New ENMU cross country coach optimistic

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University men didn’t scare Abilene Christian’s 20-time Lone Star Conference champion last fall, it’s safe to say they got the Wildcats’ attention. The Greyhounds ran a strong second to ACU in the LSC, and the bulk of their team returns. Meantime, ENMU’s […]

My turn: Light, fast coleslaw has a touch of sweetness

A number of versions of coleslaw hang around the recipe boxes of this country, and I found one that’s easy, healthy and has a touch of sweetness. This is another recipe from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s “Fast and Fabulous” cookbook. Easy apple-cranberry slaw •

Colson, 78, shoots 65 at PCC

Freedom New Mexico Clark Colson, 78, of Portales shot a score of 7-under-par 65 last Friday at Portales Country Club. Playing with Colson were Wayne Moore, Bobby Crane and Darwin Chenault.

Press release: Roosevelt General joins new hospital network

Seven New Mexico small rural hospitals have joined together to form the New Mexico Rural Hospital Network and have received a federal planning grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help with the initiative. The grant was awarded through a highly competitive process to only 15 groups in the country. The Network […]

July 20 — ENMU briefs

Students visiting Guatemala Students from multiple Eastern New Mexico campuses are participating in a Spanish language immersion trip to Guatemala this summer. Seventeen people went on the trip, which began July 3 and will end July 28. Participant Mackenzie Morris, a pre-physical therapy major with a Spanish minor, said the school participates in many such […]

Hounds sign four for track, cross country

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Texico’s Dathan McWhorter was among four student-athletes who signed a national letter of intent recently to participate in track or cross country at Eastern New Mexico University. McWhorter won the Class 2A shot put and discus titles this spring. His top throw in the shot was 53 feet, 3 inches. […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Let us celebrate freedom

Let this Fourth of July be a renewal of respect, courage and dedication for this great country. I don’t know about you, but I get just a little weary of continual controversy over issues that would adversely affect this nation. Excuse me, but I love our country. I love the red, white and blue, and […]

Vegetable garden wife’s nightmare

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

June 19 — Weekly update

Charges deferred in gambling sting The 10 people charged with petty misdemeanor gambling after a state special investigations agent found them playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker for money Dec. 30 have been accepted into the pre-prosecution diversion program, according to online court records. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said people are put into the program […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Rainstorm soaks Portales

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CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s something other areas of the country refer to as “rain.” While it was far from a deluge, Thursday night’s rainfall — and the rainfall in Roosevelt County that preceded it over the past few […]

Our people: Lady of the dance

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Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself and other back up dancers. She said it was exciting and met many people, including Roy Orbison. The Bernet’s moved to Clovis in 2004 with orders to Cannon […]

Better to admit injury than tough out pain

Glenda Price Bud and Kathy ride horses, of course, but they also like to ride mules, especially in rough country. Awhile back they bought a new mule, and Bud was ready to try him out. Kathy knew she couldn’t quite trust the one they already had but she didn’t know the new one at all, […]

Bill makes it easier for U.S. to go to war

Freedom New Mexico The killing of Osama bin Laden has provoked a much-needed reassessment of American defense and security needs. Our country needs to be able to defend itself against mass murderers. Yet we also need to make sure our precious liberties are not infringed in the process. In “America the Beautiful,” we sing of […]

Nation gives us much to be grateful for

Seldom do we hear about good things but on any given day. We have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, many great things can be said about this country. I can name so many that reams of paper would be required. I bet you could add your list to mine with many […]

Letter to the editor: Area in need of prayer

Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to join in uniting our faith […]

Conflict in Libya puts U.S. in tough position

Freedom New Mexico Our country’s overly aggressive interventionist foreign policy led us to invade Iraq. It has caused Americans to pay for multiple interventions in which the goal was to save women and children abroad from monstrous regimes and to spread “democracy” by force. Seldom since World War II, with the obvious exception of Afghanistan, […]

ENMU signs five for cross country

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has signed five runners for its cross country teams for next season. Joining the men’s squad are Isaiah Samoei, a Kenyan who is transferring from Iowa Western Community College, and Tyler Saiz, who will be an incoming freshman from Del Norte H.S. In Albuquerque. Signees for the women […]

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 […]