My turn: Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

My turn: Coffee shop seeking local artwork

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I got to be in my very first flashmob Monday for Halloween and as nervous as I was before hand, I was surprised at how well it went. My group got compliments on our performance, which was one and a half minutes of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and we had a good time doing it. Another […]

Honors —

Hartle Rick Hartle, a 1974 Clovis High honors graduate, has been awarded one off our Annual Community Wingman Awards from Team Hill at Hill Air Force Base, Layton, Utah. The award recognizes contributions of individuals from surrounding communities who go above and beyond in their efforts to support the men and women of Hill AFB. […]

My turn: Getting paid to have fun

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One of the highlights of being a journalist is when you get paid to be entertained. Sure, you have to take pictures and write notes while you’re at the event, but in my opinion, that just makes it more fun. Last weekend, I covered the 4Troops concert in Clovis and I enjoyed being able to […]

McGee: Harvester ants possess remarkable work ethic

While riding my bicycle along one of our county roads, I stopped to contemplate a harvester ant colony. I should tell you I’m an admirer of harvester ants. These ants are those big ones that make low, wide ant hills. I like them for their pure work ethic, because they seem to know just what […]

Today’s generation lacks hope

This is difficult to write. One does not want to showcase his dark side. Yet, truth must out. Here’s my dirty little secret. I have good friends who are New Mexico bankers. Yes, among that despised crowd with their imperial debit card charges and overdraft criminality are those who seem to be pretty good people. […]

God makes best out of impossible scenarios

One of my favorite stories in the Bible tells about the Israelites crossing the Red Sea under God’s mighty hand. The story begins with the famine in Canaan that caused Jacob to send his son Joseph to Egypt to buy food. On the way Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery. Little did those brothers […]

Monday morning briefing: Lots of nuts, business ideas and the price of sin

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Happy Columbus Day. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie says this one’s worth a shot: Game: Dark Souls Genre: Action RPG System: 360, PS3 What is it? In a world filled with despair, creativity and persistence will help you overcome unpredictable […]

Time to take control from technology

Social media, like its cousin, the cell phone, is a great thing so long as its stays in its place. Like many, I get irritated when it gets intrusive; unlike some, I try to always remember that I am the one in control. Facebook can remind me unnumbered times that I have “notifications pending.” That […]

ENMU officials, students, break ground on new dorm

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students poured onto the empty lawn Friday afternoon where Lincoln Hall once stood for the groundbreaking of the new freshman dormitory. One of the features of the event was the unveiling of the new dorm’s name, which honor New Mexico counties. Guadalupe was chosen over De Baca, […]

Two dead in separate crashes (updated)

Two people died in separate crashes Friday. In Portales, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Albert Gillean, 48, of Clovis died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into the rear of a vehicle about 6 p.m. at Lime and Austin streets. Berry said Gillean was pronounced dead at Roosevelt General Hospital. The driver of the […]

Force of One competitors receive recognition

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Courtesy photo Front row from left, Randall Roberts (Son of Retired TSgt. Mike Roberts), Daniel Barber (Son of SSgt. Glen Barber), Jennifer Suan (Daughter of Retired MSgt. Eric Suan), Mariam Mohamed, Keegan Detwieler (Son of Maj. James Detwieler) Middle row from left, Ethan Zamora, Aimee Roberts, Joseph Padilla, Camerin Suan (Son of Retired MSgt. Eric […]

Keep the faith and never give up

Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly noticed. We forget to count our many blessings. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Battle won in Lubbock, and one fast car

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.

My turn: Speak up

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I was watching one of my favorite television shows a few nights ago, when one of the actors complained that everyone seemed to be whispering all of a sudden. Everyone had quite a laugh about it, as no one was whispering, the actor was just getting hard of hearing. I […]

My turn: One more for the road

It was the best of limes; it was the worst of limes. That’s bad, but how does one begin a farewell food column? As many of you may know, I’ve left Portales to take a reporter position at the Rio Rancho Observer. Thanks to those who contributed recipes, made comments or simply read the column, […]

Finding grave brings closure

When we pulled up to the rusty iron gates of the cemetery I told my wife it felt like I had been there before. If that were so, it had probably been 45 years and the journey back had been a strange one. I guess I’ve known for a good part of my life that […]

Base construction under way

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Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under way at Cannon Air Force Base in 2010 and 2011 with some of them approaching their finish in the next one to 12 months and some just beginning. “The main purpose is to provide support facilities for the C-130 aircraft,” said AFSOC Chief of Programs Flight Steven […]

Base construction under way

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and will be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and was built at 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircrafts. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been […]

Births —

Calderon Derek Roberto Calderon was born Aug. 30, 2011, to Fernando Jr. and Roberta Calderon of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces. He has one brother, Reyes Calderon, 3, and one sister, Julissa Garcia, 13. Grandparents: Fernando and Yolanda Calderon of Portales and Maria E. Garcia and […]