My turn: Church’s turkey day meal raises spirits in community

Today is the 58th year the First United Methodist Church in Portales has offered its annual “Turkey Day” to our area. The numbers are impressive. Last year, 1,855 people lined up to eat 46 turkeys, 84 gallons of green beans, 26 roasters of cornbread dressing and 156 dozen rolls. Volunteers chopped 450 apples and 150 […]

Father’s advice still useful today

Editor’s note: This is Glenda Price’s final column which usually runs on Friday . “Heard Around the Supper Table” is being retired, so in this last column I’ve decided to share my cowboy father’s advice, written to me in my autograph book when I was in third grade: “To love is to trust May we […]

Referendums give citizens voice

In an Oct. 25 CNJ article on the city charter commission, the CNJ quoted Commissioner Fred Van Soelen as saying that negative referendums cost the taxpayers too much money so it should be harder to have one. However, that is just plain wrong. If you will remember, the referendum this past summer, initiated by the […]

Freedom limits, not population world’s problem

United Nations demographers estimate that the world’s population has reached 7 billion; it hit 6 billion just 12 years ago. Almost all commentators said this milestone was a bad thing. Worried the Center for Biological Diversity, an ecology group, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction. They’re driving species extinct, destroying wildlife […]

Freedom sells TV stations

Mary Ann Milbourn IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc. has agreed to sell its television division to Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. It’s a $385 million deal that will leave the company and its newspapers free of debt, Freedom announced Wednesday. Freedom newspapers include the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. The […]

Police investigating death of Clovis man

CNJ staff Clovis police confirmed Tuesday they are investigating the death of 49-year-old Marc Allen Leinberger of Clovis. Leinberger died Friday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was a construction worker and handyman. Police declined any further comment on the Leinberger case, noting it was still under investigation. District Attorney Matt Chandler also confirmed […]

Whooping cough on rise

Whooping cough

Staff and wire reports Whooping cough is on the rise in parts of New Mexico, but not an issue so far this year in the eastern part of the state. Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory infection putting infants most at risk. The New Mexico Department of Health says cases of whooping cough, […]

Plenty of room for classics to return to TV

Kevin Wilson During a football game last weekend, I couldn’t help but be happy with what I heard on the sideline. It wasn’t some coach yelling about effort, or the crowd complaining about all the calls that were benefiting the team already significantly behind. Nope, it was the waterboys during halftime, talking about this great […]

Their view: Schools should be priority for funding

Sen. Pete Campos. D-Las Vegas, offers his view on education.

Board’s radical plan criticized

The Defense Business Board’s proposal to shift the military to a cheaper “contributory” retirement plan is “radical” and was released publicly without due regard for the impact it would have on troop morale in wartime. That was the charge leveled last week by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., chairman of the House armed services’ subcommittee on […]

Ron Paul’s plan should be applauded

Freedom New Mexico The odds of Ron Paul being nominated by Republicans and defeating President Barack Obama are, in the words of one news service, “beyond remote.” Perhaps. But Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” is breathtaking, nevertheless. Candidates whose success may be less remote would do well to adopt this plan in large measure. It’s […]

Zias outlast Cowgirls in five sets

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Freedom New Mexico Facing a total of six match points in the fifth set, Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team rallied to beat New Mexico Highlands 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 22-25, 20-18 Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena, ending a seven-match losing streak. Senior middle blocker Kristen Beck posted a career-high 23 kills for the Zias (6-22), […]

ENMU student starts anti-bullying campaign

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Jarret Lovelace stumbled upon the fact that October is Bullying Prevention Month. Shocked at what he learned — 30,000 young adults and teenagers attempt suicide each year due to cyber bullying, according to one website — Lovelace has started an anti-bully campaign, asking students and faculty members to have their […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 1

Federal Reserve presentations Eastern New Mexico University is hosting an event with Federal Reserve representatives. The El Paso branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve will make a series of presentations today at 3 p.m. in Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. A reception will be at 4:45 p.m. The topic is Crisis, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Ready for the big chill?

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Button up Buttercup…or at least wear a jacket. It’s going to get cold quick today (see weather below). Big brass Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Brass Choir Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. It […]

My turn: A little prayer always helps

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You’ve heard the saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” But what if you buy a lemon?” I’ve been shopping for a good used car. This experience reminds me of when a car of mine was totaled by a drunken driver who rear-ended me in 1999. My insurance company only reimbursed me for the […]

Police blotter —

Alisa Boswell Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 12:17 a.m., an officer was patrolling the city park when he observed a vehicle in the parking lot of the north entrance with a large amount of trash in front of it. The officer walked to the vehicle […]