Officials preparing for high-alert fire season

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CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks a fire truck’s water and fluids, a daily check to prepare for the day and very important during high-risk fire seasons. Christina Calloway Portales and Clovis fire departments are preparing for another high-alert fire season and officials want to make sure residents and farmers are […]

‘Gas outs’ yield short-term results

It’s now Feb. 1, which means we’re two weeks away from Valentine’s Day, and three months from a routine I find even more useless and frustrating. If fuel prices start climbing again — bank on it, with people using more fuel for spring breaks and planning summer trips — get ready to see “Gas Out […]

Hound’s rally falls short; Lady Buffs turn back Zias

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — The road and slow starts continue to plague the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team. The Greyhounds rallied from 20 points down early in the second half — and had a 3-point shot at the buzzer to tie it — before losing 71-68 to West […]

Zias fall short in OT

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico ENMU junior guard Hannah Altheide brings the ball up against Midwestern State freshman Shatoia Gober during the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s basketball game at Greyhound Arena. Dave Wagner One of these days, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team is going to quit knocking on […]

Hounds’ rally falls short

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Joshua Lucero: FNM correspondent Tarleton State’s Clifton Rhodes jumps to catch a pass as ENMU cornerback Keith Davis moves in to tackle him during the first quarter of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference football game at Greyhound Stadium. Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Tarleton State football coach Cary Fowler sounded like his team had just lost. […]

Military mama: Pageantry can also apply to military wives

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I had the opportunity to judge a beauty pageant last week. It was a fun way to spend the day. As the contest progressed I found my cheeks hurting from so much grinning. In a short amount of time it was possible to learn about each girl’s personality, without them ever having to say a […]

Friday morning briefing: Weekend activities and a short strike

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Bookmobile short on staff

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Courtesy photo The New Mexico State Library’s rural bookmobile program has operated for 50 years. The Bookmobile East services eight counties in the area — Curry, Eddy, Chavez, Roosevelt, Guadalupe, Lincoln, Otero and Quay. Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Marjorie Simonton can’t wait for the bookmobile to stop in Grady each month. With staffing shortage […]

Fireworks display still short on money

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File photo Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display is $10,000 short of its $25,000 goal. Liliana Castillo Clovis’ annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display is scheduled to explode over Greene Acres Park on July 4 despite drought and high temperatures. That is, if another $10,000 can be raised. Smoke on the Water […]

Officials eliminate exception to short-tour credit

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz approved rescinding a temporary policy established in 2003 that allowed airmen to receive short-tour credit for overseas TDYs of at least 181 consecutive days. The effective date of the new […]

Limiting freedom in‘app’ropriate

Short-sightedness: There’s no app for that. Instead, I present the U.S. Senate. Four senators, including New Mexico’s Tom Udall, urged smartphone makers last week to stop offering software applications, or “apps,” that let users post DUI/DWI checkpoint locations to online databases. Remove the apps from your online stores, the senators ask, or alter them to […]

Intervention in Libya should be kept short

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama, seeking to control what’s happening in Libya, tried at least to control the message. The president said during his speech at the National Defense University that U.S. intervention, which began March 19, stopped a massacre, denied Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi access to billions in assets, assisted Libyan rebels […]

Forecasting requires short memory

We humans wonder about the future — ours and everyone else’s. The hunger for a glimpse of what might/possibly/probably happen sends people to all kinds of prognosticators. Those eager to attempt answers to questions about the future have been around for a gazillion years. Fortune tellers with crystal balls, palm readers and numerous other “advisers” […]

Zias’ rally comes up short

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern guard Nikki Ingram shoots over Midwestern State forward Nolisha Markham during the second half of Wednesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University Zias had known Wednesday’s Lone Star Conference South Division women’s game against Midwestern State would […]

Laws don’t put end to problems

It seems a certain violent Arizona resident would have done well to have read my column last week. The message that right and wrong are universal rather than subjective is something he apparently needed. Of course, he may not have understood. If he is simply willing to commit evil acts without regard to right or […]

Zias rally comes up short at Commerce

CNJ STAFF COMMERCE, Texas — Junior Precious Herrin led a late Zias rally, but Texas A&M-Commerce held on to beat Eastern New Mexico University 64-63 for its first win of the season Monday. Herrin’s first 3-pointer of the season cut what was a 10-point Commerce lead with a little more than three minutes left in […]

Zias’ rally falls short against Southwestern

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ENMU senior forward Til-Lois Fifer drives to the basket against Southwestern Oklahoma junior Alex Foster during the first half of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game at Greyhound Arena. CNJ staff PORTALES — Shanessa Smith lead her team with 20 points as Southwestern Oklahoma stamped out a late rally by the Zias to win […]

Short-handed Hounds win opener

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Clovis freshman Logan Turnbow drew a key charge late, then followed that with a putback to help Eastern New Mexico University’s men open their 2010-11 basketball season with an 81-76 victory over NAIA member Northern New Mexico on Friday night at Greyhound Arena. Junior guard Versia Hodges shot 12-of-20 from […]

Football: Falcons’ fourth quarter awakening comes up short

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson runs for a first down against the San Diego State Aztecs Oct. 16 at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. Jefferson finished the game 13 of 30 for 175 yards through the air and 15 rushes for 95 yards on the ground. The Falcons lost the […]

‘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 […]