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 […]

State parks offering free admission

Cannon Connections staff New Mexico’s 14 state-run museums and historic monuments will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families during the summer, according to a news release. This is the second year of the Blue Star Museums Program. The National Endowment for the Arts created the Blue Star Museums program in […]

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 […]

Committee to hear presentation on equine virus

Freedom New Mexico The Legislative Interim Water and Natural Resources Committee is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Dave Fly, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, will give a presentation on the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. This will be followed by a status update on […]

Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

Sumner Lake closed to boating

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish have closed Sumner Lake to boating until further notice due to tests indicating the potential presence of Quagga mussel veligers, or larva. Sumner Lake State Park will remain open for camping and other recreational activities. Nearby Santa Rosa, Conchas […]

Area schools synchronizing spring breaks

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Liliana Castillo All of the schools in Roosevelt and Curry counties will take spring break on the same week next year. That includes Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University. Administrators from districts in both counties worked together to schedule spring break at the same time, but there were a few outside forces pointing […]

State considering health care options

Alisa Boswell With the deadline for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act approaching in January of 2013, state organizations and officials are taking a look at health care possibilities for New Mexico. New Mexico First is holding community meetings in various locations around the state to get public input on whether a Health Insurance Exchange […]

May 10 — Elida news

Events Tuesday: School board meeting, 7 p.m., school library. Wednesday: State Baseball Tournament begins, games TBD. Thursday: Elementary Field Day. Sunday: Kindergarten graduation, 5 p.m. Baccalaureate, 6 p.m.

Tarleton State takes two from Hounds

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — First baseman Zane Hensley hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and Tarleton State went on to a 7-4 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday for a sweep of its Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. In the opener, the Texans (32-10, 20-9 LSC) held on […]

Press release: Evacuations ordered

According to State EOC, the evacuations are for homes along Highway 467 atthe Roosevelt County Line.

Tarleton State slams Zias

Freedom New Mexico There are tough ways to lose softball games, and then there’s Saturday’s Tarleton State-Eastern New Mexico University matchup at Zia Field. ENMU outplayed the TexAnns for much of the game, but Tarleton got grand slam home runs from Samantha Swanda in the fifth inning and Katie Welborn in the sixth to stun […]

ENMU tops Angelo State

Freedom New Mexico Junior first baseman Mitch Wolfe capped a five-run Eastern New Mexico University sixth with a bases-clearing double and the Greyhounds held on for a 9-7 victory over Angelo State in Friday’s opener of a three-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. Sophomore right-hander Lane Drake (2-0) earned the win with […]

TexAnns take two from Zias

Freedom New Mexico Arianna Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run and Tarleton State beat Eastern New Mexico University 6-1 in the nightcap to complete sweep of Friday’s Lone Star Conference South softball doubleheader at Zia Field. Tarleton State beat ENMU 5-1 in the opener. Samantha Swanda and Katie Smith combined to […]