Monday morning briefing: Catching a break and taking office

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Catch a break Students at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are observing spring break this week, starting today. Staff, unfortunately, must still report and the campus will be open for regular hours. Taking the oath Newly elected city officials are taking their oath of office today […]

Their view: Taking on 2012 one step at a time

Jeni Ennis, an Air Force wife, writes a weekly column for Freedom New Mexico’s military publication Cannon Connections. Here’s recent effort.

Clovis prepares for Christmas at zoo

Donna Wilson is taking her granddaughter to the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s Christmas Nites at the Zoo event for the third time this year. She said the zoo inhabitants are more active after the sun goes down. “I love taking my granddaughter to the zoo after dark so she can see what animals are like after […]

Thursday morning briefing: Art treasure, a free film and a million behind bars

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Be amazed Or, at least a little surprised by taking a walking tour of art treasures at Eastern New Mexico University. It’s from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and includes stops in the Administration Building, the Roosevelt County Museum and end sin […]

My turn: Home repair never easy

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I am not really afraid of home repair projects, but I do respect them. Everything from a small plumbing job, to trying to fix the car. It seems that every time I realize there is something to be repaired, it is a weekend or in the evening. The first part […]

McGee: No shame in taking help

This is a message for the young man who came walking down the street the other day and offered to lend a hand as The Lady of the House and I were unloading a massive computer desk we bought at a yard sale. Hey amigo, thanks for offering a hand; it turns out we needed […]

Kids on the job: ‘It’s work, not day care’

Jen Weigel Most reader responses to the story on taking your kids to work were negative, but some of you agreed with the idea that bringing kids to work can enliven the office in a good way. Our column about taking the kids to work generated a pretty exciting conversation on Facebook. Here are a […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

Drought taking toll on farmers’ markets

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Kevin Wilson The drought in Curry County hasn’t stopped Don Wiley from getting ready for annual farmers’ markets in both Clovis and Portales. “We’re in a dry part of the world anyway,” said Wiley, who grows about 30 varieties of vegetables for the twice-weekly sales. “I’ve always been prepared. I use drip irrigation. Drought in […]

Animals contain surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

ENMU, grade school students to perform play

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Argen Duncan College students and local children are taking on a leprechaun who won’t wear green, mean girls and confusion over the meaning of Cinco de Mayo. Seventeen Eastern New Mexico University theatre students and around two dozen children are putting on the humorous play “The HOWLS Detective Agency — Helping Out With Large Situations” […]

Bull fiasco injures officer

June was taking a renegade bull with a tendency to “wander” to the sale barn in Dodge City. Her son helped her load the beast in to their stock trailer. It was an authentic ranch trailer with lights that worked intermittently, gates that swung almost even, tires that didn’t match, and compressed rubber floor-planks whose […]

Plans for second Roosevelt County wind farm taking shape

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Argen Duncan Plans for a proposed new wind farm in Roosevelt County are taking shape. Bill Castor, vice president of development in the Terra-Gen Power LLC office in Denver, said he couldn’t discuss specifics, but his company was contemplating a wind energy project of at least 150 megawatts in Roosevelt County. He would like to […]

Their view: President Obama keeps taking from us

President Obama keeps taking from us Bill Sconone of Clovis is not a fan of President Barack Obama: I said it during his campaign and I’ll say it again, “To me Obama is nothing but a smooth talking Chicago con man.” Since I first expressed those sentiments over two years ago, his words and actions […]

Ticket feature: American Idol finalist taking stage in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico American Idol hit Melinda Doolittle takes the stage Saturday in Clovis. With a voice described as big and soulful, the sixth season finalist of the popular TV show is performing as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. As a child, Doolittle was tone-deaf and was asked by a choir teacher […]

My Turn: Oldies acts still impressive

Wendel Sloan During the Clovis Music Festival, I saw Bryan Hyland, 66, The Coasters (formed in the 1950s) and Bobby Vee, 67. When younger, I wondered why aging stars kept performing after the white-hot spotlight had cooled. Why did those hitless-for-decades wonders continue taking the stage before dwindling crowds (although 2,000-plus that night was impressive)? […]

Our People: Taking care of business

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Lynell Skarda is the oldest practicing lawyer in New Mexico. At 95 years old, he works at his family’s bank, the Citizens Bank of Clovis. His father started Farmer State Bank and merged with Citizens in 1924. In his youth, Skarda lived with his mother in California during the school year and with his father […]

Unprecedented terrorism taking root in Mexico

For months we’ve heard reactionaries call for sealing off the Mexican border, alleging that armed terrorists are, or could be, swarming across the border and putting Americans in danger. We’ve been among the many who have insisted that it just isn’t happening; in fact, some of the safest cities in the country are on or […]

Political debate taking toll on Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents don’t have it easy. Nobody seems to like what they’re doing. To many they’re the face of increasingly oppressive policies and arguments that have racial undertones. Others say they aren’t doing their jobs, since many people still manage to encroach our boundaries without getting caught. So news that suicides by Border Patrol […]

Three Oklahoma schools prepare to leave LSC

Staff and wire reports Eastern New Mexico University is taking a wait-and-see attitude on the possibility of three Oklahoma schools — and perhaps all five — leaving the Lone Star Conference. Nine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday to apply to the NCAA for permission to create a new conference. Arkansas-Monticello, […]