Senators support fee increase

Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and John McCain of Arizona, its ranking Republican, endorse President Obama’s call to establish next year a $200 enrollment fee on TRICARE for Life, the prized supplement to Medicare for 2.1 million elderly military retirees, their spouses and survivors. These influential senators made their […]

Let’s leave job creation to professionals

Freedom New Mexico The latest news from President Barack Obama’s Labor Department is that a federal grant doled out from the administration’s stimulus program to train and employ people in “green jobs” so far has spent $162 million, but resulted in only 8,035 people getting jobs. That would be bad enough. But only 1,033 of […]

Elida grad appointed FFA president

Elida High graduate Ryan Best was recently named president of the National Future Farmers of America organization for the 2011-12 year at the 84th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. For the next year, Best and his national officer peers will be the face and spirit of FFA. They will travel throughout the country […]

My turn: No price tag for sentimental value

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How do you put a price tag on memories? That’s what I wondered this past weekend as I sorted through years of treasured clutter that I thought I couldn’t separate with only later to see dollar signs flashing as I prepared for my garage sale. For the third time in my life, my home became […]

ENMU women sixth at Tech rodeo

Freedom New Mexico LUBBOCK — Senior Shambrae Williams and junior Victoria Codgill won the first go of barrel racing and breakaway roping, respectively, in last weekend’s Texas Tech rodeo, pacing Eastern New Mexico University’s women to a sixth-place team finish with 95 team points. Weatherford College took team honors with 450 points for the women, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Jail help, Gala’s on hold and a No. 1 record

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Jail volunteers Christian Believers is looking for volunteers to help at both the Curry County jail and youth detention center. There’s a training session 6 p.m. Thursday at the Believers headquarters, 209 W. Seventh St. Information: Sistar Yancy at 763-1715 Gala’s on hold Clovis […]

Harney, ENMU runners honored by LSC

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Mike Harney has been chosen the Lone Star Conference men’s cross country coach of the year. Harney led the Greyhounds to their first LSC title in the sport on Saturday at San Angelo, Texas, ending a run of 20 consecutive conference championships by Abilene Christian. […]

Choice means running own life

You do have a choice, but it is not the choice you are usually presented with. The real choice is between being responsible for governing your life or allowing someone else to govern you. To put it more bluntly, the choice is between liberty and slavery. However, if you listen to anyone other than libertarians […]

LSC football update – Oct. 24

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Zias clinch third in LSC; Hounds win

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team clinched third place in the Lone Star Conference on Sunday, beating Angelo State 1-0 at the ENMU soccer pitch. The Zias (8-5-3, 6-3-3), with matches remaining at West Texas A&M on Friday and at Midwestern State on Sunday, will finish ahead of Angelo […]

‘Dale’s Restaurant’ in Melrose damaged by fire

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Kevin Wilson The giant white block letters on the red facade couldn’t be more direct. “Restaurant,” the building says to travelers on the east end of the village of Melrose. But Melrose Tire, affectionately called, “Dale’s Restaurant” by the village of 650, is out of commission after a Sunday night fire that leaves residents at […]

Report: Roosevelt County economy holding steady

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Alisa Boswell According to the 2011 Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation annual report, Portales economy is holding steady, despite nationwide economically tough times, but the city still has a strong need for more growth in industry and population. “The big news is Portales is growing and it’s growing twice as fast as it did in […]

Floyd news —

Sports schedule • Oct. 29 — Gateway, Home, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., V/JH

Elida news —

Sports schedule Oct. 27: Volleyball, Grady, Here, JH, JV, V, 4 p.m. Oct. 29: District Volleyball, TBA

Dora news — Oct. 25

Parent teacher conferences scheduled School will not be in session for students today because of parent/teacher conferences. The school will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tonight for parents to meet with teachers. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available throughout the day for parents to enjoy as they arrive. All parents are […]

My turn: There’s always next year

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I like the end of baseball season. Not necessarily because it is over, but because of the World Series. Sometimes a team that starts off kind of slow can pick it up toward the end and next thing you know they are in the playoffs. Then with another win or two, they are in the […]

Cannon extends hours of operation

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Base Exchange and Shoppette at Cannon Air Force Base, will be testing new hours November and December. “The test run was prompted by requests from the 27th Special Operations Wing for extended hours,” said Linda Villiness, Base Exchange office assistant. “In addition, […]

WWII pilot revisits B-25

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Courtesy photo: Dale Harner Ernest Shuey sits in the cockpit of a restored B-25 Oct. 4 at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Shuey, who flew 59 missions in a similar plane during World War II, took a tour while the fighter was at the airport as a traveling exhibit. Kevin Wilson Ernest Shuey of Clovis got […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Gala set and Halloween fun

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Gala set The annual Clovis MainStreet Gala Fundraiser is 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Underground Embassy, 321 First St. Tickets are $25 per person at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce. Information: 309-8370. Screaming fun Some real scary Halloween fun awaits at a Haunted […]

Monday morning briefing: Air Force business and books for cheap

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Business notes Brush up on doing business with the Air Force. A Doing Business with Air Force Special Operations presentation is 9 a.m. Thursday at the Portales/Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Registration in free. Information: chamber@portales.com or 356-8541. Book bargains The Friends of the […]