Sweet Home New Mexico: Your duty station is what you make of it

I grew up in what was once a small town just outside of Montgomery, Ala. It has grown through the years, but was once a town about the size of Clovis. Montgomery is home to Maxwell Air Force Base, so growing up I crossed paths with several Air Force families coming through Maxwell for schooling […]

Our towns: Farwell family-oriented community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell The Old Country Store in Farwell is owned and operated by the Koehn family. The store sells homemade clothes, knick knacks and food, such as muffins, burritos and lasagna. Cyrus Koehn referred to Farwell residents as friendly, down-to-earth people. Alisa Boswell Along with many of the smaller communities in eastern New […]

My turn: Big move to small town

Am I the only one who has ever felt like their life could be a TV show? I’m not talking about exploiting my family for cheap laughs, or painting myself orange and living in New Jersey, but like a real premise for an actual dramedy. I just moved here from San Francisco, so consider me […]

Municipal races building steam

By Kevin Wilson Tuesday will be a busy day at city and town halls across eastern New Mexico, with candidates having an 8 a.m.-5 p.m. window to file for office. The following is a list of items that will be on Clovis’ March 6 ballot, including candidates who have announced their intentions to run so […]

Our towns: Elida is close-knit kind of town

Alisa Boswell A community of support and acceptance is how many Elida residents would describe their town. Resident Lela Jo “Red” Halliday said the town thrived with business once upon a time with a service station, cafe, movie theater, drug store, dry goods store, hotel, newspaper office and more. “When I was a kid, my […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

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I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Our towns: Fort Sumner has celebrated history

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De Baca County Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo The site of the Billy the Kid tombstone is one of the many tourist attractions in Fort Sumner, along with the Billy the Kid Museum, Bosque Redondo Memorial, the Pecos River and more. Fort Sumner Community Development Corporation Executive Director Allen Sparks said the town is also […]

Herding chickens nothing to cluck about

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

My turn: Cemeteries hold stories of past

Wendel Sloan Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions […]

Our towns: Melrose is small town with a lot of pride

James Townson: Courtesy photo Melrose is a community of 679 residents. Melrose Chamber of Commerce President James Townson said the Melrose community is one with heart and its residents are very proud of its military members, veterans and school district. Alisa Boswell The town of Melrose originally began as a switch station for the railroad […]

Portales plans veterans memorial

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Roosevelt County War Memorial Project Committee chairman Larry Smith look over a brochure in the chamber of commerce conference room. Terry created the brochure as a way to advertise and raise funds at the county fair for the $20,000 war memorial […]

Group raising funds for war memorial

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Alisa Boswell Another project for the Portales Town Square is currently in the fundraising process, needing $20,000 to be accomplished. The project is the construction of a 3 1/2 foot tall and 15 foot long war memorial on the southeast corner of the town square, which will list the names of Roosevelt County veterans killed […]

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 […]

Grant McGee: Prairie dogs get no love

The Lady of the House and I were driving by a prairie dog town some time ago. It was your typical, standard-issue, prairie dog town in a vacant lot in the city limits. Prairie dogs were running about, some were foraging by the side of the road, others were standing guard. But this dog town […]

Friday morning briefing: Town hall, affordable housing and Carter’s crisis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Town hall The city of Clovis’ Affordable Housing Town Hall meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. It’s open to the public. Music, music, music The Clovis Music Festival Committee is meeting at noon today at the Clovis Curry […]

Their view: Speed traps give small towns bad reputation

Danny Watkins of Alto, who received a speeding ticket in Elida recently, believes the town needs a better traffic control system:

City to host town hall meeting on tax hike

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis is hosting a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to answer questions and present information about a .25 percent gross receipts tax to pay for the Ute Water Project. Present will be city officials and Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Day trip: Shakespeare Ghost Town

Courtesy photo Shakespeare Ghost Town is located outside the city of Lordsburg. Shakespeare Ghost Town • Location: Located in the “Bootheel” of New Mexico. It is located outside the city of Lordsburg, which is 17 miles from the New Mexico-Arizona border. Interstate 10 passes through this small southwestern city. Shakespeare is 2 1/2 miles south […]

Club notes —

Beta Phi Six members attended the regular meeting Dec. 6 at El Rancho restaurants with Bev Miller as hostess. Beta Phi received a thank you letter from St. Jude for our donations. We also have key tags for community partners with Albertsons and we collected toiletries for the Shelter Educational Program . The place of […]