Press release: The National Weather Service issues wind advisory

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a wind advisory which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST) today. This includes Curry and Roosevelt Counties. West Winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind speeds will increase by mid morning. The strongest winds are expected during the […]

NASCAR makes pit stop in corn field

NASCAR has announced an agreement with the National Corn Growers Association to begin using Ethanol 15, a greener fuel, manufactured from corn. Al Gore has just announced that ethanol for use in cars was not as good an idea as he thought. He must have bought some BP stock. It’s great news for corn growers, […]

Proposed fee increases ‘modest’

Lawmakers seeking guidance from military associations on whether to support the new Defense Department plan to raise TRICARE Prime enrollment fees modestly for working-age retirees next year, and then to adjust them annually for inflation, will get mixed signals this time around. Joyce Wessel Raezer, national director of the National Military Family Association, is not […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters program aims to raise money with bowling event

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Kevin Wilson Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico is a relatively small operation, with a staff that consists of executive director Meg Sadau, and a minimal office in the Matt 25 Hope Center where she has spent a year. The operation is hoping it find a few sponsors, however, so it can serve […]

Conditions ripe for grass fires

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Argen Duncan With a large fuel load and little moisture, county fire officials are concerned about serious grass fires this spring. Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen said he had read a story from KOB.com that indicated the National Weather Service predicted this year could have the worst fire season in 30 years as winds pick […]

Storm spotter course offered in March

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service of Albuquerque will be holding two free sessions of a storm spotter’s course in the area in March, according to a news release. The March 22 sessions are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Clovis city hall assembly room and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. […]

National Barrel Horse Association returns

Freedom New Mexico The National Barrel Horse Association is kicking up dust in Portales and Clovis for the first time in nine years. The association offers cowgirls and cowboys of all ages a chance to compete with other barrel horse riders from across New Mexico. District 3 consists of Roosevelt, Curry, Colfax, De Baca, Guadalupe, […]

Muleshoe’s Washington opts for Texas Tech

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Rick White Muleshoe’s Cooper Washington called an audible Wednesday, opting to sign a national letter of intent with Texas Tech. Washington, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end and quarterback at Muleshoe, orally committed to play at Oklahoma in the spring. “I had second thoughts about fitting in at OU,” said Washington, who started at defensive end […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

My turn: Count on columnists to entertain

As I sat yesterday reading three different columns written by three different co-workers, I realized that since becoming a journalist, one of my favorite past times has become reading columns. I must admit, before starting this job, I had not paid much attention to columns in the newspaper. I have always been more interested in […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Day trip: White Sands National Monument

Courtesy photo White Sands National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 70, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces. White Sands National Monument • Location: The visitor center is located on U.S. Highway 70, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces. Travelers from Carlsbad Caverns […]

Day trip: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Courtesy photo Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument • Location: Located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 55 miles northeast of Albuquerque. From Albuquerque: Take the exit for Santo Domingo/Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (Exit 259) off I-25 onto NM 22. Follow the signs on NM 22 to Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. […]

Outdoor guide: Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Canadian geese and sandhill cranes relax and move around Bitter Lake last October on their way south for winter. • Location: Bitter Lake is located 10 miles northeast of Roswell in Chaves County. It is 1 hour and 33 minutes or 89 miles from Portales. It is 102 miles or […]

Winter storm may bring region’s first snow

Freedom New Mexico A winter storm heading toward eastern New Mexico will likely bring the first snow of the season. National Weather Service meteorologist David Craft in Albuquerque said there is a winter storm watch in effect for Thursday evening through Friday morning. He said the watch means there could be “a few to several […]

FFA members recognized

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Argen Duncan Local FFA members recently stepped into national events, and in some cases, the national spotlight. Texico, Elida and Dora students participated in the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, and Texico FFA members competed in the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Mo. Both events were in late October. Texico FFA adviser Tod […]

Martinez has won rewarding job

I want to offer my congratulations to governor-elect Susana Martinez. As she will soon find out, being governor of New Mexico is one of the most demanding jobs anyone can have. But it is, by far, the most rewarding job for anyone wanting to serve the people of this great state. Eight years ago, I […]

Press release: Freeze Watch for Oct. 27-28

FYI All: Lower Rio Grande Valley-Tularosa Valley-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County- Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chavez County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chavez County Wed, Oct. 27, 2010 The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a freeze watch which is in effect from late tonight through Thursday morning. • Temperatures — Lows will […]

Club notes — Oct. 17

Daughters of the American Revolution The El Portal Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, met Oct. 9 at the Miles Anthropological Museum at ENMU in Portales with Cori Snobble and Pam Wallace as hostesses. The program was presented by John Montgomery, professor of anthropology at ENMU and director of Blackwater Draw Museum. Miles […]

Press release: Greyhounds remain in national poll

PORTALES, N.M. — For the second consecutive week, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team is in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Hendrickcars.com NCAA Division II poll, coming in at 23rd. The Greyhounds also rank third in the South Central region poll. Last week, ENMU played to a 2-all double-overtime tie against 11th-ranked […]