USDA to close 259 locations

Staff and wire reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and [...]

Santorum leaves Iowa carrying momentum

Freedom New Mexico Iowa’s first-in-the-nation voting did what it was supposed to do for the Republican presidential primary: narrow the field and create front-runners for the nomination. Even though he finished in second place, Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, was the big story of the evening and heading into the first state [...]

Clovis pastor working to import hay from Iowa

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With a surplus in Iowa and a shortage in the Southwest, a Clovis pastor is working to bring hay to area farmers and ranchers in need. “We’re gauging the need and seeing where we can be the hands in God’s work. You never know until you ask,” said Bonita Knox, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, [...]

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 [...]

Club notes — Jan. 16

P.E.O. Sisterhood P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded by seven college friends on Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing to women increased opportunities for higher education. There are 71 chapters in New Mexico and three in Clovis. Chapter AY of Clovis was [...]

Engagements — Sept. 12

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Merchant-Rogers Elizabeth Merchant and Brian Rogers of Clovis will be married 1 p.m. Sept. 18, 2010, at the Sunken Garden in Clovis. The prospective bride is the daughter of Jack and Toni Merchant of Clovis. The prospective groom is the son of Linda Rogers of Springville, Iowa, and Rick and Dianne Rogers of Marion, Iowa. [...]

1-6-08 Letters to the Editor

Acceptance, care would help city grow As a new year begins, many of us begin to think of new possibilities. I have been pondering a “What if…” that I would like to share. What If Portales took a daring stance and declared itself a sanctuary city for immigrants? And what if those immigrants were invited [...]

Hounds sign guard to squad

Freedom Newspapers Justin Redman-Trotter, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Milwaukee, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Redman-Trotter was a two-year starter at Northern Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, averaging 16.6 points last season to rank second in the Iowa Community College Athletic [...]

Sept. 2, 2005 Obituaries

Services: No date has been set. Kenneth Arnold Brent, 56, of Clovis died Aug. 27, 2005, in Sante Fe. He was born Jan. 25, 1949, in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1967. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1970. He retired from the [...]