Monday morning briefing: Lots of nuts, business ideas and the price of sin

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Happy Columbus Day. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie says this one’s worth a shot: Game: Dark Souls Genre: Action RPG System: 360, PS3 What is it? In a world filled with despair, creativity and persistence will help you overcome unpredictable […]

Time to take control from technology

Social media, like its cousin, the cell phone, is a great thing so long as its stays in its place. Like many, I get irritated when it gets intrusive; unlike some, I try to always remember that I am the one in control. Facebook can remind me unnumbered times that I have “notifications pending.” That […]

ENMU officials, students, break ground on new dorm

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Student Body President Alan Kinlund speaks at the groundbreaking for the university’s new dormitory, Guadalupe Hall, on Friday afternoon. Kinlund spoke about how alumni have cherished their memories from past dorms and new students will cherish the ones they build in the new hall. Alisa Boswell […]

Clovis man dies in crash

Freedom New Mexico Two people died in separate crashes Friday. In Portales, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Albert Gillean, 48, of Clovis died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into the rear of a vehicle about 6 p.m. at Lime and Austin streets. Berry said Gillean was pronounced dead at Roosevelt General Hospital. The […]

Education column: Education foundation helps support teachers, staff

A few years ago a handful of educators and community members had a vision to create an education foundation for additional support for teachers and staff members with innovative and creative ideas for their classrooms. Established separate from the school district, the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was set up so that teachers and staff […]

My turn: One more for the road

It was the best of limes; it was the worst of limes. That’s bad, but how does one begin a farewell food column? As many of you may know, I’ve left Portales to take a reporter position at the Rio Rancho Observer. Thanks to those who contributed recipes, made comments or simply read the column, […]

Some Cannon construction projects nearing end

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and should be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and measures 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircraft. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under […]

Don’t be one of Job’s friends!

The Book of Job is the textbook on suffering. Open that Bible book and you’ll see an extraordinarily good man undergoing extraordinarily terrible affliction. He loses his family (except his wife, and keeping her might easily be counted among his afflictions), his wealth, and his health. He’s reduced to sitting on a pile of ashes, […]

Births —

Calderon Derek Roberto Calderon was born Aug. 30, 2011, to Fernando Jr. and Roberta Calderon of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces. He has one brother, Reyes Calderon, 3, and one sister, Julissa Garcia, 13. Grandparents: Fernando and Yolanda Calderon of Portales and Maria E. Garcia and […]

We need to take a stand on important issues

The interlude page in the algebra book was the subject of the humor. Well, actually I am the only one who got the humor. Interlude pages, as I call them, are those pages between chapters, that give you subjects like Math Applied To Life. This one featured positive and negative numbers, so the picture accompanying […]

Documents detail homicide scene

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Courtesy photo Enrique Deleon Benna Sayyed Clovis police responding to a double homicide Tuesday night said they found the brother of one of the victims kneeling over the accused killer “beating him in the head with his fists,” according to court documents released Thursday. The documents, affidavits filed requesting arrest warrants, detail the scene at […]

Press release: Listeria outbreak tracked to at least one Colorado grower

Jensen Farms, of Holly, Colo., is voluntarily recalling their shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. The company is working with the State of Colorado and the Federal Food & Drug Administration to inform consumers of this recall. L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate […]

Business digest —

Clovis MainStreet receives accreditation Clovis MainStreet was one of 11 MainStreet projects in the state to receive national accreditation for commercial district revitalization, according to a release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. It is the third straight year the Clovis office has received the accreditation. MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien said that with […]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Courtesy photo: Chase Gentry Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza, left, and Clovis Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos were among a group of area residents who visited Ground Zero two months after the attacks. Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created […]

Christ’s sacrifice should always be remembered

I heard this true story first hand about three years ago. The following true incident happened in the summer of 2008. An American family was recently vacationing in Prague. Early one morning, the father went to an outdoor cafe before the other family members awoke. He began visiting with an elderly Czech man who said, […]

Don’t mistake redistribution for prosperity

Freedom New Mexico One reason we cannot get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible adults see government programs as sources of wealth. The rabbit did […]

Press release: Tucumcari woman sentenced to five years in bank robbery

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Juana Griego, 20, was sentenced to serve five years in prison for one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Tampering with Evidence. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery call at American Heritage Bank […]

Our people: Walks without fear

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Liliana Castillo: FNM correspondent Gail Keener has lived in Pep on and off for most of her life. Pep resident Gail Keener was one of a group of Victory Life Church members who came together to create the Portales Dream Center. The church’s pastor at the time gathered a group to create the center which […]

Portales, Tucumcari set record for August average high temperature

Staff and wire reports August will go down in the record books as one of New Mexico’s hottest in more than a century of record keeping, according to the National Weather Service. Portales, Tucumcari, Albuquerque and Roswell are among the cities setting records for the average daytime high. Portales’ average high in August was 98.8 […]

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]