Officials hope fireworks deal with bird problem

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Alisa Boswell The fireworks set off Monday and Tuesday night in downtown were not celebration but an attempt to eradicate of a common plague in eastern New Mexico — great-tailed grackles. Portales resident and biologist Tony Gennaro and other residents approached city officials about scaring the birds off with fireworks. Several businesses on the square […]

Less than inch of snow expected

Freedom New Mexico The winter weather advisory issued this morning for eastern New Mexico has been canceled.

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, calling kid singers and ugly mermaids

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The Curry County Commission meets 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex room. Tops on the agenda are hiring a new jail administrator and considering ways to finance a new jail. Meetings are open to the public. Kid singers […]

Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said […]

Hounds hope to build on Long Beach outing

Freedom New Mexico If the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can get itself healthy and play as hard as it did on Monday night at Long Beach State, the Greyhounds should be a factor when Lone Star Conference play resumes in two weeks. Playing without 6-foot-8 senior forward Curtis Wilkinson (hand injury) and […]

Forecast: Sunny this afternoon

Eastern New Mexico residents can expect to see decreasing cloud coverage and mostly sunny weather this afternoon. Daytime temperatures will range from 32 to 34 degrees with winds between 10 to 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Temperatures tonight will drop to the mid- to low-20s. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders […]

Hounds notch win over ACU

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s men went on a 30-9 run over a 13-minute stretch spanning halftime and it was enough to propel the Greyhounds a 68-59 Lone Star Conference men’s victory over Abilene Christian on Saturday night at Greyhound Arena. ENMU (9-3, 2-2 LSC) survived a 3-for-22 night from 3-point range, holding […]

ACU tops Zias in double OT

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Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s women gave a game effort Saturday night. They finally ran out of bullets in the second overtime. The Zias led most of the way, but eventually lost four players to fouls and dropped a 92-85 Lone Star Conference decision to Abilene Christian at Greyhound Arena. Sophomore forward Reneta Marquez, […]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a master’s in education in school counseling, said she not only has a new job but is already working it. “My husband and I just moved to Artesia and I’ve […]

Thursday morning briefing: Singing with Andy, country Christmas and garlic the right way

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Sing-a-long with Andy Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a “Brief History of Christmas Music” by Andy Mason at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Buchanan Hall at the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. The evening includes […]

Meetings watch —

Freedom New Mexico At a meeting Wednesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board: • Executive Director Sandy Chancey reported on the status of state and federal audits and monitoring of Workforce Development programs. She noted that EPCOG has informed the Workforce Development board that her agency will cease to serve as the fiscal […]

Officials discuss significance of Tres Amigas power project

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Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas officials are confident that eastern New Mexico knows the possibilities that could arise from combining the nation’s three power grids just outside of Clovis. They’re just hoping over the next few years, they can make the same connections with Albuquerque and Santa Fe. “I don’t think the state realizes the significance […]

ENMU narrows coaching search to three

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has narrowed its search for a football coach to three candidates. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that the finalists are New Mexico Military coach Jeff Lynn, Copperas Cove (Texas) High School coach Jack Welch and Texas-El Paso assistant Jeff Woodruff. The new coach will replace Mark Ribaudo, […]

Tuesday school closings, delays

Closures and delays this morning around eastern New Mexico and west Texas:

Up to 4 more inches of snow expected

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Eastern New Mexico has already seen up to 3.5 inches of snow in places and another 2 to 4 inches are expected today.

ENMU committee focuses on business etiquette

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty members recently began a new committee on campus, the Etiquette Committee, geared towards preparing students for the working world by teaching them professional etiquette, dress sense and more. “THE ENMU Foundation and the Alumni Association originally had the idea when they were brainstorming about alumni and outreach,” Foundation […]

Hounds tie school 3-point mark in 110-73 rout

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Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team certainly has its mojo going. Now the Greyhounds hope to carry it into Lone Star Conference play. Senior point guard Reggie Nelson erupted for 30 points — one short of his career high — and the Hounds tied a school record with 17 3-point baskets […]

It’s their job: Rusty Lewis

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Rusty Lewis cuts metal during his workday Monday afternoon at Eastern Equipment and Supply. Lewis is a sales representative for Eastern Equipment and has worked for the business for a year and four months. His duties include helping customers, ordering, checking and stocking freight. Lewis said the thing he enjoys most about his job is […]

Monday morning briefing: Christmas music, Christmas lights and who shot J.R.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Holiday music show Mark your calendars… Eastern New Mexico University will host the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. […]

Hounds dealing with weather in Division II nationals

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Mike Harney was walking around Spokane, Wash., on Thursday and said the sun was out with the temperature around 30 degrees. For today’s NCAA Division II national cross country meet at Plantes Ferry Sports Complex, the forecast was for temps in the high 20s with […]