Seeking local discussion on liberty

While liberty is a full-time passion of mine, writing about it is merely a part-time urge. A pretty strong urge that will not be ignored, but one which can be delayed when necessary. Life is usually pretty full of other things, which tend to get in the way of things I plan to write about; […]

Club notes

Encanto Garden Club Vice President Marcella Roy presided at the November meeting of Encanto Garden Club. Refreshments were served by Jane Rybolt as the business meeting began. A lively discussion of feasible holiday projects followed. Encanto will sponsor Two Angels at Cannon Air Force Base in support of our local service men and women’s families. […]

Make holiday shopping local affair

Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Shopping Day. Be that as it may, why not allow every day, especially during Christmas shopping season, to be the day to shop locally, the day to patronize and support local businesses rather than the megastores? It’s no joke, and no accident, that those businesses are often either locally […]

Veterans honored at local events

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard performed the POW/MIA ceremony at the end of the VFW Post 9515 Veterans Day ceremony in Portales, which honored veterans and Cannon Air Force Base personnel. Scott Underbrink of the VFW post said the ceremony is rarely performed. Alisa Boswell

Religion feature: Local Catholics learning new translation

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CNJ Staff Photo: Benna Sayyed Father Carlos Chavez, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, reads from the new translation of the Roman Missal. He received the new translation a few days ago. Staff and wire reports For decades Roman Catholic priests have begun Mass with the words “The Lord be with you.” For decades the […]

Local churches put own spin on Halloween

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Tyler Bridges, a member of the 21st Street Church of Christ, practices his magic tricks Friday afternoon in preparation for the church’s SHINE Fall Festival being held today. Pastor Larry Tittle said the event will include themed rooms, such as the magic room, but the church tries to take the […]

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Freedom New Mexico: Robin Coffey Urvano Ordonez, second from left, talks with customers at the Portales farmers market Thursday. He sells watermelons, chilies, squash and jalapenos. Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased […]

Owners line up for pet blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Cleo, a Chinese pug, receives a blessing with owner Deedra Hines by Father Allen Brockmeier of the St. James Episcopal Church at Saturday’s pet blessing event at Trinity Lutheran Church. Benna Sayyed Merle could hardly sit still for his first blessing at church. At 3 months old, Merle was abandoned […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Local redistricting, storing chilies and the last great Red Sox

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing: Meetings watch Curry County Commissioners are expected to make their final decision Thursday in redistricting. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. The decision could place two incumbents in the same district — pitting them against each other in local elections […]

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. […]