Ticket feature: Souper Bowl set for Saturday

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File photo Salvation Army board member Twila Rutter services a to go bowl of homemade minestrone at last year’s fundraiser. Freedom New Mexico The fourth annual Souper Bowl will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army, 317 E. Second St. For $5 ($6 for to go orders), guests can choose a […]

Chile worthy of recognition for mine rescue

Freedom Newspapers The effort to rescue 33 miners trapped a half-mile underground for 69 days was bound to attract attention, but the worldwide interest in the operation has made it a perhaps surprising global phenomenon. Perhaps people are hungry for a happy ending in a world in which unhappy endings are all too common. Perhaps […]

Taco Box celebrates election to Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail runs right through Portales and Clovis. Taco Box celebrated its recent election to the New Mexico Department of Tourism Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail on Wednesday. Taco Box owner Tom Martin said his restaurants were among the 20 independent establishments and chains voters, mostly visitors […]

Support will aid Chile in its recovery

Freedom New Mexico Our thoughts go out to the people of Chile in the aftermath of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Saturday near the city of Concepcion. The quake is being called the fifth-largest ever recorded and hundreds of times more powerful than the quake that ravaged Haiti in January. Collapsed highways, overturned cars, […]

Press release: Bingaman talks unemployment filibuster, ‘Green Chile Month’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a variety of issues, including a the beginning of “Green Chile Month” in the Senate cafeteria. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman030110m.mp3

Thursday morning briefing: Hitting the green chile cheeseburger trail

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Cheeseburger, cheeseburger Turns out Taco Box in Clovis and Portales has some hot stuff going with its local version of green chile cheeseburgers. The stores are among 48 restaurants selected by the state for its first Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, celebrating the state’s iconic burger. […]

Ag feature: Chile niche crop in area

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Roosevelt County farmer Rick Ledbetter walks through his chile crop on Thursday. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Chile is a hot commodity this time of year, but little grows in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Tim Russell, manager of Russell’s Supersave grocery in Portales, said his fresh green chile sales run from late August to […]

Feb. 20, 2009 Legislative Roundup

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 29 Chile verse would become state’s official poem: A measure (HB674) introduced by Elias Barela, D-Belen, would name an official state poem. The poem, “We Love it Real Hot” by Alberto Onaldo Martinez, reads in part: Ah, Chimayo chile is so delicious to eat! That cure-all […]

Chile’s heat can be hard to handle

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The smell of green chiles roasting — ahh, it’s in the air now. I was walking by a Clovis supermarket the other day and had a whiff of those chiles turning round and round over an open flame. It’s one of my favorite New Mexico aromas along with pinon smoke […]

Chile study burns up taxpayer dollars

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Putting our hard-earned tax dollars where their mouths are, researchers have discovered that chile peppers date back to ancient times and even taco chips are at least 6,100 years old. Now I’m not talking about the taco chips at Wal-Mart. According to these sizzling new findings, which were published in […]

Bloopers create perplexing journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Regardless of floods, N.M. is green state

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We have a state of emergency. Flooding in Hatch has damaged a good part of that town’s claim to fame. While our beloved green chile did all right elsewhere, Hatch is the Chile Capital of the World. Our official New Mexico state question is : “Red or green?” which refers, […]

Lenten sacrifices lend greater appreciation

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The 40-day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday has begun. It’s during this time of year that I think of Grandma Emma, her Friday meals without meat and the stories she’d share with us. If you’re Catholic, you know meat is out on Fridays during Lent. But with Grandma Emma’s special […]

Chile’s identity crisis: Fruit or berry

By Helena Rodriguez The burning question in Santa Fe right is how to label our precious red and green chile peppers. This is not a mild matter for us chile-chomping Nuevo Meji-canos. But in a strange twist, the debate over our fiery state vegetable has turned fruity. And I do mean fruity. A bill was […]

Searching for a perfect chile relleno

By Helene Rodriguez When I worked as a reporter and restaurant critic in Abilene, Texas, several years ago, I pledged to find the perfect chile relleno. I searched high and low, from the taquerias in the city’s northside barrios to the chain restaurants on the city’s southside mall strip, but to no avail. I quickly […]

Ramirez, Sergio

Sergio Ramirez Services: Have been held. Sergio Ramirez, 77, of Clovis, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at his home. He was born on Feb. 12, 1927, in Santiago De, Chile, to Oscar and Rebecca Garcia Ramirez. He married Ingrid Talmon-Gross on Dec. 31, 1959, in Pforzheim, Germany. He came to Cannon Air Force Base in […]

Burke, Claude

Claude Burke Services: Have been held. Mr. Claude Burke, 86, of Clovis, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 7, 1917, in Bebee, Okla., to Charlie and Onie Waldon Burke. He married Alice Hunt on Oct. 23, 1950, in Portales. He had been a longtime Clovis […]