Fishing report — Feb. 1

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Record-setting cold

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Temperatures fell below 10 degrees and schools were delayed Wednesday, but law enforcement officials reported few traffic problems. National Weather Service meteorologist Annette Mokry said the high in the Portales area Wednesday was 8 degrees, breaking the record for Feb. 2 lowest maximum temperature, 21 degrees, set in 1996. Mokry said Wednesday night was expected […]

Greyhounds sign 24 recruits

Freedom New Mexico Instate players make up a small but important part of Eastern New Mexico University’s 2011 football recruiting class. Of the 24 players who signed Wednesday with ENMU, four were from New Mexico, including all-state quarterbacks Josh Houghtaling of Artesia and Jacob Jameson of Lovington. The remaining players except one were from Texas. […]

Animal behavior not unlike ours

In drought times the water in dirt tanks evaporates, soaks into the ground or otherwise disappears — except for a little puddle in the deepest part, usually the middle. Cracks form in the ground around the edges, making a design much like a jigsaw puzzle. Animals smell the water and plod through the fractured earth […]

Thursday morning briefing: Civic call, Souper Saturday and the day the music died

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Call to duty Clovis is looking to fill the District 2 and District 3 citizen positions on the Public Works Committee. The committee meets every fourth Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. If interested call 769-7828 no later than Monday. Question of the day How cold […]

Ticket feature: Dogs to strut stuff at agility trials

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Freedom New Mexico Dogs of all breeds and sizes will be showing their stuff for three days starting Friday at the third annual Stars and Stripes Agility Trial. Scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. each day with events ending around 5 p.m., the trials will be held at the Curry County Events Center. The event […]

No fire found at Brown Early Childhood Center

Freedom New Mexico Despite a smell of smoke, firefighters found no fire at Brown Early Childhood Center Wednesday morning. Julie Miller, administrative assistant to the superintendent, said students were moved to the new, kindergarten section of the building to keep them safe and warm. Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said firefighters were called to the school […]

My turn: Snow day offers break

My former co-worker, Brien Murphy, an Iowa native, would shake his head when it snowed and asked where the snow plows were. What snow plows? That was the west Texas mentality, as it is the eastern New Mexico mentality. Why pay thousands of dollars for plow trucks the city will only use once a year? […]

My turn: Rice recipe good, easy

Who’s for pork and rice? Clovis News Journal Classified Advertising Manager Leslie Nagy passed along a recipe she remembers her mother making when she was a girl. “As a kid, this was always a ‘feel good’ food,” Leslie said in an e-mail. “As an adult, it is the only kind of rice my 17-year-old daughter […]

Wednesday weather closures

Area agencies and institutions being impacted by the cold weather have begun announcing early closures for Wednesday and hours for Thursday. • Eastern New Mexico University will conclude classes at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will close the campus at 5 p.m. The campus will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday with classes resuming at 11 a.m. […]