Family’s tree stolen

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Alisa Boswell The last thing Mary Standefer expected when she woke up the morning of Nov. 30 was to see an empty front yard when she looked outside. Once the location of a 30-year-old Colorado short-needled pine tree, her front yard is now a barren landscape. “This year, I had decided to put multi-colored twinkle […]

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 […]

Hounds fall in overtime

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Freedom New Mexico On a night of high winds, higher penalty counts and a big lead matched by an equally large comeback, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys took a 43-36 overtime win Saturday night at Greyhound Stadium in the season opener for both teams. The visiting Cowboys rolled out 317 yards of offense in the […]

ENMU leads 28-0 at halftime of season opener

Going into halftime, Eastern New Mexico University holds a 28-0 lead on New Mexico Highlands in a windy season opener at Greyhound Stadium. The Greyhounds took advantage early with a pair of interceptions on the first two pass attempts Cowboys quarterback Emmanuel Lewis. Both led to touchdowns for a 16-0 lead 5:15 in the game. […]

Grant: Yard project never ending

When I asked The Lady of the House what she wanted for Mother’s Day she said, “A chocolate cake and an afternoon of yard work.” There’s always plenty of yard work to be done around the Stucco Hacienda. You see, The Lady of the House always has projects on her “honey-do” list: Things to be […]

Yard of the Month competition coming

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Family housing residents will soon battle for the best yard in the neighborhood as the Yard of the Month competition will run from May through September. The criteria for selection is based on the following: • Landscaping: Is the yard mowed, edged and trimmed? • Flowerbeds: Are they weed and […]

Organic products featured on program

Information on using organic products on the yard, cooking with sunflower products and using fabric to decorate handmade cards will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Curt Jaynes is the owner of GardenSource Nursery and Landscaping in Portales, and he’s going to talk about using organic products […]

Grant McGee: Yard sale brings back memories of ‘draggin’ Main’

Grant McGee Do you remember “draggin’ Main”? You know, spending Saturday nights riding up and down the main street of your town. I got to thinking about this after encountering three sisters having a yard sale. I had picked up an old cassette they were selling and was looking at the tunes on it from […]

Hounds dominate in LSC North opener

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER’ dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University was rolling along with a 21-7 lead over Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday. Then, in nine seconds, the Lions tied the score. Not to worry. The Greyhounds quickly righted the ship, generally dominated the game and […]

I can’t help but ‘fall’ in love

The days may still be hot, but have you noticed the nights are beginning to cool down? I love to feel the crisp early mornings. My yard seems to say, “Come look at me. I am putting on my best show.” Leaves have begun to drop, and flowers are blooming with enormous beauty. Even my […]

Midwestern State overpowers Hounds 44-17

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New Mexico University football team is making strides in the Lone Star Conference. The Greyhounds haven’t improved enough, however, to play with the top teams if they’re making mistakes. Senior quarterback Zack Eskridge rushed for 137 yards and threw for 149 as Midwestern State, […]

My turn: Puddle fishing reels in surprise

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Have you ever been puddle fishing? Ever catch anything? I did. There were a few holes in the yard at my grandmother’s house back home. So when it rained — instant puddles. Imagine me with my fishing pole with a worm on a hook, waiting patiently for a bite. Close to the house there was […]

Officials dish about Fourth of July menus

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Jared Tucker The Independence Day weekend is here which means the patio table is set, the American Flag is flying proudly in the front yard, and it’s time to fire up that grill. So what are area officials and residents throwing on the grill this year? Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said he likes a […]

Yard sale-ing has rules

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico It was Saturday morning and I was deftly shooting through the streets, handling the four-door family car like a Formula 1 racer at Le Mans, hurrying to the next big yard sale. I had the situation under control. The Lady of the House saw it differently. “Playing ‘chicken’ with […]

Gotta love thy neighbors

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Kicking back in the yard the other day I noticed there was some sort of busy-ness going on in a neighbor’s backyard. It caught my eye because the neighbor is kind of old yet was running around his backyard like a kid. I watched for a while and came […]

Family history repeats itself

By Karl Terry: Local columnist She said she heard it crack when she went down. All I heard was a shriek of pain as she grabbed for my arm on her way down. With a day off recently, I had been catching up on yard work and my better half followed me out to the […]

Friday morning briefing: Back yard video and fashion

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day Rare stuff lurking in an important collection at Eastern New Mexico University…and it’s Right in your backyard. Website of the day Plan your next vacation in New Mexico. Visit the state’s tourism website: http://www.newmexico.org/ Mini walk set Barry Elementary School students will be […]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long […]

Yard sales also social events

By Grant Mcgee: Local columnist We went to our first yard sale of 2010 last week and picked up a fridge for 40 bucks. It seems yard sale season has begun. These sales just seem to flow and go with the seasons. In the winter there are few if any sales. As spring gets closer, […]

July 13 Police Blotter

Portales police log samples from the past week: Monday 3:58 p.m.: Caller on S. Roosevelt Road U said a cow was in his front yard and he wanted assistance to move it. No incident report filed. 8:32 p.m.: Caller living on North K street said neighbors kept shooting fireworks into her yard despite asking them […]