New arena highlight of Ag Expo

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Alisa Boswell The main cause of excitement for the 20th annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo is the new Roosevelt County Event Arena, which will house all of this year’s vendor booths at the event. Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher said the new facility puts all vendors under one roof. “I think it will allow […]

Former Clovis High principal takes new post

CMI staff Former Clovis High Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of deputy superintendent of operations for Clovis Municipal Schools. Balch has served as the director of operations since July 2011. He has also been a principal at Bovina High School and Yucca Middle School. Balch, a native of Clovis, will begin on July […]

PNT ownership changes hands

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CMI Staff New owners Garry Ellis and Gary Stevenson say acquisition of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun marks the end of a 2 1/2-year search “for just the right (media) property.” The two are partners in Clovis Media Inc., which assumed ownership today of the three papers from Freedom Communications, […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, all things Ag and Coke’s secret formula

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, Portales. It features Andy Mason and Don Thomas performing. Admission is $5 at the door. Ag Expo coming The 2012 New Mexico Ag Expo kicks off 9 a.m. Wednesday in the […]

Renovated dormitories readied for airmen

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley After undergoing renovations, dorms 1156 and 1159 are available to house airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. In addition to individual room upgrades, common spaces such as kitchens and day rooms received new furnishings, appliances, tile and paint. By Emily Crowe: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron The rapid […]

Portales youth tour Cannon

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Johnathan Estrada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, talks to kids from the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, about his daily duties in the control tower Feb. 11 at Cannon Air Force Base. The kids from the home […]

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 […]

Daycare center has new facilities

Christina Calloway: Cannon Connections The Cannon Air Force Base Child Development Center is now housed in a brand new larger facility to accommodate the needs of more military families. The groundbreaking for construction began June 10, 2010, and the facility was opened on Nov. 7. Director of the daycare center, Kathy Morgan, said the facility […]

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 […]