Monday morning briefing: Parents night, horse news and seeing the world

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Senior parent night Clovis High School is hosting the class of 2011 senior parent night 6:30 p.m. today at CHS lecture hall. College entrance exams, college application process, information on scholarships, financial aid, graduation, career exploration will be discussed at the meeting. Information: CHS […]

Aug. 22 — School menus

Floyd Monday: Breakfast — Egg and bacon burrito, cereal, juice, milk. Lunch — Poor man’s steak, green beans, roll, cantaloupe, milk (Salad bar for MS/HS). Tuesday: Breakfast — blueberry muffin, cereal, juice, milk. Lunch — Chicken stir fry, rice, mixed veggies, cinnamon roll, milk (Salad bar for MS/HS). Wednesday: Breakfast — Quesadilla, cereal, juice, milk. […]

‘Professional patients’ need tough love

Perhaps it is because it has been more than nine years now since the doctor came in and told a perfectly healthy me, who had no reason to suspect it, that “Your biopsy tested positive. It was cancer.” Perhaps it is because, as someone told me at the time, this would one day seem like […]

Dog’s bird obsession fascinating

It’s hard to believe the energy the slumbering black dog at my feet is capable of expending. We adopted Ranger about eight months ago because his previous owner said he had a fixation toward cats and her sister’s cats were being terrorized. I’m not sure about a cat fixation but I know he goes crazy […]

Our people: People person

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Chad Lydick works as an engineer and serves as an Eastern New Mexico University regent. Lydick said Gov. Bill Richardson asked him to serve as a regent and said he was interested in being involved in education. Lydick also served as a Clovis City Commissioner for eight years in the 1980s. Lydick says everyone should […]

Annual fair kicks off Monday

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Jared Tucker Expect to pay more to get into the Roosevelt County Fair this year, but less on amusement ride tickets if you go on the right day, according to fair personnel. Roosevelt County Fair Board Treasurer Darla Reed said the board was forced to increase gate admission by $1 this year, because fair attendance […]

My turn: Choose words wisely

I guess I need to be more careful about describing myself as “ultra-conservative.” Somehow I’ve gotten on an extremist distribution list. One recent e-mail showed presidents Reagan, Bush W. and Clinton speaking at podiums with U.S. flags. Then it pictured “Barack Hussein Obama” (with Hussein boldfaced), and asked what was the difference — before pointing […]

Aug. 22 — Weekly update

Portales police still awaiting information Portales police say there is still no word on the outcome of forensic analysis of evidence in the slaying of Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab has not released any paperwork to his department with any conclusions about […]

Volunteer profile: Mildred Danforth

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Name: Mildred Danforth Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Danforth makes quilts to give away to people who need them. Why she does it: “I first started quilting in 2006,” Danforth said. “I have a love of quilting, and I love to see the happiness the quilts bring to people. It makes me happy.”

Their view: Illegal immigrants not real problem

Illegal immigrants not real problem Joe Sena of Albuquerque offers his views on the Portales News-Tribune’s editorial page:

Grandparents real inspiration

If there is one aspect of the human condition I find more prevalent than its tendency to sweet leisure and lethargy, it is a predisposition to self-doubt. Every single person I have ever met, including myself, wallows in the muck and mire of anticipating an unpleasant task or being afraid to fulfill an aspiration. In […]

Keep childrens’ safety in mind as school starts

Freedom New Mexico It’s that time of the year again. The madness of getting our children back to class has already started in most area school districts. That means early morning and mid-afternoon traffic will be heavier and school zone restrictions go into effect. Higher traffic and slower speeds will affect all drivers, not just […]

Hounds look for help from running game

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Dave Wagner With a senior-dominated offensive line and a handful of capable backs, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to put together a solid running game this season. For sure, the Greyhounds won’t turn into a run-first team after passing about 75 percent of the time in 2009. It’s just that if […]

Livestock sale nets $286,000

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Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With Tell Runyan and his steer projected on the big screen, auctioneer Tommy Williams is looking to make a deal. A chant of, “Do I have 51? Do I have 51?” echoes through the Curry County Events Center. Hearing none, Williams declares, “I just sold that steer for $5,000.” The […]

Student facing felony charge for bringing knife to school

A Portales High School student accused of carrying a knife to school is facing a felony charge. According to Portales police records, officers were requested at Lindsey/Steiner Elementary around 7:55 a.m. Thursday on a complaint about an unruly student on Bus 20. According to police reports: • Officers discovered a 16-year-old female had a knife […]

‘Blowing up’ happens to everyone

Grant McGee Have you ever had enough on the job? Blown up at a customer? Lately folks have been talking about this since that airline attendant cussed out passengers, then slid down an emergency chute into his 15 minutes of fame, two brewskis in hand. I blew up at a customer once upon a time, […]

Their view: Disappointed with ‘softball’ questions

Portales’ Alan Dodd wrote to say he was disappointed in “softball” questions our reporter asked U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., in an interview published Sunday. Here are the questions Dodd would have asked instead:

Educator who wrote ENMU’s alma mater remembered

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Eastern New Mexico University’s school song was written by a professor who learned to play the violin at age 6 and worked for the Department of Education into his 90s. A. Bruce Gaarder died at 98 July 1 in Arlington, Va. “He was always the educator,” said Ingrid Kauffman, Gaarder’s daughter. “That’s what he got […]

Friday morning briefing: Checkpoints, video games and kickoff time

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

Free outdoor expo being held

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is holding a free outdoor expo Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque for people who want to learn how to shoot and fish. The ninth annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo will have volunteer experts on hand for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albuquerque Shooting Range Park. […]