Their view: Government is vehicle that won’t take you anywhere

Thomas L. Knapp is senior news analyst and media coordinator at the Center for a Stateless Society. Here’s what he has to say about two early candidates for president:

Column makes most sexist list

“HEH, HEH, HEH,” repeated the poorly disguised voice on the telephone. “HEH, HEH!” I knew who it was. Barney. My friend Barney from New Jersey who has been a constant tormentor my entire journalism career. Barney is pretty much unemployable, enjoys an occasional cocktail or eight, has little to occupy his time, would rather dog […]

Public quick to respond in times of crises

Freedom New Mexico In the wake of the deadly storms that killed more than 300 people and wreaked destruction through a large swath of the South last week, a horrified nation assessed the devastation — and already had began to respond in person with aid and comfort. Natural disasters cannot be prevented, as President Barack […]

Lady Buffs turn back Zias

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior Erin Roufosse pitched a solid game on Saturday in the Zias’ Lone Star Conference South Division and season finale. It just wasn’t enough against the 22nd-ranked team in NCAA Division II. Second baseman Kaitlyn Witte’s two-out RBI triple provided the only earned run against […]

Hounds end season with sweep

Freedom New Mexico It’s been a tough season for Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team, but at least the Greyhounds were able to go out in style on Saturday. Junior right-hander Ryan Pruitt pitched into the seventh inning and the Greyhounds rode sophomore center fielder Luis Quinones in a five-run first to a 6-3 Lone […]

Floral arrangements featured on show

Information on caring for floral arrangements, making mini-desserts with citrus fruits and making knitted jewelry will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Michelle Robertson, a floral designer, will share some tips on making sure your beautiful arrangement stays that way for as long as possible. She is […]

Rooting through family tree facinating

Family trees can be a fascinating thing, when you really stop to climb them. Being a bit too ADHD to spend the requisite hours on computer, I have generally allowed others to do the researching. I’ve heard a slight flurry of interest due to the Royal Wedding — perhaps from people who wondered if they […]

Royal wedding inescapable

Who would ever believe I would live in the time of two separate “weddings of the century.” I tried my best to ignore them both but it just wasn’t working on this last royal wedding. A couple of days before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton I awoke to the memory I had […]

Our people: Giving back

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Clovis resident Pat Hayter volunteers for the Lighthouse Mission, Meals on Wheels, Plains Regional Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, First United Methodist Church and the Latch Key Program. She said her mom and her stepmom were both giving people. “I guess I got some of that from them,” Hayter said. Hayter said she enjoys giving to […]

Students chalk it up

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Alisa Boswell Students ranging from seventh to 12th grade sat and colored pictures of owls, flowers, butterflies, anime and more Saturday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse in Portales as part of the second annual K-ENMU Sidewalk Chalk Competition. Event coordinator Dawn Wolf-Taylor, nursing education coordinator for Eastern New Mexico University, said she thought the turnout […]

Mexican brass performance scheduled

Freedom New Mexico Metales M5 Mexican Brass quintet will perform Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series, according to a press release. The band was founded in 2005 in Morelia, Mexico. Since then, Metales M5 has performed hundreds of concerts throughout Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. M5’s programs break […]

My turn: Tragedy turned into life lesson

Ten seconds… If it had taken Jo Laney’s husband of eight years, Tom, that much longer to buy coffee at a West Texas convenience store, he would be alive and Jo would not be in Portales. Under drizzly, darkening skies around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2004, Tom, 57, was headed home to Roanoke, Texas, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Election day and Reagan comes to Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Special election Don’t forget the special election today in Clovis concerning a gross receipts tax increase. See the Clovis News Journal for a list of polling locations and times. Quirky quote of the day “Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away […]

Monday morning briefing: Music choices, cheap eats and Nessie spotted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Music, music, music The Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Spring Concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building’s Buchanan Hall. Information: Kathi Fraze at 562-2377 or by e-mail to kathi.fraze@enmu.edu. And, Metales M5 Mexican Brass is 7 […]

May 1 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: April 21 • JD Zepeda-Rosas, born in 1971, pleaded guilty to a first offense of DWI and not maintaining lanes. Zepeda-Rosas was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation and $612 in fines and fees. • Florencio Meza, born in 1983, pleaded guilty to […]

May 1 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Tuesday • An officer was dispatched to the area of City Park about 11:55 a.m. in reference to two girls fighting. He was told they were on Ninth Street. The officer located the two 17-year-old girls and took a report. Wednesday • About […]

Alzheimer’s brings reversal of roles

To my aching friend, Thanks for writing about your mother. I empathize with your need to let the air out before you blow your top. It’s the reversal of roles. Now you are the parent, the responsible one. She is the one unable to do her part. You have a particularly crushing affliction to deal […]

Hounds rack up season-high for hits in 19-9 win

Freedom New Mexico Senior second baseman Chris Eaton drove in four runs with a career-high five hits and Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team pounded out a season-best 22 hits Friday night in a 19-9 Lone Star Conference win over Northeastern State at Greyhound Field. Eaton went 5-for-6 — all singles — and the Hounds […]

No. 22 WT sweeps Zias

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team jumped on 22nd-ranked West Texas A&M early on Friday. Unfortunately, the fun didn’t last long. Sophomore Amanda Lale capped a three-run Zias first inning with a two-run single. The Lady Buffs then scored eight runs in the third and five in the […]