Federal programs offering assistance

Federal programs are offering help to those affected by recent wildfires. Services offered include help for the direct loss of homes, infrastructure, community facilities, crops, livestock, and processing facilities, according to a press release from the USDA. For information, contact: z Farm Service Agency (505) 761-4900 www.fsa.usda.gov/nm z Natural Resources Conservation Service (505) 761-4400 or […]

Airline sponsoring food drive

Great Lakes Airlines is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Through July, anybody who brings a non-perishable food item to Great Lakes will be entered in a drawing to win one of four round-trip tickets between Clovis and Albuquerque. Donations will be accepted 5 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays at […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Growth management, game of the week and a star dies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meetings watch The Local Growth Management Committee meeting is 2 p.m. today at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee includes various local public, private and Defense Department individuals to manage the […]

Defining marriage private affair

Kevin Wilson Whenever somebody tells me that allowing same-sex marriages will decimate heterosexual marriage, I tell them gay marriage will make hamburgers tastier. I figure, as long as neither of us has proof … A slightly more rational argument is taking place after New York’s Legislature approved same-sex marriage. There’s already talk of a domino […]

Brief rainfall offers respite from drought

Alisa Boswell Much-needed rain pelted most of eastern new Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches and […]

My turn: French art bold choice

People say to write about what you know. In 2000, however, when I, a single mom, and a former bachelor-swinging co-worker of mine had to decide who would cover the grand-opening of a new children’s museum in Abilene, Texas, and who would cover a prestigious French Impressionist art exhibit (I knew nothing about French art), […]

Pecos league plans game in Clovis

CNJ staff The Pecos League is coming to Clovis — at least for a day. A game between the Alpine Cowboys and Carlsbad Bats is planned 7:05 p.m. July 28 at Mike Harris Field. Tickets are $6. The six-team league, which sought to have a franchise in Clovis this season, is seeking game sponsors and […]

ENMU briefs — June 29

Texbook rental program set Beginning in fall 2011, the Eastern New Mexico University Bookstore is set to offer a new, multi-channel textbook rental program. The program allows students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook. Students will be able to rent their books either […]

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab […]

Finally rain but no more in sight anytime soon (updated)

Much needed rain pelted most of eastern new Mexico and West Texas late Monday in a gusty thunderstorm that was also blamed for igniting a series of grass fires near Muleshoe. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was reporting 1.22 inches of rain fell in Clovis. Officials at Clovis Airport recorded .14 inches and Cannon […]

Fifth Fridays joint community event

The Portales Arts Council, Portales MainStreet and City of Portales Cultural Affairs have teamed up to bring city residents Fifth Fridays, a new Portales event which will happen on the last Friday of every five-week month The first “Fifth Friday” is Sept. 30, with potential followups Dec. 30 and March 30, 2012. Event Chair Dawn […]

Clovis’ Pierson will join Zias

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CNJ staff Clovis’ Ashlee Pierson will join the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball for the 2011-12 season, according to first-year Zias coach Lindsey Wilson. A 5-foot-7 guard, Pierson was a two-time, first team all-district selection for the Lady Wildcats. Wilson, who was hired in April to replace Linden Weese, signed DeSoto, Texas, high school […]

My turn: Runners best competitors

OK, so here is my Top 10 list for why I like running. Let’s start with Number 10 … oh, I don’t have 10. Or five. Or two. Let’s just make this a top one list. This is the top (re: only) reason I like running: Runners. I know we think about running as competition, […]

Los Alamos evacuation ordered because of wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — Authorities ordered Los Alamos evacuated Monday as a fast-growing and unpredictable wildfire bore down on the northern New Mexico town and its sprawling nuclear laboratory. The blaze that began Sunday already had destroyed a number of homes south of the town, which is home to some 12,000 residents. It […]

Portales water restrictions effective immediately

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PNT staff Due to drought conditions, high temperatures and low water levels, the City of Portales announced Sunday that Water Emergency Rationing Restrictions were being placed on the city effective immediately. The restrictions include the following: • No outdoor landscape watering, except for trees and shrubs with shut off hose and hand held containers. • […]

Custom Classic A to Z

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Kevin Wilson The Custom Classic entered its 28th year in Clovis this weekend, drawing players, teams and themes from A to Z. A stands for “Amistad Pavilion, with picnic tables and shade. Tournament director Roger Jackson said it translates to “Friends Pavillion,” and the group that donated the supplies and labor to build it asked […]

Leave fireworks to professionals

I probably haven’t bought so much as a firecracker since I was 15. So it was a little unsettling at first to order more than $10,000 worth of fireworks in my new job as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. I love big public fireworks displays. I just never saw the sense in risking […]

Their view: Firefighters invaluable resource

By Russell Anglin: Freedom New Mexico Last Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt counties

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Cow escapes to reach golf course glory

It’s 6 1/2 hours from Sierraville to Modesto and the packing house. Karl had put together a load of cull cows. Whilst unloading, a bony gummer mama cow who looked like a ragged shag carpet hangin’ over a sawhorse, balked, backed up, and fell between the chute and the truck! Karl leaped after the critter […]