Thursday morning briefing: Hats off, breakfast and monsters in town

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Hats off Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will stream live audio of its spring commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Greyhound Arena on Eastern’s home page: www.enmu.edu Also, KENW-TV will broadcast the graduation live on digital channel 3-3 (standard definition). That signal […]

McGee: Cowboy hats take getting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]

Fall colors

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Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Luis Saenz of Joe’s Boot Shop cleans a straw hat. Saenz said a lot of customers bring their hats in for cleaning before they store them until the next season. Sharna Johnson In other parts of the country, the first sign of changing seasons is often the changing color of […]

Braving Black Friday

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Linda Jacquez, right, and her daughters, from left, Jennifer McKinney and Carri Valverde, do a second round of shopping Friday at Walmart. Black Friday shopping is a family tradition that they have been doing for the last ten years. Jacquez said, “Shopping on Black Friday is fun and not stressful […]

Briseno to call it a career

David Briseno has worn many hats in the 26 years he’s worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools system, some at the same time. And he’s good at it, according to Matthew Trujillo, principal of Highland Elementary School. “He’s good with kids and a great motivator,” Trujillo said. Briseno, executive director of community relations for the […]

Journey of faith

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Juanita Del Toro of Muleshoe has participated in the walk off and on since she was a teenager. “What I was thinking about while I was doing it was how hard it really is,” Del Toro said of her stint carrying a cross on her shoulder. “It feels good.” By […]

It’s their business: Moreno Custom Hats

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By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Moreno Custom Hats Location: 2411 S. Prince St., U.S. Highway 70 mile marker 439 What they do: Custom-build felt hats in 10, 20, 30 and 100X quality, renovate felt hats, and sell Stetson and Resistol hats. Who’s in charge: Ida Jo Moreno is the owner. How long in […]

It’s their business: The Hat Barn

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By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Business: The Hat Barn What they do: They sell men’s hats, make custom caps, and crease and reshape all types of hats. Who’s in charge: Rod Dickinson is the owner. How long in business: They opened in 1991. How many employees: One Contact information: The store is at 1600 […]

Get your head around hat history

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist The other day I was throttled back to the New Mexico plains when I glimpsed a tan man in a cowboy hat. Granted, this guy’s hat was straw and had a surfer dude sticker on it, and he was peering out of an SUV with a pile of wetsuits in […]

Hat parade tops off state event

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Ella Turner of Hobbs models her hat for the judges at the New Mexico Association of Colored Women’s Clubs annual convention and hat parade Saturday at St. John’s Baptist Church. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As she did for those before and after Ruth Ballou hit the runway, emcee […]

For some, hats more than weather protection

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Rod Dickinson, left, helps Ray Montague look for a hat Friday at the Hat Barn in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson For some it’s a fashion statement, or maybe a statement of team allegiance. For others it’s just a way to protect against sunlight. For nearly everybody in the United States, there’s […]