My turn: Extra wraps good with fruit

What better way to use extra egg roll wraps than in a healthy dessert? OK, that’s not a common question, but a package of egg roll wraps had more wraps than I needed for a dinner recipe. So, I experimented. Fruit Pockets • Egg roll wraps • 1/4 cup berries or chopped fruit per wrap […]

Thursday morning briefing: Music, building and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Music, music, music Evening of music is 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Pile St., in Clovis. It features Jane Begley Saied of Clovis with acoustic, bluegrass, folk and contemporary music. There is also poetry and readings. Free and open to the public. […]

Press release: Complaints against police ruled public records

Citizen complaints filed against police officers are public records and must be released upon demand. That’s the upshot of a New Mexico Supreme Court order issued Monday, which ends a five-year battle by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to withhold records from Charles Cox, a former State Police captain. Cox’s attorney Cindi Pearlman […]

Portales schools seeking international accreditation

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Alisa Boswell The Portales Municipal School district is working toward international accreditation through AdvancED New Mexico of Albuquerque, an organization which is accredits school districts in 66 countries, including public, private, charter schools. According to AdvancED New Mexico Director Priscilla Fernandez, the Portales district has already completed the application process, which includes a self-evaluation by […]

Police blotter — June 22

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Saturday • About 6:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of East 18th Street to take a report of a stolen porch swing. A 65-year-old woman said the swing was hanging from the porch at 6:45 a.m., and she noticed […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Catfish, quilts and a legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week The latest from our own tireless gamester Jenna Zamie. Game: Child of Eden Genre: Shooter System: 360, PS3 What is it? A unique rail shooter where the player’s mission is to save Edent from a virus. ESRB Rating: Everyone […]

Joint health care proposal criticized

The military’s top medical officers are divided over a House-passed mandate to reorganize the health care system under a unified medical command. The plan, in effect, would merge commands that the Army, Navy and Air Force have run with separate staffs and resources for decades. Two of three surgeons general, for Air Force and Navy, […]

Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

Ruling puts end to states’ power grab

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a sensible ruling concerning the regulation of pollution and the supposed threat of global warming. The ruling directly affects eight states that sued four electric power companies, the main one being American Electric Power Co. of Ohio, for causing global warming. The court’s summary of Monday’s […]

ENMU briefs — June 22

Politics and media course offered Eastern New Mexico University is offering a “Power Games: Politics and Media” course during its second four-week session, beginning July 5. The three-credit course is an interdisciplinary analysis of the relationship between politics and the media. It ties political science and communications together and gives students the opportunity to learn […]

My turn: Day trips made summer vacations

We never went to Disney Land when I was a kid. My vacation thrill was watching the Brady Bunch go to Hawaii. We mostly took day trips. However, two trips qualify as real summer vacations, granted they weren’t Disneyland; the year we went to Las Vegas (New Mexico) and when we camped in the Sangre […]

Conference focusing on abilities

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Alisa Boswell The Eastern Plains Council of Government is holding a Focusing on Abilities (FOA) conference today at Eastern New Mexico University. According to EPCOG Technical Support Coordinator David Brown, the meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is geared towards teaching the working community that people with disabilities, such as […]

NMDOT to host child safety clinic Saturday at Clovis Wal-Mart

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will sponsor a 10 a.m. Saturday child safety seat clinic at Wal-Mart in Clovis. The free clinics, taking place in eight cities, is part of the NMDOT’s “100 Days and Nights of Summer” campaign. The clinics, which will last about two hours, are held on a first-come, first-served basis. […]

DairyFest set for Saturday

United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from the Fun Brothers Band, Colby Carter and Mark Chesnutt. Tickets are $1 at the door. They are also available in advance at […]

My turn: Age no excuse for inaction

I went to the eye doctor last week. It has been a pretty long time since I have been and I think I know why I waited so long. I sat in the chair and the doctor gave me the once over. When he got finished, he said, ”You have pretty good eyesight, for your […]

Ingle to receive legislative award

State Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will be recognized by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce with its inaugural Legislative Award for working diligently for the business community and for “fiscal leadership while making difficult fiscal decisions for New Mexico that combine both high risk and high subjectivity.” Ingle will receive the award at […]

Hamburgers childhood treat

Having lunch with a couple of guys that are older fogies than myself I couldn’t win, so I just listened. The talk turned to hamburgers and how cheap we used to buy them growing up. When they got down to a quarter burger I knew I couldn’t beat that myself. I can maybe remember a […]

Summer time to enjoy

The pool is up and ready to go; has been for several weeks. I purchased a mechanical piranha, which Jason and Mikayla are having a lot of fun being chased around in the water by. It is especially fun when we are playing with lights out, and with the flashlight that works underwater. So far, […]

Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance at La Casa Senior Center Clovis. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting, and sewing; 1:30 p.m., ice cream day. Tuesday: 9a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 9:30 a.m. […]

Engagements —June 19

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Sanderson-Stevenson [image #2, align=left, size=medium] Stelvin and Tangie Sanderson of Loop, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Stephanie Sanderson of Seminole, Texas, to Trace Stevenson, of Semionle, son of Stephen and Karen Stevenson of Farwell, Texas. The couple will exchange vows on July 30, 2011, at Redbud Baptist Church in Lubbock, […]