Monday morning briefing: Industrial plans, a joyful noise and a president’s eyes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch There’s a special meeting noon today at Portales city hall to outline the city’s industrial park master plan. It’s open to the public. A joyful noise The Vienna Boys Choir concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium in Clovis. General admission […]

Residents share Super Bowl plans

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Local residents answer the question: What are you doing Super Bowl Sunday? Archie McMath Portales “My son is having a party so I’m going to his house to watch the game. I’ll probably stop and get couple of pizzas on the way. I think it will be a boring game. Neither of the teams is […]

New plans for annual Ag Expo

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Agricultural vendors won’t be the only thing at the Roosevelt County Ag Expo’s 20th anniversary, according to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. The two-day event will also include a old west shoot-out re-enactment, a parade with longhorns and a new set up for vendors. The main cause of excitement for this year’s […]

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 […]

Their view: Resolutions require making plans

Bryan Golden, a self-development advisor, syndicated columnist and professor, offers these tips on New Year’s resolutions:

Snow days help with pre-holiday plans

Things to do on a snow day, especially when that snow day comes several weeks before Christmas. • Finish hanging and arranging the Christmas lights you did not get to, which was most of them. Remember that your northeastern native body does not really perceive this weather as unbearably cold, as most in the southwestern […]

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 […]

For area residents, Thanksgiving plans vary

It’s turkey time in New Mexico. Or pork time, or lasagna time, or something else, depending on who you ask. We asked two simple questions — what is for dinner and what else are you planning — and asked follow-ups when necessary. We got some simple and not so simple answers. ••• Clovis Mayor Gayla […]

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Lopez Fabian Lopez Jr. was inducted into the Academy of Civil, Agricultural and Geotechnical Engineering, which involves former civil engineer students from New Mexico State University. He has been asked to serve on the board for ACAGE, which he plans to pursue. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science in civil engineering in May […]

Commissary boss: Value overlooked

Military grocery stores operate so efficiently that the discounts provided to shoppers are worth double the value of tax dollars being spent to deliver this prized benefit worldwide to U.S. service members and families. Joseph H. Jeu, director of the Defense Commissary Agency, made that point and more in an interview last week amid rising […]

Residents share Labor Day plans

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Alisa Boswell This weekend celebrates Labor Day, which means it’s the last weekend for local residents to enjoy a three-day holiday weekend in summer weather. Some Clovis and Portales residents are taking the weekend to get things done around the house while others are traveling over Labor Day weekend. But whether staying home or heading […]

Portales to begin redistricting plans

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Alisa Boswell Redistricting for the city of Portales will begin soon now that the city has signed a contract with Southwest Political Services of Albuquerque. According to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the company will finish the project no later than Dec. 15. “We are asking them that they provide us with three alternate plans […]

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Lee [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Garrett Shannon Lee of Portales has won one of the four Mary Johnston Scholarship $1,000 scholarships this year. The scholarship is is sponsored by the The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). Garrett plans to major in animal science at New Mexico State University. He is the grandson of OOIDA member […]

Pecos league plans game in Clovis

CNJ staff The Pecos League is coming to Clovis — at least for a day. A game between the Alpine Cowboys and Carlsbad Bats is planned 7:05 p.m. July 28 at Mike Harris Field. Tickets are $6. The six-team league, which sought to have a franchise in Clovis this season, is seeking game sponsors and […]

Area seniors share plans after graduation

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Alisa Boswell Graduation season. It’s an exciting and intimidating time of year for high school seniors across eastern New Mexico. The Clovis High School graduation is set for 10 a.m. May 21 at the Curry County Events Center and the Portales High School graduation is set for 7 p.m. May 27 at Greyhound Arena. “We […]

Rep. Lujan plans Clovis visit

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Reader-submitted content: Habitat for Humanity receives computers

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Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a self-help, hand-up model that has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties is part of this global effort. Since 1999, Habitat RCC has built, rehabbed or repaired 14 houses, and is currently […]

Plans for second Roosevelt County wind farm taking shape

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Argen Duncan Plans for a proposed new wind farm in Roosevelt County are taking shape. Bill Castor, vice president of development in the Terra-Gen Power LLC office in Denver, said he couldn’t discuss specifics, but his company was contemplating a wind energy project of at least 150 megawatts in Roosevelt County. He would like to […]

Budget plans raise TRICARE fees

President Obama’s fiscal 2012 defense budget request brought a few surprises for military retirees. First, the plan to raise TRICARE fees for working age retirees is more “modest” than retiree advocates had expected, and might be viewed favorably in light harsher possibilities and the mounting debt crisis. Surprise two could discourage 103,000 veterans forced by […]

Bingaman plans to retire

Freedom New Mexico In a surprising move, New Mexico’s Jeff Bingaman, who’s served in the Senate for almost 30 years, announced Friday that he will not run for re-election in 2012. “I believe it will be the right time for me to step aside and allow someone else to serve the state,” he said. “It’s […]