Municipal races building steam

By Kevin Wilson Tuesday will be a busy day at city and town halls across eastern New Mexico, with candidates having an 8 a.m.-5 p.m. window to file for office. The following is a list of items that will be on Clovis’ March 6 ballot, including candidates who have announced their intentions to run so […]

Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said […]

Lyons remains PRC chairman

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons will remain chairman of the New Mexico’s scandal-tainted Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC voted unanimously Tuesday to re-elect Lyons and Vice Chairman Theresa Becenti-Aguilar. “We’re looking forward to cleaning up the PRC and making it a better agency for the consumer,” Lyons said. “We want to be […]

Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

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Benna Sayyed Local farmers say recent precipitation in the area has helped their crops a little but much more is needed to alleviate the drought. According to Ed Polasko, service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, precipitation levels (rain and melted snow) during October, November, and December 2011 were up slightly from 2010. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fun for the kids, a big meeting and Nixon says no

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fun for the kids Preschool Storytime is 6 p.m. Thursday at the Portales Public Library. Meetings Watch The City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. It’s open to the public. Information: 769-7828 Kitchen tip Caramelize onions very quickly by cooking […]

School menus —

Clovis elementary Wednesday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and gravy, ranch salad, fruit whip. Thursday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Corb dog, tater tots, spinach salad, applesauce cup. Friday: Breakfast — Smucker’s waffle. Lunch — Cheese pizza, ranch salad, corn, fruit turnover.

Feeling right at home

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis trio of J.D. Isler, Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill got an experience they’d never forget at Greyhound Arena Friday night. Northern New Mexico almost gave them, and visiting McMurry University, a loss of the same caliber. Jaden Isler hit four free throws in the final 26 seconds, […]

On the shelves — Jan. 1

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease” by Bharat Aggarwal explains how to harness the power of super-rich plant compounds that fight oxidation and inflammation. “Classic in the Barn” by Amy Myers begins as car detective Jack […]

Clovis trio set for homecoming

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The band is back together, somewhat, and it’s making a Friday swing through Portales. In the closest thing they’ll have to a homecoming, Clovis High guards Jaden Isler and Bryce Hill, and former Wildcat coach J.D. Isler, lead McMurry University in a 7 p.m. Friday neutral site game at […]

Clovis train moved

Benna Sayyed A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 was moved Thursday to its new home, one day ahead of a funding-based deadline. The 144,000-pound steam-engine relic had to be moved by Dec. 31 as a condition of $21,512 in offsetting grants for the move. The move to the Clovis Depot Model Museum […]

Ticket feature: Carlos Mencia to perform in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Carlos Mencia will perform at the Clovis Civic Center 8 p.m. Jan. 27. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are available at the Clovis Civic Center office or online at www.comcasttix.com. Mencia has been called one of today’s most popular entertainers and comics, according to his website, carlosmencia.com. Whether it is […]

Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this […]

Year in review: Abengoa comes, goes again

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Abengoa comes, goes again Abengoa Bioenergy USA restarted its Portales bioethanol plant on Jan. 12 after two years of inactivity. Then in December, it announced plans to close again. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin an extensive maintenance plan, so we’ll […]

Separate crashes claim lives over holiday

Freedom New Mexico Wintery Christmas day weather is being blamed for two separate but deadly crashes that have claimed the lives of three Clovis children and a young mother. Mya Gonzales, 4, of Clovis died of injuries suffered in a late night Christmas day rollover crash about 16 miles north of the city, according to […]

On the shelves — Dec. 25

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “If I Have to Tell You One More Time: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling” by Amy McCready presents twenty-three tools that are easy to implement and proven effective for correcting misbehavior and bringing out the best in […]

Police departments give gifts to 400 children

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Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. Police in Clovis and Portales recently played Santa to hundreds of children across eastern New Mexico. The 2011 Operation Santa Cop was a success with Portales Police Department officials saying they gave about 400 children presents on Dec. 17. “I saw […]

Salvation Army receives about 1,500 toys

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Benna Sayyed Clovis’ Salvation Army Angel Toys charity helped local parents facing tough economic times provide their children presents this Christmas. Salvation Army Major Rachel Gallop said Angel Toys received approximately 1,500 toys including 42 bicycles from local organizations, businesses and individuals to distribute to families Wednesday and Thursday. “This helps the people realize that […]

Rhythmic Circus performing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Rhythmic Circus’ “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” show, part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series, will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Marshall Auditorium. Rhythmic Circus has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance company known for transforming their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A local Top Dog, Toddle Time and terrorists strike

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Local Top Dog The infamous Dachshund, Sasha, who won the Clovis Wiener National’s qualifying race back in July will be competing for the title of “Top Dog” in the 2011 Annual Wiener National Finals. Sasha is one of seven dogs competing for the 2011 […]

Birthdays —

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Lawson Millie (Mimi) Lawson of Clovis will celebrate her 50th birthday Dec. 22, 2011, at her home on Sheldon Street. The celebration will be hosted by family and friends. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1979. We love you very much 50 BABY! Millie was born Dec. 22, 1961, in Denton, Texas. She has […]