Every vote counts — ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That’s what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

My turn: Must find out what happened to office fish

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About three weeks ago, I had a week where everything that could go wrong was going wrong. My coworkers saw me frustrated more than once and may have seen me expressing it at times. With my well-known love for toys, Victoria Garrett acted as morale booster and gave me a small grow-your-own fish tank. This […]

Press release: Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. announces new store to open in Portales

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (11/30/11) – Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. (“Hibbett”), the national sporting goods retailer based in Birmingham, Ala., is pleased to announce the execution of a lease for a new store in Portales, NM. Hibbett Sports plans to open the new location at the end of January in the Portales Plaza shopping center. The store […]

My turn: In good times and bad, give thanks

Thanksgiving not only came early for me this year, it’s actually come multiple times, especially during times of difficult trials and spells of uncertainty. If there’s one thing I used to fear, it’s the unknown, and if there’s one thing I use to despise, it’s waiting. Yet these past few months were filled with constant […]

LSC football update, Oct. 31

Freedom New Mexico Standings All Times MDT

LSC football update – Oct. 24

LONE STAR CONFERENCE All Times MDT

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

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Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months at the thrift shop at 301 E. Second St. He said the opening of numerous thrift shops in Clovis, the […]

Weekly LSC soccer, cross country roundup

Soccer All Times MDT Men Conf. All W-L-T W-L-T Eastern NM 1-0-0 3-0-1 Midwestern St.0-0-0 3-0-0 Incarnate Word 0-0-0 2-1-0 WT A&M 0-1-0 0-2-0 Sunday’s matches Midwestern State 2, Colo.-Colorado Springs 0; Eastern New Mexico 1, West Texas A&M 0.

ENMU sets enrollment record

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Alisa Boswell Strong recruiting, tough economic times and attentive faculty members have led to a new fall enrollment record at Eastern New Mexico University enrollment, according to university officials. Gamble said 5,574 students are enrolled at ENMU’s Portales campus this fall, a 9.7 percent increase over the 5,080 who enrolled last fall. First time freshman […]

Gov. Perry good enough in debate debut

Freedom New Mexico Getting to know Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his record was one of the consistent themes of the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At times, the debate almost felt like an indictment of Lone Star state chief executive, given the questions and challenges directed his way. […]

Postal service has proven efficiency

There are tough times ahead for the U.S. Postal Service — cuts of 120,000 jobs, and service cutbacks of up to three days per week. But one thing is increasing — fodder for anti-government rants online. More than one online discussion I’ve had somehow involved the phrase, “Government’s inefficient. Just look at the post office.” […]

Monday morning briefing: Hot times, and a hometown question

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Their view: Let’s not linger in Afghanistan

The following op-ed co-authored by Sens. Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley and Rand Paul first appeared in the New York Times.

Times changed for Hounds’ series

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Lone Star Conference baseball series here this weekend against Tarleton State has been moved up due to the potential threat of bad weather. The teams will meet in a doubleheader today and a single game on Saturday, both starting at noon (MDT). Originally, the teams […]

My turn: Easter time for new clothes

Christmas. Easter. And Back-To-School. Those were the only times of year we got new clothes as children. Come Easter, we excitedly headed to Gibson’s with mom for new dresses and shiny plastic white shoes. As a child, Easter was about colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and Oasis State Park for an old-fashion Easter egg hunt and […]

My turn: Still have to pay my dues

I have had a lot of people ask me about my mention of the Lions Club at the end of my article. I am a proud member of the Portales Lions Club, and have been for more than 30 years. That is not the reason that I mentioned them at the end of my column. […]

In times of fear, put trust in Lord

The March spring winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband was in Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a day I […]

LSC-leading Southeastern Oklahoma rides big inning

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University freshman left-hander Aaron Anderson was able to get out of bases-loaded, no-out jams the first two times he’d been in that situation this season. The third time, on Friday at Greyhound Field, he wasn’t quite so fortunate. Catcher Brad Shankle whacked a three-run double, highlighting league-leading Southeastern Oklahoma’s […]

Shoutouts — March 27

Visit to Foxy Drive In brings back memories I was raised in Clovis, married Jerry W. Butts who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. We got transferred to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., in 1965. We moved to Virginia in 2002. So now we go back in the winter where our family […]