July 24 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Monday • An officer responded to a report of fraud about 4:40 p.m. At the Portales Police Department, the officer spoke with a 36-year-old man who said a checkbook was stolen from his home. The man provided copies of three checks that he […]

My turn: Blown away by possibilities

After reading the “Our Towns 2011” publication from Freedom New Mexico, I realized that Portales is ripe with tourist-destination potential. How about an annual High Plains International Kite-Flying Fiesta? The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival would pale by comparison. With our escape-velocity winds, enthusiasts from around the world could get listed in the Guinness Book of […]

July 24 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: June 29 • Isaac Montano III, born in 1980, pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended or revoked license. Montano was sentenced to four days in jail with four days of pre-sentence credit, 360 days probation and $581 in fines and fees. July 7 […]

Child Sense: Tips for helping your child walk home from school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Consider the way your child relates to the world when planning his walk to and from school. Pick a route that is easy for your child to remember even if it may take a little longer. Turning one corner is easier for your child to remember than having to turn five. Find […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: My kids don’t know how fierce I am

Marla Jo Fisher There seems to be some sort of fundamental misunderstanding around my house, in which my children perceive me as being hideously old-fashioned and, in fact, just plain old. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very groovy, hip and with-it chick. I love to sit around and have a […]

In search of ponies: Only the fish die young

Sharna Johnson The first one to go was the algae eater — initially construed as a bittersweet sign that at least the tank was clean. But by that night the second one flopped on its side, gills flaring for the last time. Then a third died — the one that lived under a rock, which […]

Grant McGee: Wife is flush with excitement

“We have a new toilet, we have a new toilet,” The Lady of the House was singing and doing “The New Toilet Dance” around the bicycle shop. She was waving hands in the air and dancing around. “The New Toilet Dance” may not catch on but it was cute on her. I peered outside the […]

Hospice sponsoring food drive

Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ VistaCare Hospice is sponsoring its seventh annual food drive in the month of August. Food collection bags will be distributed through the community with drop-off points at several locations, including Albertsons, S&S Grocery, The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the VistaCare office and other participating businesses. Donations of food and money […]

Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools miss AYP

Liliana Castillo Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally-mandated system for rating schools. A total of 720 schools, or 86.6 percent, failed to make “adequate yearly progress” under the federal No Child Left […]

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local residents who will compete in the annual events, the eastern New Mexico dry weather has definitely had an impact on their plant and animal life. Roosevelt […]

Little League state meets ready to start

Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Four area teams are ready to represent District 3 in state Little League competition this weekend. Clovis will host the 11-12-year-old Majors state tournament at Dickenson Field and Beachum Field. Clovis Zia won the district tournament and opens play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dickenson against either Roswell Noon Optimist or […]

Their view: New Mexico’s credit would suffer under debt default

Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical […]

Area part of bovine disease research

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Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area is part of a nationwide research effort to address a bovine disease that can have significant impact on dairy and beef operations. New Mexico State University and its Clovis-based Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium are involved in a $9.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to […]

Team roping regional finals to be hosted in Clovis

CNJ staff The United States Team Roping Championships will host the Regional Finals in Clovis August 4-7 at the Curry County Events Center. Touted as the richest team roping series, the event will offer $340,000 in cash and prizes with an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million to the Clovis area, according to a press […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

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Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving the Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s pharmacy program by the end of the year. Express Scripts is Tricare’s pharmacy contractor responsible for the Tricare retail pharmacy and pharmacy […]

My turn: Always time for frills

The girl (me), who has not a single ounce of the proper grace and femininity required for wearing heels, is attending a formal banquet this weekend. The amusing part of this is no matter how non-frilly a girl I am or how ungraceful I feel, I own a formal dress, which I love having excuses […]

Friday morning briefing: A food drive, Route 66 history and a grisly scene

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Food drive Clovis’ VistaCare Hospice is sponsoring its seventh annual food drive in August. Food collection bags will be distributed through the community with drop-off points at several locations, including Albertsons, S&S Grocery, The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the VistaCare office and other […]

Growing older just part of life

Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs. Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with […]