Financial services return to local centers

By Staff Sgt. Richard A. Williams Jr.: Air Force Public Affairs Agency WASHINGTON — The processing of military pay transactions will move from the Air Force Financial Service Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to base-level financial services offices beginning in August. The return of military pay transactions to local level is a part […]

Aug. 26 — Fishing report

New Mexico report This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Animas River — The flow is 201 cfs. […]

Fishing report — Aug. 23

New Mexico report This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Animas River — The flow is 201 cfs. […]

Drought leading to large number of cattle sell-offs

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Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at an alarming rate recently, according to local cattle brokers and ranchers. They cite the lack of feed because of drought conditions for the sell-off. According to Clovis Livestock Auction sales representative Rustin Rowley, in just the last two months, weekly livestock sales have almost tripled, […]

Vacationing Muleshoe family witnesses chase of fugitives

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Kevin Wilson RayAn and Cary Dosher flipped on a local news broadcast from their Pueblo, Colo., hotel Tuesday night — unaware that the next day, they were part of a story they had just seen. The next morning, the Muleshoe residents found themselves spectators in a high-speed chase on I-25 that brought in three of […]

Aug. 12 — Fishing report

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

My turn: No shortage of musical talent in area

Last weekend, I got to enjoy the musical entertainment of local one-man band Something Blue at Mark’s. Musician Brandon Tautfest plays the occasional cover song but most of his music is original songs and I have to say he is a talented songwriter as well as a singer. There are now some pretty good performers […]

Local agriculture experts to host drought-management workshop

Argen Duncan Farmers and ranchers dealing with drought have a chance to gain management information with a seminar scheduled for Monday. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is required. The drought-management workshop is geared toward local agricultural producers. “There’s times you need a little more information to make a decision, and I’m hoping some of […]

Local schools ready for students

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Alisa Boswell With school starting for the Clovis and Portales districts this month, local school officials are saying students can fill their backpacks and file in because the two districts are ready for them. From re-paved parking lots and new computers for some schools to complete makeovers for others, a lot of changes are awaiting […]

My turn: Local musicians worth checking out

Alisa Boswell I watched Captain America last weekend and it was an excellent movie. I may be biased due to the fact I’m a super hero junkie, but the story line was interesting and there was a lot of action with a little bit of romance. Not to mention, Chris Evans wasn’t at all bad […]

Realtors: Housing demand strong

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Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better than most of the nation, people involved in that market have said. “Compared to the rest of the country, we’ve really been blessed in Curry and Roosevelt counties,” said Wanda Graham of Kiva Realty in Portales. The area has seen […]

On the shelves — July 10

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library In conjunction with the City of Clovis floodplain management program, the Library maintains a collection of materials on National Flood Insurance programs, local floodplain maps, design manuals for retrofitting structures, residential repair handbooks, erosion control guidelines, and similar topics. Librarians will be happy to assist users […]

Heat driving up feed prices for dairies

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While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is sending forage prices skyrocketing, cutting profits, local members of the dairy industry have said. Dairies deal with heat stress in cattle every summer, said Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales. “The problem is the hay shortage,” Anderson said. Because […]

Portales hosting downtown car show

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Portales residents can take a drive down memory lane Friday, courtesy of the Portales MainStreet Program and local car collectors. MainStreet Director Sandy Van Der Veen said the community’s first National Collector Car Appreciation Day car show is set to feature at least 16 classic cars, plus food vendors and car-related information booths. She is […]

Fire officials dissuade use of fireworks

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Alisa Boswell With extreme drought conditions in New Mexico, local fire officials are saying it’s probably best for Clovis and Portales residents to not set off fireworks at home. Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols and Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman both agreed that while fireworks are banned in the county and only certain ground fireworks […]

Their view: Let’s ditch ‘us vs. them’ mentality

Cannon Connections columnist Loni Newby discusses the animosity between local and military families:

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 […]

Local girls competing in county fair queen contest

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Two local girls are participating in the Roosevelt County fair queen contest this weekend. The girls are to serve as ambassadors at the Roosevelt County Fair, contest organizer Beverly Bennett said. They won’t advance to the state queen competition because they are too young. Krista Avritt, 15, of Elida is the Princess contestant. She is […]

Resolution passed in support of ending driver licenses for foreign nationals

Argen Duncan Local officials differ in their beliefs on whether illegal immigrants should receive New Mexico driver’s licenses. Former Gov. Bill Richardson instituted the issuing of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Current Gov. Susana Martinez wants the practice stopped and has asked for support from local governments. The Roosevelt County Commission adopted a resolution Tuesday […]

Press release: USDA designates local counties disaster areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues. The counties are: Catron, De Baca, Grant, Luna, Roosevelt, Chaves, Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Otero, Sierra, […]