EPCOG chair: No vote needed in firing

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how […]

Director says EPCOG will follow state open meetings laws

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern Plains Council of Governments Interim Director Richard Arguello said Thursday the organization’s failure to notify the public of an executive committee meeting was an oversight that won’t happen again. “I’m going to say that it’s my fault on this,” Arguello said. “We had a little faux pas there […]

Their view: Reform allows too much government control

Penny Bailey is president of the High Plains Patriots, a political organization whose Web site trumpets limited government and individual rights. Here’s what she has to say in response to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan Jr., D-N.M., and others who support the health care bill: “I fought and will continue to fight against this bill […]

Congressional republican candidates stump in Clovis

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre in Clovis sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing […]

North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks […]

North Plains Mall part of takeover bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire ailing rival General Growth Properties. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. The acquisition would allow General Growth, the No. 2 owner of shopping centers, to emerge from […]

Poster contest promotes Prairie Chicken Festival

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The lesser prairie chickens will be strutting their stuff again this year in Milnesand, and artists have a chance to show off their work, too. The ninth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand is scheduled for April 16-18, and the affiliated art contest is ongoing, with […]

Region wakes up to snow

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico It just might be a white Christmas on the High Plains. An overnight storm brought blowing and drifting snow to the area Thursday, making roads slick and dangerous. About an inch of snow fell overnight. The National Weather Service is predicting high winds — 30 mph to 40 mph […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico If shopping at North Plains Mall is any indication, it’s beginning to look a lot like economic recovery this holiday season. Mall Manager Cindy Banister said it appears Clovis area retailers are fairing better than other areas of the country hit hard by the global economic downturn. “Our sales […]

Business receives award

Freedom New Mexico Plains Farm and Ranch of Portales has received a Golden Achievement Award from Golden Acres Genetics seed company, according to a news release from the company. The annual awards recognize Golden Acres “resellers” who made significant contributions to the yearly sales effort. In the press release, Golden Acres President Lou Buice praised […]