Their view: Bigger not necessarily better

Bigger not necessarily better Curtis Shelburne is pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe. This is his most recent weekly online column he writes for Freedom New Mexico.

Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

America can’t spend its way to prosperity

Freedom New Mexico Our latest experiment with Keynesian liberalism — led by the last two presidents — has predictably failed and the economy is in shambles. President Barack Obama will need a miracle to win re-election in 2012, no matter who runs against him and no matter how unpolished or gaffe-prone that candidate may be. […]

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]

Salvation Army accepting donations for hurricane victims

The Salvation Army is accepting only monetary donations to assist victims of Hurricane Irene, according to a press release from the agency. Donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, according to the release. A $10 donation can also be made by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 using a mobile phone.

Aug. 31 — ENMU briefs

• The technology building, which has yet to be named and cost $9 million, including furniture, will be ready to host the art and anthropology departments in the spring semester. The building is being constructed to be eco-friendly. • The ENMU Alumni Association raised $12,260 to benefit the ENMU scholarship fund during its second annual […]

My turn: Too risky to stop

Here’s a deflating topic, flat tires. Until recently, however, they’ve been not-so-bad experiences, with helping hands offering aid. But diminishing good neighborliness and personal safety concerns made for a bad experience Here’s a few not-so-bad blow outs: • In 1995 I had a blow out in Hobbs. Within seconds, red lights flashed and an extremely […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Flowers for food, top athletes and rain gutter racing

Start your day off the right way with the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing: Food for flowers Area residents can participate in FTD Good Neighbor Day Sept. 7 at Hestands Floral and Gifts, 813 W. Second St., Portales. In exchange for three cans of food for the Community Services Center food pantry, participants receive […]

Aug. 31 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent call to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Friday • An officer responded to an auto burglary call at midnight in the 400 block of north Avenue K. A man said a car stereo was stolen from his 1993 Jeep. He said he went inside his friend’s house for 15 minutes […]

Path to happiness better option

Today is the day to be happy, and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy. “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10 NCV). You can do anything through Jesus, […]

Cowboy hat worn well

I don’t know you but I know that hat. I wore a hat just like it. Back in the days when men were men. You bet the pot and played to win. And if you lost you tried again. You bet your life I know that hat. A cowboy gave that hat to me. Back […]

Memorial honors area confederate soldiers

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Alisa Boswell Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy memorial in Portales Cemetery. The memorial was bought and is being dedicated by United Daughters of Confederacy, the Ellen W. Jones Chapter 1022 in Portales. According to president of the chapter, Janelle Foster, the memorial is in honor of confederate soldiers who fought in the […]

Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in Portales and Roosevelt County. A petition drive started by local restaurants and aimed at legalizing Sunday sales of alcohol in Portales may not hold the promise of rough and tumble politics of the past. […]

Floyd school news — Aug. 30

Watermelon welcome successful The annual watermelon welcome last Thursday evening saw the largest turnout in recent memory. Participants enjoyed free burgers and hot dogs provided by the Floyd Fire Department, Floyd School and Floyd Booster Club. The Village of Floyd hosted a fireworks display and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosted a dance.

Elida school news — Aug. 30

Sports • Thursday: 4 p.m., football vs. New Mexico School for the Deaf at Vaughn. 4:30 p.m., volleyball vs. Floyd (juior high, junior varsity, varsity). •

Dora school news — Aug. 30

Upcoming events • Thursday: 4:30 p.m., Dora volleyball at Lake Arthur (junior high, varsity). • Friday: 3 p.m. junior high football vs. Elida; 5 p.m. varsity football vs. Roy. • Monday: 4:30 p.m. volleyball at Gateway Christian (junior high, junior varsity, varsity).

My Turn: An eye for trouble

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By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnisy “You are going to put your eye out!” That is almost a line from a classic movie, “A Christmas Story.” But it actually is a line from my childhood. I can’t remember how many times my mom told me that when I had wanted to try some new project. It […]

Hounds hoping to make noise in LSC

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Dave Wagner Despite the above-average heat this week, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo wishes the Greyhounds had a game this weekend. They don’t, so he’ll just have to wait for Saturday’s 7 p.m. regular-season opener against New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo, beginning his seventh season at the helm, thinks the […]

Senior happenings — Aug. 28

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 11:30 a.m., Medicare benefits; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. […]

School menus — Aug. 28

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed broccoli, fruit, whole wheat roll. Tuesday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Ham and cheese hoagie, garden salad and ranch, steamed carrots, cookie. Wednesday: Breakfast — Bean and cheese burrito. Lunch — Corn dog, […]