Wednesday morning briefing: A sneak peek, sweet business and a Red scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local folks are Joking Around. Kitchen tip of the week Roll out pie crusts between wax paper for easier placement on pie plate. ENMU preview Eastern New Mexico University’s “Green and Silver View” preview day for high school seniors is […]

Monday morning briefing: A big winner, 4-H and Facebook

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Big winner You might know Lynnae Allen of the Melrose 4-H Club if you attended the Curry County Fair. You couldn’t hardly miss her…she had entries in 85 categories, including baking, sewing, canning, posters and housing interiors. She’s the fair’s 2010 sweepstakes winner. Website […]

Maguire hopes to lead Zias back to success

CNJ staff Earlier this summer, Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Mike Maguire might have been ready to predict a big season for the Zias. Then injuries and a couple of defections hit. Now, the projections are a bit lower. “A winning record,” Maguire said when asked what would constitute success. “That might be asking […]

August weather hotter than average

Kevin Wilson A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer […]

Politicians leave citizens big bill

Tibor Machan My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position […]

Yard sale-ing has rules

It was Saturday morning and I was deftly shooting through the streets, handling the four-door family car like a Formula 1 racer at Le Mans, hurrying to the next big yard sale. I had the situation under control. The Lady of the House saw it differently. “Playing ‘chicken’ with my car again?” She asked, giving […]

Press release: Senator discusses Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act, Kagan nomination and clean energy legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the Environment and Public Works Committee mark up of The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010. He also discussed the national effort to encourage volunteerism in New Mexico’s communities and gave comments on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the […]

Those without frozen cats shouldn’t judge

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” I announced […]

Left big fan of public funding

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist It looks like the way the Right despises ACORN, the Left does the Tea Party. It may not even be so much about their political stances, although that is part of it for sure. It is sad, though, that supporters of Obama had no problem with — indeed were proud […]

Big Brother has enough snooping powers already

Freedom Newspapers Big Brother wants to watch you more closely. Especially how you spend your money. His latest snooping plan comes from provisions in the banking bill being debated in the Senate. The bill is being pushed by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Among other things, the bill is supposed […]

Thursday briefing: Win a snake, happy Earth Day and big winds coming

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Stupid pet tricks Pet Parade video shoot is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4-Ever Pets in Portales. The pet store is providing hot dogs, drinks, and chips. They’re also raffling away a snake. Website of the day Follow the progress of Clovis’ Isaac Godwin […]

Education column: Census event family fun

By Penny Bailey: Education columnist Have you ever been at an event and found yourself with a big grin on your face, and you didn’t even realize it? Well, that is what happened to me the other night when I visited Lockwood Elementary School. As I approached the campus, I could see and smell smoke […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Teachers at Mickey D’s, UW’s new digs and Tiger’s first big win

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: A blind dinosaur Fries with that? Today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., 30 teachers and staff from Yucca Middle School will work McDonald’s at 14th and Mitchell for a percentage of the profits. The fundraiser will benefit the school. Warning: […]

Ticket feature: Swing Fever bringing big band era to Clovis

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Courtesy photo Claiming the most experienced jazz players in the San Francisco Bay area, Swing Fever musicians have played with jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, BB King and many more. Freedom New Mexico San Francisco’s Swing Fever will be bringing the nostalgic sounds of the big […]

Big government only out for itself

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The theory of the big (but good) lie goes back to a certain reading of Plato’s most famous dialogue, the Republic. There are more or less crude versions of it but the gist of the theory is that for reasons of state — to secure the chance of […]

Lobos in Top 10 for first time in 12 years

The Associated Press This is what Steve Alford had in mind when he left the Big Ten for New Mexico, a program with a rich tradition that had fallen on hard times. The Lobos moved into the top 10 in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday for the first time in 12 seasons, after […]

Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Residents driving along south and north First Street looked as they passed by an empty car lot at Hamilton Big Country Ford on Friday. The business closed 12 years in Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 […]

Fashionable meant flour sack dress

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Years ago, country women purchased flour in big sacks, usually 25 pounds. They had a crew to feed — three times a day — so flour went fast. Breakfast was biscuit-making time, dinner was homemade loaves of bread and supper was maybe biscuits again or sometimes tortillas. Whatever the choice, […]

Judging science fair big thrill

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools What a thrill. I was invited to be a judge for the Mesa Elementary School Science Fair. Now, you might not think that would be a thrill, but for me it was. You see, science was not my forte’ when I was in school. As a matter of fact, […]

Organizations aim to draw community together with Thanksgiving dinner

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Susie Armijo, kitchen manager at Lighthouse Mission, carves one of 26 Thanksgiving turkeys Monday in preparation for Thursday’s feast at the Lighthouse. Armijo said she and her staff plan on cooking a total of 31 turkeys. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A nice, big turkey dinner is something nearly […]