Western shows full of cliches

I think one of the reasons I love Westerns of both the big screen and television variety is that they’re so predictable and loaded with clich

City official: Efforts to get rid of birds successful

Alisa Boswell It turns out great-tailed grackle are not big fans of fireworks. Businessmen and other local residents joined forces earlier this month to set off a barrage of fireworks to frighten these local pests. Their efforts were successful, according to Portales Public Works Director John DeSha. “After those first two nights (Jan. 9-10), we […]

My turn: Big move to small town

Am I the only one who has ever felt like their life could be a TV show? I’m not talking about exploiting my family for cheap laughs, or painting myself orange and living in New Jersey, but like a real premise for an actual dramedy. I just moved here from San Francisco, so consider me […]

Lawmakers’ focus change as redistricting map takes effect

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Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Basketball tournaments and a big buy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.

My turn: Hometown girl pays tribute to her roots

Sandy Fields is a true daughter of Portales, granddaughter of the peanut-growing Bordens and the furniture-selling Caltons. She and her contractor husband, Gary, were sweethearts at Portales High School 30 years ago. They travelled the world together before they came home in 2002 to build the big red barn on East 16th Street that contains […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Big bands, a test of strength and a he lost on Jeopardy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Big band sounds Dance the night away Saturday to the Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Ensemble. It’s the ensemble’s Big Band Dance at the State Theatre in Clovis from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and all proceeds go towards the annual ENMU […]

Their turn: Give thanks for big, small things in life

CURSTIS SHELBURNE, pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe, writes a weekly column for the CNJ website. This is his latest submission:

Melrose’s Barnard reprises QB role

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Eric Butler Even though he was from a small high school, given that he was big and athletic, it wasn’t a major shock to see Melrose’s Clint Barnard see action at linebacker at New Mexico Highlands during his redshirt freshman season this fall with the Cowboys. But when a slew of injuries at the quarterback […]

My turn: Big shoes to fill

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Awhile back, my grandson came by to visit. While he was here, he saw my shoes that I had just taken off. He thought it would be neat to put on my shoes and walk around in them. He could have put both of his feet into one of them, but that would not have […]