Monday morning briefing: MLK Day, perfect fruit pies and prohibition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. MLK Day There are celebrations and commemorations galore today to mark Martin Luther King Day. In Clovis, the annual walk to commemorate King’s march from Selma to Montgomery gets started at 9 a.m. in Potter Park. In Portales, a similar march starts at 10 [...]

ENMU/Cameron basketball capsules — Jan. 11

Freedom New Mexico Men ENMU (9-6, 2-4 Lone Star Conference) at Cameron (8-3, 5-1) When: 7 p.m. (MST) today at Lawton, Okla. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last time out: The Greyhounds lost at Texas A&M-Commerce 88-77 on Saturday. Cameron hasn’t played since winning at East Central 63-54 on Dec. 31. Last season: After a tip-in in [...]

Dora news — Jan. 10

Second semester begins Students return to classes today to begin the second semester of instruction. Report cards with first semester grades will be issued Wednesday.

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 9 Children: 5 (ages 6, 5, 2, 2, and 1 month) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because they have taken in a sister and her two children when the need arose. The husband is the only one working and with the addition of the extra family [...]

Empty stocking fund: Family A

Today’s focus: Family A Household members: 4 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The family is just going through the transition of a divorce. This has been hard on the family since the father was the only one working. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 4. Toys list: A Barbie or princess or a Barbie princess. [...]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family C

Today’s focus: Family C Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 12 and 8) Special circumstance: This family is dealing with the incarceration of a husband. The wife is trying to support her children, but their income has not been regular. Clothing needs: Boy clothes size 12; girl clothes size 8-10. Toys list: Boy, 12, wants [...]

Empty stocking fund: Family G

Today’s focus: Family G Household members: 5 Children: 3 (ages 8, 4 and 2) Special circumstance: The family is currently between jobs, and when the father can pick up a job he usually gets 1-40 hours. The mother is still working. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 9 in juniors and shoes size 5 1/2, clothes [...]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a master’s in education in school counseling, said she not only has a new job but is already working it. “My husband and I just moved to Artesia and I’ve [...]

My turn: Liquor sales issue never put to rest

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Portales heads to the polls today for another round in its century-old debate over firewater. Today’s chapter is focused on Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. The story began in 1898, when Portales consisted of one house, one general store … and two saloons. Railroad workers and cowboys frequented the saloons in those days, searching for [...]

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 3 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The husband lost his job and the family only has one income. Clothing needs: Boys size 2T. Toys list: A car, any toy or a truck. The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico. [...]