My turn: Spent after holiday

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Do people actually celebrate Presidents Day? Or do they just take advantage of the weekend sales and that extra day off to take a family trip or just sleep in? I saw all these holiday-related articles about the history of Presidents Day online and I didn’t even bother to read them beyond the headline. So […]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

Friday morning briefing: Holiday safety, bluegrass music and about that ball

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Be careful celebrating the New Year. Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk and impaired drivers somewhere in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Most area establishments are participating in the Curry County Sheriff’s Designated Driver Program […]

Thursday morning briefing: Closings, important meetings and Pat Boone tops the charts

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Holiday closings A reminder that most government offices and financial institutions are closed Monday for the New Year holiday. For a complete list, check this website. Meetings watch Two important meetings Tuesday: Roosevelt County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

My turn: Accident left 19 dead 39 years ago

One of the worst vehicle accidents in New Mexico history happened 39 years ago this week on a narrow bridge, 10 miles east of Fort Sumner, on U.S. 60-84. Nineteen people, most of them teenagers on a holiday ski vacation from Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, died Dec. 26, 1972. Their bus crashed into […]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: One step at a time

With the merriment of the holiday season soon behind us, many of us will now point our focus to our resolutions for the new year. We will try to forget about the ridiculous amount of goodies we’ve consumed and about the food and drink with which we have over-indulged ourselves since before Halloween. We will […]

Snow days help with pre-holiday plans

Things to do on a snow day, especially when that snow day comes several weeks before Christmas. • Finish hanging and arranging the Christmas lights you did not get to, which was most of them. Remember that your northeastern native body does not really perceive this weather as unbearably cold, as most in the southwestern […]

Holiday dinner tips featured on program

Information on making a festive holiday turkey dinner, using new tools for crochet, and a program called Fuel Up to Play 60 will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Home economist and spokesperson, Connie Moyers represents Western Research Kitchens in Los Angeles, […]

In search of ponies: Christmas gifts not for pets

Walking through the stores this holiday season, at first you may think,“that squeaky toy is so cute, Fido would love that!” But as you shop, you may start to get the feeling it’s not an accident the Christmas tree shaped dish full of frosted beef biscuits is at the end of the isle right where […]

Reader-submitted content: Salvation Army offers opportunity to give back to community

David Heflin During the Holiday Season, we encounter dozens of symbols that stir sentiments in our hearts: a Christmas tree, lights on the houses, Santa taking pictures with kids, a Nativity scene and so many more. Many symbols of the holiday season also communicate an opportunity to give back to those that are less fortunate […]

Area parades kick off holiday season

File Photo Bystanders watch a float in Clovis’ holiday parade last year. This year’s parade will be 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. Benna Sayyed Area Christmas parades kick off Saturday in Clovis and Muleshoe. “It’s just a feel-good parade,” said Robyne Beaubien, executive director of Clovis MainStreet about the traveling light show set to […]

Altrusa holiday event starts Saturday

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Alisa Boswell Altrusa’s second major annual event has arrived with Holiday Happenings taking place Dec. 3 in the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom in the Campus Union Building. Co-chair for the event, Dannah Brown, said this is the 14th year and tables are sold out each year. “I think viewing the tables and visiting with […]

Groups organizing Thanksgiving meals for community

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The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis and Portales Community Outreach are offering free Thanksgiving meals today. According to Lighthouse Mission Executive Director Richard Gomez, the Mission is cooking 40 turkeys this holiday. He said more than 500 slices of pumpkin pie will be on the dessert table. “We focus on feeding the people; we make sure […]

ENMU briefs — Nov. 22

University closed for break ENMU will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday break through monday. University buildings will be closed during the holiday . The Golden Library and University Computer Center will be open from noon to midnight on Sunday. Information: 562-2115.

Monday morning briefing: Christmas music, Christmas lights and who shot J.R.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Holiday music show Mark your calendars… Eastern New Mexico University will host the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. […]

Thanksgiving kicks off holiday traditions

Go to Macy’s official website — Macy’s department store, I mean. This is the week to finish my focus on gratitude by writing about media, pieces and parts of which I am grateful for, and one of those would be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, begun in 1924. If you go to their website and […]

Local churches put own spin on Halloween

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Alisa Boswell For many organizations and individuals, the end of October marks a holiday when the monsters and goblins come out to play. But many local church groups may be changing the face of the Halloween season. The pastor of 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis, Larry Tittle, said his church, in conjunction with […]

Fabric postcards featured on show

Information on making fabric postcards, traditional holiday entertaining, and making outdoor quilts will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, October 18th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, October 20th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Franki Kohler has written a book about fabric postcards, which she refers to as “art in […]

Thursday morning briefing: Fair warning, holiday closing and finding the Titanic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fair warning Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Clovis police will be operating a DWI checkpoint somewhere within the city. Officers will be targeting drunk drivers. Holiday closing Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. The […]