Candidate Q&As: District 1 commission seat

Randal S. Crowder, left, and Janice Elliott Editor's note: The following candidates are running for the four-year term of city commissioner for District 1. Candidates for the seat include incumbent Randy Crowder and Jan Elliott. Candidates were asked the same questions and asked to keep their responses to 100 words or less. The municipal election […]

Oak Ridge Boys hit close to home

Thanks to three generous co-workers (they are modest, so email me for names), Portales residents Steve and Betsy Chaves and I received complimentary fourth-row tickets to celebrate Steve’s latest 29th birthday at the Oak Ridge Boys concert in Clovis. Since the Chaves’ original plans included karaoke, I tried talking Steve into crashing the stage and […]

Oak Ridge Boys hit close to home

Thanks to three generous co-workers (they are modest, so email me for names), Portales residents Steve and Betsy Chaves and I received complimentary fourth-row tickets to celebrate Steve's latest 29th birthday at the Oak Ridge Boys concert in Clovis. Since the Chaves' original plans included karaoke, I tried talking Steve into crashing the stage and […]

Social promotion hinders learning

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Gov. Martinez’ initiative to end the automatic social promotion of children from the third grade to the fourth grade is a good one. Students should not be moved through school if they do not have the skills to do the work in the next grade. When this happens, they are more likely to cause classroom […]

Don’t expect policy changes from Obama

Freedom New Mexico When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other […]

Don’t expect policy changes from Obama

When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other loyal Democratic Party […]

Social promotion hinders learning

Gov. Martinez' initiative to end the automatic social promotion of children from the third grade to the fourth grade is a good one. Students should not be moved through school if they do not have the skills to do the work in the next grade. When this happens, they are more likely to cause classroom […]

Candidate Q&As: Mayor

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Gayla Brumfield, left, and David Lansford Editor’s note: The following candidates are running for the four-year term of Clovis mayor. Candidates for the seat include incumbent Gayla Brumfield and former Mayor David Lansford. Candidates were asked the same questions and asked to keep their responses to 100 words or less. The municipal election is March […]

ENMU teams selected for last in LSC polls

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball and softball teams are going to make their marks in the Lone Star Conference this spring, they’ll have to do it from the bottom up. ENMU’s squads were both picked for last place — actually, by a fairly wide margin — in the league’s […]

ENMU teams selected for last in LSC polls

RICHARDSON, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University's baseball and softball teams are going to make their marks in the Lone Star Conference this spring, they'll have to do it from the bottom up. ENMU's squads were both picked for last place — actually, by a fairly wide margin — in the league's preseason polls […]

Wind facts

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks A wind vane turns Friday in a gust outside a home on Norris and 21st Streets. Tonjia Rolan “Can you feel the rhythm of the wind in human memory? It is a music in the sky and in men’s souls.” Guy Murchie, “Song of the Sky”

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there’s a car you’ve never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you’d call the cops, wouldn’t you? That’s what I did. I mean it could’ve been […]

McGee: Calling police safest way to check out strangers

OK, so if you come to work before the sun comes up and there's a car you've never seen before sitting away from the building, not in the parking lot, parked in the grass, engine running and its lights are on…you'd call the cops, wouldn't you? That's what I did. I mean it could've been […]

ENMU/UiW basketball capsules — Jan. 28

CNJ staff Men Incarnate Word (11-7, 7-4 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (12-8, 5-6) • When: 4 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena. • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Cardinals posted a 63-53 victory over West Texas A&M on Thursday at Canyon, Texas. The Greyhounds erased a 13-point, second-half deficit to edge Texas […]

ENMU/UiW basketball capsules – Jan. 28

Men Incarnate Word (11-7, 7-4 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (12-8, 5-6) • When: 4 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena. • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: The Cardinals posted a 63-53 victory over West Texas A&M on Thursday at Canyon, Texas. The Greyhounds erased a 13-point, second-half deficit to edge Texas A&M-Kingsville 60-56 […]

In search of ponies: No gender bias in dog leadership

If you have dogs around, you know as soon as the door is opened in the morning, they beeline for relief. And if you yourself are awake enough, you know better than to stand gazing out the window while you sip your coffee because there's sure to be some squatting and leg lifting going on […]

Wind facts

A wind vane turns Friday in a gust outside a home on Norris and 21st Streets. The American and New Mexico state flags wave gently Friday in the wind outside Yucca Middle School. "Can you feel the rhythm of the wind in human memory? It is a music in the sky and in men's souls." […]

Tres Amigas bill headed for hearing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering a set of proposed tax incentives aimed at enticing the developers of the $1.5 billion Tres Amigas SuperStation to locate their headquarters and an associated trading exchange in the state. The Tres Amigas project, first announced in 2009, includes building a hub across 22 square miles […]

Tres Amigas bill headed for hearing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering a set of proposed tax incentives aimed at enticing the developers of the $1.5 billion Tres Amigas SuperStation to locate their headquarters and an associated trading exchange in the state. The Tres Amigas project, first announced in 2009, includes building a hub across 22 square miles […]

Friday morning briefing: Happy Chinese New Year, a spell down and tragedy on the launch pad

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Happy Chinese New Year Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a Chinese New Year's Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 and must be reserved today. ENMU has a number of students from China who will share […]