Monday morning briefing: They want your blood, a movie break and Christmas credit

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Blood needed There’s a Blood Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Curves, 2909 Prince St. Information or to make an appointment: 762-2574. Free movie If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is the winter break movie […]

Their view: Martinez supports bill benefitting troops

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her support in a press release Dec. 21 for legislation which would expand the definition of a veteran under state law in order to include more members of the National Guard and Reserve units. “The state currently defines a veteran as someone who has served a minimum of ninety days consecutively […]

We all have our Christmas beliefs

So I walked into the living room and there it was, glowing like a lantern in a cave. “Oh,” I said to my talented home decorator and wife of 52 years, “how wonderful, the Christmas tree. When did you put it up?” “Tuesday,” she said. Meaning three days ago. She wasn’t smiling. It is just […]

My turn: Wish list more naughty than nice

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I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 9 Children: 5 (ages 6, 5, 2, 2, and 1 month) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because they have taken in a sister and her two children when the need arose. The husband is the only one working and with the addition of the extra family […]

Police departments give gifts to 400 children

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Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. Police in Clovis and Portales recently played Santa to hundreds of children across eastern New Mexico. The 2011 Operation Santa Cop was a success with Portales Police Department officials saying they gave about 400 children presents on Dec. 17. “I saw […]

Animals have part in holiday traditions

Glistening lights, glints of gold, decadent treats, wafting cinnamon and cloves, perfectly creased ornate paper, topped with perfect bows… Ah, the traditions of Christmas. Over the years, we’ve polished and refined the season, making Christmas sound, look, taste and smell better than any other single day on the calendar. If we were to go back […]

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

Christmas get-togethers all about love

Our grownup sons and their families have always filled our holidays with delight, but one Christmas stands out above all others. Our Christmas Eve dinner and the opening of gifts added to our family celebration and with full tummies we relaxed in the warmth of the crackling fire in the fireplace. The long legs of […]

Heavy snow closes roads in New Mexico

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after […]

Salvation Army receives about 1,500 toys

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Benna Sayyed Clovis’ Salvation Army Angel Toys charity helped local parents facing tough economic times provide their children presents this Christmas. Salvation Army Major Rachel Gallop said Angel Toys received approximately 1,500 toys including 42 bicycles from local organizations, businesses and individuals to distribute to families Wednesday and Thursday. “This helps the people realize that […]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Impeachment process should be used more

E ssential to liberty is the separation of powers among the three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judicial. As America’s founders established it, too much power exercised by one branch is supposed to be checked by the other two branches. That balance of powers has been brought up in the Republican […]

Sheriff’s office investigating inmate death

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Freedom New Mexico Slightly more than 4 1/2 hours after he was in court Monday facing felony child abuse charges, Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell at the Roosevelt County jail, County Manager Charlene Hardin said Thursday. Lewis, 22, died Tuesday at a Lubbock Hospital in what she […]

My turn: English professor had good advice

I’m no stranger to Eastern New Mexico University graduations and I always enjoy seeing the excitement. But Saturday’s commencement was even more special because one of my ENMU heroes was the commencement speaker. ENMU English professor Carol Erwin is respected and adored by her students and it is well earned. Being an English major, I […]

Empty stocking fund: Family A

Today’s focus: Family A Household members: 4 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The family is just going through the transition of a divorce. This has been hard on the family since the father was the only one working. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 4. Toys list: A Barbie or princess or a Barbie princess. […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas dinners, long walks and part of an ear

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Christmas dinners A couple of free Christmas dinners: The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis is hosting a free Christmas dinner from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at the facility, 407 Casillas Blvd. It’s part of the mission’s “no one should be alone” outreach and is […]

Pentagon: U.S. concedes mistakes in Pakistani deaths

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After 10 years of war in Afghanistan, a persistent lack of trust between the U.S. and Pakistan still complicates operations along the critical Afghanistan border and was a key factor in the errant American airstrikes late last month that killed 24 Pakistani troops. U.S. officials on Thursday accepted some blame […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.