‘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 […]

Governor signs hay transport bill

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Tuesday evening at the agricultural feed in the senate roundhouse that will allow the transportation of oversized hay loads on state roads. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will help livestock owners deal with ongoing drought conditions in the state that have placed an enormous strain […]

Cowboys deal ENMU first loss

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Designated hitter Jordan Chavez and left fielder Erik Scott each drove in two runs in a five-run eighth as New Mexico Higlands beat Eastern New Mexico University 8-1 on Saturday in the Texas-Permian Basin Classic. The game, with a 9:30 p.m. (MST) start, was the only one played on Saturday. […]

Zias deal Incarnate 77-66 loss

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU senior forward Precious Herrin shoots over Incarnate Word’s Chloe Wallace Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s game against Incarnate Word at Greyhound Arena. Herrin shot 9-for-13 from the floor and finished with a game-high 21 points. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Say one thing for first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball […]

Boeing labor deal sets poor precedent

A key to American prosperity is the freedom of companies to run their operations how they see fit, wherever they decide is best for them. That freedom took a hit this week in a case involving Boeing, the aerospace and defense giant. Although this matter doesn’t directly affect our area, anything that damages the company’s […]

Musician remembered for faith, strength

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Courtesy photo Kevin Gardels on the air during one of his radio programs. Benna Sayyed Kevin Gardels called on his spiritual strength to deal with his fierce battle against cancer, family members said. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer known as primary myelofibrosis in September 2002, the Portales musician’s battle lasted nearly a decade. […]

Greek drama just prelude to Italy failing

The past week global stock markets bounced up and down like a basketball at a Lakers game (if the NBA were playing). Up they went when news came the European Union worked out a deal to restructure Greek debt. Down they went when Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided to allow Greek voters to have […]

Friday morning briefing: A Charlie Brown Christmas and a really bad deal

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Christmas Light Parade It’ll be a Charlie Brown Christmas in Clovis this year. That’s the theme for the annual Christmas Light Parade on Dec. 3. Registration forms are now available at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce. Information: 309-8370 or clovismainstreet@gmail.com Voice only Eastern […]

Rooney was the real deal

He’s entertained us and made us scratch our heads every week for more than 30 years. But it’s possible that’s all you got out of Andy Rooney over that time. If so, that was probably enough. Like Brett Favre, George Burns, Bob Hope and Charlie Sheen he didn’t relish the idea of giving up his […]

Commentary: Rank of NCO carries great deal of responsibility

By Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso: 27th SOW Command Chief I am not convinced we are doing our best when it comes to non-commissioned officer leadership. I say “we” because, like all senior non-commissioned officers, I am an NCO at the core. Both the staff sergeant and tech sergeant chevrons reside within the master sergeant, […]

Consider other options for hotel

Recently there has been a great deal of discussion regarding the Affordable Housing ordinance/plan passed by the Clovis City Commission. It’s now the subject of a negative referendum election to be held on Aug. 2. It has been said this ordinance will allow the city to demolish, and clear properties that can be donated to […]

McGee: Marriage is a sweet deal

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist It was another Saturday morning, another morning of venturing forth out onto the High Plains in search of great yard sales. I was hungry so I sank a knife into the big pan of brownies The Lady of the House had baked the day before. “What are you doing?”said a […]

Press release: Bingaman talks budget deal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about the budget agreement that was reached Friday night. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman041111m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the budget agreement that was reached Friday night. 04:11 – Bingaman […]

Bombing range deal under scrutiny

Sharna Johnson Recently elected state officials are taking a new look at the expansion of Melrose Bombing Range and it’s making some involved in the project a little nervous. For four years, state, local and Air Force officials have been working on a deal to use $5 million capital outlay to purchase approximately 30,000 acres […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

New Mexico American Water to be sold

CNJ staff New Mexico American Water will be sold to a Canadian utility company in an estimated $470 million deal, the company announced Monday in a press release. In the agreement, EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. would purchase companies providing water and wastewater services in Arizona and New Mexico, according to the press release. American Water, […]

New Mexico American Water to be sold in $470 million deal

New Mexico American Water will be sold to a Canadian utility company in an estimated $470 million deal. In the agreement, EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. would purchase companies providing water and wastewater services in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a Monday press release from NMAW. American Water, which stands to make a $20 million […]

Government’s many secrets surfacing

Freedom New Mexico A good deal of overwrought commentary on all sides has accompanied the latest release by the WikiLeaks website of classified State Department cables, from those who lament the possible harm to national security to those who praise the release as contributing to the knowledge of what government does in our names that […]

Military mama: Mommies must learn to face fears

There are a lot of frightening situations that as adults we are forced to deal with, whether we like it or not. The bar is raised when we become parents because not only are we forced to face our own fears head on; we also feel the obligation to show no terror to our children. […]

New DVD helps children deal with deployment

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense and USO officials joined military families at the U.S. Navy Memorial to celebrate the launch of a new DVD created to help military children cope with a parent’s deployment. “With You All the Way” — a joint effort by the Defense Department, USO and the […]