Friday morning briefing: Books cheap, a walk for food and a cult’s demise

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Saturday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. the Clovis Police Department will be conducting DWI Saturation Patrols. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk drivers. Walk for hunger The Senior Olympic Committee will be holding a fun walk 10 a.m. Saturday at Goodwin […]

Verhines recommends Ute water project manager successor

Kevin Wilson Less than four weeks from now, the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority could have a new project manager, paving the way for its current one to officially take over as the state’s new engineer. It was business as usual for the authority during its regular meeting Thursday morning at the Yam Theater, […]

Handbell festival to feature classical, holiday music

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico residents ranging from Portales to Albuquerque will be listening to holiday sounds Saturday as they attend and perform at the 19th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival at First United Methodist Church. Choirs and individual musicians from Portales, Clovis, Albuquerque and Levelland, Texas, will be performing at the event. […]

Americans strong on courage, faith

America has endured many hardships but the blessings far outweigh the problems. We, like the Pilgrims, are strong in courage and faith. We have so many blessings and I can’t count them all. Aren’t you glad you are alive? Can you hardly contain the joy of knowing God planned your birth? He has a special […]

My turn: Family can always turn stress into fun

Alisa Boswell I’ve been learning the last two weeks how to find the humor in a situation which is breaking my heart. After being within a 20-minute drive of my parents my entire life, I am finally having to say goodbye as they pack up my childhood home and prepare to make their big move […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

Coercion no way to win support

When you decide your house needs a new roof, how do you go about getting it done? Do you either try to use your insurance policy or find a way to pay for it yourself? Or, do you go to your neighbors and demand, at gunpoint, that they pay for all or part of it […]

Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

Fishing report —

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. East–Central, including the Pecos River Coyote Creek — The flow is 1.5 cfs. No […]

Cosmetic product maker to build facility in Clovis

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Benna Sayyed Clovis city officials approved a $3 million interest-free forgivable loan Wednesday to a beauty supply manufacturing company that could create up to 350 jobs in the area over the next five years. Chase Gentry, executive director of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said Beauty Health and Science Innovations hopes to be open by April. […]

Hounds, Zias combine to establish school first

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Dave Wagner Tuesday night was special for Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams — both teams won, and both reached 100 points on the same night for what is believed to be the first time. The ENMU women had to work hard for their victory, outlasting Oklahoma Panhandle State 100-96 to give first-year coach Lindsey […]

Thursday morning briefing: They want your blood and the grisly end of a tradition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Blood needed Roll up your sleeve, there’s a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Commons area at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd. Information: 769-4154. Meetings watch The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meets at 10 a.m. today in the […]

Air Force band performing free concert at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Air Force Academy Band out of Colorado Springs, Colo., will be performing in a free public concert 7 p.m. tonight in the Buchanan Hall of the Music Building at Eastern New Mexico University. Tickets are not required to attend the free concert. The doors open at 6:15 p.m., ticket holders […]

ENMU students attend border conference workshop

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Alisa Boswell Michael Martinez’ group at a student workshop, which focused on problems along the U.S./Mexico border, created a drug awareness commercial with the slogan, “When you’re chillin’, you’re killin.’” Each time the man in the commercial took a “drag” off his marijuana joint, the sounds of gunfire and explosions would go off. “What we […]

My turn: Library sale offers books for change

I am a shameless promoter of the Portales Public Library. It is my home away from home, especially for the better part of this week before Thanksgiving when we self-confessed Friends of the Library hold our annual used book sale. You have to really love books (doesn’t everyone?) to spend as many back-breaking hours as […]

Their view: Taxpayers deserving of transparency

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s what he says about government transparency:

High court should repeal ‘Obamacare’

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare, the administration’s massive overhaul of the nation’s health system. Arguments will be heard in March, with a ruling in June in the midst of the 2012 presidential election campaign. The court has set aside an extraordinary five and a half […]

Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Hounds regain shooting touch in blowout

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — So much for any shooting problems. After finishing under 35 percent in each of their first two regular-season games over the weekend in the South Central Region Challenge at Tarleton State, Eastern New Mexico University’s men opened fire with 54 percent shooting Tuesday night, including 13-of-24 from […]

Zias’ 100-point effort gives coach first win

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By Larry Booker: FNM correspondent PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team needed nearly all of the 100 points they scored Tuesday to give coach Lindsey Wilson her first win. Senior post Precious Herrin poured in a career-high 34 points and Clovis’ Tori Northcutt added 12 points and 10 rebounds as ENMU […]