Electronic newspaper services changing (updated)

Users of our online newspapers are seeing a change in providers. The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, which transitioned Thursday from Freedom Communications into Clovis Media Inc., switched from Olive to Presteligence for e-Paper service. The e-Paper is basically the print edition of the newspaper, presented as an online image similar […]

Officials: Ute water project may receive more funding

Freedom New Mexico Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up […]

Local film company launching web series

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Alisa Boswell A local film company launches its new web series this week, according to the show’s creator Will McGrath. The Internet series is called “Extragalactic Black,” in which McGrath plays spaceship Capt. Black, a character lacking a lot of common sense and getting his crew members into a lot of “sticky” situations. “The story […]

Wednesday morning briefing: In search of blood and Mister Ed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Blood drive United Blood Services will hold a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard. Plaza exhibit The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Art will host the University of New Mexico-sponsored exhibit of The Plazas […]

Bill tracker: New bills introduced

Tonjia Rolan Local area legislators have introduced 14 new bills since Jan. 26. The deadline for filing legistlation was Feb. 1. House and Senate bill progress has been updated to reflect information available 5 p.m. Monday.

Residents share Valentine’s Day thoughts

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With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their experiences with romance and chocolate and what Valentine’s Day means to them. Here were some of the answers we got: In business: What is your favorite romantic comedy/romance film? • Miguel Jermillo, 22, a […]

Monday morning briefing: Industrial plans, a joyful noise and a president’s eyes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch There’s a special meeting noon today at Portales city hall to outline the city’s industrial park master plan. It’s open to the public. A joyful noise The Vienna Boys Choir concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium in Clovis. General admission […]

My turn: Smart aleck valentines available

You can order my new batch of Valentine’s Day cards at SmartAleckSloan.com Here are the fronts and backs: • “You are the Super Bowl of women — The hype is better than the game” • “There’s a thin line between love and hate — And you’ve crossed it” • “I don’t like to make mountains […]

Feral swine running wild in eastern New Mexico

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Tonjia Rolan Prolific feral swine populations are ravaging eastern New Mexico range and farmland and creating an ecological nightmare, according to state and federal wildlife officials. An astonishing reproductive rate has seen hogs spread to 17 New Mexico counties in just seven years. Farmer and rancher Ted Rush of Quay County has hunted and killed […]

Revenues up at some entertainment venues

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Tonjia Rolan Clovis Civic Center and Curry County Events Center saw increased revenues over the past two years. This is good news to City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, who said entertainment industries in Clovis and Portales are important cultural outlets for people from across the globe, who come to Cannon Air Force Base. College and university […]

Latest ENMU production takes satirical look at a young couple’s life

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University’s latest theatrical production is full of laughs, according to the show’s cast and crew, despite matters that wouldn’t be funny in most contexts. Student actor Robert Garcia, who plays the narrative voice of the playwright for, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” set for shows today through Sunday at […]

Thursday morning briefing: A video game and a Valentine dance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video game of the week Our own video game guru Jenna Zamie’s pick for the week: Game: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Genre: RPG System: 360, PS3 What is it? The follow-up to the popular JRPG, starring Lightning’s younger sister. ESRB Rating: Teen Web site: http://na.square-enix.com/ffxiii-2/ […]

New coach leads Hounds

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Dave Wagner Chris Terry realizes building a consistently competitive baseball program at Eastern New Mexico University will be a work in progress. Terry is about to venture into his first season with the Greyhounds after replacing the venerable Phil Clabaugh, who resurrected the program in 1992 and guided it for the past 20 years. A […]

Monday morning briefing: Help for fire victims and a slight chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire victims Donations are needed for 12 families left homeless by a recent fire at Clovis Apartments. Money is most needed and cash or checks can be mailed or dropped off at United Way of Eastern New Mexico, 1200 N. Thornton St., Suite G, […]

Wilkinson providing big boost for Hounds

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Dave Wagner When Eastern New Mexico University senior Curtis Wilkinson describes playing against NCAA Division I basketball schools, he certainly sports the right attitude. Especially for a guy that has not given up the dream of playing professionally just yet. “They’re regular guys just like us, they just have a different logo on their chest,” […]

ENMU spring enrollment sets record

Freedom New Mexico For the first time in its history, Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for a spring semester has surpassed 5,000 students. At 5,084 students for the semester, the university is sitting at a 4.5 percent increase over last year’s enrollment of 4,864 students. Spring student credit hours, which higher education funding is based […]

Zias split season opener

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico Freshman shortstop Melissa Reynosa went 4-for-6 in Eastern New Mexico’s season-opening doubleheader, helping the Zias pull a split against Texas-Permian Basin and St. Mary’s to open the St. Mary’s Tournament. The Zias won their opener 4-1 over Permian Basin behind a solid pitching performance from freshman Alberta Medina, and […]

Friday morning briefing: Certified, all about trains and the day the music died

Good morning a welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Certified Curry County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Beni Dampier has earned her certificate as a New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor. Dampier says the program is a lengthy series of classes and study to help her be a better public servant as well as improve her […]

Zias hold on to beat Pioneers

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Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s women had a little trouble finishing off Texas Woman’s Wednesday night at Greyhound Arena. Unlike earlier in the season, though, the Zias are beginning to find ways to win. Senior forward Precious Herrin scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds — including a huge offensive board in the final […]

Thursday morning briefing: School alerts, breakfast at the Legion and Ground Hog Day

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. New school alerts Clovis Municipal Schools are now using a new Skylert Calling System as part of the district’s Student Information Management System. Skylert enables the district to contact parents via phone, email, and text message. Examples of system uses include student absences, low […]