Storytelling part of Christmas custom

There are stories, and stories told on film, that come to mean Christmas to each one of us. Though the list differs, the reality of hearing these seasonal favorites remains the same, in its essence, for most people. This year, actually for the first time, I got to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” in its […]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Cell phone ban distracts from true danger

The Nanny State is wagging its finger at us again. This time it’s the National Transportation Safety Board, which wants to ban all use of cellphones by drivers — even the “hands-free” kind that are increasingly popular — supposedly to cut down on traffic accidents. Many new cars even come with Bluetooth devices that automatically […]

Wing transitioning to automated phone service

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Effective Dec. 30 at 11 p.m., the 27th Special Operations Wing will transition to an automated telephone directory service. During this time, there will be no interruptions to current telephone and voicemail service. The number for directory assistance will remain 575-784-1110 (DSN 681-1110) or ‘0’ from a base phone. Hearts […]

PHS students gearing up for performance

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Alisa Boswell Portales High School students are gearing up for their second time performing the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which will be performed at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis this weekend. Theater teacher Bill Strong said the students did a wonderful job their first time around, but attendance was down due to other […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty Stocking Fund effort is slightly lower than its performance from the same time last year. Maj. Rachel Gallop of the Salvation Army said as of 5 p.m. Friday $2,300 had been collected, mostly from kettle donations in front of area […]

Thursday morning briefing: A truck pull, bright lights and free trade

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Muscle time Southwest Cheese is hosting a Moo-ve It truck pull fundraiser 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Teams of 15 members each test their strength by attempting to pull a truck. All proceeds benefit United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]

Lawmakers paint brighter Legislature picture

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor What a difference a year makes. This time around the tone from lawmakers is radically different than it was just a year ago, as they tune up for a January budgeting session of the Legislature. “Last year we started at $240 million in the hole and were in some […]

Real spirit of Christmas easy to catch

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist During this time of year, it’s so easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. It’s also not that hard to rediscover it. I remember one Christmas, when I lived in Abilene, Texas, and my daughter Laura wanted a Barber Shop Cash Register. I called Wal-Mart Supercenter. They […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A recital, meet the lawmakers and some old time music

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Recital set Eastern New Mexico University will host the junior recital of Franklin Piland at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 575-562-2377. Meet the lawmakers […]

Parade time in Clovis, Muleshoe

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Benna Sayyed It’s Christmas parade time — weather permitting — Saturday in Clovis and Muleshoe. The season’s first major wintry blast was set to arrive Friday, but KVII-TV MeteorologistSteve Kersh said conditions will be improving by parade time, especially in Clovis. “There may be a few flurries blowing in behind the departing storm system (Saturday) […]

Seeking local discussion on liberty

While liberty is a full-time passion of mine, writing about it is merely a part-time urge. A pretty strong urge that will not be ignored, but one which can be delayed when necessary. Life is usually pretty full of other things, which tend to get in the way of things I plan to write about; […]

ENMU/OPSU men’s basketball capsule, Nov. 26

Freedom New Mexico ENMU (5-1) at Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-3) When: 6 p.m. (MST) today Where: Goodwell, Okla. Last time out: The Greyhounds outlasted New Mexico Highlands 104-98 in a game played on Wednesday at Santa Rosa High School. The Aggies haven’t played since Nov. 18 when they lost at Colorado-Colorado Springs 91-77. Radio: KSEL-FM […]

McGee: More than one way to enjoy deer

So The Lady of the House and I have returned from another journey to the American Southland to visit her kin and my momma. We stayed off the interstate highways, spending time passing through small towns from Texas to Florida and back. We tried local foods when we stopped like Texas barbecue, Louisiana battered and […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Water meeting, wizards and football time

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing. Water meeting: The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will meet 10 a.m. Thursday at the Yam Theater in Portales. It is the first meeting since the announcement that Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines was named the next state engineer. The meeting […]

Time to find sources of gratitude

The autumn months are, not creeping, but barreling, through, and Thanksgiving looms large, in spite of the mostly unseasonably warm weather. It’s a wake-up call time for most teachers, as we realize how much we hoped to get covered first semester, and the reality of how much we probably did not get covered. Not sure […]

In search of ponies: Pet rentals great for commitment phobic

Commitment-phobe? Just not ready to take the plunge? Or maybe just looking for a temporary good time… Well, there’s a solution. Rental pets is a new rage sweeping through metropolitan communities and apparently it’s an idea that is really taking off and gaining popularity, particularly in the concrete jungles. I stumbled onto the concept while […]

Religion column: Today is the best day of your life

Time was created for man. In God’s eyes there is no time. He always was and always will be. He is the great ”I Am.” Yet our time is limited. Time is too precious to waste it. Children grow up and leave the nest. Did we spend precious time with them? Our grandparents and parents […]