Roosevelt County wins state opener

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Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — The Roosevelt County All-Stars roughed up Espanola Valley, winning 10-2 on Saturday in the opening round of the state 10-11 Little League tournament. No particulars were available on the game at press time. Roosevelt County returns to action at 10 a.m. today against Los Lunas in winners bracket play. Two […]

Little League state meets ready to start

Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Four area teams are ready to represent District 3 in state Little League competition this weekend. Clovis will host the 11-12-year-old Majors state tournament at Dickenson Field and Beachum Field. Clovis Zia won the district tournament and opens play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dickenson against either Roswell Noon Optimist or […]

Lack of growth in area could mean loss of legislative representation

Sharna Johnson The one consistent thing that emerged in discussion of state redistricting during a three-hour meeting Monday was that because it lacks the growth of the northern part of the state, eastern New Mexico could lose legislative representation. The discussion came during a meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, the first of three meetings […]

Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, the state Environment Department, dairy industry and environmental groups have reached an agreement on dairy environmental regulations. The state Water Quality Control Commission adopted environmental rules aimed at preventing groundwater contamination in December 2010, but the Dairy Industry Group for a Clean Environment appealed them. Now the amended […]

Martini served with political twist

Caller ID told me it was Barney, my friend from New Jersey. It was a call I had been dreading. Just a few days before, a New Jersey professor had been busted in New Mexico for running a multi-state Internet prostitution ring. I had been unmerciful to Barney, told him to keep his goons at […]

State police investigating fatal shooting in Nara Visa

Freedom New Mexico State police are investigating a fatal shooting in Nara Visa around 8 p.m. on Saturday. According to Sgt. Tim Johnson, state police responded to a report of a fight between two men on Second Street. Upon arrival, officers learned one of the men died from a gunshot wound. More information to come.

New veterans laws take effect

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect today, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services.

New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

Hounds add game at Long Beach State

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds will play in California next season. The Greyhounds play at Division I Long Beach State on Dec. 19, according to a school press release. The 49ers finished 22-12 last season and played in the National Invitational Tournament. “We are excited to be playing a […]

June 19 — Weekly update

Charges deferred in gambling sting The 10 people charged with petty misdemeanor gambling after a state special investigations agent found them playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker for money Dec. 30 have been accepted into the pre-prosecution diversion program, according to online court records. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said people are put into the program […]

Sumner Lake State Park reopened

Freedom New Mexico State park officials have conditionally reopened boating at Sumner Lake State Park, effective 7 a.m. Friday. Watercraft can only enter the lake through the main raft, and will require both a pre-launch inspection and a decontamination process upon removal. Officials estimate most inspections will take 10 minutes or less, and decontaminations 15 […]

Press release: Sumner Lake reopening Friday

State Park officials announced today that Sumner Lake State Park will reopen on Friday, June 17, 2011 with a number of new procedures in place to ensure there is no spread of Quagga mussel larva. As a condition of reopening, all watercraft will have to go through a mandatory inspection before launch and a decontamination […]

Boys’ State teaches how government works

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Alisa Boswell Fictional New Mexico state government campaigns are in the works this week at Eastern New Mexico University as the 64th annual New Mexico Boys’ State takes place in Portales. The program’s mission statement: “To educate the youth of New Mexico in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of true American citizenship.” The program […]

County burn bans include fireworks

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Sharna Johnson With ongoing drought and high fire risk, only the professionals get to play with fireworks in Eastern New Mexico this year. Burn bans are active in Curry and Roosevelt counties this year with officials going a step further to pass restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks out of fear of fire. […]

Reader-submitted content: Portales teen earns scholarship

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Erin Scanlan, a Portales resident and Texico High School senior, has been named one of the 53 state winners in the National Honor Society scholarship from NASSP. One hundred and fifty NHS state finalists were first chosen from among more than 6,000 applications. From the 150 finalists, 53 state winners were selected. Each state winner […]

Teen put in state’s custody for murder conviction

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The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until age 21. […]

Their view: Reforms needed to spur state’s economic growth

Vic Bruno is treasurer and a board member of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He says the foundation has several ideas on how to spur economic growth in New Mexico. There has been a lot of discussion in New Mexico of ways to jump-start our struggling […]

Our view: Free speech also protects vulgar acts

Shane Boor, 35, apparently has a low opinion of the police. As he drove to work in Colorado in April, he saw a state trooper who had pulled over a car. As Boor passed by, he flipped the trooper the bird. We all know it is unlawful to assault a police officer. But is it […]

Sumner Lake remains closed to boating until at least June 14

CNJ staff State Park officials will make a determination on opening Sumner Lake to boating following the June 14 Carlsbad Irrigation District Board meeting. Sumner Lake was closed to all watercraft use May 27 after laboratory test results found indications of aquatic invasive species. Personnel from State Parks and Game and Fish decontaminated 18 boats […]

Sumner Lake closed indefinitely

Sumner Lake remains closed indefinitely to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva, officials said Tuesday. The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish closed the lake Friday. Officials do not have a timeline for reopening the park, said Jodi […]