Still too early to pick leading GOP candidate

Freedom New Mexico The Republican presidential race is tightening. The Iowa straw poll Saturday didn’t pick any delegates, which will be done at the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 6, but the poll began culling the herd of GOP candidates. Finishing first with 4,823 votes was Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was born in the Hawkeye State […]

Cannon Air Force Base gate closed briefly Saturday

CNJ staff The Cannon Air Force Base gate was closed to incoming traffic for about 35 minutes Saturday when an Explosive Ordnance Disposal dog locked onto something in a car attempting to gain access to the base. Lt. Stephanie Strine with Cannon Public Affairs said cars are chosen at random for security checks. A car […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for the High Plains Humane Society’s spay and neuter program, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m., said Jim Hailey, owner of Clovis’ Der Wienerschnitzel. Hailey said the […]

Freedom Fest buzz abounds in Las Vegas

Freedom New Mexico Anyone curious about the direction of the conservative or libertarian movements, priorities for Tea Party enthusiasts or Republicans, or the hottest topics bound to affect the 2010 presidential elections, ought to pay close attention to issues raised at Freedom Fest, through Saturday in Las Vegas. Last year’s event turned out to be […]

McGee: Marriage is a sweet deal

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist It was another Saturday morning, another morning of venturing forth out onto the High Plains in search of great yard sales. I was hungry so I sank a knife into the big pan of brownies The Lady of the House had baked the day before. “What are you doing?”said a […]

Gay pride parade scheduled

Kevin Wilson Members, and supporters, of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community of eastern New Mexico are taking to the street Saturday afternoon. The Eastern New Mexico Pride Parade is set for 12:45 p.m. Saturday, with the route running along Main Street from 14th Street to Grand Avenue. It will be followed with a […]

Texas couple reunited with lost dog in Tucumcari

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Russell Anglin Forth Worth, Texas, retirees Chick and Lee Gardner were devastated to find their search-and-rescue dog, a black labrador retriever named Chance, missing from their car and care while returning from a California vacation Saturday night. The couple realized that one of their three search-and-rescue dogs was not in the car with them when […]

Nazareth German Festival set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico With food, music and fun, Saturday marks the 39th annual Nazareth German Festival in Nazareth, Texas. The day-long festival begins at 9 a.m., all times Central, in the community of Nazareth, with a tour of the Playa Lake Classroom. Activities, including an arts and crafts show, history exhibit, fiddle contest, children’s games […]

State police investigating fatal shooting in Nara Visa

Freedom New Mexico State police are investigating a fatal shooting in Nara Visa around 8 p.m. on Saturday. According to Sgt. Tim Johnson, state police responded to a report of a fight between two men on Second Street. Upon arrival, officers learned one of the men died from a gunshot wound. More information to come.

My turn: Trip to UFO festival long overdue

I had many people tell me Dairyfest was a success this weekend with a lot of food and fun games along with educational booths, such as learning how to make butter. The improv acting show at the Lyceum Theater was a success as well, having received a lot of laughs and support both Friday and […]

Police blotter — June 22

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Saturday • About 6:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East 18th Street to take a report of a stolen porch swing. A 65-year-old woman said the swing was hanging from the porch at 6:45 a.m., and she noticed […]

NMDOT to host child safety clinic Saturday at Clovis Wal-Mart

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will sponsor a 10 a.m. Saturday child safety seat clinic at Wal-Mart in Clovis. The free clinics, taking place in eight cities, is part of the NMDOT’s “100 Days and Nights of Summer” campaign. The clinics, which will last about two hours, are held on a first-come, first-served basis. […]

DairyFest set for Saturday

United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from the Fun Brothers Band, Colby Carter and Mark Chesnutt. Tickets are $1 at the door. They are also available in advance at […]

Reader submitted content: Community invited to celebrate Heritage Days

The Heritage Days parade on Saturday will be taking parade registration up until 9:15 a.m. the day of the parade at the corner of South Avenue O and West Second Street on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. Anyone or group that has not pre-registered is invited to show up the morning of the parade […]

Lubbock man injured in crash

PNT staff report James Buchanan, 70, of Lubbock was in serious but stable condition at a Lubbock hospital Saturday after his three-wheeled motorcycle left the road and crashed through a fence in Roosevelt County, according to Sheriff Darren Hooker. The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Friday on New Mexico 202 near Portales. Buchanan was the […]

Portales man injured in motorcycle accident

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man received serious injuries when the motorcycle he was riding crashed early Saturday morning. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Valentine Sotelo, 29, of Portales was driving a 2003 Honda motorcycle southbound on U.S. 70 when he drifted into the median and lost control about 1:45 a.m. around Mile Marker […]

ENMU commencement ceremony set for Saturday

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Argen Duncan Sweet 16 and walking the stage. Among the 484 spring graduates and 69 summer graduates eligible to participate in Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement Saturday is 16-year-old Hobbs resident and biology major Jessica McGraw, according to ENMU information. Her brother, John, expects to graduate at age 19 in December with a double major […]

Students chalk it up

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Alisa Boswell Students ranging from seventh to 12th grade sat and colored pictures of owls, flowers, butterflies, anime and more Saturday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse in Portales as part of the second annual K-ENMU Sidewalk Chalk Competition. Event coordinator Dawn Wolf-Taylor, nursing education coordinator for Eastern New Mexico University, said she thought the turnout […]

Community cleanup

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Portales residents will be participating in the Great American Cleanup project from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants comb the city while picking up trash and debris. “It doesn’t cost people anything, just their time,” said project director Veda Urioste. “It’s nice to clean up some eyesores.” Urioste said the event is sponsored by […]

Freedom New Mexico garners 11 press awards

Freedom New Mexico picked up 11 awards on Saturday, including the seven top prizes, in the Texas Panhandle Press Association’s 2011 Better Newspaper Contest. The Clovis News Journal was honored with PPA’s General Excellence award. CNJ photographers Tony Bullocks, Liliana Castillo and columnist Kevin Wilson all won individual first place awards. The Portales News-Tribune took […]