Responsible spending urged for Legislature

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Area lawmakers are urging responsible spending during the 2006 state Legislature even after record oil and gas receipts pumped the state coffers full of extra money. The state’s revenue from oil and gas leases jumped by $92 million in 2005 compared to 2004, according to state figures. Sen. Stuart Ingle, […]

Legislators grade the governor

Freedom Newspapers Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in […]

Portales Junior High School News: Jan. 15, 2006

By Billie Dixon Report cards issued Friday teachers gave report cards to all students in their sixth period classes. If students owed a library fine, the teacher either told the student or taped a little note to the report cards.   Basketball Schedule All four of the girls’ teams are in action in Clovis Tuesday […]

Floyd School News: Jan. 15, 2006

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming Events • There will be no school Monday for Martin Luther King day. • Jan. 27 will be basketball homecoming. • The sophomores will be taking the New Mexico High School Competency Exam on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Basketball schedule Tuesday — 3:30 p.m. junior high, JV and varsity […]

Obituary: Louis Fondy

Services: 10 a.m. Monday at the Steed-Todd Chapel. Louis Henry (L.H.) Fondy, 82, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Slaton, Texas, to John and Sophie Fondy. He spent his youth and teen years operating a family-owned dairy farm in Edgeton, Wis., with […]

Fiber optic work cuts water lines in Portales

By Tony ParraTony_Parra@link.freedom.com Portales residents in the 600 block of South Avenue A were without water at different times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Officials blamed broken water pipes on poor maps being used to guide workers installing a fiber optic network for Yucca Telecom. Yucca Telecom held groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday for its network, […]

United Way hits Curry goal, Roosevelt is short

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its fund-raising goal in Curry County by almost 2 percent, though Roosevelt County fell short of its goal, Executive Director Erinn Burch said on Friday. Curry County residents pledged $419,166, Burch said, compared to a goal of $412,005 for the county. Roosevelt County residents […]

Curry starts over on jail administrator

By Tonya Garner The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven interested candidates […]

Starting the day right

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By Tony Parra The number of students eating breakfast at James Elementary doubled to more than 450 on Thursday as free breakfasts were offered to everybody at the school. Second and third-graders at James Elementary began eating at 8 a.m. and finished approximately 15 minutes later. Michael Terry, James Elementary principal, said previously there were […]

Fall enrollment down at Clovis Community College

By Marlena Hartz Enrollment at the Clovis Community College dwindled slightly in the fall, but college officials anticipated the decline and are campaigning to patch the gap. The number of credit hours logged at the college last semester was 6.6 percent lower than the 2004 fall figures, according to Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness David […]

Construction company discusses N.M. 206 paving

By Tony Parra Brazier Construction officials are hopeful to start repaving of New Mexico Highway 206 by mid-March. A three-mile portion of loose gravel leading into the town of Dora has left area residents and travelers to deal with poor road conditions throughout the winter. Anthony Pacheco, a Brazier Construction paving supervisor for the project, […]

Area Democrats hold luncheon

All Democrats are invited to have lunch with Roosevelt County Democratic Women at noon on Monday in the Conference Room at Roosevelt General Hospital. The topic of the meeting will be New Mexico legislative priorities. Officers for 2006 will be elected at this meeting. Those who attend can serve themselves in the hospital cafeteria and […]

ENMU classes begin Tuesday

Eastern New Mexico University will begin the spring semester on Tuesday. Classes will not meet on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but university offices will be open for the convenience of the public. Currently enrolled students, after visiting with their adviser, can register for the spring semester by logging on to […]

Greyhounds trounce Tigers, 98-51

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Whatever had been ailing the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team during a five-game losing streak certainly wasn’t in evidence Thursday night. Clicking on all cylinders from start to finish, the Greyhounds destroyed East Central 98-51 in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. Senior post Mikal […]

Brown’s treys prove crucial in Zia win

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University guard Heather Brown is money from the free throw line — she leads the Lone Star Conference, shooting at a 92-percent clip. On Thursday, the Hereford grad also proved she could knock down 3-pointers when it counted, hitting a pair of treys in the final four […]

Portales wins fourth-straight game

Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Ashleah Richards scored 13 points and Portales won its seventh game in eight tries Thursday with a 45-35 win on the road at Roswell High. Morgan Hill added 11 and Megan Kabrick eight for Portales (12-5), which jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter. “We did really well,” […]

Five senate candidates take on Bingaman’s commitment

By Andy Jackson Five men vying for Republican nomination to a U.S. Senate seat say incumbent Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is disconnected from the people he serves. “Is he (Bingaman) committed to New Mexico or to a job?” asked Dr. Allen McCulloch, a Farmington urologist, on Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Curry County Federated […]

Dora residents concerned over highway’s condition

By Tony Parra Cold weather delayed the completion of highway construction between Dora and Portales leaving the road partially gravel in places. Residents are adjusting to the road conditions, but worry about its safety and the broken windshields the gravel is causing. The goal is to complete the highway project by June, according to a […]

Governor supports ENMU projects

Freedom Newspapers Brick and mortar projects at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost Wednesday from Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson carved out $8 million in his capital outlay budget for building projects at the institutions, according to a press release from his office. “With a strong financial outlook, now is […]

Grass fire ignites Wednesday

Staff and Wire Reports A grass fire that charred 1,500 acres of land along State Highway 467 and temporarily shut down two stretches of road Wednesday was ignited by a lit cigarette or the heat from a vehicle’s catalytic converter, according to a New Mexico State Forestry release. The blaze started in a ditch on […]