Wednesday morning briefing: A comedy, a talent search and jazz

Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday briefing. Comedy “The Queen of Bingo,” is a stage comedy in the style of the Carol Burnett Show. It’s at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Auditorium and part of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts series. Information: 769-4950. Talent search “Hooray for Hollywood” auditions are noon to 2 […]

Friday morning briefing: Going green, flapjacks and Baretta walks

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Going green There’s a St. Patrick’s Day auction and craft bazaar from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wheatfields Senior Living Community, 4701 N. Prince St. It’s open to the public and proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Information: 762-8700. Breakfast treat Are you thinking flapjacks? There’s […]

Thursday morning briefing: Geek class, dancing shoes and mosquitoes

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday briefing. Become a geek There’s a basic computer skills workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840 Meetings watch Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. today in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. It’s open to the public. Music, music, music Slip on […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Calling young artists and pumpkin for oil

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Art contest The Congressional Art Competition is under way. This annual competition allows members of Congress to display the talent and creativity of their high school constituents. All entries from students in eastern New Mexico must be submitted to Sen. Ben Ray Luj

Thursday morning briefing: A tasty event, a volunteer and a chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday briefing. A tasty groundbreaking There’s a groundbreaking 2 p.m. Friday at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis for Freanna Original Yoghurt. The yogurt facility will be owned and operated by Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family and is said to be an old family recipe. Volunteer honored […]

Friday morning briefing: A video game, fair warning and a lazy daughter

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s pick for the best of the best games out there. Game: Syndicate Genre: Shooter System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? A reinvention of a classic EA franchise as a shooter ESRB Rating: Mature Web site: http://www.syndicate.ea.com/ Compiled […]

Thursday morning briefing: Senate work, stars shine and Mantle says it’s so

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Intern opportunity Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Carlsbad offices. Washington internships have two sessions for summer interns: May 29 – June 29 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: They want your blood, national honors and a president’s fear

Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday briefing. Give blood There’s a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Anyone donating will be registered to win a Kindle Fire. Information or to make an appointment: www.bloodher.com or 800-333-6920. High achiever Bailie Phillips has been awarded special recognition for the […]

Monday morning briefing: Candidates debate and women get the vote

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Candidate debate Don’t forget the Portales municipal candidate forum 6 p.m. Monday at the Yam Theatre. Candidates will give opening statements on their interest in their positions then be presented questions. Information: 763-6991. Party politics The Democratic Party County Convention is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public […]

Friday morning briefing: A house raising and our prehistoric history

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. House help Construction skills are needed Saturday at the Habitat for Humanity work day. It’s 8 a.m. at 2100 W. Manana in Clovis. Volunteers need to help pour concrete, caulk and install floors. Lunch will be provided. Information: 359-1344. Step back in history You can learn about […]

Thursday morning briefing: Game time and the Wienermobile

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday briefing. Game time It’s 42 Play Night 6 p.m. Friday at Wheatfields Senior Living Community, 4701 N. Prince St. It’s a game of dominoes open to anyone. Admission is free. Information: 762-8700. Fun for kids A couple of things for kids today at the Portales Public Library: Teen […]

My turn: Grouse sighting shows life endures

There is nothing better than a good grouse to start a morning … unless it is three of them. I was walking in our sand hills last week when they swooped past me, a trio of lesser prairie chickens, soaring low and to the east, their unmistakable wing pattern carrying them north of my house […]

Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

The good: Tax breaks for energy superstation Tres Amigas. The bad: No driver’s license or education reform. The ugly: “The leadership (state Legislature) knows how to use procedure to get what they want and once again thwarted the will of the majority of New Mexicans.” — Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Those are the conclusions of […]

Religion column: Laughter good for your health

Have you ever read some of those “not meant to be funny” church bulletins? I like the one “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.” Or how about this one? “For those of you who have children […]

My turn: Don’t wait until it’s too late

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My parents had soul. I was listening to good music from the moment I was in the womb. My father is a jazz musician and professor and I play alto sax and sing. So considering my appreciation for music, you can imagine how torn I was when I heard the news of Whitney Houston’s passing. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Happy Valentines Day!

Good morning and Happy Valentines Day! It’s the freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from our own Jenna Zamie, who prowls the Internet looking for the best games: Game: Soul Calibur V Genre: Fighting System: 360, PS3 What is it? The newest installment in the franchise jumps forward in time […]

Revenues up at some entertainment venues

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Tonjia Rolan Clovis Civic Center and Curry County Events Center saw increased revenues over the past two years. This is good news to City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, who said entertainment industries in Clovis and Portales are important cultural outlets for people from across the globe, who come to Cannon Air Force Base. College and university […]

My turn: Mixing up routine good for morale

I’ve found myself “getting back into the game” again with certain activities lately. I’ve started two-stepping again, playing pool, and this weekend, I’m off to the shooting range for time with my 9 millimeter gun. It feels good to have a lot of diversity in my life again. For awhile, it felt like I was […]

Thursday morning briefing: A video game and a Valentine dance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video game of the week Our own video game guru Jenna Zamie’s pick for the week: Game: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Genre: RPG System: 360, PS3 What is it? The follow-up to the popular JRPG, starring Lightning’s younger sister. ESRB Rating: Teen Web site: http://na.square-enix.com/ffxiii-2/ […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Talent in Texico and Beatlemania sweeps America

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Movie for teens The teen program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Portales Public Library is the movie “Real Steel.” The movie and the popcorn are free. Talent show The Texico “In The Clear” talent show is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Texico High School, […]