Couldn’t miss vintage grand prix

Although I am not in the category of car fanatics, I want to start this week’s column with a block of information for those of you who are. PVGP means Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and if you go to their website, you will be able to find out more about them. Indeed, if you are […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, final exams and the first post office

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie, whose tireless research is legend. Game: Bastion Genre: Action RPG System: 360, PC What is it? A diverse adventure game with a great deal of flexibility. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

Cars spark musical hits

I love a car show, the chrome, the gasoline, the stories and all those great car songs on the loudspeaker. As we got ready to hold the show on the square at Portales last week and we were thinking about the music. I told one of the car show planners I would burn a CD […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings, women building and FDR

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The following governing bodies in Roosevelt County are scheduled to meet this week: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes a request to change the location of the proposed war memorial on the Square, and items […]

My turn: Art hard to define, value

Continuing with my topic of French Impressionism from last week, there’s something about standing in front of an original Picasso – not a reproduction – that makes you say, as a former co-worker of mine did, “I can’t believe I’m standing in front of a real Picasso.” For me, my new–found expertise in French art […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Video game of the week, airport money and Satchmo

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s selection for a fun time gaming. Game: Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident Genre: Puzzle System: Wii What is it? A point-and-click puzzler that tells an old-fashioned tale of mystery. ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan The last week’s rain did little to help most area farmers and ranchers in the midst of the extreme drought. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported precipitation ranging from 0.14 inches in Portales and at the Clovis airport to 1.22 inches in Clovis. “It’s as dry as I’ve ever seen it,” Broadview […]

In search of ponies: Story behind quack attack

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Sharna Johnson Molesting a zoo visitor during a dedication ceremony elevated one hard-luck duck to marginal fame this week and earned him a new name. But there’s more to Merv the… Oh never mind, we’ll just stick with Merv… than meets the eye. He waddled into the spotlight during the dedication of a newly-donated water […]