Blue always knew what to do

A retired Ohio farmer named Phil told me this story of the best coon dog he’d ever seen. I believe it, of course! The dog was a blue tick hound that his father had trained. His dad was such an excellent trainer that he didn’t even have to go hunting with Blue, the dog would […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

A winding tradition

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Pink and blue streamers, tuxedoes and hoop skirts, and continuing a tradition. A group of Portales High School seniors had those things on their minds Saturday as they decorated for Maypole. The tradition has existed since 1929, and many participants have family members who have wound the Maypole in past years. Students, who must be […]

Imaginations run wild too often

I was on the shuttle bus to pick up a rent car at the Denver Airport when we passed the giant rearing blue horse with glowing red eyes. On my bus were an oriental man and his child. They were tourists going skiing, so I deduced from their luggage. The boy exclaimed, “Daddy, what’s the […]

New Mexico product of evolution

Don McAlavy Only a blue sky and a blue-green sea — that was New Mexico when its story first began. Only a blue sky with white clouds moving. Only a blue-green sea with lapping waves. We do not know how long nor why a sea was here once upon a time in the long, long […]

McGee: Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Honors — June 13

Scholarships Michael Grooms and Brionna Blue are the two recipient winners of the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. They each received $1,000.

Their view: Don’t place blame on Blue Cross

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. The group promotes prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s what Gessing had to say about health care in a recent column:

Reader submitted content: Racquetball tournament draws 28

By Michael Doerr: City of Portales Athletics Director On May 21, Portales City Sports held their first Adult Racquetball Tournament. The tourney was held at Eastern New Mexico University, and 18 people participants in two brackets, the Blue Bracket and the Red Bracket. Joshua Johnson, an airman from Cannon Air Force Base, won the Blue […]

Thursday morning briefing: Supercomputers, vacations and blue jeans

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Super doings Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a tele-conference with Gov. . Bill Richardson as a supercomputer demonstration. The supercomputer is in the New Mexico Computing Applications Center in Albuquerque. The demonstration is 10 a.m. Wednesday at ENMU’s University Computer Center. Open to anyone. Website […]

Deep ocean bird spotted in Tucumcari

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed booby. That’s an ocean bird, for the uninitiated. First spotted Aug. 15, bird enthusiasts speculate the juvenile bird got caught up in a storm and landed in New Mexico, though park […]

Tops in Blue coming to Portales

The U.S. Air Force’s premier entertainment showcase, Tops in Blue, is offering a free night of family entertainment at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena in Portales. The performance includes Latin sounds, All-American country music, and chart-topping hits, music from movies and Broadway shows. The Tops in Blue 2008 […]

‘Angels in Blue’ bring Christmas to children

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The gymnasium at the New Mexico Christian Children’s home buzzed Saturday with the anticipation that usually occurs during Christmas Day. Gift-wrapped toys, clothes and other items donated by Cannon Air Force Base personnel sat in a corner inside the building. “The gifts are the grand finale to everything,” said […]

12-18-07 Local Brief

Covenant, Blue Cross sign contract Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico will once again be “in-network” with Covenant Medical Group Physicians and Joe Arrington Cancer Center Physicians in Lubbock after an agreement was reached earlier this month, according to a BCBSNM press release. The agreement came about after Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

Lelei leads Hound runners to second place

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior Nimrod Lelei finished third in a field of 50 runners, leading the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a second-place finish in Angelo State’s Blue & Gold cross country meet on Tuesday. Lelei completed the five-mile course in a time of 27 minutes, 25 seconds, […]

Eye color doesn’t determine intelligence

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I regret having to write this column, because I’m likely to come off as condescending. But I’m probably smarter than you. I know you can’t see it from these first few sentences, and you certainly can’t see it from the black-and-white picture accompanying the column. I’m smarter because every morning […]

Flag Day prompts patriotism

By Joan Clayton: Columnist June 14 is “Flag Day.” This is a time to honor “Old Glory” and to show our patriotism for America. I love our flag and the freedom it stands for. On June 14, 1777, Congress officially passed an act declaring that our flag have 13 stripes, alternating with red and white. […]

Feb. 7, 1978

At the Feb. 4th meeting of Goober Gulch Gabbers, outgoing president Lowry Hill (Yogi Bear) presided. New officers were elected, with John Looper (Double Nickel) becoming president; Nelda Dictson (Blue Bonnet) is the new secretary; Rose Scarborough (Blue Jet) is treasurer. Leo Stinnett (White Top) John Drummond (Big John) and A.G. Scarborough (Jake Leg) are […]

Clovis police search for robbery suspect

Freedom Newspapers Clovis police are looking for a pair of male suspects who attempted to rob a Clovis residence at gunpoint Wednesday night. The two suspects entered a residence in the 1100 block of Sheldon Street around midnight and demanded money, according to a news release from the Clovis Police Department. One had a sawed-off […]

Be grateful to those who have sacrificed

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Every day I hear complaints, murmurs and criticisms of my beloved land. I am an American and proud of it. I cherish the freedom I have. I wouldn’t live anywhere else on Earth. For more than 200 years this country has opened arms to those who seek a better […]