Letters to the editor: Real problems lie with Congress

Real problems lie with Congress I write in support of George Speck from last week’s letters to the editor. Regarding the greed of the very rich: Somehow the dominant media “frame” continues the absurd idea that defending the people who suck up societal resources means protecting the “job creators.” This is exactly the reverse of […]

Social Security delays only scare tactic

Freedom New Mexico Anxious senior-citizen readers may be worrying that their Social Security checks might be held up by the wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. It’s worth clearing up that misconception and some others. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to line up enough GOP votes to pass a budget […]

N.M. still capitalizing on the Kid

Oh, Susana, I think you are onto a hot one. This “Catch the Kid” business, the contest to track down Billy the Kid and win 10,000 bucks? Good move, Gov. Martinez. Last Sunday I saw the full page ad featuring the contest poster: WANTED, BILLY THE KID. $10,000 REWARD. Here’s why that is a timely […]

Monday morning briefing: Surplus sale, crime awareness and the makings of war

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Surplus for sale The city of Portales is auctioning off surplus property, including vehicles and fire department equipment, according to its website. The auction is open to the public. Items are available for review at www.publicsurplus.com. Crime awareness The Clovis version of National Night […]

Police blotter — July 31

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. July 20 an officer responded to a church in the 2500 block of Norris Street for a report of criminal damage. A church representative showed the officer tire marks on the sidewalk and grass of the church and said […]

Affordable housing plan goes to vote Tuesday

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Sharna Johnson When Clovis voters head to the polls Tuesday, they will decide whether to • give the city authority to reduce private developers’ permitting fees; • donate city-owned property to private developers; • give grants and loans to develop city-owned property in the downtown area; • give grants for weatherization and rehabilitation of privately […]

About 60 dogs participate in Weiner Nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sasha took first place in the competition. Her owner, Tammy Coldren said the Dachshund needed no training. Liliana Castillo Four-year-old Isabella Hailey called the winner of Weiner Nationals during one of the first heats. Lendra Hailey said her great niece watched Sasha belt toward her owner Robert Bruhn in the […]

Realtor: Area housing market still reasonably strong

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Home Spot is putting in eight duplexes at Boston and Lime streets. Company employee Troy Hinton said the housing market in the area is doing well, despite a worrisome national economy, because of growth. Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better […]

Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Music is a part of each of Eunice Schumpert’s days. Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert […]

Miracle products lure wife

I’m convinced my wife would be an easy mark for a snake oil salesman. She’s pretty sure miracle products are hitting the store shelves regularly while I’m of the mindset that if what I’ve got is working, I don’t want something new until I actually see someone I know with the new thing. My wife […]

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 […]

Tips on essential oils featured

Information on how to transform your life, suggestions on how to achieve your dreams and ways to use essential oils will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and professional speaker Peter Fogel will talk about reinventing yourself and relate stories and strategies of people over 40 […]

Senior happenings —

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing, 1:30 p.m., Ice cream day. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m., indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities, quilting and sewing; 9:30 a.m. Free blood pressure and […]

Reunions —

[image #1, align=center, size=abox] The Portales High School Class of 1966 gathered July 1 and 2, 2011, for their 45th class reunion. Classmates pictured are, front row, from left, David Dehtan, Gloria (Domiquez) Aguilar, Robin Pendergraft, Zale Woodward, Bruce Kitts, Randy Johns, Kay (Hutchins) Jilek, Jerry Hammond. Second row, from left, David Weems, Judy (Roberson) […]

Birthdays — July 31

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Decker [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Brianna Renee Decker of Clovis celebrated her 9th birthday July 23, 2011. Happy 9th birthday Brianna Renee Decker, we love you with all our hearts love mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, nina, nino and all your family. Brianna Renee Decker was born July 25, 2002, in Clovis. — Submitted by Diana […]

Births — July 31

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Daniels Brooklyn Michelle Ann Daniels was born July 12, 2011, to Sedrick Daniels and Naomi Perales of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. She has four brothers, Saidreck, 7, Malik, 6, Maki, 4, and Jayden, 3. Grandparents are Benny Jones and Ruth Daniels of Clovis and Michelle […]

Weddings — July 31

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Ledingham Kelly Downes and Blake Ledingham were married June 11, 2011, at Sea-Tac Gardens in Seattle, Wash. The bridesmaids were Vanessa Millender, Danielle Cano, Jessica Eck and Kyla Frost. The groomsmen were Mark Millender, Tim Espinoza, Jayson Tosch and Mike Downes. The couple met while Ledingham was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. Ledingham, a veteran […]

On the shelves — July 31

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue” by Dyan DeNapoli recounts the extraordinary true story of an oil spill of the coast of Cape Town South Africa and the massive rescue operation that […]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Carol Morgan, nurse manager for Portales Public Health Office, performs a lab procedure to test for chlamydia Friday morning in the public health office laboratory. Morgan said the office saw 27 patients with chlamydia in the first six months of the year. Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) […]

Attorney to seek injunction against Hotel Clovis sign

An attorney who has demanded the city of Clovis remove a “Save me” sign from Hotel Clovis says it will be Monday before he can seek a court injunction. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, submitted a second letter to the city Friday after demands […]