Libertarians not anti-government

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Recently in this column, which as of this week I have now been writing for a year (party hats and balloons all around!), I have been addressing the misconceptions I have heard repeated about libertarians. I think it’s important to understand your libertarian neighbors, rare though we may seem at […]

Their turn: Give thanks for big, small things in life

CURSTIS SHELBURNE, pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe, writes a weekly column for the CNJ website. This is his latest submission:

Friday morning briefing: Food, music and a secret revealed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Food drive The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s annual Canned Food Drive begins today in schools across Curry and Roosevelt counties and continues through Dec. 15. Non-perishables please. Music, music, music The Carpe Diem String Quartet is playing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at […]

Thursday morning briefing: Turkey dinner, turkey tips and an assassin is assassinated

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Free dinners There are two free Thanksgiving dinners today for folks who don’t have a place to eat and celebrate the holiday. In Clovis, the Light House Mission’s annual citywide banquet is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the facility, 407 La […]

Groups organizing Thanksgiving meals for community

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The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis and Portales Community Outreach are offering free Thanksgiving meals today. According to Lighthouse Mission Executive Director Richard Gomez, the Mission is cooking 40 turkeys this holiday. He said more than 500 slices of pumpkin pie will be on the dessert table. “We focus on feeding the people; we make sure […]

For area residents, Thanksgiving plans vary

It’s turkey time in New Mexico. Or pork time, or lasagna time, or something else, depending on who you ask. We asked two simple questions — what is for dinner and what else are you planning — and asked follow-ups when necessary. We got some simple and not so simple answers. ••• Clovis Mayor Gayla […]

Ticket feature: String quartet to perform at Marshall

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Carpe Diem String Quartet will be performing 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Marshall Auditorium. General admission is $17 and $12 for seniors, military and students. Carpe Diem considers themselves one of the most versatile quartets of their generation. According to the Carpe Diem website, the past six years, they have earned a critical acclaim with innovative […]

Retailers readying for Black Friday

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Retailers are adding a variety of fresh marketing tactics to existing strategies to better serve shoppers this Black Friday. Jared Zatorski, assistant store manager at Office Max, said in addition to a big push in television, newspaper and online advertising, his store is being specially merchandised to cater to Black Friday traffic. He said the […]

Salvation Army, PNT launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report is provided by the Department of Game and Fish. East-Central, including the Pecos River Coyote Creek — The flow is 1.5 cfs. No report. Pecos River — The flow is 34 cfs. The river is continues to fish well. The water is very clear, so go to long leaders, fine tippets and […]

My turn: Cranes provide home away from home

When Charlie and Martha Crane of Portales sit down today for Thanksgiving dinner, they don’t know exactly who will be there to join them, or if they’ll even share a common native language. In fact, odds are they will not. For the past 20 years or so, the kind-hearted Cranes have extended an open invitation […]

Lobos pull away for 54-33 victory

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Eastern New Mexico University’s women did a nice job of hanging with the New Mexico Lobos Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Zias, they weren’t able to shake their shooting woes. Seniors Porche Torrance and Caroline Durbin combined for 26 points and 16 rebounds and New Mexico, which itself struggled to get […]

Their view: Let’s bring back leadership we can be proud of

Allen Weh, an Albuquerque business executive, military veteran and former candidate for governor of New Mexico, writes about the state of America:

Cuts coming out of defense budget

The “super committee” that Congress and President Obama created in August to make tough budget choices and slow America’s runaway debt has left military people confused and divided over whether to cheer for its success or pray for its failure as its Thanksgiving deadline nears. Success will be achieved if seven of 12 lawmakers on […]

Insider trading perfectly legal on Capitol Hill

Freedom New Mexico Want to get rich? Get elected to the U.S. Congress. Recent revelations show that a lot of members of Congress came to Washington to do good — and stayed to do well. Very well. The most celebrated case involves Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, the speaker of the House of Representatives from 2007-10 […]

Community thanksgiving

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Alisa Boswell More than 400 families, seniors and individuals from surrounding areas, including Farwell and Muleshoe, Texas, among Curry and Roosevelt County residents, attend the annual Portales Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which is in its ninth year. “We were talking one day and each of our churches had a Thanksgiving dinner and we thought why not […]

Police blotter —

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Recent samplings of calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Nov. 16 • At 4:06 a.m., an officer responded to a battery incident on North Avenue C. A woman told the officer her boyfriend had struck her. The officer observed a visible red mark on her upper right arm and redness and […]

My turn: In good times and bad, give thanks

Thanksgiving not only came early for me this year, it’s actually come multiple times, especially during times of difficult trials and spells of uncertainty. If there’s one thing I used to fear, it’s the unknown, and if there’s one thing I use to despise, it’s waiting. Yet these past few months were filled with constant […]

KENW airing scamming special

PNT staff report KENW-TV will host Scam Alert, a Consumer Protection Special, on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The one hour-long special will be a live call-in program, which will allow viewers the opportunity to call the studio with direct questions to a panel of experts on the subject of scams. Panel members will consist […]

Police chief to retire

PNT staff Portales Police Department Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry will be retiring from the Portales Police Department, effective Dec. 30 after more than two decades with the PPD. Berry began his law enforcement career as a patrolman in 1985, achieving captain in 1996. He was designated as deputy chief in the fall of 2009. During […]