Monday morning briefing: Fireworks and what started it all

Good morning and happy Fourth of July. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke on the Water In case you missed it, here’s the rundown on today’s annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water activities in Clovis: Activities start at 8 a.m. with the 2nd Annual Smoke on theWater 5k Fun Run […]

Thursday morning briefing: Mentors needed, loans and Sonny without Cher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mentors needed United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking 1,000 men and women in Curry and Roosevelt counties to be literacy volunteers in area schools. The volunteers will serve as mentors to help kids become better readers. Here’s a link with more info: […]

My turn: Extra wraps good with fruit

What better way to use extra egg roll wraps than in a healthy dessert? OK, that’s not a common question, but a package of egg roll wraps had more wraps than I needed for a dinner recipe. So, I experimented. Fruit Pockets • Egg roll wraps • 1/4 cup berries or chopped fruit per wrap […]

Tuesday morning briefing: First Clovis train, open meetings and the law of the land

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Fast facts The first Santa Fe Railway cars arrived in Clovis from Albuquerque on Dec. 18, 1907. Engineer Jeff Roberts brought the train in at night and initially failed to see the townsite. He had to back his train into the station. Meetings watch […]

My turn: Always aiming for good time

I discovered Tuesday night that my aim with my .380 gun is still horrible because I have had very little shooting time with it. So, the adventures of learning how to shoot continue but with a new resolution in mind: I am now determined to go to the shooting range a minimum of once a […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Smoke, summer events and Richard Petty

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wenesday briefing. Money for ‘Smoke’ Smoke on the water, Clovis’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display, is in desperate need of donations if it is going to happen this year. The Clovis/Curry Chamber says it’s received $11,350 thus far — less than half what is needed […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Green goes green, Elida football and the Stars and Stripes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Green goes green Verti-I-Go Wind/Abundant Energy’s initial turbine is under construction at their site at the southeast corner of the intersection of Curry County Road 8 and County Road I. The ground level structure that houses the gear box, generator, and other mechanical parts […]

Friday morning briefing: The buzz, rummage time and lightning strikes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. The buzz Calling all gardners. There’s an organization out to do a bee census of sorts and they want your help. YourGardenShow.com is asking gardners and any other nature lovers to spent July 18 counting bees. It’s part of a nationwide effort to help […]

My turn: Butt diving takes toll on shorts

When summer hits, I always start to think of outdoor activities. That is not just hiking, jogging or biking; it includes baseball games, and playing in the park. And I don’t think about the outdoors without thinking about swimming. When I was a kid, every summer we started off with swimming lessons. That was usually […]

Even world champs have bad days

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Trevor Brazile has had many good nights en route to Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association records of $4 million in earnings and eight all-around cowboy titles in the last nine years. Thursday wasn’t one of them in the 41st Pioneer Days Rodeo at Curry County Event Center. Brazile, in the […]

Friday morning briefing: A bite for charity, top volunteers and a chance of rain

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. That’s a burger Taco Box’s green chili cheeseburger — once again namd one of the state’s best — is raising money for local charities. Now through June 15th when you buy one at Taco Box of Clovis or Portales, Taco Box will donate $1 […]

Friday morning briefing: Memorial day, arguing with women and a mountain man

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Graduation day Don’t forget…the Portales High School commencement is 7 p.m. today at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Memorial Day A couple of big Memorial Day observances to mark on your calendar coming up: Clovis — 10 a.m. Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial […]

Ballot box initiatives have boomerang effect

Freedom New Mexico Good-government activists have correctly identified “ballot-box budgeting” — when voters approve costly new spending initiatives at the ballot box — as one of the ongoing fiscal problems faced by California, which continually is troubled by multibillion-dollar budget deficits. Toward that end, two Democratic legislators have introduced bills that would require that any […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Nice plate, bug study and a popular pope

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Plate platitudes New Mexico’s centennial license plate is getting rave reviews for its design. Gov. Susana Martinez has received a plaque from the Automobile License Plate CollectorsAssociation for New Mexico having the best license plate in the nation for 2010. It’s the turquoise plate […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Kid stuff, help at hand and a civil rights landmark ruling

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Keeping them busy Are you looking for something for teenagers to do? The Portales Public Library has the following activities for 13- to 18-year-olds scheduled for this week: • Teen Writers Group, 4:45 p.m. today. • Teen book discussion, 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants can […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings, a graduation and Buddy Holly hits in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The following Roosevelt County governing bodies are scheduled to meet this week: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes the budget for the next fiscal year and discussion about Dalley windmill collection relocation expenses. • Roosevelt […]

Friday morning briefing: Uh-oh it’s the 13th, cut a ribbon and donate food

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. It’s also Friday the 13th, for those of you who might be superstitious. It’s official The first YMCA for Clovis in more than 30 years officially opens with a ribbon cutting 2 p.m. today at the newly renovated building, 2300 N. Main St. It’s […]

My turn: Bananas good in variety of food

I love bananas. They’re cheap, sweet and healthy, and they come in individual packages (a.k.a. peels.) Plus, there are tons of things you can do with them: Eat them plain, put them on cereal, use them as a fat substitute in baked goods, stick them in peanut butter sandwiches, etc., etc. My favorite way to […]

Monday morning briefing: Summer guides, summer learning and the mystery of life

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Spread the word The annual Summer Activities Guide is ready to be delivered to elementary schools and

My turn: Canned soup good option on short notice

Argen Duncan Eating out of cans and boxes isn’t gourmet dining, but sometimes time demands precedence. Processed food isn’t high on the nutritionist’s list of best things to eat, but my inexpert opinion is that with a little label-reading, it’s not a bad occasional option. I keep cans of soup on hand for unexpected time […]