Shoutouts — Aug. 7

Center thanks benefit sponsors The Community Service Center in Portales held its 12th annual barbecue benefit dinner on July 15, 2011. The dinner was a huge success thanks to the support of our local citizens and businesses. All proceeds from the dinner will directly benefit the Community Services Center’s senior meal site. The Community Services […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Calling all bakers, barbecue foods and Portales online

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Fair baking entries needed Do you make killer chocolate chip cookies? Got a friend whose apple pie is to die for? This might be the opportunity you’re looking for. The Curry County Fair needs more entries in the senior baking competition this year. Yes, the […]

Festival on the border

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Christian Barrett, 8, dressed up as a cowboy to fit the Honoring the Pioneer bike contest theme for Saturday’s Border Town Days parade. Jana Barrett said her son enjoys dressing up and playing a character. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For Farwell native Troy Christian, Border Town Days is […]

Barbecue can be healthy

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Wendell Blair cooks all of the meat for his family’s meals on the grill. “We eat together as a family a lot,” Blair said. “It’s what we do.” LiLi Castillo Justin Johnson said it doesn’t take much to change a backyard barbecue into a healthy meal. “Instead of using hamburger […]

Ben’s Bar-B-Q closes

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Aside from a big “Closed” sign taped to the door, Ben’s Bar-B-Q on Prince Street still looks open. Chairs and tables still populate the floor and a menu above the counter spells out items the restaurant has been serving for about 20 years. But the doors of the barbecue […]

Traversing Texas truly global experience

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House was surfing the Internet and stumbled across The International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, Texas. We had to go. Don’t ask me why, but I just think accordions are cool. I’ll learn to play one in my next lifetime. So last Friday we rolled out […]

Summer sales heating up

By Janet Bresenham With summer fast approaching and already reaching the 100-degree mark, the thoughts of shoppers appear to be turning toward backyard barbecues, landscaping and staying cool. Hank Bean, a sales associate in the Garden Center at Clovis’ Wal-Mart Supercenter, said the store has been busy selling summer-type items the last two weeks. “We […]