My turn: Local flag folders part of moving ceremony

On this Veterans Day eve, I tip my hat to Roosevelt County’s own folders of the flags, the honor guard from American Legion Post 31. They offer what is arguably the most moving of American ceremonies, military honors at the funerals of men and women who have served in any branch of the armed services. […]

Don’t mistake redistribution for prosperity

Freedom New Mexico One reason we cannot get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible adults see government programs as sources of wealth. The rabbit did […]

Cowboy hat worn well

I don’t know you but I know that hat. I wore a hat just like it. Back in the days when men were men. You bet the pot and played to win. And if you lost you tried again. You bet your life I know that hat. A cowboy gave that hat to me. Back […]

Food at the speed of life: It's a wrap

What better way to use extra egg roll wraps than in a healthy dessert? OK, that’s not a common question, but a package of egg roll wraps had more wraps than I needed for a dinner recipe. So, I experimented.

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 […]

Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas season for 12 years. The 73-year-old transormed into Santa to help his brother who was overwhelmed with engagements. He said he enjoys playing the […]

Raising livestock family commitment

My hat is off to parents who have a job in town but insist on raising their kids in a “rural lifestyle.” Fifty or so thousand young people were at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last year. I would bet at least 3.4 of them come from rural lifestyle families. The relationship between kids […]

Rodrigues scores hat trick as Hounds blank Permian-Basin

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Senior forward Emerson Rodrigues scored a hat trick Thursday and the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team got back on the winning track with a 4-0 win over Texas-Permian Basin. Rodrigues ran his season total to five goals as the Greyhounds (3-1) rebounded from a 1-0 loss on Tuesday […]

Rush scores hat trick in Zias’ 7-1 win

Freedom New Mexico HOBBS — Senior midfielder Calie Rush of Clovis scored the fourth hat trick in the history of the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program — in a span of just under 19 minutes, no less — and the Zias tied their school record for goals in a match with a 7-1 […]

Don’t let fear rule your life

When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed on my […]

Drive replaces hat collection

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Although a fire took almost everything a Roosevelt County man owned last week, this week, area businesses replaced his baseball cap collection overnight. Weldon Carmichael’s house burned to the ground in the grassfire southwest of Causey on April 9. Among the lost possessions was a collection of more than […]

Zia booters record first win

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Samantha Lawrence notched her second career hat trick Friday. Turns out, it was just enough. Lawrence, a junior forward from Roswell, provided all the scoring for the Zias, who held off Colorado Christian 3-2 at the ENMU soccer pitch for their first win of the season. ENMU (1-3) managed […]

Cowboy hat remains constant icon

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico There are few items that signify the history of the Southwest or that carry the same iconic weight as the cowboy hat. Today’s cowboy hat has remained basically unchanged for more than a century. Some wear them for protection, some wear them for style, and others in tribute. C.L. […]

Sober up, that’s show biz for you

Remember when Hollywood swept into New Mexico in the 1960s, ruthlessly taking over hearth and home from innocent, downtrodden natives who had carved a state out of the wilderness after moving here during the Eisenhower years? I was a United Press foreign correspondent in Santa Fe at the time — my specialty was banana republics […]

For some, hats more than weather protection

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By Kevin Wilson For some it’s a fashion statement, or maybe a statement of team allegiance. For others it’s just a way to protect against sunlight. For nearly everybody in the United States, there’s probably a hat to match. “Over the years, I’ve had all kinds of people ask for all kinds of things,” said […]

Tough to talk about days in Santa Fe

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, the Legislature is firklytootling again up north, which brings to mind a political alert for all citizens of New Mexico: “Stay in the roundhouse, Nellie. The senator can’t corner you there.” I had occasion to spend several character-building years in that round building we call the state […]

Decorated tables highlight Happening

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents capped off a weekend filled with holiday events by taking in the Holiday Happening event filled with decorated tables, Christmas wear and Christmas items in the silent auction. More than 500 people roamed inside the ballroom in the Campus Union Building on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University […]

No rules, just red hats

By Helena Rodriguez There are no rules. No dues. No committees. No officers. No charity work. No men allowed. No set meeting dates. No actual meetings or parliamentary procedure. And absolutely no responsibilities. The only requirements to be a member of the Red Hat Society is you must be a woman age 50 or over, […]