Letters to the editor: Christmas isn’t shopping season

Christmas isn’t shopping season This Sunday is Christmas Day and every merchant in the United States of America should gather all their employees around the empty shelves in their stores after they lock up on Christmas Eve and lead them in singing “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” because He is the reason for […]

Government creating another energy crisis

Government’s death grip on energy production prevents use of plentiful, affordable resources. Instead, Washington dictates use of hard-to-harness, expensive “alternative” fuels, inadequate to meet ever-growing demand. Alternative energy sources require big taxpayer subsidies and drain money from the economy, where it could be creating jobs and meeting needs without a dime of taxpayer underwriting. Washington’s […]

Businesses working on liquor licenses

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Alisa Boswell With Sunday liquor sales approved by voters on Dec. 13, businesses serving alcoholic beverages are already in the process of turning in their applications for Sunday liquor licenses, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “We called them all to make sure they all got the same information,” Martinez-Terry said. “The Bureau of […]

Rhythmic Circus performing in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico Rhythmic Circus’ “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” show, part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series, will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Marshall Auditorium. Rhythmic Circus has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance company known for transforming their tap shoes into instruments of rhythm. […]

Prisoner dies in Roosevelt County jail

A 22-year-old man in custody at Roosevelt County Detention Center died Tuesday afternoon following a suicide attempt, County Manager Charlene Hardin said. Darrell Lewis was flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock about 9:30 Monday night, Hardin said. Hardin said she would not provide any additional information until she receives an incident report from jail […]

My turn: Citizens lit up Portales

Light takes on extra importance on these longest, darkest nights of the year. Thanks to some community-minded folks who realized that a couple of decades ago, Portales shines each winter with a warm holiday glow. Nearly 10 miles of electrical wire and more than 35,000 white bulbs illuminate Portales this month, a fulfilled vision of […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family C

Today’s focus: Family C Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 12 and 8) Special circumstance: This family is dealing with the incarceration of a husband. The wife is trying to support her children, but their income has not been regular. Clothing needs: Boy clothes size 12; girl clothes size 8-10. Toys list: Boy, 12, wants […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A local Top Dog, Toddle Time and terrorists strike

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Local Top Dog The infamous Dachshund, Sasha, who won the Clovis Wiener National’s qualifying race back in July will be competing for the title of “Top Dog” in the 2011 Annual Wiener National Finals. Sasha is one of seven dogs competing for the 2011 […]

Police blotter — Dec. 21

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Friday • At 7:10 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the Portales High School gym in reference to graffiti. The officer observed four building were marked. The computer lab building had a W on the east wall; the second building was brick and […]

Hounds hope to build on Long Beach outing

Freedom New Mexico If the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can get itself healthy and play as hard as it did on Monday night at Long Beach State, the Greyhounds should be a factor when Lone Star Conference play resumes in two weeks. Playing without 6-foot-8 senior forward Curtis Wilkinson (hand injury) and […]

Businesses: Road work minor inconvenience

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Alisa Boswell With Portales road construction blocking the front entrance to multiple businesses located on U.S. 70 (also known as Chicago Avenue), consumers have been taking four to six block detours to enter business parking lots. The project is repaving both sides of the four-lane road from Kilgore Street to Boulder Avenue. Despite the inconvenient […]

ENMU briefs — Dec. 21

Hispanic Affairs gathering school supplies Hispanic Affairs has taken the lead in gathering school supplies for the Bethel Orphanage, located in Juarez, Mexico. The drop off box is located in The Alley by the Hispanic Affairs’ door. All the donations will be delivered during Spring Break.

My turn: Christmas 101

Christmas is only four days away. Amidst this last minute hustle and bustle, it’s a fitting time for pageants, posadas and poinsettias to steer us from the commercialism of the holiday and back to Christmas 101. For starters, I didn’t know until I recently attended a Mariachi Christmas production in Hobbs that the poinsettia comes […]

Their view: Resolutions require making plans

Bryan Golden, a self-development advisor, syndicated columnist and professor, offers these tips on New Year’s resolutions:

Housing allowance rates raised

Basic Allowance for Housing paid to a million service members living off base in stateside areas will rise an average of 2 percent Jan. 1. BAH for a typical enlisted member, in pay grade E-6 with dependents, will increase by an average of about $35 a month. BAH for a typical officer, a married O-3, […]

Kim Jong Il’s death brings opportunity

Freedom New Mexico The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il presents both dangers and opportunities for America. The dangers come from the instability in the North Korean regime, which with Cuba is the last of the old, hard-core communist regimes. Every other communist regime — China, Russia, Vietnam, etc. — has switched to some […]

NM road crews mopping up after blizzard

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A day after blizzard conditions stranded motorists overnight and caused accidents that killed at least four people in New Mexico, highway crews Tuesday were mopping up and getting pre-holiday traffic back on the roads before another system moves into the state Thursday. Forecasters said the next storm isn’t likely to […]

Names of Monday crash victims released

Officials on Tuesday morning released the names of four people killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash four miles east of Melrose. The four who died on the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller: • John Kline, 53, of Mansfield, Texas, the driver of a four-door Toyota sedan. • Aminta Kline, 61, of […]

Forecast: Sunny this afternoon

Eastern New Mexico residents can expect to see decreasing cloud coverage and mostly sunny weather this afternoon. Daytime temperatures will range from 32 to 34 degrees with winds between 10 to 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Temperatures tonight will drop to the mid- to low-20s. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders […]

Long Beach pulls away from Hounds late

Freedom New Mexico LONG BEACH, Calif. — Junior guard James Ennis led four Long Beach State players in double figures with 15 points and the 49ers pulled away late for a 76-54 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Monday night. The 49ers, members of the Big West Conference, improved to 5-5 for the season […]