My turn: There’s always next year

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I like the end of baseball season. Not necessarily because it is over, but because of the World Series. Sometimes a team that starts off kind of slow can pick it up toward the end and next thing you know they are in the playoffs. Then with another win or two, they are in the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hats off, breakfast and monsters in town

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hats off Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will stream live audio of its spring commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Greyhound Arena on Eastern’s home page: www.enmu.edu Also, KENW-TV will broadcast the graduation live on digital channel 3-3 (standard definition). That signal […]

Grant McGee: Hats take geting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]

Fall colors

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Sharna Johnson In other parts of the country, the first sign of changing seasons is often the changing color of the leaves, but in eastern New Mexico, one of the first signs is the changing of the hats. As the temperature drops in the fall months, cowboys traditionally don black, felt hats, putting away their […]

Senior happenings — May 23

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory w Monday: 10 a.m. Jewelry pals; 1 p.m. Line dance; 6 p.m. Social night. w Tuesday: 8 a.m. Quilting; 1 p.m. Pinochle; 6 p.m. Musical. w Wednesday: 10 a.m. Red hats; 1 p.m. Crafts. w Thursday: Blood pressure check. 8 a.m. Breakfast $2; 1 p.m. Bingo; 6 p.m. Jamboree […]

Braving Black Friday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Three women in Clovis have donned variations of Santa hats early Black Friday for their traditional day of shopping for the past 10 years. Jennifer McKinney, her sister Carri Valverde and her mother Linda Jacquez wear the hats to take some stress out of the chaos on the first […]

Journey of faith

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Liliana Castillo In front of a house west of Muleshoe, about two dozen people gathered in a circle around three hand-made wooden crosses. As the wind from passing 18-wheelers and cars whipped their hair and hats from their heads, their voices raised in prayer. The home was the starting point of a Good Friday tradition […]

For some, hats more than weather protection

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By Kevin Wilson For some it’s a fashion statement, or maybe a statement of team allegiance. For others it’s just a way to protect against sunlight. For nearly everybody in the United States, there’s probably a hat to match. “Over the years, I’ve had all kinds of people ask for all kinds of things,” said […]