Emergency grazing approved for five more counties

CNJ staff Emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage, approved May 26 in Curry County, has now been approved for Harding, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties. “This authorization provides relief for many livestock producers in these five counties who have suffered through severe drought conditions,” said Salomon E. Ramirez, state executive director for the […]

Emergency grazing authorized

Emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acreage has been authorized for Curry County through Sept. 30 because of drought conditions, according to a news release from the U.S. Farm Service Agency. Participants must leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP fields ungrazed for wildlife. According to the release, CRP participants in […]

Curry, Roosevelt counties receive more than $2 million in grants

Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State Community Development Block Grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico who applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were awarded […]

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the night watching the remnants of a fire that broke out Tuesday along a median on U.S. Highway 70 near Blackwater Draw Museum and quickly spread east for five miles behind 50 mph winds. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. and estimated […]

Five arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Agents from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Clovis Police Department and Portales Police Department officers assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force, have reported five felony arrests from investigations that concluded this week. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office: • Israel Reyna Jr., 45, and Christopher Reyna, […]

Curry County faces big challenge in Titans

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Freedom New Mexico Curry County Cats coach Paul Lopez was hoping his team could play the Albuquerque Titans on the turf field at Rio Rancho High School in Sunday’s New Mexico Premier League Pecos Division championship game. Instead, the Cats will have to win to play there — for the league championship next weekend. The […]

Their view: Lyons proposes cost-cutting measures

Patrick H. Lyons is chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. He represents District 2, which includes Roosevelt and Curry counties. In a recent news release, he touched on money-saving initiatives undertaken by the NMPRC under his leadership.

Tuesday morning briefing: Graduation, Curry’s first elected woman and east meets west

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Check it out Floyd and Elida school districts have calendars of end-of-the-school-year events available at: • Floyd Municipal School District: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ • Elida Municipal Schools: http://www.elidaschools.net/ ENMU graduation set Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host its 120th Commencement Convocation on Saturday at […]

Curry County Cats preview capsule — April 30

Freedom New Mexico Las Cruces Kings (5-3) at Curry County Cats (6-2) • What: New Mexico Premier League first-round playoff game • When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday • Where: Leon Williams Stadium, Clovis • Of note: The Cats finished second and the Kings third in the Pecos Division of the NMPL. … Curry County hasn’t actually […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson Approximately 71,000 acres burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties in a massive grass fire April 17 — more than four times initial estimates, making the fire the area’s largest in more than 30 years. Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said last week he drove the fire line to survey […]