Border Town Days celebration set

Freedom New Mexico The 45th Border Town Days celebration begins today. The events begin with a decorated bicycle contest at 11 a.m. next to the Texico branch of the Citizens Bank. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners and a girl and boy grand champion will win a new bicycle. At noon, the […]

Raising family workout in itself

These days I don’t get out all that much. I find shoes and socks for the kids, fill up sippy cups, put shoes back on after being kicked off, chase all three to the car, get the first car seat buckled, look around for the straying child, who is no doubt chasing a cat or […]

Van of Enchantment stopping at Blackwater Draw

CNJ staff The New Mexico Van of Enchantment mobile museum will be at the Eastern New Mexico University Blackwater Draw archaeological site July 30-31, according to a news release. The van is free with admission to the site. The van will be at the site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The Van […]

Summer temperatures arrive early

Kevin Wilson The days of summer aren’t technically here yet; the first official day of the season is next Tuesday. But the temperatures of summer are here early, and triple-digits will be the norm for the next few days. The predicted highs are 100 Tuesday, 95 Wednesday, 103 Thursday, 101 Friday and Saturday, 100 Sunday […]

Obama exceeds executive power declaring war

Freedom New Mexico In olden days in foreign lands, the king only had to say, “Attack!” and the nation went to war, for whatever reason he desired. President Barack Obama’s military engagement in Libya’s ongoing war looks more like royal sovereignty than American constitutional government. Our founders constitutionally curbed executive power, requiring presidents to first […]

Innocence lost in digital world

Young people grow wearisome of tales of time gone by, the glorious 1950s and more permissive 1960s, their simple themes captured by the TV series Happy Days and perhaps glorified by the classic film American Graffiti. “Pops! Pops! I know! You paid 25 cents a gallon for gas in 1956. I’m paying $3.75 for gas. […]

Pioneer Days Parade includes 65 floats

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The New Mexico Army National Guard 717th Brigade Support Battalion’s float was a crowd favorite. The large vehicle on the left automatically unloaded and loaded the Humvee on its back. Liliana Castillo Parade organizers raved about the weather for the 41st annual Pioneer Days Parade held Saturday morning on Main […]

Government should spend within means

Freedom New Mexico What happened to our economic recovery? Recent days have seen a slew of negative economic news: • U.S. single-family home prices dropped 0.2 percent in March from February, as measured by the S&P Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas. “The price index was below the low seen in April 2009 during […]

Ticket feature: Pioneer Days kicking off with PRCA rodeo

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File photo The 41st annual Pioneer Days begins tonight with the PRCA Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The 41st annual Pioneer Days begins today in Clovis with the start of the PRCA Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. Nightly events will be ongoing with the Pioneer Days Parade taking […]

Sacrificing soldiers all had stories

A coworker asked me a few days ago, “Do you think Memorial Day is too commercialized?” I balked, because I’d never considered it. I could only stammer, “Not really, do you?” She said yes, noting the emphasis on sales, cookouts and Facebook posts that missed the point. I agreed with her premise — that we’re […]

Sponsorships good for business

Have you noticed? Everybody seems to have a sponsor these days. Before, it was mainly the race car people, but now it’s becoming ubiquitous. Sporting events — like football bowl games — now carry the name of a sponsor. The Sugar Bowl has become the Allstate Sugar Bowl while the Cotton Bow in Texas is […]

Texico cheerleaders take top honors

Kevin Wilson An entire year of work comes down to two days for New Mexico high school cheerleading squads. For the second time in three years, Texico had the best two days in Class 2A. The school, which took its first cheerleading trophy in 2009, took top honors again at the state spirit competition in […]

Teen not at fault for bad publicity

Today is Wednesday. Two days later, it’s “Friday, Friday, Friday.” That’s bothering a lot of people lately. The hoopla started a few weeks ago when YouTube received “Friday,” a music video starring 13-year-old Rebecca Black that’s visually on par for MTV, but left much to be desired lyrically. As of Tuesday, “Friday” is in the […]

Grant McGee: College protest lacked passion

Some folks were protesting in front of one of our High Plains courthouses some days ago. I like seeing folks protest. It means that something has moved them so much they have gotten off their duffs from in front of the TV, made some signs and taken their complaint out where everyone can see. I […]

Grant McGee: Simple best for romance

One of the writers for the paper e-mailed me a few days ago for my thoughts on five romantic places for a date. I got the e-mail at 4 a.m. as I prepared for my day and he desired my input as soon as possible. Out of my sleep-gummed brain came a few ideas, like […]

Friday morning briefing: Hot times and days off

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Audiences killing off quality TV

It was just days ago that we said goodbye to quality football programming, and I fear that except for a few repeats, it’s gone for good. The NFL? No, I’m talking about “Friday Night Lights.” Last week marked the swan song for the series … well, sort of. The series, based loosely on the 1990 […]

Helps to get in tune with people

Karl Terry Before the days of digital radios the device had to be tuned in precisely to the station or what you heard didn’t sound right. As fast as our lives are these days sometimes big parts are out of tune. I got to thinking about this the other day when a co-worker came in […]

Christmas candy cane taunts me

The first few days after Christmas are magical. OK, maybe that’s not the best word. Instead, let’s go with, “really really good.” That’s the best way I can think of to describe the post-holiday sales. The half-off wrapping and candy works for everybody. We get cheap stuff that will work next Christmas (and other holidays […]

Holidays about embracing those closest to us

Freedom New Mexico The end-of-the-year holiday season is intended to be a celebratory time, but there are more than 12 days’ worth of issues, situations and pressures that increase stress levels for many people. Last week, a team of University of Missouri health experts offered some tips for coping with seasonal sourness to help, as […]