State tax-free weekend begins Friday

Cannon Connections illustration: Gabriel Monte The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and concludes midnight Sunday. Kevin Wilson For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s […]

NFL agreement not victory for free markets

Freedom New Mexico As football fans, we’re pleased to see the National Football League’s players and owners reach a new labor agreement that saves the 2011 season. But, as defenders of free-market principles, we admit that the NFL labor agreement has us puzzled. That’s because this labor dispute doesn’t fit neatly into the traditional battle […]

My turn: Trip to UFO festival long overdue

I had many people tell me Dairyfest was a success this weekend with a lot of food and fun games along with educational booths, such as learning how to make butter. The improv acting show at the Lyceum Theater was a success as well, having received a lot of laughs and support both Friday and […]

DairyFest set for Saturday

United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from the Fun Brothers Band, Colby Carter and Mark Chesnutt. Tickets are $1 at the door. They are also available in advance at […]

State parks offering free admission

Cannon Connections staff New Mexico’s 14 state-run museums and historic monuments will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families during the summer, according to a news release. This is the second year of the Blue Star Museums Program. The National Endowment for the Arts created the Blue Star Museums program in […]

Privatization boosts free market

It is strange to see how many people object to the idea of ending the government monopoly for any service or product that is even marginally now provided by government. Some people seem to really believe things can be best done by government, using coercive wealth confiscation known euphemistically as taxation and by not allowing […]

Monday morning briefing: Free music, a wrongful conviction and no rain in sight

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Free concert The Eastern New Mexico University Brass Choir Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m.Tuesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The selections include “Procession of the Nobles” from the opera “Mlada” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Allegretto” from “Symphony No. 7″ by Ludwig van […]

YMCA to open its doors in Clovis

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections The Clovis YMCA will open April 30 and began accepting charter memberships Monday. Associate Executive Director Shane Nelson said the chapter took 27 memberships its first day. The local chapter is part of the YMCA of Central Eastern New Mexico, headquartered in Albuquerque. The center will provide gym services to […]

Gluten-free bread featured on show

Information on using leftover gluten-free bread, cooking onions and choosing happiness will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Carol Fenster explains that since gluten-free bread costs more than regular bread, it’s very important to make the most of every slice — even stale, leftover bread — and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Free lawyers, a video game and attending to your mule

Good morning and hold on to your hat. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are expected today. And, here’s just what you’ve been waiting for this blustery day… The Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Free lawyers When’s the last time you talked to a lawyer for free? That’s the promise — free legal advice […]

Cannon planning open house

Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing has set the date for its next open house, according to a news release. The open house will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public. The open house will feature 27th SOW and Air Force Special Operations […]

Poku hoping to catch on as NFL free agent

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jessie Poku finished his career at Eastern New Mexico University holding nearly every pass receiving record. Now he’s looking to catch on with an NFL team as a free agent. A four-year starter from Murphy, Texas, Poku worked out for NFL scouts last week on the ENMU campus. “The fact […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

Internet should remain free of sales tax

Freedom New Mexico For years we’ve fought putting new taxes on Internet activities. But like a bad computer virus, that idea keeps coming back. The latest manifestation is what’s called the “Amazon tax.” But it also would hit many more companies than online retailer Amazon.com, including hundreds of thousands of small businesses that sell online. […]

Their view: Bill would promote free access to public data

Sarah Welsh is executive director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. She is asking for support for a a free access to public data.

Monday morning briefing: Help a kid, a free movie and a dialing up

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. A little help from friends Eastern New Mexico….fifth-grader Linda Mariana of Napa, Calif., needs your help to complete a school project. She’s putting together a PowerPoint report on New Mexico and needs pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs and the like from the region. A nice letter couldn’t hurt […]

Free speech also allows for hate speech

Freedom New Mexico Free speech and the First Amendment prevailed Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the First Amendment protects even vile and hateful speech directed at gays, warriors and Catholics. It’s a sad-but-essential victory for anyone who believes that freedom requires legal protection of radical and outrageous ideas. Westboro Baptist Church […]

Ticket feature: Alpaca farm hosting open farm day

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Freedom New Mexico Windrush Alpacas is hosting an open farm day March 12 to give people a chance to learn more about alpacas. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the second Saturday of every month, visitors are invited for free tours of the Clovis farm. In addition to a guided pasture tour, visitors can learn […]

Free exchange of ideas remains vital

Freedom New Mexico Freedom of speech and academic freedom prevailed last week when a deeply religious man — some call him a zealot — delivered a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy after an intensive campaign to censor him by government force. Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary spoke at an Air Force Academy prayer […]

Storm spotter course offered in March

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service of Albuquerque will be holding two free sessions of a storm spotter’s course in the area in March, according to a news release. The March 22 sessions are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Clovis city hall assembly room and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. […]