Greyhounds sign 24 recruits

Freedom New Mexico Instate players make up a small but important part of Eastern New Mexico University’s 2011 football recruiting class. Of the 24 players who signed Wednesday with ENMU, four were from New Mexico, including all-state quarterbacks Josh Houghtaling of Artesia and Jacob Jameson of Lovington. The remaining players except one were from Texas. […]

ENMU briefs —

The Cake Series Area residents can learn to make visually appealing cakes, whether they’re beginners or experienced in cake decorating. This semester, Eastern New Mexico University is offering the courses Cake Basics, Fondant, Fabulous Cakes and Gum Paste Flowers. Kathleen Donalson, a trained Wilton Cake instructor, teaches all classes. Each course is $30. Information: ENMU […]

No expert in cattle ‘bidness’

An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?” I assume he’d mistaken me as an authority in […]

My turn: Walks to school make good stories

Helena Rodriguez There was always that one house on the way to school you’d avoid as a kid. For us, it was the home of A-Ri-Ti-Ti-Ti-Di, perhaps a Spanish form of Rin Tin Tin, a scary looking, elderly man who set dogs loose on us. Maybe we deserved it. I don’t know how he got […]

Cowboy resolutions more fun

Glenda Price We all are encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions. From what I’ve been reading it seems most “regular” folks are resolving mainly to lose weight and exercise more. Cowboy promises are different. When I asked my lanky friend Wilford about his, he thought a bit and then asked, “You mean it’s a new […]

McGee: Christmas lights make town sparkle

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The joke goes, “You know you’re from New Mexico if you leave your Christmas lights up year round.” No worries about that around our house; The Lady of the House had Christmas packed up a couple of days ago, lights and all. “That’s it,” she said, smacking her hands together. […]

Military mama: Resolve to make resolutions realistic

If you’re anything like me, New Year’s Resolutions are good intentions that never quite come to fruition. In years past I’ve taken the easy route; verbally promising to leave behind my faults and flaws and pat myself on the back for each day I stick to it. After a week or so, I think, ‘man […]

Price: Love-filled holidays myth for some

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them […]

Tax planning enters crunch time

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Sharna Johnson Pay bills early, make donations, install new windows — With about two and a half weeks remaining to the end of the year, it’s the last chance for tax planning. Taxpayers can still do a number of things to help reduce their taxes before the window closes on 2010, according to tax preparers. […]

No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

Holiday time for charity

Clyde Davis Before really getting into this column, I need to make a disclaimer. Either by typographical or some other error, I left readers of this column last week with the impression that my Facebook Veterans’ Day posting was not favorably received. The line should have read “many comments were positive.” Okay. Wonderful things to […]

American Legion to honor Bataan Death March survivors

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Argen Duncan For the 64th year in a row, the local American Legion is honoring those who have served with their annual Veterans Day service. The event is open to the public. American Legion Post 31 and Auxiliary Unit 31 make a special effort to honor the area’s two surviving Bataan Death March survivors and […]

Hounds seventh, Zias eighth in LSC preseason poll

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men were picked for seventh place and the women for eighth this season in the Lone Star Conference South preseason basketball polls, released by the conference office. Midwestern State, the defending South champion and coming off a 31-3 season, is favored to win its fourth […]

Military mama: Must make effort to get out more

This may surprise you, but I am quite a homebody. So much so that a more accurate term would probably be hermit. I have settled on the explanation that I don’t have much of a choice because I stay at home with the munchkins five days a week. But I’m going to come clean right […]

Oct. 24 —

Portales elementary schools and Portales Junior High School are set to participate in drug awareness activities this week as part of National Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon campaign promotes the belief that one person can make a difference in the fight against drugs and encourages a drug-free lifestyle and participation in drug-use prevention activities, […]

Awareness important tool in fighting cancer

Clyde Davis Before getting into this column, I need to make a correction and apology. To my Lutheran colleagues: It seems probable the Martin Luther incident never occurred — the punch in the nose over Holy Communion. The church history professor from whom I heard the story is very likely no longer alive; he was […]

My turn: Friendly text message can make a difference

A lot of people tease me for sending what I call “mass inspirational” text messages. At least once a week, I send a text to everyone in my phone, saying things like “Don’t forget to smile today, because you’re amazing” or “Have a great day knowing someone thinks you’re special.” As cheesy as these messages […]

Hounds out to make statement in LSC North opener

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico After 11 years in the South Division since the Lone Star Conference went to divisional play in 1999, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is set to make its North Division debut today. The Greyhounds could get themselves off to a quick start with a win over defending champion […]

Monday morning briefing: Hispanic heritage month and the first Make a Wish dinner

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing.Hispanic heritage Eastern New Mexico University’s Hispanic Heritage Month is under way. Hispanic Affairs has events planned almost daily. These include speakers, a presentation on the legend of The Wailing Woman and arts and crafts. Information: Check the ENMU online calendar at www.enmu.edu or call […]

Cost of federal radio mandates unclear

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Jared Tucker Roosevelt County and the city of Portales may or may not see a huge financial impact as the two prepare to make government-mandated changes to the emergency radio system, according to officials. The regulations require all municipal governments and public safety radio systems to migrate to “narrow band” channels by the end of […]