Believe hype surrounding Wooden

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Some of the worst stories I’ve ever read were about John Wooden. Thanks to Wade Fraze, one of the best is too. Regarded as college basketball’s greatest coach, Wooden died two Fridays ago at 99. He won 620 games and 10 national titles, including seven in a row. For comparison, […]

Good shows should tell stories

By Clyde Davis: FNM columnist Ever seen “Whale Wars”? No? Normally, as regular readers of this column know, I have very low tolerance for reality TV, but there have been a few recent and notable exceptions, of which “Whale Wars” is one. That and a few of the others are the subject of this column. […]

Oklahoma Lane holds many stories

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist If you don’t know where Oklahoma Lane is, then you’re a newcomer! Yes, that’s right, if you don’t know where Oklahoma Lane is, then you’re a newcomer. Located about six miles east of Farwell, this farming community has generated some “hard to believe, but true” tales. Here are a few […]

Veterans’ stories need to be told

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens. My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born. A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and that’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him. A real hero among us […]

Hank Baskett online: Links to stories about Clovis native eyeing Super Bowl

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CNJ file photo Hank Baskett III Hank Baskett will be the first Clovis native to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday if he steps on the playing field as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Baskett’s played in 11 games for the Colts this season after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles in September. […]

Friday morning briefing: Weather and phony baseball stories

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Weather Right off the top today because of the storm: Winter Storm Warning in effect until 11 a.m. Today — Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Slight chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower to mid 30s. Northwest […]

Know what’s scary? Senselessness

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Here are some stories that are either funny because they’re scary, or they would be funny if they weren’t scary. I’m not really sure. • I saw the greatest, and worst, headline in the history of the New York Knicks about two weeks ago after a loss to the Oklahoma […]

Another alternative: Don’t spend

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Have you noticed all the newspaper supplements and magazines suddenly printing stories about “saving money,” and coining new words like “staycation” for not traveling someplace for a vacation? I notice they’re using words like “savings” and “spend less.” I wonder what happened to “spend nothing.” After all, if you don’t […]

Treasures meant to be shared

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist On this July 4th weekend, I am reminded of the stories and life experiences surrounding those who fought in World War I and World War II in our world. The flowing is a true story. It is not a story of valor during the war but it is a commentary […]

Not all helping hands appreciated

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist There are stories about bachelor cowboys — they don’t clean their camp, they don’t cook at all, they’re cranky. Not true. I’ve known several bachelor cowboys, and those “truisms” are myths. In fact those guys, living alone, don’t have to worry about another person messing things up, and that’s the […]