Group organizing troop care packages for holidays

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Robin Fornoff Corissa Breeden was thinking about the holidays and servicewomen and men such as her husband, Carlton, who is deployed, serving their country and away from home for Christmas. Wouldn’t it be nice, Breeden wondered in a recent Facebook posting, if someone in eastern new Mexico started collecting small but necessary things for the […]

My turn: Easter time for new clothes

Christmas. Easter. And Back-To-School. Those were the only times of year we got new clothes as children. Come Easter, we excitedly headed to Gibson’s with mom for new dresses and shiny plastic white shoes. As a child, Easter was about colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and Oasis State Park for an old-fashion Easter egg hunt and […]

McGee: Christmas lights make town sparkle

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The joke goes, “You know you’re from New Mexico if you leave your Christmas lights up year round.” No worries about that around our house; The Lady of the House had Christmas packed up a couple of days ago, lights and all. “That’s it,” she said, smacking her hands together. […]

My turn: Concert to feature local talent

Alisa Boswell I hope the rest of the local residents had as successful a Christmas as I did and were surrounded by many family and friends. It made my year to be able to have my immediate family all together in one place for the first time in a while. We had a wonderful time […]

Price: Love-filled holidays myth for some

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them […]

My turn: Christmas not a one-day affair

Helena Rodriguez How long do you leave the Christmas tree up? Some people have already undecked the halls. Some did it the day after Christmas, perhaps even on Christmas day, as soon as gifts were unwrapped. I leave my Christmas tree up until July 4. Not really. However, I believe Christmas is a season, not […]

Christmas dinner community tradition

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Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many to be with family, friends and enjoy a hot meal. The event saw 164 people in just the first two hours. The four-hour event usually draws 300-400 people each year and a final count will be announced […]

Gift cards ease shopping

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

In search of ponies: Christmas adventure for house pets

Sharna Johnson ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse… When out from the living room there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter… When what to my wandering eyes should appear but my dog shredding […]

Traditional Christmas

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Argen Duncan Cheese fondue and Guam, Christmas trees and family. People around Portales have many Christmas traditions and memories, but they all center on family. The Robbins family Local peanut farmer Laura Robbins and her husband gather with their three grown children and the children’s families for Christmas. Robbins said they go to a Christmas […]

Non-profits still seeking donations

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Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the non-profit doesn’t directly provide for the needy around the holidays. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico funds as many local programs as it […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas cheer, odd traditions and a Flood of free agents

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Merry Christmas! From all the folks at Freedom New Mexico, Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year. Special meeting The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents is set to meet 11 a.m. Tuesday in special session to consider a solar project contract. […]

We could all use comfort in our lives

Twas the day before Christmas and boy was it cold I broke ice on the tanks and scattered feed on the snow The cattle all came to the pickup’s horn and grabbed the feed in great hungry bites Then down from the trees flew a bunch of little birds They joined the cows and I […]

Restaurant preps for annual community dinner

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The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every year he starts preparation for the next Christmas dinner the day after the big event, using the latest head count and factoring in other projections to ensure there is plenty of […]

My turn: Chocolate blessing too

I like Christmas. I try to remember the holiday really is about a loving God stooping to our level, becoming human, to save us from our own shortcomings. At the same time, I enjoy family, presents, the decorated tree and other things about the season. When I stop and look, I see the love and […]

Christmas wishes may not happen

Kevin Wilson I’m hard to shop for, so I like to build wish lists. Here are a couple of things that don’t fit on standard wish lists, though. • I wish people would actually do what they promise when they run for election, and the recent compromise between President Obama and Republicans on extending the […]

My turn: Christmas card tradition continues

Helena Rodriguez My Christmas cards will be late this year, but after a joyfully chaotic move during Advent, I was determined not to let die in my household this holiday tradition which requires pen and ink, not a keyboard, and actual stamps, not merely a “send” button. On Sunday night, my dining room table was […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Dinner for airmen, resolutions and a film classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Christmas eve First Presbyterian Church in Portales has scheduled its annual Community Christmas Eve Service for 11 p.m. Friday. The service includes special music, readings and traditional Christmas hymns. And, First Baptist Church is holding a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Friday. Both […]

Peace during holiday chaos possible

Karl Terry Peace at Christmas can mean a lot of different things to each of us. A Facebook posting from a high school classmate this week asked the question of her friends, What was at the top of our prayer list these days? I noticed that more than half the answers that came back mentioned […]