Friday morning briefing: Going green, flapjacks and Baretta walks

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Going green There’s a St. Patrick’s Day auction and craft bazaar from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wheatfields Senior Living Community, 4701 N. Prince St. It’s open to the public and proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Information: 762-8700. Breakfast treat Are you thinking flapjacks? There’s […]

McGee: Signs make memorable statements

Have you ever wondered what was going on with some signs you see as you travel along? For instance there was a sign in a window of a shop in Roswell a few years ago that read: “WHO DO YOU HAVE TO HUG AND KISS IN THIS TOWN TO GET SOME BUSINESS?” I actually changed […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Let’s keep Halloween safe for children

The fall season, where I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, brought a lot of superb things from the viewpoint of a child. There was the changing colors of the leaves, which I think I was aware of from a very early age; teachers would often build class projects around this. There was the likelihood of […]

Residents share peanut recipes

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Antonio Becerra seals a bag of peanuts Thursday afternoon at Sunland Peanuts northeast of Portales. Peanuts are the local theme for this weekend with the 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival starting today at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Alisa Boswell Local residents will be going nuts for the 38th […]

Going the extra mile(s)

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Zane Dalton: Courtesy photo Ryan Jackson, left, was one of the Kappa Sigma fraternity members who ran in the Run for the Heroes event in 2010 to raise money for the families of injured military personnel. He and his fraternity brothers will run again this weekend after raising twice as much money as last year. […]

Our nation must continue to persevere

Freedom New Mexico In the hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the story of four of the passengers of hijacked Flight 93, which crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside, captured the interest of Americans and their supporters around the world. Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick and Tom Burnett, after […]

Our people: I’m going to let it shine

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Randy Gomez is a Clovis native and spent six years in the Air Force. Clovis native Randy Gomez started the Beacon of Light Church after separating from the Lighthouse Mission in April of 2007. Gomez and his wife established a new name and location and adopted the Recovery Program. Gomez said […]

School board members table decision on new middle school name

Kevin Wilson Citing a desire for more public input on the matter, Clovis school board members tabled consideration of a new name, mascot and color scheme for its incoming middle school. Superintendent Terry Myers said the school, scheduled to open in the 2013-14 school year, is two months away from shovels going into the dirt. […]

Let’s get started

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Music teacher Sara Hennessy talks about hitting notes at the right volume on the xylophone during a Monday afternoon music class at The Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Kevin Wilson For approximately 9,000 students across 19 Clovis schools, Monday was the first day of pencils, pens, teachers and books. It […]

Commission makes changes in hotel ‘Plan B’

Kevin Wilson Going with what Mayor Gayla Brumfield called a “Plan B,” the Clovis City Commission passed three items in a special meeting Tuesday regarding the city-owned Hotel Clovis. Tierra Realty Trust of Taos, which plans to convert the building — which many residents regard as a historic gem and/or albatross — into a series […]

Christian fellowship strengthens our spirits

On an airline flight recently, I was seated by a young Army soldier going home from Afghanistan. We began talking, and the soldier told me of a recent event in a remote village in Afghanistan. There is a small and impoverished village in Afghanistan that has no means of getting clean water. Every morning, the […]

TSA security pat downs going too far

Freedom New Mexico Americans have been upset at the extreme security measures imposed at airports by the Transportation Security Administration. YouTube videos show passenger pat-downs — with touching that appears far too intrusive — have been done on children and a former Miss USA. The latest controversy involves 95-year-old Lena Reppert, suffering from leukemia. June […]

Unpatriotic to renew Patriot Act

Freedom New Mexico W hen are Americans going to insist that their government start following the Constitution? Last Friday, Congress passed an extension of the misnamed USA Patriot Act, which severely breaches Americans’ Fourth Amendment “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” President […]

Monday morning briefing: Kiwanis history, going to the dogs and the man who changed it all

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fast fact Clovis Kiwanis Club was organized Jan. 2, 1921. Its first president was Charles Scheurich, who’s political clout helped create Curry County. Other charter members included Carl Hatch, who became a U.S. Senator, and A.W. Hockenhull, who became New Mexico governor. Cooking tip […]

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 […]

Super Bowl party better when planned

How to appropriately plan for a Superbowl celebration: 1. Don’t go if you are going to be a spoilsport. By spoilsport, I mean anyone who cannot enter into the spirit of the event because he or she is too frustrated over, for example, what the Bengals did. It may be easy for me to say […]

Corrections cause more confusion

A friend of mine was going shopping with a friend. She was concerned she’d get to talking with a friend and would forget to pick up a specific item she needed the next day unless I texted her during the trip. I waited about 30 minutes, texted, “Dozen eggs.” She texted back, “Love you.” I […]

Weather information good to have

Clyde Davis Thank the powers that control cable TV for the weather channel. No, I am serious. Because of those powers, whoever they may be, we know how to plan our post Thanksgiving weekend. As I type this, it is a chilly 33 degrees outside and I have been dreading the concept of hanging the […]