Local businesses enhance public spirit

Clyde Davis The compliments must go out to local businesses which, not only during the holiday, but in other times of the year, do what they can to spread and enhance public spirit. I have lived in enough places to know that, not only Clovis, but every town, has its detractors, and that many or […]

Gift cards ease shopping

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year […]

Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas season for 12 years. The 73-year-old transormed into Santa to help his brother who was overwhelmed with engagements. He said he enjoys playing the […]

Monday morning briefing: An education master plan, confessions and a people’s palace

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Education master plan New Mexico’s State Master Plan for Higher Education: Building New Mexico’s Future is finished and available at www.hed.state.nm.us. HED staff visited Clovis and Portales several months ago for public input. The plan contains short- and long-term recommendations as well as highlighting […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

In search of ponies: Christmas adventure for house pets

Sharna Johnson ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse… When out from the living room there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter… When what to my wandering eyes should appear but my dog shredding […]

Designated drivers to be rewarded

Freedom New Mexico Designated drivers will be rewarded through a holiday program being launched by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Participating businesses where liquor is sold are offering free gift bags containing sodas, snacks and clothing apparel to individuals who volunteer to be designated drivers, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. The […]

Traditional Christmas

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Argen Duncan Cheese fondue and Guam, Christmas trees and family. People around Portales have many Christmas traditions and memories, but they all center on family. The Robbins family Local peanut farmer Laura Robbins and her husband gather with their three grown children and the children’s families for Christmas. Robbins said they go to a Christmas […]

Non-profits still seeking donations

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Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the non-profit doesn’t directly provide for the needy around the holidays. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico funds as many local programs as it […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas cheer, odd traditions and a Flood of free agents

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Merry Christmas! From all the folks at Freedom New Mexico, Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year. Special meeting The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents is set to meet 11 a.m. Tuesday in special session to consider a solar project contract. […]

Tres Amigas seals land deal

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By Kevin Wilson Paperwork, then power. Tres Amigas LLC and the State Land Office signed a lease agreement Thursday that clears another hurdle to create a superstation connecting all three of the nation’s power grids and making land between Clovis and the Texas border a future exchange point for billions of watts of power. “A […]

Let’s celebrate Jesus every day

Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest human event of all time. No other event compares to or has affected history as much as this man called Jesus. None other brings peace like the “Prince of Peace.” None other wants the highest good for its converts, and certainly no other religion gives life abundant […]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. A

Today’s focus: Mrs. A Household members: 3 Children: 1 Special circumstance: Mr. and Mrs. A just moved to Clovis due to Mr. A losing his job in another state with high unemployment. Her holiday hope: To have enough for good Christmas. Clothing needs: Pants and shirts size 12 and shoes size 3 1/2 girls. Toys […]

My turn: Enjoy family traditions

If there is one thing my readers have taken from my column, it is probably that I still have the mentality of a 10-year-old kid when it comes to certain things, namely toys and special events. Christmas is no exception to this fact. It might sound cheesy and clich

State should stay out of private life

As a libertarian, I’m accustomed to being misunderstood. It goes with the territory. So many times commenters think they are being clever and have caught an error in libertarianism, only to reveal they didn’t read or hear what was being said. Case in point: a while ago, in a comment posted to an article in […]

Jesus’ birth inspiring story for all

Freedom New Mexico This year might be a good one to contemplate just how unlikely and yet inspiring the Christmas story is. Christmas, of course, celebrates the birth of Jesus, who, Christians believe, came to Earth to save humankind from its multifarious sins and transgressions, to offer hope of salvation to those who believe. Yet […]

Outdoor guide: Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Rio Grande Nature Center Park is the winter home to Canadian geese, sandhill cranes, various ducks and other water fowl. The nature center has a glass wall library to view birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Rio Grande Nature Center State Park • Location: The park is […]

Day trip: Tinkertown museum

Tinkertown is located at 121 Sandia Crest Road, Sandia Park, N.M. 87047 Courtesy photo: Tinkertown Tinkertown museum • Location: 121 Sandia Crest Road, Sandia Park, N.M. 87047 • What activities can you enjoy at this location? The museum includes old-fashioned arcade machines, a collection of unusual toys and other items, hand-carved animated miniature exhibits featuring […]

Program lets local residents adopt airmen

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Airman First Class Joshua Johnson, left, and Clovis resident Joe Hill talk during an Adopt an Airman program mixer at the Drop Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Airman First Class Joshua Johnson, of Mankato, Minn., said one of the reasons he joined the Air Force was the […]

Spouses club thanks veterans

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon spouse Michelle Patterson, 29, stuffs a small stocking with candy canes for the Single Airmen’s Dinner with her 11-month old son Devawn in her arms during the meeting. Liliana Castillo At first glance, the Cannon Spouses Club gave veterans in nursing homes crossword puzzles and toiletries for the holidays. But […]