Emergency grazing approved for five more counties

CNJ staff Emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage, approved May 26 in Curry County, has now been approved for Harding, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties. “This authorization provides relief for many livestock producers in these five counties who have suffered through severe drought conditions,” said Salomon E. Ramirez, state executive director for the […]

Emergency grazing authorized

Emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acreage has been authorized for Curry County through Sept. 30 because of drought conditions, according to a news release from the U.S. Farm Service Agency. Participants must leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP fields ungrazed for wildlife. According to the release, CRP participants in […]

Curry, Roosevelt counties receive more than $2 million in grants

Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State Community Development Block Grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico who applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were awarded […]

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the night watching the remnants of a fire that broke out Tuesday along a median on U.S. Highway 70 near Blackwater Draw Museum and quickly spread east for five miles behind 50 mph winds. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. and estimated […]

Five arrested on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Agents from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Clovis Police Department and Portales Police Department officers assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force, have reported five felony arrests from investigations that concluded this week. According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office: • Israel Reyna Jr., 45, and Christopher Reyna, […]

Curry County faces big challenge in Titans

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Freedom New Mexico Curry County Cats coach Paul Lopez was hoping his team could play the Albuquerque Titans on the turf field at Rio Rancho High School in Sunday’s New Mexico Premier League Pecos Division championship game. Instead, the Cats will have to win to play there — for the league championship next weekend. The […]

Their view: Lyons proposes cost-cutting measures

Patrick H. Lyons is chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. He represents District 2, which includes Roosevelt and Curry counties. In a recent news release, he touched on money-saving initiatives undertaken by the NMPRC under his leadership.

Tuesday morning briefing: Graduation, Curry’s first elected woman and east meets west

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Check it out Floyd and Elida school districts have calendars of end-of-the-school-year events available at: • Floyd Municipal School District: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ • Elida Municipal Schools: http://www.elidaschools.net/ ENMU graduation set Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host its 120th Commencement Convocation on Saturday at […]

Curry County Cats preview capsule — April 30

Freedom New Mexico Las Cruces Kings (5-3) at Curry County Cats (6-2) • What: New Mexico Premier League first-round playoff game • When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday • Where: Leon Williams Stadium, Clovis • Of note: The Cats finished second and the Kings third in the Pecos Division of the NMPL. … Curry County hasn’t actually […]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson Approximately 71,000 acres burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties in a massive grass fire April 17 — more than four times initial estimates, making the fire the area’s largest in more than 30 years. Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said last week he drove the fire line to survey […]

Extension office plans meeting on wildfire losses

Freedom New Mexico Agricultural producers in Curry and Roosevelt counties who experienced losses in the wildfire Sunday can get information at a meeting next week, according to a news release from the counties’ Cooperative Extension Service. The meeting is set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Extension Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds, […]

Club notes — April 17

Curry County Association Curry County Association of Educational Retirees met April 4 at Furr’s. The meeting was opened with prayer and pledges to the American flag and the New Mexico flag. Dianne Davis introduced Rebecca Reid-Carlyle, who gave a program on reverse mortgages. The reverse mortgage plan was explained step by step and who is […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Coming together, an Easter warning and terrorism at home

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Coming together The community comes together at noon today during the joint City of Clovis/Curry County luncheon at the Clovis Civic Center. Quirky quote “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” — Muhammad Ali Easter […]

Clovis man still in serious condition after shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man who was shot in the head Wednesday night remains in serious life-threatening condition. Curry County Sheriff’s officials have said Daniel Perez, 26, was shot in the head in the 900 block of South Valley Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Flown to a Lubbock hospital for treatment shortly after […]

Ticket feature: Team roping championships to begin Friday

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Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Championships Team Roping will be taking place in Clovis Friday through Sunday. Sanctioned by the United States Team Roping Championships, the event will be held at the Curry County Events Center beginning at 9 a.m. daily. “Clovis is a great venue for the sport and we are looking forward […]

Clovis high school reunion meeting set

A planning meeting for a reunion of Clovis High School alumni from 1970 to 1979 is 5:15 p.m. Monday at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. The CHS 70s reunion is planned for June 3-4, in conjunction with the Pioneer Days celebration. Tentative plans include a Friday night mixer, class participation in the Pioneer Days […]

Curry Cats improve to 3-0

Manuel Robles scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Curry County Cats escaped a halftime deficit to defeat the New Mexico Black Hawks 13-6 Sunday in Los Lunas. With the win, the Cats (3-0) are now the only perfect team in the New Mexico Premier League. The Black Hawks dropped to 1-1. Robles, a […]

Curry commissioners seek bids for road work

Sharna Johnson By Sharna Johnson Freedom New Mexico sjohnson@cnjonline.com Curry County will gather bids to surface an alternate route around Curry Road R, which lies along Cannon Air Force Base’s western perimeter —temporarily abandoning plans to improve access to the base’s south gate. The decision was reached in a 4-1 vote Tuesday during a Curry […]

Their view: Film incentives must be reasonable for state

Dennis J. Roch is the state representative for District 67, which includes Roosevelt and Curry counties. He offered his thoughts on the state subsidies for the film industry:

Curry County Cats pull away in second half

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Josh Bryan thought he’d had enough of football when he went to Eastern New Mexico University in the fall of 2009 and didn’t make it through the season. Turned out he was wrong. A 2009 Clovis High grad, Bryan was one of several former Wildcats who had big days […]