In search of ponies: Rats capable of selflessness

Few in the animal world have obtained a reputation quite as bad as theirs. In fact, their name is so bad, it has become ingrained in clich

Friday morning briefing: About rain, the price of gas and a pop classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact The rainiest year in Clovis’ history was 1941 with 46.91 inches falling. To date, Clovis has received 1.71 inches this year. Price of gas AAA New Mexico reported Thursday the statewide average price for a gallon of gas is 11 cents below [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Habitat help, library fact and a Triple Crown legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Volunteer-Op Habit for Humanity needs volunteers but you need to notify them by 2 p.m. Friday. The group needs about a dozen people Saturday for two work sites in Portales. Work begins is 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch (provided) at [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Firefighting fact, summer classes and remembering The Babe

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fast fact The Clovis Fire Department was founded Aug. 9, 1909. ENMU summer classs The eight-week summer school term at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will run from Monday through July 29.

City GRT proposal not necessary

Water is the lifeblood of civilization, and something that is in short supply in eastern New Mexico. It should go without saying that most members of the High Plains Patriots (a local tea party group) are in favor of securing a renewable water source for our community. This fact has somehow been distorted in the [...]

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano [...]

Government workers part of community

As did many husbands on Valentine’s Day, I took my wife to one of her favorite restaurants. That place being overcrowded, with a two hour wait predicted, we went instead to another of her favorite dining establishments. We did not complain about the prices, nor the expectation that, with good service, we would leave a [...]

Wednesday morning briefing: An author, school photos and a king

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Michael Blake, the author of “Dances with Wolves” attended Eastern New Mexico University. Website of the day This is a link to a collection of photos of construction projects going on at Clovis Municipal Schools: http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/operations/construction-gallery/Main.html Question of the day Freezing one [...]

Facts show U.S. border security not at risk

Freedom New Mexico Politics often involves a tug-of-war between perception and fact. One of the most obvious cases involves the insinuation that “illegals” are swarming across our southern border and putting the entire nation at risk. Of course, “illegals” could be harmless immigrants just looking for a way to feed their families, or sophisticated gangsters [...]

Old cemeteries historical treasures

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Yes, the lure of old cemeteries is no secret. In fact, one of eastern New Mexico’s biggest tourist attractions is the cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, resting place of Billy the Kid and another giant of New Mexico history, Lucien Maxwell. There are dozens of old cemeteries in the area, [...]