My turn: Nature opens up my eyes to life

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Even for those who live lives of integrity, the end is unkind. Some say that everything happens for a reason, but that brings little comfort to those in autumnal sunset. Along the way new life and small pleasures — friends, food, music, nature — make the passage seem worthwhile and purposeful. After a long, harsh […]

ENMU briefs — Jan. 25

Circle K Club holding dinner The Circle K Club of Eastern New Mexico University is holding a spaghetti dinner 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday at the Memorial Building. Club members will be serving spaghetti with meat sauce and bread, along with a vegetarian sauce option, as well as desserts, tea and water. Tickets are $5 each. […]

McGee: Harvester ants possess remarkable work ethic

While riding my bicycle along one of our county roads, I stopped to contemplate a harvester ant colony. I should tell you I’m an admirer of harvester ants. These ants are those big ones that make low, wide ant hills. I like them for their pure work ethic, because they seem to know just what […]

McGee: Country has many adventures for tastebuds

On a drive to Amarillo, The Lady of the House and I passed an empty building along U.S. 60 between Hereford and Canyon. “That place used to be a store or restaurant or something and it had a handmade sign that read, ‘Home of the Wanda Burger,’ remember that?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said. “I […]

Portales 9/11 memorial ceremonies set

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Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, which means Portales residents will be gathering to commemorate and remember those who were lost on that day. The J.P. Stone Community Bank is holding a memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. Friday, as it has […]

Fort Sumner 14-year-old dies in accident

CNJ staff An accident Friday has claimed the life of a Fort Sumner teenager. Colten Gunn, 14, died at the scene of the accident at approximately 3:50 p.m. in the Fort Sumner Valley when an all-terrain vehicle he was driving struck the rear of a vehicle at an intersection, according to Juan Chavez, deputy medical […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: My kids don’t know how fierce I am

Marla Jo Fisher There seems to be some sort of fundamental misunderstanding around my house, in which my children perceive me as being hideously old-fashioned and, in fact, just plain old. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very groovy, hip and with-it chick. I love to sit around and have a […]

Shoutouts — May 29

Grandson returns from Afghanistan Bob and Mary Trujillo of San Diego Calif., have lived in Clovis for the last eight years. They are the very proud grandparents of 20-year-old Seaman Zachairah Trujillo, also from San Diego. He is the third generation serving in the armed forces. Zachairah is a medic attached to the Marine Corp. […]

Concert reveals youth’s end

Somewhere along life’s path my music changed from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Classic Rock. Most of it is dubiously preserved on vinyl but there are a select few bands still out there bringing it live and I got the chance to see two of my favorites last weekend in Lubbock. That “Little Ol’ Band from […]

Ticket feature: Monster trucks coming to Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Nationally known Monster trucks and utility vehicle racing comes to the Curry County Fairgrounds this weekend. This is the third year Cycle City Promotions along with The Bank of Clovis will bring the monster truck show to Clovis at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “We want the people to come out and […]

Press release: Evacuations ordered

According to State EOC, the evacuations are for homes along Highway 467 atthe Roosevelt County Line.

Privatization speeds soldiers along

The Army Reserve’s reliance on a private contractor to conduct medical screening of drilling reservists has driven up costs and reduced readiness of medics and reserve units, says a freshman congressman who also is an Army Reserve colonel and physician. But an advocate for the contractor counters that the percentage of Army reservists medically ready […]

High wind warning through Friday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag warning, which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Sustained 20 foot winds of 20 mph or higher with gusts exceeding 35 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected along I-40 from Clines Corners to Santa Rosa. Critical fire weather […]

Curry commissioners seek bids for road work

Sharna Johnson By Sharna Johnson Freedom New Mexico sjohnson@cnjonline.com Curry County will gather bids to surface an alternate route around Curry Road R, which lies along Cannon Air Force Base’s western perimeter —temporarily abandoning plans to improve access to the base’s south gate. The decision was reached in a 4-1 vote Tuesday during a Curry […]

Hounds’ lineman adjusts to injuries

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Dave Wagner Like a number of his cohorts on the offensive line, Eastern New Mexico University senior guard T.J. Cleavinger just keeps plugging along. Cleavinger, a 6-foot-2, 310-pounder from Garland, Texas, underwent shoulder surgery in January. He injured a knee two weeks ago at Southwestern Oklahoma, but keeps playing. “He’s running on experience and guts,” […]

Fence work turns into fishing trip

Glenda Pirce The bossman bid on a fence building job along the right-of-way of a newly paved road in the northern New Mexico mountains. He didn’t tell the ranch hands about it until he actually got the contract in hand. All chores having to do with fencing — building, repairing, riding in search of problems […]

It’s their job: Jennifer Johnson

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Portales Municipal Schools band director Jennifer Johnson plays along with Portales High School percussion students as they practice in the school band room. She said it’s exciting to see students from different backgrounds come together and make music.

Portales hosting inaugural 42 tournament

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By Linda Long: PNT columnist The first 42 tournament for Portales happens Friday at the Roosevelt Electric Cooperative. Organizers say anyone who loves the challenge of 42 is encouraged to enter. Eight games with a 20-minute time limit are scheduled. Jerry Whitney organized the one-day event along with Jimmy Roberts. Whitney is a member of […]

Topsoil safe from wind

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Along with the moisture we’ve enjoyed over the late winter and early spring it seems like we’ve been blessed with fewer windy days than normal. After this past week a newcomer to the area might shake their head and think I’m crazy for saying we’ve had fewer windy days. No […]

Guilt shouldn’t be factor in helping

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It is a running joke, of course, concerning some mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along lines of, “You owe me since I brought you up.” Never mind now that bringing up children is something parents usually sign up for freely and it […]