‘Assertive restraint’ needed to deal with Iran

The specter of a showdown with Iran over that country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a crisis of Iran’s own making. The nation has sought trouble, you might say, and at times is practically daring the world to do something about it. This country is too much like North Korea, and that is by no […]

Cowboys deal ENMU first loss

Freedom New Mexico ODESSA, Texas — Designated hitter Jordan Chavez and left fielder Erik Scott each drove in two runs in a five-run eighth as New Mexico Higlands beat Eastern New Mexico University 8-1 on Saturday in the Texas-Permian Basin Classic. The game, with a 9:30 p.m. (MST) start, was the only one played on […]

Officials hope fireworks deal with bird problem

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Alisa Boswell The fireworks set off Monday and Tuesday night in downtown were not celebration but an attempt to eradicate of a common plague in eastern New Mexico — great-tailed grackles. Portales resident and biologist Tony Gennaro and other residents approached city officials about scaring the birds off with fireworks. Several businesses on the square […]

Family remembers father as fighter

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Benna Sayyed Kevin Gardels called on his spiritual strength to deal with his fierce battle against cancer, family members said. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer known as primary myelofibrosis in September 2002, the Portales musician’s battle lasted nearly a decade. He died Saturday in Portales from complications caused by his cancer. He was […]

Friday morning briefing: A Charlie Brown Christmas and a really bad deal

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Christmas Light Parade It’ll be a Charlie Brown Christmas in Clovis this year. That’s the theme for the annual Christmas Light Parade on Dec. 3. Registration forms are now available at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce. Information: 309-8370 or clovismainstreet@gmail.com Voice only Eastern […]

Rooney was the real deal

He’s entertained us and made us scratch our heads every week for more than 30 years. But it’s possible that’s all you got out of Andy Rooney over that time. If so, that was probably enough. Like Brett Favre, George Burns, Bob Hope and Charlie Sheen he didn’t relish the idea of giving up his […]

Prep football scoreboard — Sept. 23

Area Class 5A Rio Rancho 27, Clovis 14 Class 3A Roswell Goddard 56, Portales 15 Class 2A Texico 33, Gruver 13 8-man Melrose 62, Reserve 6 6-man Clovis Christian 80, Hondo 28 San Jon 44, Elida 14 Foothill 60, Floyd 6 Texas Class 1A New Deal 14, Farwell 0 Sundown 42, Bovina 14 Class 2A […]

Beef show gives youths ranching experience

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Argen Duncan The Breeding Beef Show teaches participants what ranchers deal with every day, the show superintendent said. In the show at the Roosevelt County Fair, youth exhibited heifers — females that haven’t had a calf — and one cow with a calf, while the judge evaluated their physical appearance and movement. Superintendent Jim Duncan […]

McGee: Marriage is a sweet deal

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist It was another Saturday morning, another morning of venturing forth out onto the High Plains in search of great yard sales. I was hungry so I sank a knife into the big pan of brownies The Lady of the House had baked the day before. “What are you doing?”said a […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]