Weekly updates —

NMSU hosting field day in Clovis New Mexico State University is hosting its annual Clovis Field Day Thursday, focusing on alternative crop management of existing and less-utilized crops. The program, which will be held at the Agricultural Science Center in Clovis, has been structured to address extended dry conditions and diminishing irrigation sources. “This year’s […]

Ticket feature: Christian music event all day Aug. 13

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Freedom New Mexico Shatter the Silence is set to bring Clovis a full day of Christian music event. With doors opening at noon and music beginning at 2 p.m., the Aug. 13 concert line-up will bring seven nationally known Christian rock bands to the stage of the Curry County Events Center. Kutless, Thousand Foot Krutch, […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

Outwitting new dog tricky

I entered the lockup through the sallyport doors and got a report from the warden of the day. “All present and accounted for, sir,” said my relieved wife, wiping a cold sweat from her brow. We’d been through several weeks of pure hell trying to keep our youngest dog Ranger on the property. It was […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Rodeo, volleyball camp and Tyson’s fall

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Rodeo The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals start today, all day, at the Curry County Events Center. Website of the day The revised Dora Consolidated Schools 2011-2012 calendar and elementary school supply list are available at http://www.doraschools.com/. Volleyball Kindergarten through eighth-grade students can participate […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top teacher, the Portales band and Billy the Kid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top teacher Adam Quintero, a Clovis native, has been accepted to the Teach for America 2011 corps. Teach For America says it is national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Website […]

Ames Straw Poll will jump-start 2012 election

Freedom New Mexico This time of year, most Americans are spending a balmy day at the beach, or heading out on vacation. Not the Republican presidential candidates. They’re frequently swooping into Iowa to campaign for the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll. The non-binding event is the first expression by actual voters in America for their […]

McGee: Marriage is a sweet deal

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist It was another Saturday morning, another morning of venturing forth out onto the High Plains in search of great yard sales. I was hungry so I sank a knife into the big pan of brownies The Lady of the House had baked the day before. “What are you doing?”said a […]

My turn: Family time always fun

I love holidays that revolve around quality family fun time. This Independence Day holiday definitely turned out to be a memorable one for me. The UFO Festival in Roswell had great music and other entertainment, such as a wine festival, a lot of souvenir stores and an alien costume contest. A boy around 5 or […]

Nazareth German Festival set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico With food, music and fun, Saturday marks the 39th annual Nazareth German Festival in Nazareth, Texas. The day-long festival begins at 9 a.m., all times Central, in the community of Nazareth, with a tour of the Playa Lake Classroom. Activities, including an arts and crafts show, history exhibit, fiddle contest, children’s games […]

Thursday morning briefing: Change of command and one big dam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Big change Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. Friday morning at the base. Website of the day A schedule and […]

Outdoor watering allowed July 4

PNT Reports The City of Portales has canceled emergency water rationing effective today, as the water tanks have recharged enough to return to mandatory alternating-day outdoor watering, according to a city news release. Monday, anyone can water to prevent possible fire from fireworks, City Manager Tom Howell said. Tuesday, he said, the alternating-day watering schedule […]

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab […]

City officials at wait and see in water emergency

Although the critical water restrictions placed on Portales residents were not lifted by Thursday morning as city officials anticpated they would be, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said officials are hopeful the restrictions will be lifted by the end of the day. “Typically, we can get a better feel for where water is at after […]

Thursday morning briefing: Music, building and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Music, music, music Evening of music is 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Pile St., in Clovis. It features Jane Begley Saied of Clovis with acoustic, bluegrass, folk and contemporary music. There is also poetry and readings. Free and open to the public. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Catfish, quilts and a legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week The latest from our own tireless gamester Jenna Zamie. Game: Child of Eden Genre: Shooter System: 360, PS3 What is it? A unique rail shooter where the player’s mission is to save Edent from a virus. ESRB Rating: Everyone […]

Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

My turn: Day trips made summer vacations

We never went to Disney Land when I was a kid. My vacation thrill was watching the Brady Bunch go to Hawaii. We mostly took day trips. However, two trips qualify as real summer vacations, granted they weren’t Disneyland; the year we went to Las Vegas (New Mexico) and when we camped in the Sangre […]

Club notes — June 19

Encanto Garden Club Encanto Garden Club met June 8 in Melrose at the homes of members Jeanne Augenstein and Lori Frazure. Friends and neighbors accompanied the Master Gardeners through the raised vegetable beds, ground covers, flowers and bushes. Winding paths showcased various plants, which survive and thrive in this harsh southeastern New Mexico climate. Refreshments […]

Ham radio operators invited to Field Day

Freedom New Mexico On June 25 and 26, Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a national and Canadian annual event, Field Day, which is the climax of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the National Association for Amateur Radio. From about 11 a.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. June 26, amateur […]