Wednesday morning briefing: High cotton and a girl’s best friend

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing.

My turn: Home town girl brings new life to former general store

When I was an elementary school kid at Dora, we had two locations where we could spend our “store money” each week. Our parents could get a full service gasoline fill-up at stations on each end of the village. The cafe was open most days for hamburgers and fries. If Wilcher’s Farm Store didn’t have […]

Family, friends remember Elida teen killed in crash

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Christina Calloway An Elida teenager killed in a crash Friday is remembered as a beautiful and bubbly girl with a big heart. Britt’ny Mowell, 17, died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover crash outside Elida. “She loved everybody, everyone became her friend,” said Mowell’s sister, Mollie Crow. “She was […]

Cooperative efforts help students’ creativity

There are a great many gifts these days, being made in the Clovis Christian High School art and wood arts departments, especially involving joint use of the two classes, which are located across the hall from one another. The focus in this column is on handmade gifts, for those whom one loves, especially those made […]

My turn: Hometown girl pays tribute to her roots

Sandy Fields is a true daughter of Portales, granddaughter of the peanut-growing Bordens and the furniture-selling Caltons. She and her contractor husband, Gary, were sweethearts at Portales High School 30 years ago. They travelled the world together before they came home in 2002 to build the big red barn on East 16th Street that contains […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go Stephanie!” Then she realized that wasn’t Stephanie. Stephanie was that girl’s mother. “She so looked like her, competing in the same event and everything,” Bland said. At the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals, it’s not unusual […]

My turn: Always time for frills

The girl (me), who has not a single ounce of the proper grace and femininity required for wearing heels, is attending a formal banquet this weekend. The amusing part of this is no matter how non-frilly a girl I am or how ungraceful I feel, I own a formal dress, which I love having excuses […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Former Portales resident involved in shooting tragedy

Staff and wire reports A 9-year-old Lubbock girl is dead after her grandfather shot her while rabbit hunting in what investigators are calling “a very tragic accident” at the family farm about 20 miles northwest of Lubbock. Lubbock Christian School Superintendent Peter Dahlstrom, 61, was hunting with four grandchildren on the family farm Friday evening […]