Businesses fighting pigeon problem

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Christina Calloway Since the great-tailed grackles took flight in January, businessmen and local residents still haven’t seen many signs of them returning. But the absence of those pests has made an avenue for another. Pigeons and doves have become more of an issue recently for local businesses and their customers, according to Portales Public Work […]

My turn: Real life doesn’t mean fighting

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As much as I try not to compare my life to reality TV, in this week’s episode of my life, I think my house just became “Real World: Portales.” I originally had two roommates and on Sunday, a third one moved in. All of us are very unique, from different places all over the country […]

I will stand up for your liberties

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” — H.L. Mencken Rarely have I read a quote that contained […]

Thursday morning briefing: Tips for fighting cancer, a feast of sorts and a winner flops

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fighting cancer The Clovis High girls volleyball team is spending Saturday working at Bradley’s Twin Cronnies Drive-In in Clovis, raising money to fight breast cancer. They’ll be taking orders from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and donating all tips to the cause. Feast for […]

The Fighter: Cannon airman pursues passion for mixed martial arts while serving

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cuhen, a senior airman at Cannon Air Force Base, executed an arm bar hold that forced his opponent, Derek Cansino of Lubbock, to tap out during a fight May 27 at the Clovis Civic Center. The win gave Cuhen his first professional victory in the 135-pound class. Gabriel Monte Fighting is […]

Children’s sickness wears down mom, too

Watching my little guys suffer with sickness is brutal mental torture. I do everything I possibly can, yet I still just have to sit aside and wait for medicine to take its course and assist those poor little immune systems in fighting off the woes of the world. I know that I’m not alone in […]

Airmen working to prevent DWIs

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Gabriel Monte As parties and celebrations mark calendars during the Christmas and New Year holiday, Cannon Air Force Base airmen are fighting to prevent another kind of mark on fellow airmen’s records: DWI. DWI convictions are taken seriously within the military community, according to Cannon Air Force Base public affairs. Punishment is at a commander’s […]

Their turn: Chandler dedicated to fighting crime

Clovis’ Michael Reeves, a New Mexico law officer for 27 years, weighs in on the state’s attorney general race in this letter to the editor: My first recollection of Matt Chandler is when I saw him as a small child peering over the dash of his father Caleb’s police unit. As is often the case […]

Thursday morning briefing: Fish tales, fighting cancer and summer sports

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Fish tale Grab a rod and reel. The pond at Oasis State Park was stocked with catfish June 3. The limit for catfish is two per person per day. Information: 356-5331. Charity bikers It’s billed as the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world. […]

Fighting terrorism should be focus

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full […]

Cadets, airmen take part in Operation Air Force

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet Kaithlyn Radius, helps repair a roof at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales on July 19 as part of Operation Air Force. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs Nineteen Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps […]

Years of a clown

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps into the arena. Sometimes he’s dressed as an overweight country police officer, other times he’s a long-haired rock musician, a safari hunter or a horse head on a man’s body. These are the characters inside McCracken’s head when […]

Letters to the editor: 3-26

Mayor applauds drama students On March 18, I attended a theater performance of “Oliver” at the Portales High School Auditorium. The packed-house performance was the third of four held that weekend. The cast consisted of Portales students of all grades. The music was performed by the high school band. Equally important were the sets, props […]

ENMU hosts rape awareness forum

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By Tony Parra More than 130 women at Eastern New Mexico University were taught how to fight back and some walked away feeling more comfortable if they ever have to deal with an attacker. Erin Weed, a motivational speaker for Girls Fight Back, informed a large crowd of college female students about attackers’ tendencies, made […]

City remembers fallen

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By Kevin Wilson Memorial Day represented the sacrifices of millions for some, and the connection to friends and family for others. Those views were shared Monday during Portales’ annual Memorial Day program, held at the city cemetery. The ceremony was attended by about 30 people, though many were also in the cemetery placing flags by […]

Fighting can be good for children’s health

Helena Rodriguez My two nieces, Anisha, 11, and Stephanie, 8, were involved in a heated argument about to turn physical when I said to my sister, “Don’t stop them! Fighting is good for them!” Julie looked at me like I was insane. “That’s right!” I said. “Fighting is good for children.” I read it in […]