Friday morning briefing: Memorial day, arguing with women and a mountain man

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Graduation day Don’t forget…the Portales High School commencement is 7 p.m. today at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Memorial Day A couple of big Memorial Day observances to mark on your calendar coming up: Clovis — 10 a.m. Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial […]

ENMU mulling Rocky Mountain invite

Rick White PORTALES — As the only non-Texas or non-Oklahoma school, Eastern New Mexico University spends long hours traveling around the Lone Star Conference. Not much would change if ENMU accepted an invitation to join the Colorado-heavy Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for the 2012 season. “We’ve been a member of the Lone Star Conference for […]

Press release: ENMU invited to join Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

PORTALES, N.M.— Eastern New Mexico University has received an official invitation from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Committee to join their conference effective the fall term of 2012. The Institution has been a member of the Lone Star Conference for the past 25 years. Eastern New Mexico’s President Steve Gamble has appointed the University’s Athletic Committee […]

Dog lends ears to reading program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chris Beach, left, and Kona, middle, listen as Jake Jackson reads a Spiderman book Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Beach and Kona listen and help children read for two hours every Wednesday. Liliana Castillo Kona, a large Burnese mountain dog, sits patiently listening as the children he towers over […]

Mountain Lions edge Hounds in OT

CNJ staff DURANGO, Colo. — Brent Jones led five Colorado-Colorado Springs players in double figures with 16 points and the Mountain Lions pulled away in overtime Saturday for an 80-76 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the George B. Boedecker Classic, hosted by Fort Lewis College. Colorado Springs, which had a 15-point lead with […]

McGee: ‘Blowing up’ happens to everyone

Grant McGee Have you ever had enough on the job? Blown up at a customer? Lately folks have been talking about this since that airline attendant cussed out passengers, then slid down an emergency chute into his 15 minutes of fame, two brewskis in hand. I blew up at a customer once upon a time, […]

Getaways should be unforgettable

By Wendel Sloan: Guest columnist Some prefer mountain vacations, but having spent much of the ’70s in high places at Jimmy Buffett concerts, I now try to stay more sea-level-headed. A frequent getaway is the Texas coast (where I’ll be Saturday). I love getting up at the crack of 10 a.m. and strolling the beaches […]

a view from under the pew: the quivering red mountain

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the quivering red mountain boss when pastor leroybeetle preached […]

U.S. too caught up in entitlement

By Glenda Price The time: Early June, 1870 The place: Raton Pass, the segment of the Santa Fe Trail that goes over the mountain from Colorado into New Mexico. The Scene: A group of covered wagons stopped at the bottom of the mountain on the Colorado side. The men are unhitching the teams of horses, […]

Ticket feature: Pumpkin farm offers maze of hay, mountain of pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Davis’ Pumpkin Patch includes a hay bale maze, sea of pumpkins and a pumpkin mountain. The display is made up of 6,000 pumpkins. Freedom New Mexico Just north of Clovis, a hay bale maze leads past a pumpkin mountain on the way to a sea of pumpkins. Those are […]

Experience necessary hiking tool

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The clearest memory, the one which stands out above all others, and there are many beautiful ones, was the beginning. 5:15 a.m. Cold to many. Not to me. And we started up the mountain. In all there would be 450 of us. But some of us, who deemed ourselves slower, […]

March 4, 2009 Lone Star Conference Basketball Standings

Freedom New Mexico Standings (Regular season final) All times Mountain Men South Division Div. All W-L W-L Midwestern State 10-2 21-6 Angelo State 8-4 20-7 Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-4 18-9 Tarleton State 6-6 18-9 West Texas A&M 6-6 16-11 Abilene Christian 4-8 10-16 Eastern New Mexico 0-12 4-23 North Division Div. All W-L W-L Central Oklahoma […]

Local fall festival events

All times Mountain Today Trunk or Treat — 7:30 p.m., 21st Street Church of Christ Free reflective trick or treat bag giveaway — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Western Bank Thursday Children’s Harvest Festival — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., New Life Assembly of God Free reflective trick or treat bag giveaway — 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Western Bank Friday […]

Farm bill workshop set for Tuesday

CNJ Staff The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is holding a 7 p.m. workshop today at K-Bob’s Steakhouse regarding the Farm Bill, according to a press release from the Union. National Farmers Union President Tom Bius will give an overview of the bill and experts from commodity groups, government, rural development and insurance will talked about […]

Officials warn of possible mountain lions in area

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Large predators, such as mountain lions, are moving from the mountains into the grassland and plains areas, according to New Mexico Game and Fish Department officials. A horse mauling this month offers evidence that the cats may be prowling eastern New Mexico. While there has been no reported sightings […]

Ex-Portales resident charged in 1976 Colorado homicide

Karl Terry A former Portales man was arrested in Colorado on Friday after a cold-case homicide lead was developed through a DNA database. Officers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Clear Creek County, Colo., deputies arrested Ricky Lee Harnish, 52, in connection with the 1976 death of 16-year-old Holly Marie Andrews, a majorette at […]

Connecting with nature pretty cool

By Helena Rodriguez: Freelance columnist I had an altitude adjustment last weekend. Altitude Adjustment was the name of the ski retreat that my daughter Laura and I went with her church youth group on last weekend. It was high up in the snow-covered rocky mountains of Denver. Many people think of going off to the […]

Ski season launches

Ernie Blake Ski School instructor Jeff Mugleston leads a class of skiers at Taos Ski Valley. (Courtesy Photo: Jeff Caven) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With five ski resorts operating in New Mexico and more scheduled to open in the coming days, this ski season is shaping up to be much improved over last year’s, […]

ENMU men’s soccer team falls to Mountain Lions

CNJ staff COLORADO SPRINGS — Bryan Stoeber’s second goal of the match, coming early in the second half, gave Colorado-Colorado Springs the lead for good in a 2-1 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in men’s soccer on Friday night. Stroeber scored from close range for the Mountain Lions (5-7-1) with just 1:45 gone in […]

Auto-making best left to Detroit

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist We were barely out of bib overalls when my boyhood friend Smooth Heine joined me in celebrating our independence by assembling a motorized vehicle on a budget of $13.67, the total value of our lifetime savings and investment portfolio. Actually, we were in the early stages of a primal urge […]