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:

Maguire hopes to lead Zias back to success

Freedom New Mexico Earlier this summer, Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Mike Maguire might have been ready to predict a big season for the Zias. Then injuries and a couple of defections hit. Now, the projections are a bit lower. “A winning record,” Maguire said when asked what would constitute success. “That might be […]

Drive uncomfortable for couple, piglet

I worked for a big cattle company in the northwest and we kept “cookhouse pigs” for the crew. Every spring, 30 or so little weaner pigs were brought from the sale barn and put in our pig facility, a long steel Quonset hut. I knew enough to vaccinate them for Erysipelas, but I put off […]

High heat setting records

A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer than normal. […]

My turn: Start making preparations for big game season

Clarence Plank Big game season will be cranking up in the next couple of months for New Mexico residents. Here are some tips to help you prepare: • Always check out the place you want to go hunting, even if it’s someplace you’ve been to many times before. Some private owners could have changed their […]

Yard sale-ing has rules

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico It was Saturday morning and I was deftly shooting through the streets, handling the four-door family car like a Formula 1 racer at Le Mans, hurrying to the next big yard sale. I had the situation under control. The Lady of the House saw it differently. “Playing ‘chicken’ with […]

Weekend hail causes widespread damage

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By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer Mother Nature brought hail, rain and widespread damage to property over the weekend, which meant a big headache to auto body shops and insurance companies on Monday. George Songer, owner of Rembrandt’s Auto Body Shop in Clovis, said he has received 165 new claims since 6 a.m. Monday morning. […]

Don’t judge a frozen cat owner

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” […]

Business exchanging letters for CD

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Area residents can support troops and get an exclusive CD all in one place. Big Valley Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep is participating in a nationwide effort to collect a total of 1 million notes thanking troops for their service, said Big Valley sales representative Kurt Conard. The Zac Brown Band, a country group, is working […]

Big Give brings Cannon, local community together

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections About 100 Cannon Air Force Base airmen and family members spent April in the community working in hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters, cleaning graffiti and more. The community service is part of the Big Give project. The project is a way for airmen to be involved in the community, Project […]

My turn: What happens in Clovis stays in Clovis

On Thursday, I turned 29 again. Now comes the annual trauma of dreading the big 3-0. Brain cells are disappearing fast. Until I received her card, I forgot it was my twin sister’s birthday. I thought the green cake at work was for Earth Day. Buddies Doc Elder, John Kirby and Mike Maguire eased the […]

Thursday briefing: Win a snake, happy Earth Day and big winds coming

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Stupid pet tricks Pet Parade video shoot is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4-Ever Pets in Portales. The pet store is providing hot dogs, drinks, and chips. They’re also raffling away a snake. Website of the day Follow the progress of Clovis’ Isaac Godwin […]

Tuesday morning briefing: United Way’s new digs and Tiger’s first big win

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: a blind dinosaur Fries with that? Today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., 30 teachers and staff from Yucca Middle School will work McDonald’s at 14th and Mitchell for a percentage of the profits. The fundraiser will benefit the school. Warning: […]

Their view: Easter egg hunts big disappointment

Portales’ Lindsey Valdez was disappointed with Portales’ Easter egg hunts last Saturday. Here’s what she had to say in a letter to the editor: “I arrived at Memorial Park 20 minutes early for the egg hunt with my 17-month-old only to discover the hunt was over. There were many children walking away with baskets that […]