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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We need to take a stand on important issues

The interlude page in the algebra book was the subject of the humor. Well, actually I am the only one who got the humor. Interlude pages, as I call them, are those pages between chapters, that give you subjects like Math Applied To Life. This one featured positive and negative numbers, so the picture accompanying […]

Press release: Listeria outbreak tracked to at least one Colorado grower

Jensen Farms, of Holly, Colo., is voluntarily recalling their shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. The company is working with the State of Colorado and the Federal Food & Drug Administration to inform consumers of this recall. L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate […]

Rodeo spectators in for wild ride

Rodeo as a spectator sport has been growing in attendance. Maybe it is because it is live-action, close to home, reasonably priced and rated PG. NASCAR has a similar appeal. As rodeo moves into the ranks of other professional sports, you notice a consistency in the show. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association runs a tight […]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created a sense of vulnerability that struck close to home for the community, in more ways than one. The tone was one of worry and fear as people around the U.S. watched in horror and […]

Grandmother’s angel visited one more time

Grandparents Day is Sunday and it reminds me of my dear grandmother. Of all the memories one stands out I will never forget. Granny lived along the highway during the depression. I cannot count the many lonely travelers she fed. A lonely, hungry soul walking down the highway moved Granny’s heart of compassion. Maybe the […]

Don’t mistake redistribution for prosperity

Freedom New Mexico One reason we cannot get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible adults see government programs as sources of wealth. The rabbit did […]

My turn: Playing hookie requires careful planning

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One of my favorite episodes of the 1970s “Laverne & Shirley” TV show was when Laverne and Shirley played hookie from work. It was more trouble that it was worth. As an adult, I won’t admit playing “hookie” from work. I had to carefully plan my “sick days.” As lifestyles editor in Hobbs, Mondays were […]

Our people: Walks without fear

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Pep resident Gail Keener was one of a group of Victory Life Church members who came together to create the Portales Dream Center. The church’s pastor at the time gathered a group to create the center which he had seen in action in Oklahoma. She has been volunteering her time three days a week at […]