State land commissioner visits eastern New Mexico

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 […]

Bombing range lease signing ceremony Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico A signing ceremony is set for Wednesday in Santa Fe to pave the way for an expansion of the Melrose Air Force Range. A two-part process will lease about 11,000 acres of state trust land in Roosevelt County to the U.S. Air Force. The range currently includes about 66,000 acres in northwestern […]

Hounds land Cannon on All-LSC first team

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior punter Taylor Cannon was Eastern New Mexico University’s lone representative on the All-Lone Star Conference first team in football. Selections were released on Thursday by the conference office. Senior wide receiver Darian Dale, the school’s career leader in catches and receiving yards, was named to the second team. […]

USDA authorizing grazing on CRP land

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized livestock producers in Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties to graze their cattle on land enrolled in conservation programs. According to a memorandum issued Wednesday, the department authorized a 30-day use of CRP lands for grazing by livestock producers who lost pasture or fences due to […]

State planning to lease land to Air Force

Sharna Johnson The state has determined it would rather be a landlord than a seller when it comes to use of state lands for expansion of the Melrose Range for the Air Force, citing more revenue for education and surplus money for Cannon Air Force Base projects. A long-term leasing arrangement to get the Air […]

Ospreys land at Whiting Field

Freedom Communications The sky wasn’t falling Wednesday if you lived north of Milton, it was the Osprey’s landing at NAS Whiting Field. A group of four MV-22B Ospreys and a KC-130J Super Tanker landed at NAS Whiting Field to offer a static display to future Marine airmen who are working on earning their wings. Captain […]

Joint Land Use committee puts decision on tall structures to officials

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study committee stopped short when it came to tall buildings Wednesday, opting instead to ask local officials to consider implementing a series of policy recommendations. The committee’s decision sends recommendations to the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions. Commissioners can then implement those recommendations if and when they choose. On […]

Their view: State trust lands provide for its residents

State Land Commissioner Ray Powell talks about the role of his office: New Mexico has been blessed in so many ways, one being our extensive non-renewable resources — oil, natural gas, coal, and potash — on our 13 million acres of public trust lands. The royalties from these non-renewable resources have helped educate every child […]

Joint Land Use meeting scheduled

Freedom New Mexico Curry and Roosevelt counties will host a joint meeting of the Joint Land Use Study policy and technical committees 1:30 p.m. March 2 in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The purpose of the public meeting is to review and discuss changes made since the Dec. 20 public meeting. The […]

Portales past: Jan. 6, 1942

Jan. 6, 1942: Portales Daily News: Want ads: Two acres land, house 28X32, $300. M.J. McMurphey, Dora, N. Mex.

Tres Amigas seals land deal

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By Kevin Wilson Paperwork, then power. Tres Amigas LLC and the State Land Office signed a lease agreement Thursday that clears another hurdle to create a superstation connecting all three of the nation’s power grids and making land between Clovis and the Texas border a future exchange point for billions of watts of power. “A […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study revealed at least one bit of information — four-plus hours is not enough time to hammer out everything. The technical and policy committees for the JLUS will meet again — chair Sid Strebeck said sometime […]

Residents raise concerns about Joint Land Use consequences

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Some in Curry and Roosevelt counties feel a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is merely a way to begin open communication with Cannon Air Force Base about compatibility issues between communities and the base. But others worry recommendations in the JLUS are the beginning of something bigger and more severe, effectively creating a form of […]

My turn: Book shows similarities between New Mexico, Holy Land

Helena Rodriguez During Advent, many people go to the Holy Land to get to the true reason for the Christmas season. Nuevo Mejicanos don’t have to travel to feel like we’re in holy land. In his 1974 book, “My Penitente Land,” Fray Angelico Chavez, a Franciscan priest and writer commended by T.S. Eliot, compares New […]

Ticket feature: Roping series coming to Curry events center

Freedom New Mexico As many as 500 teams are expected to compete in the Matthews Land and Cattle No Bull Series this weekend at the Curry County Events Center. And with prizes such as a three-horse trailer, saddles, buckles, cash and more on the line, the event is sure to be highly competitive, according to […]

Monday morning briefing: A biker benefit and a big explosion

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. College meeting The Clovis Community College board of trustees will be holding their monthly meeting 8 a.m. Wednesday in room 512. The meeting is open to the public. Land use info Information about the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study is available […]

Airmen serving community well

By Col. Stephen Clark, guest columnist A few weeks ago I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Joint Land Use Study housing forum. While my comments were geared toward our much-talked-about housing issues, my focus was on a much more important point and that is community. Specifically, your airmen and their families […]

Joint land use meeting postponed

Freedom New Mexico A Joint Land Use Study public meeting scheduled for Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library has been postponed. It has not yet been rescheduled. The study is being conducted by Curry and Roosevelt counties to ensure operational effectiveness of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range and protect interests of residents […]

Library fines land Portales man in jail

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Josh Chavez may not remember the titles of the library books he lost, but he won’t forget being arrested for not paying the fines. Chavez, 29, was arrested in Portales on Sept. 21, by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies on a contempt warrant for not fulfilling an arrangement he made with Portales Municipal Court to pay […]

Joint Land Use committee addresses wind turbines

Freedom New Mexico The company conducting the Cannon Air Force Base joint land use study, and its policy committee tried to clear up concerns Monday at a Portales meeting about restrictions on wind turbines and how much authority Cannon will have about structures that stand over 75 feet high. Rudy Bauer, who supervises the study, […]