‘Assertive restraint’ needed to deal with Iran

The specter of a showdown with Iran over that country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a crisis of Iran’s own making. The nation has sought trouble, you might say, and at times is practically daring the world to do something about it. This country is too much like North Korea, and that is by no […]

Country music has its own appeal

Kevin Wilson I don’t listen to country music. OK, that’s a lie. I have four country songs on my mp3 player, by four artists (guess one and I’ll owe you a Coke). Since my player’s got about 5,000 tracks, that’s a 99.93 percent truthful statement. I may joke every so often to my friends that […]

Ticket feature: Will Banister performing on way to England

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Courtesy photo: Johnny Mulhair Country music singer Will Banister will be performing Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Country singer Will Banister will be performing 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in celebration of his upcoming appearance at the Country Music Festival at Wembley Stadium in England. Tickets are available […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Brunch with a star and clockless casinos

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Brunch with a star Eastern New Mexico University is holding a brunch Feb. 18 to honor Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor inductee Jennifer Goble-Poyer. She is the first ENMU student athlete to be inducted by the conference. Tickets are $10, must be purchased […]

Commentary: We can all find ways to serve our country

By Gunnery Sgt.Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Singing with Andy, country Christmas and garlic the right way

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Sing-a-long with Andy Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a “Brief History of Christmas Music” by Andy Mason at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Buchanan Hall at the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. The evening includes […]

Ticket feature: Events center to host Oak Ridge Boys

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Courtesy photo The Oak Ridge Boys are performing Jan. 20 at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The Oak Ridge Boys, one of the most distinctive and legendary country music groups in the country, will be performing 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Curry County Events Center with doors opening at 6 p.m. […]

Ticket feature: Brad Paisley to perform in Lubbock

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Courtesy photo: Cindy Harper Country music star Brad Paisley will be performing 7:30 pm. Feb. 16 at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock. Freedom New Mexico Country music star Brad Paisley will be performing in Lubbock 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the United Spirit Arena with three-time Country Music Award winners The Band Perry and […]

A Tale of Wind and Sausage, War and Beauty

Curtis Shelburne The wind showed up early last Sunday. The country around here doesn’t need even close to that much of a head-start to be flying by in dingy brown grit-clouds and switching counties by noon. The afternoon would be a brown mess, best ridden out inside with doors and windows sealed, a comforter pulled […]

Veterans discuss significance of Veterans Day

Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Bruce Pollock, commander of American Legion Post 117 in Clovis, left, converses with 20-year U.S. Navy veteran Milton Mitchell, right, about the significance of Veterans Day. Benna Sayyed Clovis veterans feel Veterans Day is a time of year when citizens should remember and honor veterans who served the country to […]

Taking care of troops

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Corissa Breeden of Clovis brushes up on her social networking skills during a break Wednesday at the Hastings coffee shop. Breeden’s suggestion on Facebook to gather items for deployed troops has turned in Operation Home Front Cares, which will put together care packages for military members and military working dogs overseas. […]

Group organizing troop care packages for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Corissa Breeden of Clovis brushes up on her social networking skills during a break Wednesday at the Hastings coffee shop. Breeden’s suggestion on Facebook to gather items for deployed troops has turned in Operation Home Front Cares, which will put together care packages for military members and military working dogs […]

ENMU wins LSC men’s cross country title

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year reign as Lone Star Conference cross country champions on Saturday, as Marv Albert might say, “with authority.” Led by individual winner Isaiah Samoei, ENMU because the league’s first men’s cross country team champion not named ACU since 1990, placing six […]

Izzy keeps busy at LCU

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LCU courtesy photo Izzy Miranda, left, said his goal this year is to make it to nationals, which he has done the past two seasons, and finish in the top 30 — which would give him All-American honors. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The best cross country runner for the men’s team this year at […]

McGee: Country has many adventures for tastebuds

On a drive to Amarillo, The Lady of the House and I passed an empty building along U.S. 60 between Hereford and Canyon. “That place used to be a store or restaurant or something and it had a handmade sign that read, ‘Home of the Wanda Burger,’ remember that?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said. “I […]

Hounds cross country ranking improves

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team moved up five spots in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II rankings this week. ENMU, coming off a strong showing at Saturday’s Cowboy Jamboree at Stillwater, Okla., moved from 14th to ninth in this week’s poll. […]

ENMU cross country teams ranked in region

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team has moved up one notch to second place this week in the NCAA Division II South Central Region poll, while the women’s team made its first appearance in the rankings at No. 10. The Greyhounds, orignally eighth in the university division of Saturday’s […]

Hounds ranked in D-II cross country

CNJ staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team has earned its first ranking in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, coming in at No. 14. The Greyhounds, ranked a program-best third this week in the South Central Region, is the only Lone Star Conference […]

Greyhounds win Highlands Cross Country Jam; Zias place second

CNJ Staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior Isiah Samoei and senior Mohammed Noor led a strong showing for Eastern New Mexico University’s men as the Greyhounds won the New Mexico Highlands Cross Country Jam on Saturday. Samoei finished second in 25 minutes, 12.99 seconds and Noor third in 25:14.10 as the Hounds finished with 23 […]

Friday morning briefing: Ethnic Fair, Cannon open house and The Kid’s first crime

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Ethnic Fair The annual Clovis Ethnic Fair is all day Saturday in the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street. Food, fun and lots more. Information: 749-6570. See Cannon The second annual Cannon Air Force Base open house is a free public event featuring […]