Baby giraffe named Jerrica

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Tonjia Rolan A frequent visitor to Hillcrest Park Zoo with her two children, Rebecca Holt jumped at the chance to enter the city’s contest to name a baby giraffe born in late January. Her winning entry of Jerrica was announced Wednesday by zoo director Vince Romero. Holt said the name came to her while she […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Pet considered part of our family

My column this week is written with a heavy heart. Our family dog, a medium-sized black-lab mutt named Pepper, who wore a blue collar, escaped from our home last week and has yet to turn up. I have plastered pictures and information about him on every Clovis-related Facebook group I know of. I have made […]

Honors —

The following students have been named to the Fall 2011 dean’s List at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.: • Jessica Hall of Muleshoe. • Martha Chace of Clovis. • Rachel Thyrion of Fort Sumner.

Blue always knew what to do

A retired Ohio farmer named Phil told me this story of the best coon dog he’d ever seen. I believe it, of course! The dog was a blue tick hound that his father had trained. His dad was such an excellent trainer that he didn’t even have to go hunting with Blue, the dog would […]

Ute Water Project manager named state engineer

Staff and wire reports Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield thinks the appointment of Scott Verhines as the state’s new top water manager is nothing but positive for the Ute Water Project. Verhines was named state engineer Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez. He is a civil engineer from Albuquerque and project manager for the Eastern New Mexico […]

Elida’s Best talks about FFA presidency

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Portales native and Elida High School graduate Ryan Best was recently named national FFA president. He took a few moments to reflect on the achievement and his experiences during an interview with the Portales News-Tribune:

Wednesday morning briefing: Military friendly, secret tour and Chief Joseph

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Military friendly Eastern New Mexico University in Portales has been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I Jobs, a magazine devoted to helping military members make the transition to civilian life. This distinction makes ENMU among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and […]

Family receives state recognition

Freedom New Mexico A Portales family has been named “Farm Family of the Year” by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Rick and Evelyn Ledbetter produce chile, cotton, alfalfa and corn silage, according to a news release from the ag department. Rick Ledbetter grew up on a farm in eastern New Mexico, and took out […]

73rd Wombat Wives winners of Big Give

Courtesy photo Tina Blessing, left, and Gretchen Brown, of the 73rd Wombat Wives team, paint a bench at the Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis in mid-April as part of their Big Give project for Cannon Air Force Base. The team won first place and people’s choice in the competition. Alisa Boswell The 73rd Wombat Wives were […]

Person of interest named in Tucumcari homicide

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — New Mexico State Police late Sunday named a person of interest in the homicide of a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman. Officers responded to a residence at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Arapahoe Street in Tucumcari, where they discovered Shirley Pacheco deceased inside of her home, said Sgt. Tim Q. Johnson Initially, police […]

Grassfire on Curry and Quay county line under control

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Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson Officials estimate a fire Saturday on the Curry and Quay county line burned 20,000 to 25,000 acres. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department said the number is a rough estimate and officials will get a better figure in daylight. Five structures were burned but there were no injuries, she […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Let’s put endangered species in kids’ hands

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Raymond Mondragon named to EPCOG post

Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams. Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, under a “mutual agreement” with EPCOG. Williams […]

Floyd businessman named Citizen of Year

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Alisa Boswell Jimmy Tivis, a 62-year resident of Floyd and owner of Tivis Dairy Supply, was named Citizen of the Year on Saturday at the Floyd Lion’s Club Country Jamboree. Highlights noted by Lion’s Club members when presenting the award were his 20 years as a Lion’s Club member and his heavy involvement with the […]

ENMU’s Mirabal, Herrin named All-South first team

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Freedom New Mexico BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Junior guard Stefan Mirabal for the men and junior forward Precious Herrin for the women were first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division selections in basketball for the 2010-11 season. The all-league selections were announced Tuesday during a banquet prior to the start of this week’s LSC men’s and women’s […]

Honors — Jan. 16

Blair Lauren Ruth Blair of Clovis was one of 410 students who was named to the president’s honor roll at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2010 fall semester on the Weatherford campus.

Press Release: Portales couple named Farm Family of the Year

LAS CRUCES — Chad and Rebecca Davis, owners of the Davis Blackwater Ranch near Portales, were recently named Farm Family of the Year by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau.

Tuesday morning briefing: All-Staters and where were you when the lights went out?

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Clovis All-Staters Eight students from Marshall and Yucca middle schools have been named to the All-State Junior High Choir. They will be attending the conference’s annual meeting Jan. 27-29 at New Mexico State University. Thus far, 40 Clovis students have earned All-State status. Video […]

Taco Box wins award

Freedom New Mexico Taco Box of Clovis and Portales was named a winner Friday of the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico’s Vision, Investment, Vitality and Action (VIVA) Awards. Tom and Gail Martin are the owners of Taco Box and have been in business since 1969. The VIVA awards recognize New Mexico businesses […]