Recent rains signal beginning of monsoon season

Freedom New Mexico That water dropping out of the sky is called rain and weather forecasters are speculating it could mark the end of a months-long drought and the beginning of a much-needed monsoon season for eastern New Mexico. A late evening thunderstorm Monday dropped .20 inches of rain near Clovis and between .37 to […]

Nazareth German Festival set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico With food, music and fun, Saturday marks the 39th annual Nazareth German Festival in Nazareth, Texas. The day-long festival begins at 9 a.m., all times Central, in the community of Nazareth, with a tour of the Playa Lake Classroom. Activities, including an arts and crafts show, history exhibit, fiddle contest, children’s games […]

Hounds add game at Long Beach State

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds will play in California next season. The Greyhounds play at Division I Long Beach State on Dec. 19, according to a school press release. The 49ers finished 22-12 last season and played in the National Invitational Tournament. “We are excited to be playing a […]

Defining marriage private affair

Kevin Wilson Whenever somebody tells me that allowing same-sex marriages will decimate heterosexual marriage, I tell them gay marriage will make hamburgers tastier. I figure, as long as neither of us has proof … A slightly more rational argument is taking place after New York’s Legislature approved same-sex marriage. There’s already talk of a domino […]

My turn: Age no excuse for inaction

I went to the eye doctor last week. It has been a pretty long time since I have been and I think I know why I waited so long. I sat in the chair and the doctor gave me the once over. When he got finished, he said, ”You have pretty good eyesight, for your […]

ENMU briefs — June 15

ENMU ENMU instructor to teach chemistry lecture at Texas Tech Robert Long of ENMU Physical Sciences has been appointed a visiting instructor at Texas Tech University for the summer session. Long is teaching the Organic Chemistry I lecture at Texas Tech. Long has been an active member of the American Chemical Society South Plains local […]

Mother’s Day honors maternity

Long before Hallmark came along and invented such obvious commercial ploys as Sweetest Day or Grandparents Day, there was Mother’s Day. For those of us with mothers who are geographically distant, this can present a dilemma, though one which is easily resolved, with a little forethought. Quasi religious in its nature, since it was first […]

Geronimo, bin Laden share similarities

Like every other American, I was stunned last Sunday when I learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in a military enclave in Pakistan. I felt relieved that we had finally run the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks to ground. I was glad that our military and intelligence members […]

Their view: Rebuilding job sector starts with education

Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, believes education is the key to long-term job creation:

Hounds post win in series finale

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Freedom New Mexico After a long weekend in a tough season, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team showed a bit of spunk Saturday at Greyhound Field. Sophomore left-hander Tyler Vance worked a career-long 6 1/3 innings for the win and senior right-hander Anthony Smith earned the Greyhounds’ first save of the season as ENMU held […]

Freedom of speech applies to all

I remember, not very long ago, when I wrote a column detailing my opinion of a certain radio person, who shall remain nameless, and received overwhelming negative feedback — surprisingly from many in this area, as well. (Most of this columnist’s “boo” mail usually comes from an Internet population.) I remember it because there was […]

Food at the speed of life: A little kitchen planning can go long way

I don’t have time to cook every day, and eating out is expensive and often less healthy. I cook once a week, put single servings of the food in leftover containers, stack the containers in the refrigerator and take one to work every day. If you don’t want to eat the same thing for a […]

Military mama: Family time worth wait

A t times I long for the routine of a Monday through Friday 9 to 5 job, so that holidays and weekends are family time and I can plan accordingly. Sure, in the “real world” surprises arise and overtime pops up. But as an Air Force wife it seems at times I could be a […]

State OKs beer pong at bars

Sharna Johnson Beer pong tables can go back up in New Mexico bars, state officials said, so long as pride’s the only thing on the line. New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Director Gary Tomada said Monday his department has reviewed the game to see where it fits in with establishments licensed to serve alcohol. “It’s […]

Snow day provides chance to catch up

Whereby it is now official: After last night, I have gone out and played around in the coldest temperatures I have ever been in. Not for very long, and don’t try this at home. Last night’s -30 with windchill beat a -19 (real temperature with no wind) that I had experienced in northeast Ohio one […]

My turn: A little spread goes a long way

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry Mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry Mustard 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce 1/3 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon […]

Input sought for veterans museum

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Liliana Castillo The designers of the New Mexico Veterans Museum are holding a meeting to gain input from Clovis and Portales area veterans at the end of the month. Retired Marine Corps Col. Joe Long, museum planner, will present a multi-media description of the project, solicit veterans ideas and answer questions. The meeting, hosted by […]

Couldn’t stay quiet for too long

Hello again. It’s me, back after a two-year hiatus. What can I say except I miss the fun we had together, your often kind and humorous responses to the columns, your cute little way of calling me a weak-kneed liberal puke. Two suggestions if these every other week musings irritate you. Complain to your editor. […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]