Hounds hope to build on Long Beach outing

Freedom New Mexico If the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can get itself healthy and play as hard as it did on Monday night at Long Beach State, the Greyhounds should be a factor when Lone Star Conference play resumes in two weeks. Playing without 6-foot-8 senior forward Curtis Wilkinson (hand injury) and […]

Long Beach pulls away from Hounds late

Freedom New Mexico LONG BEACH, Calif. — Junior guard James Ennis led four Long Beach State players in double figures with 15 points and the 49ers pulled away late for a 76-54 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Monday night. The 49ers, members of the Big West Conference, improved to 5-5 for the season […]

Honors — Dec. 4

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Ice The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department congratulates Certified Ombudsman Volunteer Fern Ice of Clovis as the recipient of this year’s Gerald F. McBride Commitment to Excellence Award. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Ice has served as a volunteer Ombudsman for more than 10 years, advocating for the […]

Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Hounds face winless Lions, former QB

Dave Wagner At long last, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is facing an opponent without a number attached to its name. After four consecutive outings against teams ranked in the NCAA Division II top 20, the Greyhounds visit winless Texas A&M-Commerce in a 5 p.m. (MDT) Lone Star Conference clash today at Commerce, […]

My turn: Students learn importance of ‘prairie coal’

I spent an afternoon recently with fifth- and sixth-graders from various local schools who were exploring a dry playa lake bed near Dora. The pasture we were in held cattle all summer. While they had been moved out long before our visit, there was still plenty of evidence they’d been there. Cattle are generous that […]

Obamacare trips on long-term care costs

Freedom New Mexico One of the significant purported cost- savings of President Barack Obama’s massive health care overhaul was supposed to be the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, CLASS, which was to operate like a private insurance program collecting premiums upfront to pay later for long-term care. On Friday, the Department of Health […]

My turn: Swinging for the fences

I have been in Portales so long that youthful dreams have faded into hazy memories (not that living in P-Ville isn’t dream-like). Before realizing that it takes talent and looks, I vaguely remember wanting to act. Now, when watching the Academy Awards, I am torn between being mesmerized and irritated at how good-looking and talented […]

Broken nose give away ram’s temperament

When our two daughters were in 4-H they bought a few good ewes, mostly Suffolks and Hampshires, planning to raise show lambs. They needed a good ram, of course, and some folks down the road had a high-powered Suffolk. He was big and long and had muscles in all the right places, especially his rear […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]