Our people: Living in the moment

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Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all over the world in this job,” Russ, 30, said. She enjoys working outside most of all. Her job duties include coordinating […]

Births —

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Spriggs Keenen James Spriggs was born Sept. 16, 2011, at University Medical Center in Lubbock to Philip and Jeanette Spriggs of Clovis. [image#1, align=left, size=medium] He weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents are Bryan and Louise Kos of Melrose; Kim Pruit of Las Cruces and Debbie Spriggs of Clovis. Great-grandparents: Rosemary Smithhesler of Clovis; Florine […]

Border Town Days celebration set

Freedom New Mexico The 45th Border Town Days celebration begins today. The events begin with a decorated bicycle contest at 11 a.m. next to the Texico branch of the Citizens Bank. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners and a girl and boy grand champion will win a new bicycle. At noon, the […]

Friday morning briefing: Rock the Park, Ike in Clovis and a fairy tale wedding

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Music, music, music Rock the Park is four hours of contemporary Christian music and it’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Potter Park. Cowtown The National Corriente Cattle Show is all day today and Sunday at the Curry County Events Center. Fast […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for the High Plains Humane Society’s spay and neuter program, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m., said Jim Hailey, owner of Clovis’ Der Wienerschnitzel. Hailey said the […]

Our people: Clovis barber Tom Wade has helped develop city

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Clovis resident Tom Wade, 74, has been a part of big things in Clovis. He worked with the Junior Chamber to turn Greene Acres Park Lake from a “swamp with weeds over your head” into a park where people want to spend time. Wade formed the Clovis Softball Association, which began with four teams and […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

My turn: Summer still memorable

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Growing up in north Portales in the 1970s was rarely boring. We spent hot summer days at the North Portales Community Center located at Lindsey Park in a summer program called Jovenes Para Los Ni

Expositions evolved into amusement parks

“The amusement park lies cold and stark, kids are huddled on the beach in the mist, “I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the streets tonight in an everlasting kiss.”- Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen.

Sumner Lake State Park reopened

Freedom New Mexico State park officials have conditionally reopened boating at Sumner Lake State Park, effective 7 a.m. Friday. Watercraft can only enter the lake through the main raft, and will require both a pre-launch inspection and a decontamination process upon removal. Officials estimate most inspections will take 10 minutes or less, and decontaminations 15 […]