Dairy Fest big hit in first year

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Even thunder and lightning couldn’t stop Saturday’s Dairy Fest, which attracted more than 5,000 people, according to event organizers. “It’s great! We really did it,” said Michelle Heavyside, the director of the United Dairy Women. Dairy Fest included a wide array of free games, booths, food and music, all in […]

ENMU adding film major in fall semester

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major that will have 33 core classes in its curriculum Saturday during a regular board meeting. Students can enroll in the degree program in the fall. Robert Vartabedian, ENMU vice president for academic affairs, said the new major in digital […]

Cannon rally plans evolving

CNJ Staff With raffles for a car, an F-16 simulator ride, and a tour of Cannon Air Force Base, this mission accomplished celebration is morphing into a gala event. “It just keeps evolving,” Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos said. The “Operation Kept Cannon” rally is a chance for the community to celebrate […]

Preparing the troops: A comparative look at eastern New Mexico, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The similarity of the Melose Bombing Range’s terrain to that of Afghanistan and Iraq was mentioned as one reason the 16th Special Ops Wing was assigned to Cannon. Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer When the congressional delegation announced last week Air Force Special Operations Command had selected Cannon Air Force Base as the home for […]

Local Realtors expect increase in housing demands

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers With the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Ops mission this past week, one local real estate owner predicts subdivisions will be created on the outskirts of Portales to accommodate an expected influx of people. “I was very happy to hear that Cannon has received a new mission. […]

Ethanol plant news caps off eventful week

Freedom Newspapers The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable […]

Volunteers to thank for saving Cannon

Letters to the Editor We are pleased to hear the good news about the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Your community has some great volunteers who have participated with the Committee of Fifty and their dedication over the years has paid off. We are only sorry that Doc Stewart is not here to celebrate […]

Custom Classic has unwritten rules

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleFlorence Jackson of the Clovis Benchwarmer swings at a pitch Friday during the 23rd annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Clovis. The tournament drew 126 teams. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Ask before taking the last slice. Don’t date your friend’s sister unless you plan to […]

Panning for gold pans out

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, schools shut down each June to give enterprising students a chance to get rich. Taking into account the prevailing economy at the time — a nickel bought a Coke that included a 2-cent rebate for the bottle, if you could find a nickel — whenever I […]

New Mexican cuisine not just green chile

Ryn Gargulinski Real New Mexicans don’t eat green chile quiche, someone recently told me. After thanking the person for the insightful information, I pointed out I never asked in the first place. But it did get me to thinking what real New Mexicans do eat. When I lived in the Land of Enchantment, I ended […]

Hospital guards against infant abductions

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleAmber and Justin Norman of Portales sit in the room after their first child, Teagan, was born at 12:23 a.m. Wednesday at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Elizabeth McGregor snuggled her newborn son protectively against her breast as she lay recovering from a Caesarian section at Plains […]

Dogs ponder meaning of Fourth of July

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I know I am not supposed to overhear these conversations. They generally take place late at night, in the back yard, when no humans are around. Since our dogs sleep outside in the summer, they have the chance to sort out and process events with no human ears present. Normally, only […]

UFO Festival an out-of-this-world experience

Freedom Newspapers In keeping with the tradition of celebrating UFOs, aliens and mysterious crashes, the city of Roswell will host its 12th annual UFO Festival from Thursday to July 3. Taking a day trip to the nationally known festival could quench anyone’s desire for everything extraterrestrial. Some history The festival is known for attracting people […]

Governor says ethanol plant coming to Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer An ethanol plant that will more than triple New Mexico’s ethanol output plans to operate in Clovis, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. More than 100 million gallons of ethanol derived from corn will be produced annually at the plant, the release said. The plant […]

Rain has little impact

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A series of thunderstorms that dumped almost an inch of much-needed rain across the area isn’t enough to alleviate the hazardous fire conditions in eastern New Mexico, according to fire officials. Case in point — firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning boxcar mid-morning Friday on U.S. 70 […]

United Dairy Women charity-driven

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Founded as a charity that aids charities, the United Dairy Women of the Portales and Clovis area has been an avid promoter of the dairy industry in supporting children and nutrition. The group is involved in educational programs, public relations and supporting local charities such as the food bank, children’s […]

Boeing will share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We […]

Like fire, gossip spreads and does harm

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist I heard today that the town of Edgewood is fighting a grass fire and some townspeople have had to be evacuated. Grass fires can be a terrible thing because they destroy everything in their path. On the spiritual side, James, a book in the New Testament, notes that gossip […]

June 23, 2006 Amos the Churchmouse

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.   camp meeting encounter   boss i was at the mesa redondo […]

June 23, 2006 Religion Calendar

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St. Child care is provided. Information: 769-1971. Gospel Songfest — 7 p.m., Calvary Tabernacle, 212 Ash. A variety of Gospel singers will perform. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free with an opportunity to give in a freewill […]