People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

Vacation to ocean ended too soon

So as the wizard tells her the way to return to Kansas, Dorothy dutifully clicks together her heels and incants, “There’s no place like home … there’s no place like home … there’s no place like home…” Yet with a hint of wistfulness in her voice, for the magic of Oz that she is leaving […]

Portales past: March 2, 1944

March 2, 1944: The Portales Daily News: The Leopards from down Causey way are very excited, as they feel confident of winning the Lions’ basketball tournament being held here next weekend.

Listen to hear God

Do you ever get tired of noise? All kinds of noise make me have anxiety. Many voices compete for our attention these days. The demands of employment, family obligations and other activities seldom leave a quiet time in our busy schedules. The busy-ness of the day has a way of dominating the mind at bedtime […]

United Way donations slightly up

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico raised $522,599 during its 2010-11 campaign, according to a release Monday from the organization. The amount raised is up about 1 percent from last year’s total of $514,694. But the total is about 10 percent below the 2008 total of $580,000 raised between Curry and Roosevelt counties. The […]

Reader submitted content: Portales eight-grader spells way to state competition for third time

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Betty Williamson S-T-A-T-E C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N. Those are two words that eighth-grade spelling whiz Mathew Sanchez hopes to add to his resume after March’s state Spelling Bee in Albuquerque. Mathew earned the right to represent Roosevelt County for the third and final time after surviving a 25-round showdown with sixth-grader Nicholas Brown in the senior division of […]

My turn: A little spread goes a long way

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry Mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry Mustard 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce 1/3 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon […]

My turn: Walks to school make good stories

Helena Rodriguez There was always that one house on the way to school you’d avoid as a kid. For us, it was the home of A-Ri-Ti-Ti-Ti-Di, perhaps a Spanish form of Rin Tin Tin, a scary looking, elderly man who set dogs loose on us. Maybe we deserved it. I don’t know how he got […]

Year in review: County projects under way

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Alisa Boswell Big things have happened for Roosevelt County in 2010, according to County Commission Chairman David Sanders and outgoing County Commissioner Gene Creighton, who will finish his second term with the county at the end of this month. “I have appreciated serving the city and the county for the last eight years,” said Creighton. […]

No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

Their view: Coyote hunts nature’s way of balance

Coyote hunts nature’s way of balance Another view regarding the weekend coyote hunt in Grady, this from Clovis letter writer Calvin Lary:

City to kick off holiday with toy drive, tree lighting

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Argen Duncan You may not hear sleigh bells ring, but Christmas is on its way to Portales. The annual Operation: Santa Cop toy drive and distribution is under way, and the Lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree is set for Monday. This year, said Mayor Sharon King, the city is focusing on the Portales Police […]

United Way campaign off to strong start

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico One quarters into its campaign, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising is outperforming last year. At $341,014 for Curry and Roosevelt counties, donations are already about $100,000 above what it was this time last year, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. The campaign, which kicked off in […]

Friday morning briefing: Bright lights, cookies with Santa and inviso-power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bright lights in the big city Registration is under way for the annual Clovis Christmas Light Parade. This year’s illuminating line-up gets started 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Registration forms are now available at the chamber, 105 E. Grand, and Clovis MainStreet office, 621-A Main […]

Best lessons discovered on your own

Jim told me a story of his youth. Of course, it could have happened yesterday knowing cowboys the way I do. Jim was 12. His brothers were two years off, either way. Their dad sent the boys out a’horseback to bring in Bully Boy, one of their herd sires, to the home corrals. Instructions were […]

Hounds need win to stay in LSC North title hunt

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Few people, outside of the participants, saw this coming. Eastern New Mexico University plays at Northeastern State today with potentially a three-way share of the Lone Star Conference North Division title on the line. The Hounds (4-5, 3-2 North) were picked fourth and the RiverHawks (5-4, 4-1) fifth in […]

Women have come long way

In our little country school we had basketball goals on a dirt lot, and girls and boys played together, choosing up teams. In fact, I don’t remember any discussions at all about boys and girls competing together in sports. We all learned not to dribble the basketball in the goatheads and other sticker weeds if […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

United Way hoping for better year

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is in campaign mode. The charitable organization that aids non-profits throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties kicked off its fundraising campaign last month, but in the last week has done 10 presentations to area groups with another five scheduled for Wednesday. “We are in it,” Executive […]

Cows prefer to go their own way

You’ve heard the old adage, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” In northern Indiana there’s more than one way to skin a renegade cow. Farmer Dave had rented pasture from a neighbor. It had a big old deserted barn, complete with hay loft, sliding doors and draft horse stalls. Dave hauled 25 […]