Ride for Life fundraiser to kick off Sunday

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Courtesy photo The Ride for Life will be an overnight event this year. The ride lasted four hours in previous years. Liliana Castillo Relay for Life’s largest contributing team is starting its fundraising season Sunday. The Ride for Life, which contributed $30,000 last year, is holding its kick off at JX Ranch north of Broadview. […]

Letter to the editor: Smiles can change person’s life

I have lived in Clovis for near most of my life. On Sept. 20, I had to make a police report on an incident that happened the Monday before (nothing too serious). I have been sick for quite some years and lately I’ve been in physical pain with some mental anguish and distress. I believe […]

ENMU sophomore enjoys rodeo life

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU sophomore Jessie Kirkes recorded a time of 8.70 seconds in goat-tying during Saturday’s slack at the College Daze Rodeo in Portales. She finished sixth in the long go. Clarence Plank PORTALES — She watches and waits. One by one the cowgirls race to end of the arena, dismount, flank […]

Police investigate stabbings

CNJ staff report Police are investigating a Saturday altercation in Clovis that left two men with stab wounds and a third man beaten. Around 4 p.m. Saturday police were called to the Clovis Apartments on North Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard for a multiple stabbing report. Police found two men with stab wounds and a […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

God led young man to love, life’s work

I heard the story of a young man whose life has changed — all because he wanted to date a girl. Here is the story: Julian was going to a university and working full time to obtain his college degree. In his words, his goal was “to get his MBA, manage his own business, make […]

Another inbox deleted from life

Kevin Wilson I’ve had seven e-mail addresses in my life. I mourned the death of No. 3 on Tuesday. Go.com announced it was phasing out its service, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise. I doubt I was the only one who had long since gone elsewhere for my main e-mail, and used theirs only […]

‘Quality of life’ benefit falls short

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Disabled veterans were thrilled in 2007 when the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission asked Congress to enact an immediate “quality of life” increase to disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The special increase, said VDBC commissioners, should be across the board, benefiting all veterans with service-connected health conditions, and […]

In search of ponies: Some choices worth risk

Sharna Johnson My life wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have my Sancha. She was the first I saw when I began my search, and no matter what, I always went back to her. As a matter of fact, the night after I met her, I couldn’t sleep. I paced and fretted, telling myself […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Jokes, dorm life and activity groups

A good Wednesday morning, from wherever you’re browsing, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

Our people: Life coach

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Coach Mark Ribaudo said he wants to give Portales a fun, exciting and good team to watch. Liliana Castillo Eastern New Mexico University’s head football coach Mark Ribaudo spent eight years working as assistant before becoming head coach five years ago. Heading into his sixth year, […]

School supplies still relevant in adult life

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist It’s official … school supplies are out at all the stores. Newspapers are full of ads on school supplies and cardboard stands in stores have all the school supply lists from the surrounding towns. With the passing of July 4th, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside and anyone […]

Father says shooting victim loved life

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Courtesy photo Angel Vale, 22, was found shot to death outside her Portales residence Thursday evening. Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old […]

Manners sign of respect

Clyde Davis Pulling into the crowded drive-through of a fast food chain restaurant on a Saturday morning, I paid for the iced mocha and began to fold the change back into my wallet. The young woman taking the money at the window looked at me in a way which gives life to the clich

Friday morning briefing: Life in Portales and yes, they want your blood

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know The quality of life in Portales is rated 15th in the nation and 9th in the West by Bizjournal.com. Here’s a link: www.portalesnm.org Blood drive United Blood Services is staging a blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at […]

In tribute: Defense attorney remembered as peacemaker

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File photo Fred Tharp, shown in this 2007 photo, practiced law for 41 years and was the state’s first public defender. Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about […]

Buzzwords cloud accountability

Clyde Davis So there it was, in a story in a local newspaper, coincidentally on the same day that we had mentioned it, or discussed it, or related it back to real life. The catchphrase — like any catchphrase — that makes one stop and ask how authentic it really is In this case, it […]

Our people: Enjoying the cowboy life

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LILIANA CASTILLO: Freedom New Mmexico Wesley Grau was born and raised in Grady on the Grau Ranch about a mile south of Grady that has been there since 1907. Wesley Grau of Grady was named the 2009 Cattleman of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. Grau said the members of NMCGA vote […]

Glad I don’t live in ‘24’ America

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Nine years of my life gone, but no regrets. Last week I watched the finale of Fox’s serial drama “24” about agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). I loved all eight seasons and the made-for-TV movie that bridged the gap created by a writer’s strike. I’m sure I will enjoy the […]

Muleshoe man killed in morning rollover

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A man was killed around 9 a.m. Thursday when the heavy equipment truck he was traveling in on Center Road, east of U.S. 70, overturned. Two other passengers were transported to the hospital. CNJ staff A morning crash in south Curry County claimed the life of a 40-year-old Muleshoe man […]