Birthdays —

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Bjerke [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Kevin Bjerke of Clovis celebrated his 46th birthday Jan. 20 during a private party hosted by his family. Kevin was born Jan. 19, 1965, in Dallas, Texas. He has six children and one grandchild. — Submitted by Morayma Bjerke

Tuesday morning briefing: Country music and a midlife crisis solved.

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Write-in day: Today is the only day for write-in candidates to declare their intention to seek office in March 6 municipal elections. Write-ins will not appear on the ballot, but they will receive credit for any votes they do receive on election day. […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

United Way seeing greater needs

Kevin Wilson United Way of Eastern New Mexico figures there’s plenty of need in Curry and Roosevelt counties, and they’re thinking six figures might be what it takes to provide for it. The charitable organization is in the first stages of its annual fundraising campaign. This year’s goal: $1 million. That’s almost twice the charity’s […]

Their view: Nuclear power doesn’t need government backing

Kevin Carson is a contemporary mutualist author and individualist anarchist who wants to ban nuclear power:

Legislators prepare to tackle budget deficit

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Kevin Wilson The phrase goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The state budget shortfall will be covered by the New Mexico Legislature from Jan. 18 to March 19, because it must be by law. The way that gets done? We’ll see, veteran and rookie legislators say. “It’s going to be a tough show,” […]

Program targets safe summer driving

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Police department is undertaking its annual 100 Days and Nights of Summer, but local officers would like to be able to reduce more than just alcohol-related incidents. “It’s not just about drunk driving,” said Lt. Eric Garcia, public information officer for the state police. “It’s […]

Benefit concert planned for ENMU instructor

Freedom New Mexico Several local bands are coming together in a charity concert for Eastern New Mexico University graduate and communications instructor Kevin Gardel, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer called primary myelofibrosis in September 2002. All funds generated from the concert will be donated to the Gardels family to help pay hospital bills. […]

Time again for fearless predictions

By Kevin Wilson I start this year, like I do every other, with an edition of “Kevin Wilson’s Fearless Predictions.” I make these predictions with the utmost confidence, because I know people way smarter than me have screwed up predictions far worse than I have. It was Bill Gates who once said a computer with […]

Rules would change if columnist in charge

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few years ago, I did a few pieces on how different a planet could be if I controlled the rules — a planet Kevin, based on the “Planet Charlie” standup routine of Charlie Viracola. Consider these rules of Planet Kevin, with explanations. More to come in the next […]

Game offers unlimited options

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Whenever a game night arrives, I look through the closet and wonder what I should bring. Monopoly? Simpsons trivia? Then I see the game that time forgot : The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. It’s based on the six degrees of separation theory. If you know 100 people, and they […]

The winners are…

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Oscar night always promises at least one awkward speech, one winner you expected, and many you didn’t. The days before promise piles of Oscar picks columns from people who spend careers watching movies. Kevin Wilson and Greg Price spend their paychecks on movies. Price watched all five Rocky movies in one sitting before going to […]

Boring tax untapped revenue source

By Kevin Wilson I’m not what you’d call a 9-to-5 worker — maybe more like 4-to-1. It means a lot of late nights, whether I’m working or not. It also means near-midnight snack runs — like a few nights ago at the Wendy’s pick-up window, and the drive-through cashier apologized because the printer was broken […]

Often, you are what you read

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers What you read says a lot about you. Certain magazines indicate a need to be ready for a political debate, with arguments tailored to a particular political ideology. Others keep you up on the world of sports. Still others say that you have unrealistic expectations of the opposite sex. Mine […]

A tale of two Web sites is spun

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers This is a story of two sites — Web Site A and Web Site B. I’m not going to identify A or B, because I’m guessing there are a lot of Site As and Site Bs on this particular topic. Site A, updated by somebody I would consider a friend, […]

Obituaries for May 17, 2006

Mavis George Services: 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Portales Mavis George, 83, of Portales died Monday, May 15, 2006, at her home. She was born April 13, 1923, in Center Point, Texas, to Bessie and Kelley White. She graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, in 1941. She played in the […]

Cartoon network out of line

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It was a late Tuesday night, and I was winding down with a little bit of television. There was nothing good on HBO, so I decided to see what was happening on Cartoon Network. I was able to catch the last few minutes of a “Family Guy” episode from the […]

Sitcom material continues to accumulate

By Kevin Wilson TUCUMCARI — Have you ever wanted to speak out, but stopped yourself because you knew reality couldn’t quite stand up to what you imagine saying? Yeah, I do that a lot. I was eating at a restaurant, on recommendation from a friend, and felt rather slighted. Since this column goes into newspapers […]

Embracing ignorances ensures more dumbing down

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer We always talk about the dumbing down of America. I think of it every time I see an episode of Friends, or each time a comedian gives a routine completely made up from routines done years before by better comedians. There are many signs of the dumbing down of […]