Friday morning briefing: Healthy money, calling all cowgirls and a poem

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Healthy money New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman says La Casa de Buena Salud in Portales has been awarded a $342,095 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help deliver health care services to the community. Cowgirls call The Cowgirls Rodeo […]

Cargill looks to increase involvement in community

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cargill Meat Solutions representatives gave city and county officials a tour of the 4,500-cattle-a-day meat processing plant located in Friona on Thursday. Human Resources Manager Margaret Renteria said the company would like more involvement in eastern New Mexico communities since almost a quarter of the plant’s 2,000 employees live […]

We have a winner

Texas Tech’s meat animal evaluation team won its second consecutive national championship last week.

Beef tied to federal recall consumed in area schools

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At least five cases of beef tied to a federal recall were already consumed in local schools before the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning, according to state officials. However, the USDA has said the meat poses little to no risk to student’s health. The USDA on Sunday […]

Not all warriors fueled by meat

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Whenever people find out that my husband is a vegetarian they are surprised, and often ask me how it’s possible that he is both in the military and a vegetarian. These two notions, in apparent contradiction, baffle many of our friends and acquaintances. Friends and even family members wonder if […]

Sept. 9, 1969

Jackie Linton, a 174-pound junior, was named Clovis High’s winner of the first “Bad Cat” award, which was presented weekly to an outstanding football player. … Woody’s Taco Bell meat burritos were 40 cents each. … An adult education class in speed reading was scheduled to begin at Clovis High School with Mrs. Chaney Merritt […]

Lenten sacrifices lend greater appreciation

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The 40-day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday has begun. It’s during this time of year that I think of Grandma Emma, her Friday meals without meat and the stories she’d share with us. If you’re Catholic, you know meat is out on Fridays during Lent. But with Grandma Emma’s special […]

Thanksgiving foods vary by tastebud

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist It’s the day after Thanksgiving. It’s one of the biggest shopping days of the year. I’m not thinking of shopping. I’m still thinking about food. I think about food a lot. I frequently tell folks, “I was born hungry and sleepy.” I got to thinking about Thanksgiving foods. There’s the […]

Coach splits time between family, chili

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Sesario Ramos holds a spoonful of asado Wednesday at his home in Clovis. Ramos has competed in chili cook-offs for more than 30 years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Torn between two loves — chili and family — seasoned chili chef Sesario Ramos chose family. Instead of attending the International […]

Spam: Celebrating appeal of canned meat

By Grand McGee: Local Columnist I was leafing through a magazine the other day and ran across a picture of an old friend: Spam. Surely you know of Spam, it’s the rectangular canned meat product made by the Hormel folks. The article was in “The History Channel Magazine.” Spam was given credit (in a roundabout […]