Sweet Home New Mexico: Alone time important

Something happened last week that hasn’t happened to me in over six years since I had my first child; I spent three days entirely alone. There was a conference in Albuquerque I attended, so my mom flew in from Alabama and watched my kids in Clovis while I traveled to Albuquerque. Having not spent any […]

Local, national elections gearing up

Kevin Wilson The first Tuesday in November is Election Day. The first Tuesday in March is one of the most important dates leading up to it. “Super Tuesday,” as it’s widely known, is one of the biggest days in the primary process, with 10 states holding primaries or caucuses. States holding primaries include Georgia, Massachusetts, […]

Learning to grow important

“If I were a roadmap, I’d have side routes and detours marked all over my surface. If I were a drama, I’d be in the middle of a rewrite. If I were a novel, I’d be under revision. If I were a house, I’d be under renovation. If I were a piece of jewelry, I’d […]

Thursday morning briefing: Closings, important meetings and Pat Boone tops the charts

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Holiday closings A reminder that most government offices and financial institutions are closed Monday for the New Year holiday. For a complete list, check this website. Meetings watch Two important meetings Tuesday: Roosevelt County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

Entries encouraged for Cannon conservation contest

By Caroline Ward: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Interested in winning a bicycle? October is National Energy Awareness Month, and the Cannon Energy Program is hosting a contest open to active duty, dependents, civilians, retirees and contractors to contribute to this important endeavor. Personal accountability is very important in creating the change in culture […]

Important to visit family

I got lost finding my uncle and aunt’s house. Yes, it was that simple. I was going to visit my Uncle Mel and Aunt Joann, on my recent trip back to western Pennsylvania and I got lost. They live on a state route which connects Butler County and Beaver County, and I became confused because […]

Understanding Bible more important than knowing facts

Curtis Shelburne “Wow! That person really knows the Bible!” I hear that comment made fairly often, and I always wonder what the speaker means. Usually they mean that someone is quite familiar with the words of the Bible, its many facts and wonderful stories, etc. On one level, that’s great, since most studies these days […]

Politicians feel pressure to act

Politically minded people are starting to anticipate election season. This means many of them will be asking the wrong questions of the candidates; who will be all-too willing to answer them. We are already hearing politicians detailing what they would do about things that no government, nor any politician, has any authority to be involved […]

Everybody’s Business: Planning important in restaurant field

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Why would anyone want to open a restaurant? Ask any person who owns, has owned, or has worked in a restaurant; most will tell you it’s not a good idea to start another one. Then why is one of the most popular new business ideas seen by Small Business Development Centers nationwide […]

Area pastors draw similar message from Easter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Trinity Lutheran Church Reverend Bonita Knox prays while touching the cross on Good Friday at the church. Alisa Boswell Easter means an almost universal message from spiritual leaders of many different congregations. Church leaders in Clovis and Portales say the resurrection of Christ is the most important factor in the […]

Military mama: Counting my blessings

Again, my column will center around gratitude. I am so thankful for the friends and family that I have been blessed with. I am grateful to have a roof overhead and shoes on my feet. Within my extended social circle I have come across a great many families experiencing tremendous difficulties lately, each time I […]

Letters to the editor: Social issues have important place

Social issues have important place So, Freedom Newspapers think the issue of Shariah

Guest columnist: Bill’s passage would ensure water supply

On Friday, the New Mexico State Legislature passed an important bill, SB 209, which is now on its way to the governor’s desk. SB 209 is a significant step forward in assuring continued municipal water supply for Clovis. Once signed by the governor and after the promulgation of related regulation by the New Mexico Public […]

Greyhounds sign 24 recruits

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Josh Houghtaling, light jersey, threw for 3,463 yards and 41 touchdowns while leading Artesia to the Class 4A title. He was one of six quarterbacks to sign with ENMU on Wednesday. CNJ staff Instate players make up a small but important part of Eastern New Mexico University’s 2011 football recruiting […]

President failed to address real problems in U.S.

Freedom New Mexico One feels obliged to wonder why a speech that was advertised as one of the most important of President Obama’s term, the speech where he would define the shape of his next two years in office in order to win another four, came off so flat and uninspiring. We suspect it was […]

Education column: Principal says positive school culture important to success

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Things are hopping at Marshall Middle School. Recent conversations with high-energy Principal Jay Brady and his staff revealed some proactively positive trends taking place at this school. Building a positive school culture is important to student success, according to Brady, as he discussed the importance of setting high standards both for academics as […]

Religious knowledge important

Karl Terry We’re blessed in this country with religious freedom, but I worry a little about our ability to retain that freedom. Because my memory, like my hair, is starting to leave me, I’ve taken to carrying a little pocket notebook. Among the things I write in that notebook are column ideas when I happen […]

Comfortable cows important to dairy owners

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Freedom new Mexico: Tony Bullocks Dairy cows on Greenfield Park Dairy are provided with special mats in the milking parlor, providing extra comfort to for the standing cows during milking. Argen Duncan Cows have regular pedicures. Really. Dairy owners use pedicures — hoof trimming — along with a variety of other methods to keep their […]

Soul should become instrument for God

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I have been doing some reading this week in an unusual book. We have some of the Foxfire book series on our bookshelves in the den. The books in this group are an accumulation of the people’s ideas, ways of doing things, tips for cooking and canning and just general knowledge […]

Military mama: Family most important duty for Air Force wife

I’ve been “married to the Air Force” for six years now, and a mommy for 4 1/2 years. Yet, I still would consider myself as a mediocre military mom at best. I’m not a cook, unless it comes from a box with a recipe. I tend to be at a loss in the kitchen. I […]