Six-word summaries say a lot

Six-worders arrived on the scene a few years back. The six-worder brevity grasps a life story or current condition or philosophy. Column readers were invited to offer their own, did so with creativity, and the invitation is repeated. Here is a current crop of mine: She is a Tea Party heroine, a former Minnesota lawmaker […]

Friday morning briefing: Rodeo honors, Lions roar and a UFO report

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rodeo honors Former Eastern New Mexico University rodeo coach, Charles Chambers has been honored by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association as a NIRA Alumni Outstanding Contributor, for his contributions to the sport over the years. He was inducted to the ENMU Athletic Hall of […]

Our people: Gene Bieker oversees maintenance at Clovis Municipal Schools

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Clovis resident Gene Bieker has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years and is headed for retirement this summer. Bieker retired from a career in the military after four years spent in the Navy and 22 years spent in the Air Force. As executive director of operations for CMS, Bieker oversees maintenance, custodial, […]

No regrets after wedding

By noon 29 years ago today I had begun to feel the heat. By 4 p.m. I was sweatin’ bullets. Yeah, it’s my wedding anniversary today and while June 12, 1982, was hot, it wasn’t the reason I was sweating. After I got the proposal part out of the way the previous year, I was […]

In tribute: Former ENMU art professor loved learning

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Argen Duncan Relatives of artist and retired professor Dale Hamlett remember him as a lover of learning, art and family. Dale Hamlett, 89, died Monday. He was a distinguished professor emeritus in fine arts from Eastern New Mexico University, where he taught for 18 years until his retirement in 1987. Dale grew up on a […]

Even world champs have bad days

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Trevor Brazile has had many good nights en route to Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association records of $4 million in earnings and eight all-around cowboy titles in the last nine years. Thursday wasn’t one of them in the 41st Pioneer Days Rodeo at Curry County Event Center. Brazile, in the […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information about the cause of death was unavailable at press time. Orlik had served nearly six years as the fourth judge for the 9th Judicial District, which covers […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A lost ring, going green and a trail of dust

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lost A Clovis woman needs your help. She lost her wedding ring of more than 40 years last weekend while participating in the annual Relay for Life fundraiser at Ned Houk Park. It’s described as a thin gold band with a diamond. Information: 769-1233 […]

Our people: Coming full circle

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Melrose native Jamie Widner has been in education as a teacher and administrator for 26 years, all in New Mexico. Coming from a family of 11 children, all who graduated from Melrose High School, he is family-oriented. Widner said the village of Melrose is like a family. “Melrose is a unique small town. Melrose is […]

Press release: Longtime Greyhound skipper to step down after 20 years

PORTALES, N.M.— For the last 20 years and 455 wins, Phil Clabaugh has been the only man to step on the field as the head coach of the Eastern New Mexico University baseball program. Two seasons ago, he guided the squad to its first appearance in the Lone Star Conference championship. With 551 overall wins […]

Texas discovery sparks debate on Clovis culture

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Alisa Boswell Archeologists burrowing in the dirt of central Texas are stirring up a scientific debate that could change history as we know it in eastern New Mexico. At issue is the recent discovery of artifacts at an archeological site on Buttermilk Creek, Texas. The artifacts found have been dated between 13,200 and 15,500 years […]

Sand lot concerns county residents

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Argen Duncan A bare field is drawing complaints from neighbors tired of years of blowing sand. The 40-acre field is at the intersection of Roosevelt Roads P and 4. Kendall Terry, who lives beside it, said half a dozen neighbors are affected by the large amounts of sand that blow from it during the spring. […]

Food at the speed of life: Dump-it cake simple

I recently ran across a recipe that took me back a few years. I was about to move from Las Cruces, my college town, to take my first permanent job in Socorro. My roommate, Kristiana, suggested a going-away party. During planning, a recipe from my aunt Debbie came up. Kristiana remembered a similar dessert her […]

My turn: Still have to pay my dues

I have had a lot of people ask me about my mention of the Lions Club at the end of my article. I am a proud member of the Portales Lions Club, and have been for more than 30 years. That is not the reason that I mentioned them at the end of my column. […]

Teen convicted of murder faces eight-year sentence

Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13 years old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a quarter of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his time will most likely be spent at a facility designed to rehabilitate youth, rather than just incarcerate […]

Our people: Jackie Clark has helped organize the Roosevelt County fair for more than 20 years

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Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark helped organize the Roosevelt County Fair for more than 20 years. She began volunteering at the fair 1974. She said she enjoyed seeing 4-H and Future Farmers of America students work hard on their projects each year. “The county fairs were always enjoyable because you were able to see and […]

Internet should remain free of sales tax

Freedom New Mexico For years we’ve fought putting new taxes on Internet activities. But like a bad computer virus, that idea keeps coming back. The latest manifestation is what’s called the “Amazon tax.” But it also would hit many more companies than online retailer Amazon.com, including hundreds of thousands of small businesses that sell online. […]

Extend your life by quitting

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since about 20 percent of the United States’ population smokes, that means almost a fifth of the country could live at least a full decade longer. Are you […]

Storytelling part of every culture

Glenda Price The children, probably from 4 or 5 years old to 12, sat (or lay) on the floor in front, close to the speaker — the storyteller. The grownups sat on the floor or in chairs. The audience had a speaking part in the story, which the storyteller explained. The younger kids, especially, listened […]