Portales man, 76, faces battery charge

A 76-year-old Portales man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony, and extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth degree felony. Officers took Josephus Daniel into custody Wednesday after investigating an incident at his residence on June 11. According to police: On June 11, officers were dispatched to […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Smoke, summer events and Richard Petty

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wenesday briefing. Money for ‘Smoke’ Smoke on the water, Clovis’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display, is in desperate need of donations if it is going to happen this year. The Clovis/Curry Chamber says it’s received $11,350 thus far — less than half what is needed […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Going green, first car in Clovis and the red scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Website of the day The Dora Consolidated Schools Business Professionals of America website design team has a website about the team and the 2012 BPA National Leadership Conference in Chicago. To see it: http://www.doraschools.com/www/doraschools/site/hosting/website2011/Pages/Home.html Fast facts The first automobile in Clovis was a 1901 […]

CCC board approves contract for next president

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College board of trustees approved a five-year, $145,000 a year contract Wednesday for incoming president Becky Rowley. Rowley, CCC’s executive vice president, was chosen as President John Neibling’s successor in April. Neibling announced in February he is retiring in August after five years as president. Rowley said she will assume […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Mother dog, pioneer women and summer reading

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Mother dog needed Six puppies were dropped off recently at the Clovis Humane Society. They are too young to be away from their mother and are in need of another mother dog or a kind-hearted person willing to bottle-feed them. For more information, contact […]

Two more fires break out in Roosevelt County

Alisa Boswell The Portales Fire Department is estimating 2,200 to 2,500 acres for the Blackwater Fire that ignited Tuesday on a U.S. 70 median then moved northeast towards New Mexico Highway 202. The New Mexico State Forestry Division said Wednesday the fire has been slowed, but is not yet contained. Another fire broke out on […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Rodeo time, Allsup’s origins and Star Wars opens

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Ride ‘em cowboy The second annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo starts 1 p.m. Friday at Curry County Events Center and continues through the weekend. Information: 935-7000. Library hours The Dora School Library is scheduled to be open during the summer on Tuesdays from 10 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Nice plate, bug study and a popular pope

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Plate platitudes New Mexico’s centennial license plate is getting rave reviews for its design. Gov. Susana Martinez has received a plaque from the Automobile License Plate CollectorsAssociation for New Mexico having the best license plate in the nation for 2010. It’s the turquoise plate […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A lost ring, going green and a trail of dust

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lost A Clovis woman needs your help. She lost her wedding ring of more than 40 years last weekend while participating in the annual Relay for Life fundraiser at Ned Houk Park. It’s described as a thin gold band with a diamond. Information: 769-1233 […]

Photo not needed to prove Osama’s dead

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama decided Wednesday to keep classified the reportedly gruesome post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden. It’s a good call. Yes, the pictures belong to all Americans because they are government property. Few organizations have fought as long and hard as Freedom Communications for open government and open records. But the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Good reads, a prayer day and a pink Cadillac

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. A good read The state Rural Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in Roosevelt County on Thursday. The schedule is: • Pep Post Office, 9-10 a.m. • Causey Post Office, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Elida City Hall, 1-2 p.m. Special meeting The Curry County Commission meets […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Egg-citing possibilities and the universe off and running

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SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Something to crow about Excuse the pun, but M.K. Thompson of Clovis isn’t kidding around when he says he’s after a Guinness World Record for having found the world’s smallest egg. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Thompson, who raises a variety of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Cannon’s first woman, music forbidden and a chance of rain

Good morning. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meet the first woman The Women’s Initiative Network luncheon in April features the first female commander of Cannon Air Force Base’s 16th Special Operations Squadron. Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer will speak at the luncheon set for noon April 27 at […]

Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Make A Wish, missing the sun and the birth of an outlaw

Grab a cup of Joe and get ready to be properly informed. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Make a wish come true Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Make A Wish Foundation’s annual Wishing Upon A Star dinner and auction fundraiser. Their goal is to sell at least 20 […]

CCC hikes tuition

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Community College board of trustees approved a third tuition increase in last three years during Wednesday’s board meeting. Tuition will increase $6 for each credit hour beginning in the summer. President John Neibling said the state sets a minimum two year colleges can charge for tuition. While the state doesn’t require […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Gaming, Congressional art and more wind

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.Video game of the week Fresh from our own Jenna Zamie, who surfs the Internet each week to find the most exciting games. Game: Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition Genre: Fighting System: 3DS What is it? This addition to the franchise is fast, frantic […]

Fire weather watch in effect

CNJ staff The National Weather Service has a fire weather watch in effect Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. A transmission from the service advises of sustained winds of 20 miles per hour with gusts exceeding 35 mph, with relative humidity in the single digits Tuesday and 10-15 percent Wednesday.

Wednesday morning briefing: Get hooked, local summer guide and Reagan shot

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Get hooked New Mexico’s license year begins April 1, and that means it’s time to renew your fishing license. They can be purchased at license vendors statewide, Department of Game and Fish offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell and Raton, or online […]

CCC board of trustees discuss terms for next president

CNJ staff During a closed session Wednesday, the Clovis Community College board of trustees discussed terms for the next president to replace retiring President John Neibling but made no decision on which direction to take in replacing him, according to board Chairman Charles Guthals. Neibling announced in February that he will be retiring in August […]