Economy more pressing issue at hand

Freedom New Mexico Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to have an old-fashioned hankering to stamp out illicit drugs, to keep pushing for a solution to yet another problem that’s already well on the road to solving itself. The problem: illegal immigration. Gov. Scott told The Associated Press he hopes the […]

High school football fans eager for start of season

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Sharna Johnson Bill Parson is known as Portales Rams’ greatest fan. Whether he’s sitting with the band during football games — he’s been named an honorary band member — marching with them in a parade, or breaking out across the field to wave a flag in celebration of a scored touchdown, Parson has become a […]

Firefighters contain grassfire

A grassfire burned about 1,000 acres three miles west of Floyd Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Floyd, Elida and Melrose fire departments responded with 12 units. According to Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen, the fire started when a trailer carrying hay caught fire. The fire was fully contained at 7:20 p.m. Deen said no structure […]

Developers should secure own funding

Park 51 developers, formerly known as Cordoba House, the group behind what is popularly known as the proposed “ground zero mosque” two blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks, has catapulted its proposed project back into the news spotlight. By applying for a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which […]

Our people: Driven by music

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J.T. Montoya lived in Clovis for 8 years until breaking out on his own in Phoenix to be a musician. His artist name is Keize which is a derivative of keys and seize. It originates from being known locally as a keyboard player. Montoya has been involved in music since the age of 11. Now […]

Be thankful to be alive

If I had never been born, I would not have known the joy of falling in love. I would not have known the meaning of unselfishness, sacrifice or consideration for the needs of others. I would never have experienced that special kind of love motherhood brings…a special feeling of pride for three wonderful sons. I […]

ENMU briefs — Oct. 20

Iranian Cultural presentation A presentation about the culture of Iran is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building Sandia Room. Iran, formerly known internationally as Persia, is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations. Eastern New Mexico University master’s student Rozbeh Moghaddam, an American-born Iranian, is to present the […]

My turn: Holiday takes on different meaning

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Next Tuesday is Columbus Day, a nationally-observed holiday which has come to be known in many United States Latino communities as “Dia de La Raza,” or in Spain, as “Dia de la Hispanidad.” In grade school, we learned how, in 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and “discovered America.” Of course, at the back […]

Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1961 Hometown: Grants, New Mexico Family: Sons Brandon, 22, and Craig, 15, and daughter Mariah, 17 Rhonda Sparks is also known as Mama Sparks. It all started when her oldest son’s friends started calling her Mama Sparks. The nickname trickled […]

My turn: Just call me ‘The Rave’

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Baseball is by far my favorite sport. One reason is because baseball players have great nicknames. Mike Hargrove, who grew up in the Texas Panhandle, was known as the “Human Rain Delay” because he spent so much time out of the batter’s box between pitches. Willie Mays […]