My turn: Telenovelas addicting

They were making a big fuss on Spanish TV over hot telenovela star William Levy. I tell my niece, Marili, “Is that his real name?” Marili replies, “Yes, he’s Cuban.” Like if that explains everything. If Martin Sheen — born Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez — can change his name (in honor of the late Emmy-winning […]

Friday morning briefing: Big weekend, mount up and maybe some weekend rain

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Big weekend In case you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here’s a smattering to choose from: • Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping 9 a.m. today through Sunday, indoors at the Curry County Events Center. • Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta. Dinner’s at […]

Zias sixth, Hounds 11th in Howard rodeo

Freedom New Mexico BIG SPRING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women placed sixth while the men were 11th over the weekend in the Howard College rodeo. Soplhomore Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad took second in goat tying for the Zias with a time of 21.5 seconds after splitting first and second in the short go. […]

Look no further than local feed store

I remember looking out my bedroom window early one morning and seeing our 2-year-old gelding we called Chapo limping toward the corral, dragging a bloody hind leg. He had spent much of the night with his leg hung in a cattleguard. It was awful. My dad, as most cowboys, was a fairly good veterinarian. He […]

LSC-leading Southeastern Oklahoma rides big inning

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University freshman left-hander Aaron Anderson was able to get out of bases-loaded, no-out jams the first two times he’d been in that situation this season. The third time, on Friday at Greyhound Field, he wasn’t quite so fortunate. Catcher Brad Shankle whacked a three-run double, highlighting league-leading Southeastern Oklahoma’s […]

Friday morning briefing: Bowling for kids, music and April Fool

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bowling for kids The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico are looking for participants in its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser. It’s May 14 at the

My turn: I don’t think Roy did it this way

I grew up watching Roy Rogers every Saturday morning. Roy could ride like the wind. Roy could jump off of a big rock and knock a bad guy off his horse. Roy could jump off of Trigger onto a bad guy’s horse and knock him off. I was watching Roy a couple of nights ago. […]

My turn: Keep big government out of small-stakes gambling

Should adults really be busted for small-stakes gambling at country clubs? My one-man Green Tea Party may join the Libertarians on this one. It feels like notorious B.I.G. Government foot-wedging common sense into a sand-trap. Who is being protected? If the Portales Country Club was operating a casino, I could understand. We don’t want to […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters program aims to raise money with bowling event

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Kevin Wilson Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico is a relatively small operation, with a staff that consists of executive director Meg Sadau, and a minimal office in the Matt 25 Hope Center where she has spent a year. The operation is hoping it find a few sponsors, however, so it can serve […]

Attack on corn unfair

In the last few years we have watched an increasing attack on corn. The skewed reasoning is: Corn syrup is available, reasonably priced, and good for the average person, therefore; it must be bad! This is the kind of logic that has been applied to farmed salmon, Big Macs, lower taxes, capitalism and pasteurized milk. […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

ENMU’s Ribaudo expects big signing haul

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo is looking forward to a big haul today on college football signing day. Ribaudo said the Greyhounds are hoping to sign up to 26 high school players. Five of them are from New Mexico, but he said the quality is high. “I think they’re […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video game, elections and big fat diamonds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week When Jenna Zamie isn’t correcting our errors on the copy desk, she’s online looking for interesting video games. Here’s one she thinks is worth a try: Game: LittleBigPlanet 2 Genre: 3D platformer System: PS3 What is it? Powerful creation tools and […]

Halloween festivals more fun

Karl Terry Trick-or-treating was a big part of the fall season when I was a kid but the annual Fun Festival at L.L. Brown Elementary School was a fall classic. When I was trick-or-treat age we lived in the country and so that activity wasn’t as big for us as it was for city kids […]

Jesus just a prayer away

Joan Clayton In this journey of life, we have ups and downs, but with Jesus we always win. We had a big “down” recently. My husband was sent to Lubbock by helicopter. It was hard to be calm, but I felt God’s presence. After six days, Emmitt was brought back home for rehabilitation. I just […]

Thursday morning briefing: Play day, a big band and prohibition begins

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Play day Big Brother Big Sisters Big Day of Play is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Food, games, entertainment, costume contest, pumpkin carving and prizes. The event is free. Information: 742-3337 Meg Sadau. Question of the day What’s the most […]

Their view: High Plains Patriots united against big government

Kim Runyan, president of the High Plains Patriots, has this response to a letter from Portales’ Gene Bundy published earlier this month:

Wednesday morning briefing: A sneak peek, sweet business and a Red scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local folks are Joking Around. Kitchen tip of the week Roll out pie crusts between wax paper for easier placement on pie plate. ENMU preview Eastern New Mexico University’s “Green and Silver View” preview day for high school seniors is […]

Their view: Congressman delighted by progress in district

This letter to the editor comes from U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.: I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for welcoming me to your community this past weekend. Speaking with New Mexicans from Portales, Clovis, Melrose, San Jon and Tucumcari, I was honored that you welcomed me into your communities and […]

Their view: Government too big to function

Mona Charen writes a conservative political column distributed through Creators Syndicate. Here’s a recent sampling: