Sponsoring cowboys might be good for business

Glenda Price Have you noticed? Everybody seems to have a sponsor these days. Before, it was mainly the race car people, but now it’s becoming ubiquitous. Sporting events — like football bowl games — now carry the name of a sponsor. The Sugar Bowl has become the Allstate Sugar Bowl while the Cotton Bowl in […]

Gay rights student group plans rally against bullying

Russell Anglin A new gay rights advocacy group at Eastern New Mexico University is planning a demonstration Friday to discourage bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual individuals. Students for Equality, a chartered student organization founded by Robert Johnston, 18, a freshman political science major from Albuquerque, will participate in the National Day […]

Military mama: Paying my parental dues

There are some things about parenthood that no matter how many people warn you it won’t make sense until you’re there in the moment living it for yourself. My oldest son is very quick on his feet. He has an answer for everything, an excuse ready at all times. I am a firm believer that […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced them. Gentry, 63, has an extensive collection of Coca Cola and 50s memorabilia in several rooms […]

McGee: ‘The kissing disease’

Do people ever get “mono” anymore? Or is it that I’m just in the age group that doesn’t know or care about mononucleosis anymore? Surely you’ve heard of mononucleosis, “The Kissing Disease.” Don’t ask me about how it works and that stuff, this isn’t that kind of article. There’s the worse sore throat you’ll probably […]

More laws create more chaos

Robert LeFevre was one of the bright stars of the freedom movement before his death, but whose legacy remains. He once said when most people feel threatened that their freedom may be taken away, they try to take away the freedom of those they fear. In other words, in their fear they become the thing […]

My turn: Wait, I can explain

There are a couple of disadvantages to being on a diet and watching what you eat. Other people watch for you. I always watch carefully what I eat, and have pretty much given up all fast food … almost. I did find something that I like, and it is really pretty good for you. It […]

Our people: Indomitable spirit

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Clovis resident Benerito Gallegos’ life changed when in 1961, an electrical accident cost him both his arms. A co-worker switched the wrong breaker and blasted him with 14,000 volts; enough electricity to knock him from the top of the tower he was working on. The electricity went in the right side of his body and […]

Restrictions on prescriptions unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico Fallout from our panic-driven war on drugs includes the demonization of medications that has reached irrational levels. Abuse by some has made many drugs unavailable to people who really need them, or driven some to live with their medical condition rather than endure the trouble of getting treatment. Virtually all drugs, including […]

My turn: Pope John Paul II example of courage

Within minutes of The Vatican announcing the beatification of Pope John Paul II a few weeks ago, all hotel rooms in Rome and surrounding areas, were reportedly sold out and Vatican officials are expecting up to two million people to attend this historic event on May 1. JPII’s fast-track to sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI […]

My turn: Goodbye doesn’t have to be complicated

It always amazes me how the simplest forms of entertainment are some of the best. All it takes is a box of eight multi-colored markers and a large piece of white poster board and you instantly have the attention of eight fully grown people. On Sunday, I attended a coworker’s going away party and I […]

Our people: Having a ball

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Clovis resident and Yucca student Danni Williams, 14, can always be found near a basketball game, if she’s not on the court. With two older brothers who play and a father who coaches the sport, she was hanging around basketball courts in a stroller and dribbling a basketball as soon as she could walk. She […]

Cannon airmen aim for big losses

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USAF: 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine Justin Garrison, manager of the Clovis GNC store, offers coupons and product samples to participants at the Cannon’s Biggest Loser kickoff Jan. 10 at the base fitness center. GNC sponsors the competition, in which teams of four compete in a six-week program for total weight loss. Prizes will be awarded […]

Our people: Ticket master

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Clovis resident Pat Blanchette has been the Wildcats’ purple-wearing ticket taker at Clovis Schools sporting events for 18 years. Blanchette and her husband moved to Clovis when Tom was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in 1992. The couple’s children were small and they decided to stay in the area after he retired.

Squashing political speech not answer

Freedom New Mexico We add our thoughts and prayers to the many for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the six people killed, including a senior federal judge, a 9-year-old girl fascinated by politics, a congressional aide and three other innocents, as well as the 13 people wounded, in the attack Saturday in Tucson. The accused, […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor remembered

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Courtesy photo Irvin Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor still living in Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson ered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew […]

Iraqis ready to take control of own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

Christmas dinner community tradition

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Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many to be with family, friends and enjoy a hot meal. The event saw 164 people in just the first two hours. The four-hour event usually draws 300-400 people each year and a final count will be announced […]

Traditional Christmas

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Argen Duncan Cheese fondue and Guam, Christmas trees and family. People around Portales have many Christmas traditions and memories, but they all center on family. The Robbins family Local peanut farmer Laura Robbins and her husband gather with their three grown children and the children’s families for Christmas. Robbins said they go to a Christmas […]

Program lets local residents adopt airmen

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Airman First Class Joshua Johnson, left, and Clovis resident Joe Hill talk during an Adopt an Airman program mixer at the Drop Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Airman First Class Joshua Johnson, of Mankato, Minn., said one of the reasons he joined the Air Force was the […]