Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, […]

Perry campaign still strong amid fumbles

It’s a safe bet that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still tea partiers’ top pick for the Republican presidential nomination. But he took a pounding during Monday night’s CNN/tea party debate in Tampa, Fla., backed down on a couple of issues, and was actually booed when talk turned to immigration. That was significant. Tea party […]

Realtor: Area housing market still reasonably strong

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Home Spot is putting in eight duplexes at Boston and Lime streets. Company employee Troy Hinton said the housing market in the area is doing well, despite a worrisome national economy, because of growth. Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better […]

Flow of illegal immigration slowing down

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls continue to show that strong majorities of Americans want their elected officials to crack down on illegal immigration. Furthermore, states are pushing ahead various proposals — such as requiring employers to use an E-Verify system to assure that workers they hire are in the United States legally. Yet a […]

In search of ponies: Passengers ride at own peril

Sharna Johnson Only the strong of heart ride with me nowadays. Even still, those brave enough get the disclaimers: • He could run up your leg, if so I’m sorry in advance • Close your purse tight — not that I would mind if he hitched a ride home with you • I can’t guarantee […]

First person: Singing strong

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Skylar Coffin, 16, sang the national anthem twice this week at the state basketball tournament. Skylar Coffin doesn’t have any particular theme music. “Every day you can find me going down the hall singing something different,” the Clovis Christian junior said. If you went to Albuquerque this week, you could […]

Press release: Bingaman: President’s budget demonstrates strong support for N.M. air bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2012 lends strong support to New Mexico’s Air Force Bases. Overall, the budget invests $215 million in construction initiatives that ensure our state has the facilities it needs to carry out its national security mission. “President Obama’s budget proposal makes critical […]

Hounds finish season on strong note

Dave Wagner PORTALES — While the season didn’t turn out quite the way Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo and his team hoped, the Greyhounds ended it with one of their better performances in some time. Ribaudo credited his team’s discipline in part for Saturday’s 35-10 Lone Star Conference crossover drubbing of Tarleton State […]

Farmers expect strong milo crop

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Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune Junior Jasso, a truck driver for Lieb Farms, waits for his truck to be filled with fresh-harvested grain sorghum Wednesday. The owners of the farm, Randy and Diane Lieb, plan to spend their 39th wedding anniversary harvesting this year’s record crop. Jared Tucker What’s the best way to spend your 39th […]

Hounds expect strong play from veteran offensive line

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Greyhound quarterback Wes Wood scrambles under pressure from Wes Byrd, 56, during last week’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds open their season Saturday against Southern Nazarene. Dave Wagner Ryan Torres figures it’s time for the Eastern New Mexico University offensive line to make its mark. With four seniors, including […]

Friday morning briefing: A good bet and milk magic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. A good bet You can’t say Sean Sena, 23, of Clovis doesn’t know a good bet when he sees one. Or that he isn’t willing to race into marriage. Sena recently proposed to Laura Gulley, 21, using the infield message board at Ruidoso Downs. […]

First person: Appaloosa girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Kyla Myers has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. Kyla Myers of Clovis won four top 10s at her first trip to the 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. That means she ranked in the top 10 in four competitions. The 14-year-old Clovis native has […]

Religion calendar —

Saturday Food and clothing give away — 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center. Information: 763-4400 Sunday Worship service — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Central Baptist Church Worship service — 9 a.m., Word of God Lutheran Church, LCMC, The Chapel, 1500 N. Thornton. Information: 356-3605. Fellowship and donuts — 9 a.m., Central Christian Church […]

Thursday morning briefing: Ropers, opinions needed and Jessica Lynch

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Worth noting Jesse Clark of Dora is leading Tie Down Roping at the National High School Finals in Gillette, WY.

Wednesday morning briefing: Judges, neighborhood watchers and the “Trial of the Century”

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Judge needed Gov. Bill Richardson is seeking candidates from Roosevelt County interested in serving as magistrate judge. The vacancy is created by the Aug. 31 retirement of Judge Jane Martin. Candidates must send their application, a signed background check form, resume, and letters of […]

Letter to the editor: Board should consider another high school

Board should consider another high school Does Clovis really need a fourth middle school? In a traditional format, Yucca, Marshall and the Ninth Grade Academy are middle schools. In a sense, we have two high schools — Clovis High and Choices, a strong, positive alternative school that I support. Clovis taxpayers are being asked by […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Big game and affordable housing

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Heads up hunters More than 5,000 deer, elk and javelina hunting licenses go on sale in August on the state Department of Game and Fish website. The first sale — elk licenses for people younger than 18 — is Aug. 4. The second sale […]

Monday morning briefing: Digital art contest, roadwork delays and hot weather

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Calling all artists Deadline for entries in the Axiom of Gesture digital art show at Eastern New Mexico University is July 30. Axiom of Gesture is “a digital show devoted to the spirit of human movement” and how people move through time and space, […]

Weekly update — July 18

No damaged light poles in gyms so far Clovis schools are midway through a district-wide inspection of light poles prompted by a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of light poles that can crack and fall. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley says so far, none of the steel light poles manufactured by the now-defunct Whitco […]

Police blotter — July 18

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 1 a.m. July 5 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a report of criminal damage. A woman said she was asleep and woke when her bedroom window exploded and she […]