susana Martinez. Roger “Bart” Bartosiewicz was named to the Public Employee Labor Relations Board, while Launa Waller was appointed to the Small Business Investment Corp. Bartosiewicz retired as deputy chief of police from the Clovis Police Department with […]

Quay residents plan protest of start of pipeline project

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Residents, business owners and public officials are using the social network Facebook to organize a protest against the start of Phase 1 of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System’s Ute Pipeline Project. The groundbreaking for the ENMRWS project is set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 along the south […]

Donated windmills to become park at Roosevelt County Fairgrounds

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Bill Dalley, left, reminisces with his wife, Alta, about the construction of their family’s first windmill which dates back to 1909. Dalley has been collecting old windmills for the last 30 years and is now donating his collection to the county. He said he and his wife will keep the […]

South Clovis residents may get water help

Sharna Johnson The scope of water issues in South Clovis is more far-reaching than Curry County officials anticipated, based on a meeting held to identify problems. Tuesday night, the county held a meeting at Lockwood Elementary School to talk with residents and get a feel for how many people are experiencing water shortages. Residents south […]

Residents hope for support at water meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rosemary Metcalf picks up a young alpaca Tuesday to place back under the shade with the rest of the herd. Metcalf chose alpacas because they didn’t require as much water as other animals, but her well is having problems despite conservation efforts. Sharna Johnson Residents of south Clovis are hoping […]

Water demands problematic

Liliana Castillo Clovis and Portales officials are asking residents to watch their water use this weekend and during the summer. New Mexico American Water said Clovis residents consumed 10.8 million gallons per day on Wednesday and Thursday. That’s close to NMAW’s per day production capacity of 11.3 million gallons, according to External Affairs Manager Evan […]

Residents discuss Father’s Day gifts

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks The Benavidez family strikes a pose Friday inside Children’s Haven Daycare, which the family operates in Portales. From left to right Cambree, 2, Dana, Patrick, and Caylee, 4. Russell Anglin Joe Rede, a Tucumcari retiree, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of “a whole bunch” of children, has seen plenty of Father’s […]

Spread of prairie dog towns concerning residents

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A prairie dog stands watching traffic on Grand Avenue as it zips by Tuesday. Sharna Johnson The conveniences of town life may be appealing, but there are certain kinds of residents who find they just aren’t welcome. Residents in the area between Seventh Street and Grand Avenue between Upsilon and […]

Former Portales residents lose home in Joplin tornado

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Courtesy photo: Kari Nevins A shot from the living room of the Nevins home looking toward their neighborhood Sunday after the storm. Numerous homes were destroyed and 123 people were killed in Joplin, Mo., Sunday when an EF5 tornado hit the city. Portales resident Carolyn Thompson has started a fund for her daughter, Kari Nevins’ […]

Fistful of weekend events keep residents busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim Shirley gets his calf in position to tie it down during Saturday action at the Joe’s Boot Shop calf roping competition at the Curry County Events Center. Shirley posted a time of 10.14. Kevin Wilson From kites to bikes to football to fiestas, from high winds to high honors, […]

Residents advised to check radio, other media outlets in instance of fire

CNJ staff In the event of a large fire, as with weather emergencies, residents are advised to listen to weather radios, check media sources for alerts and updates and to pay attention to their surroundings. With the massive fire in south Clovis and Melrose on Sunday, Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said he […]

Residents recall deadly 2007 tornado

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Mike Mitchell, left, owner of Grande Vida Dairy in Roosevelt County, shows one of his dairyman, Israel Ramirez, where he hid during the March 2007 tornado that destroyed most of the dairy four months after it opened. Alisa Boswell It’s tornado season in eastern New Mexico and memories are still […]

In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Courtesy photo: Karene Cass A fox was spotted sunning on the roof of a north Clovis home Tuesday morning. Residents of the neighborhood say the fox has been sighted off and on for about a year. Sharna Johnson Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he […]