Spring signals start of tornado season

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a near and so is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and tornado activity usually peak […]

Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday morning at the Tucumcari Convention Center. During the meeting: • EPCOG Director Sandy Chancey discussed several items with the board including news of an audit update being awarded to Hinkle and Landers of Albuquerque, and the intent to hire workforce development administrative entity and fiscal agent. An […]

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Freedom New Mexico At a meeting Wednesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board: • Executive Director Sandy Chancey reported on the status of state and federal audits and monitoring of Workforce Development programs. She noted that EPCOG has informed the Workforce Development board that her agency will cease to serve as the fiscal […]

Honors —

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Bumgarner [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Rita Bumgarner as auxilian of the month for October. She joined the auxiliary in November of 2009 and volunteers in the nursery and also subs for the information desk.

EPCOG set to meet

Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ executive committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 418 Main. Agenda items include a review of personnel policy and discussion of revisions to financial management policies. An executive session is also on the agenda to “discuss threatened or pending litigation, and disposal or acquisition of real property […]

Quilt festival starts today

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Alisa Boswell The sixth annual High Plains Quilt Festival kicks off today with all day quilting and Paintstiks classes. According to one of the event coordinators Linda Custer, the festival will include more classes Friday and Saturday and a quilt competition, which will be judged Thursday. Custer said the event is sponsored by First Financial […]

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

Freedom New Mexico Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. […]

Official: Air Force backs off plains training

By Peter Roper: The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain PUEBLO, Colo. — The Air Force is revising its plan for low-altitude training flights over Colorado to avoid the Eastern Plains, including the Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site northeast of Trinidad, according to Rep. Scott Tipton’s office. Tipton, a Republican, was given that assurance in recent meetings with […]

Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

During a meeting Wednesday, the board of directors for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments: • Heard a presentation from E. J. Peinado of the state’s Mortgage Finance Authority on money available to assist communities with infrastructure, community facilities and equipment. • Approved financial reports for June and July. • Voted unanimously not to renew […]

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Hart [image#1, align=left, size=medium] Sharon Hart was recognized as Plains Regional Medical Center Auxilian of the Month for June. She joined the Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary in February 1995. She currently volunteers at the Information desk.

High Plains Junior Rodeo kicking off next week

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Freedom New Mexico In its 37th year, the High Plains Junior Rodeo will kick off July 20, beginning three days of competition at the Curry County Events Center. The rodeo will feature youth ages 6-18 in action-packed competitions in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, calf, steer and bull riding, calf roping, ribbon roping, shoe […]

Engagements —June 19

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Sanderson-Stevenson [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Stelvin and Tangie Sanderson of Loop, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Stephanie Sanderson of Seminole, Texas, to Trace Stevenson, of Semionle, son of Stephen and Karen Stevenson of Farwell, Texas. The couple will exchange vows on July 30, 2011, at Redbud Baptist Church in Lubbock, […]

EPCOG hosting ‘day of discovery’

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is sponsoring “A Day of Discovery” to teach participants how to “tap into the richness that people with disabilities bring to our communities, workplaces and organizations,” according to information from EPCOG. The program aims to help people with disabilities find opportunities to work. “A Day of Discovery” […]

Patriots confident they have signatures to force special election

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots don’t have a verified count, but the citizens group believes it will be able to file enough signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. “They’re finally flooding in,” said High Plains Patriots President Kim Runyan on Friday afternoon. “We’re right at the amount we […]

Honors —

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Bean Plains Regional Medical Center auxilian Dorothy Bean was awarded the prestigious governor’s volunteer award. Bean was presented the award at the 13th annual Governor’s Spotlight on Volunteers Conference held April 15 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. She was chosen from many people who were nominated statewide. The award was given in recognition of New […]

McGee: Casual conversations

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist When folks come in to the bicycle shop I get to talking to them about other stuff besides bicycles. I might ask if they grew up here on the High Plains. If they didn’t, I might ask where they’re from. It’s all part of being conversational but it also takes […]

Scholarships — May 1

Texas Alumni Association The High Plains Chapter of the Texas Alumni Association has awarded the following students Cotton Simms Scholarships:

What you should know about allergy season

Cannon Connections: Dianna Hernandez Local health officials say it’s not uncommon for airmen assigned to Cannon Air Force Base to develop allergies when they didn’t have any before. In eastern New Mexico, allergy season never really ends. Rather, the season peaks and dips. With dry weather and strong winds, pollen, dust and other allergens blow […]

Film festival, lectureship audience doubles

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Argen Duncan The fourth annual High Plains Film Festival, held in conjunction with the Jack Williamson Lectureship, had twice the turnout of last year, an organizer said. This was the first year the two events operated together. “I think it was great to have a theme, and we were able to build an audience from […]

Plains Indian resident predicts dry spring season

Freedom New Mexico Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors. Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation. “That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.” The tradition, Crim […]