Air show set for Saturday

By David Irvin Cannon Air Force Base’s Air Power Expo will open Saturday with a peaceful glider flight across the sky to the tune of the national anthem. Then it will get noisy. Four F-16s from the 524th fighter wing will scream low over the airfield, simulating an airfield assault. “The airfield attack is just […]

First Lady to make visit to Clovis

Freedom Newspapers First lady Laura Bush is scheduled to be in Clovis on Wednesday to campaign for her husband’s re-election, local Republicans said Thursday evening. Rube Render, a member of the Curry County Republicans central committee, said the first lady is scheduled to appear some time in the afternoon. The tentative location for the campaign […]

Clovis officer, wife killed in accident

By Mike Linn A Clovis police officer and a Methodist pastor — a husband and wife remembered for their love of God and outgoing personalities — died together shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday night in a motorcycle accident five miles west of Cannon Air Force Base. Boden Garrison, 35, and wife Amanda, 39, were attempting […]

City councils show approval for Ute Water project

By Tony Parra City councilors discussed the importance of the Ute Water Project at the city meeting on Tuesday while Mayor Orlando Ortega was in Washington D.C. giving testimony in favor of the Ute Water Project on Wednesday. City Manager Debi Lee and the councilors discussed an agreement with the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water […]

Bonner credits family for persistence

By Laurie Stone Editor’s Note: The News-Tribune is doing a weekly profile on local business owners who have been at that respective business for at least the last five years. David Bonner has been helping people protect themselves against loss for the past 17 years, but has always credited his family for his gains. Bonner […]

Pickers keep up with passion for music

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — David Nash insists that there’s a different story behind every member of the Floyd Backporch Pickers. The evidence supports him. There’s the former business owner that admits he’s still a little too shy to talk to everyone, the 60-year-old man who just took up an instrument in December and the […]

Measure passes for beer and wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed […]

Portales native resigns from Curry County office

By Ryan Lengerich By Ryan Lengerich CNJ STAFF WRITER ryan_lengerich@link.freedom.com After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire […]

Sheriff’s department asks for salary increases

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department officials presented county commissioners with a cost analysis on Tuesday for an increase in pay, but county commissioners stressed that it’s not in the budget. Currently the starting hourly rate for a non-certified Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy is $9.62 and $10.82 for a certified candidate. In comparison, Portales […]

Developers find opposition regarding Ute Lake

By Mike Linn CLOVIS — Two developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New Mexico. Developers Sid Strebeck and Warren Frost, who sell lots along Ute Lake’s south shore, are asking the […]