Monday morning briefing: MLK Day, perfect fruit pies and prohibition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. MLK Day There are celebrations and commemorations galore today to mark Martin Luther King Day. In Clovis, the annual walk to commemorate King’s march from Selma to Montgomery gets started at 9 a.m. in Potter Park. In Portales, a similar march starts at 10 […]

Officials hope fireworks deal with bird problem

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Alisa Boswell The fireworks set off Monday and Tuesday night in downtown were not celebration but an attempt to eradicate of a common plague in eastern New Mexico — great-tailed grackles. Portales resident and biologist Tony Gennaro and other residents approached city officials about scaring the birds off with fireworks. Several businesses on the square […]

Less than inch of snow expected

Freedom New Mexico The winter weather advisory issued this morning for eastern New Mexico has been canceled.

School menus — Jan. 8

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Yogurt and cinnamon toast. Lunch — Beefy cheese nachos, spanish rice, shredded lettuce, fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Deli sandwich, lettuce and tomato, pickle chips, seasonal fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Cheeseburger on a bun, tater tots, mini carrots and dip, cookie. Thursday: Breakfast […]

Monday morning briefing: They want your blood, a movie break and Christmas credit

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Blood needed There’s a Blood Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Curves, 2909 Prince St. Information or to make an appointment: 762-2574. Free movie If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is the winter break movie […]

Sheriff’s office investigating inmate death

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Freedom New Mexico Slightly more than 4 1/2 hours after he was in court Monday facing felony child abuse charges, Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell at the Roosevelt County jail, County Manager Charlene Hardin said Thursday. Lewis, 22, died Tuesday at a Lubbock Hospital in what she […]

Names of Monday crash victims released

Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, 61, of […]

Fatal accident kills four outside of Melrose

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Monday’s harsh combination of wind, freezing rain and snow contributed to multiple road closures and a fatal accident in Curry County. Four people were killed and two others were injured in the two-vehicle collision on U.S.60/84 east of Melrose, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said about […]

School menus —

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Meatball sub, tater tots, corn on the cob, chilled fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — BBQ pulled pork sandwich, mixed veggies, chilled peaches. Wednesday: Breakfast — Waffles. Lunch — Spaghetti and meat sauce, ranch salad, Italian veggie blend, ww roll and […]

Monday morning briefing: Highway plans, jazz and the queen of mean

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Highway talk The highway reconstruction project cutting through the center of Portales is the subject of Roosevelt County Chamber quarterly luncheon. It’s noon Tuesday at Mark’s Latte Lounge, 1126 W. First St. Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To RSVP contact […]

Frosty awakening for area

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Kevin Wilson Up to half a foot of snow fell in some areas of eastern New Mexico on Monday, most of it coming well after local schools had made the decision to cancel classes. Most area schools also closed on Monday. Clovis schools, Floyd schools, Eastern New Mexico University, Clovis Community College and Ninth Judicial […]

Snow expected tonight, Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday morning briefing: A call for gifts, sounds of steel and a mystery of the skies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Gifts for kids The Lighthouse Mission needs donations for its annual Childrens Christmas Celebration. They need toys, apples, oranges, peanuts, canned soda and bags of individually wrapped candy. Donations can be dropped off at the mission, 407 La Casillas Blvd., between 8 a.m. and […]

Police blotter — Dec. 4

Recent samplings of calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Monday • At 12:52 a.m., an officer responded to a call about a male subject lying in a resident’s driveway on South Avenue B. When the officer arrived, he saw a man standing in the driveway with no shirt. The man was heavily […]

School menus —

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Spicy chicken sliders, tater tots, veggies and dip, jello cake. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Toasted cheese sandwich, chicken noodle soup, ranch salad, orange smiles. Wednesday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Soft taco and salsa, seasoned pinto beans, […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

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I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

School menus —

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Cheesy chicken fettucini, ranch salad, mixed veggies and fruit, garlic cheddar biscuit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — BBQ pulled pork sandwich, mixed veggies, chilled peaches. Wednesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, ranch salad and […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 22

University closed for break ENMU will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday break through monday. University buildings will be closed during the holiday . The Golden Library and University Computer Center will be open from noon to midnight on Sunday. Information: 562-2115.

Monday morning briefing: Christmas music, Christmas lights and who shot J.R.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Holiday music show Mark your calendars… Eastern New Mexico University will host the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. […]

Police blotter — Nov. 20

Recent samplings of calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Monday • At 12:24 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to shoplifting. Two females had been caught placing items into a purse. Both women were issued citations. The cost of the items recovered was $84. • At 3:30 p.m., […]