Honor Guard Drill Team visits Cannon

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo The drill team’s routine is constructed in such a way that the airmen depend fully on each other’s accuracy. Liliana Castillo The thrill of watching 28 airmen spin, flip and toss 11-pound M-1 rifles with fixed bayonets in unison brought cheers from the audience several times through the group’s short […]

Friday morning briefing: Tax free weekend, weed search and sign of the times

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Tax free reminder Parents take note: Today is the first day of tax free weekend. No taxes on school supplies and assorted other delightful items. Here’s a link: http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/Individuals/Pages/Tax-Holiday.aspx Weed patrol Seems like the weeds are taking over Clovis. Where are the tallest weeds […]

Americans embracing entitlement

I travel a lot. I have crossed the USA about 25 times by car and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe — France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and so on. Some time ago I noticed something that one might wish to explore more systematically than just relying on one’s personal observation. This […]

My turn: Fishing full of animal dangers

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Fishing can be down right hairy at times, especially when birds get involved. My mom wanted to take me fishing one weekend. So to keep me occupied until we could go, she brought me a fishing pole that came with plastic hooks and fish to practice with. I spent […]

I’d rather not be nudged

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist On Sunday, The New York Times Magazine ran what amounts to a puff piece about Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s longtime friend, former colleague, and current regulation czar. It was penned by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, who is identified as “a contributing writer for the magazine and a […]

Miranda rights worth defending

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico How many times does Lucy get to pull the football away? For the umpteenth time, Sen. Joe Lieberman is proposing something that’s ridiculously harmful to our way of life, and Democrats are open to compromising with him because he’s with them on everything except the war (and other things […]

Ralph Nader owes explanation

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist So we have it on the good authority of The London Times that all is well with the Obama Administration’s latest interference with the market place. Here is how The Times reported on this long-desired development, admittedly desired by but fraction of those concerned: “In a coup that achieves something […]

Their View: Jennings says tough times ahead

State Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, is not pleased with Gov. Bill Richardson’s veto of the state gross receipts tax on food. Here’s a snippet from a recent editorial he sent to newspapers around the state: “The already wobbly balance of income to expense in the state budget for the 2010-2011 budget year became more precarious […]

Politics have no place in education

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The New York Times reports that according to a ruling by a federal judge “a Mississippi school board was grossly discriminatory and mean-spirited when it told Constance McMillen that she could not attend her high school prom with her girlfriend.” According to the court, “Ms. McMillen’s constitutional rights […]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long […]

DoD disability board understaffed

A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael F. LoGrande, president of the […]

Santa Fe depot, Harvey House oldest buildings in Clovis

By Don McAlavy I n 1908, Burns Agency was started in back of the old Citizens Bank on Grand Ave. It was an insurance and real estate business, but moved several times. It’s now at 5th and Mitchell streets. It was started by Frank Burns, but ran many years by a son, the late Jim […]

Greyhounds add special teamer to roster

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has added punter/placekicker Michael Cottingham of Hutto, Texas, for the 2010 football season. Cottingham punted 23 times an average of 33.5 yards last season for the Hippos, and also kicked 25 extra points and three field goals. He was voted second-team All-District 25 4-A last fall. The Greyhounds […]

Conflicted over modern technology

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist At times I’m a little conflicted over technology. I love it for the most part but there are downsides. Let’s take cell phones for instance. My contract is up and I’m thinking real hard about upgrading to a new model. Music and e-mail in my phone sound like handy things […]

Bill would seek more scrutiny on public contracts

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Records show that a contract between the State Investment Office and an international law firm has been amended six times since 2005, boosting the original $30,000 cost to $5.8 million. The deal — which among other things calls for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP to create […]

Cannon growth cited as reason for MVD Web site

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, was in Clovis and Portales last week presenting the Motor Vehicle Division’s new website. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections State officials were in Clovis and Portales last week announcing the launch of a new Motor Vehicle Division Web site designed to streamline services. […]

Survey ‘Mad Libs’ immature fun

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It might sound funny coming from somebody whose work shows up on paper several times a week. But man, do I hate using paper. If I’m an accountholder anywhere, I always request they go “paperless” — notifying me of balances owed by e-mail or phone. I always try to […]

Business feature: Funeral director switched career path from medicine

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Freedom New Mexico Scott Reeves planned to be a doctor but feels he answered a higher calling. Reeves owns Wheeler Mortuary. The business has been around since 1924 and has been helping families through difficult times. Reeves and his wife Debbie run the business. “I felt it was better to become a funeral director rather […]

Oct. 5, 1970

The Portales News-Tribune reported that a crashing thunderstorm at about 2 a.m. the day before showered Portales with 0.18 inch of good rain, then hedge hopped around the area between Portales and Floyd with a checkerboard pattern of scattered showers. The shower was welcome, but farmers were nervous about the possibility of a wet harvest […]

Oct. 2, 1962

According to the Portales News-Tribune, blocking back Harold Shackelford’s work in the past Friday’s Portales-Friona game had just earned him recognition from Portales news media members as Ram of the Week. Shackelford, who runs fullback in Portales’ modified wing T offense but in reality rarely carries the ball, was “hitting on almost every offensive play,” […]