Friday morning briefing: Jokes, cold beer and a cowboy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Video of the day Did you here the one about…hey, we’re just “Joking Around.” Question of the day The obvious one for a hot day — who has the coldest beer in your town? Join the chatter in the comment section below. You’re opinion […]

Seven-foot bull snake found on Seventh Street

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Watched by fellow officer Dennis Weist, Animal Control Officer Robin Wiggins, at 5-feet-two-inches tall, has difficulty fully stretching a Bull snake that was killed Thursday morning on Seventh Street. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A near 7-foot long dead Bull snake caught Clovis Animal Control Officer Dennis Weist by […]

Our People: Still going strong

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Courtesy photo Realtors Al Winklejohn, left, and Jim Fisher, right, made T-shirts to celebrate Shaw’s celebrated peanut brittle. They presented her with this T-shirt in Albuquerque in 1992. Bio: • Name: Tillie Shaw• Birthday:

Thursday morning briefing: Gang talk, sexting and a strong arm

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. For parents Parents get the skinny on gangs, bullying, sexting, etc from local cops. It’s called the “Modern Day Parenting Presentation” 6 p.m. today at Marshall Middle School. Strong armed Eastern New Mexico University junior pitcher Anthony Smith of 29 Palms, Calif., is Lone Star […]

Strong second half start pushes WT past Zias

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Freedom correspondent: Karl Terry Eastern New Mexico University junior Til-Lois Fifer goes up strong against a West Texas A&M defender in the first half of Wednesday’s game at Greyhound Arena. The Lady Buffs won 75-57. By Karl Terry: Freedom correspondent

Ex-Portales resident going strong at 107

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Wichita Falls Times Record News: Claire Kowalick Effie Caffee lived on her own until she recently broke her hip sweeping, but plans on moving back to her house in Burkburnett as soon as possible. By Ann Work: Wichita Falls Times Record News WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Optimistic, check. Nonsmoker, check. Socially active, check. Effie Caffee, […]

Some traditions fade, others still going strong at Roosevelt County Fair

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Portales’ Carol Calderon, 38, and her 9-year-old son Gerardo pause while setting up a booth at the Home Arts Building for the annual Roosevelt County Fair. Calderon is the county extension office’s manager for the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition program. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Whatever new-fangled innovations […]

Education feature: Ready to step into leadership

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ryan Strong of Clovis,14, is hoping his second youth leadership conference in Boston will be as life-changing as the first in Washington, D.C. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ryan Strong divides his life into three sections. Before his first Congressional Youth Leadership Council conference, during, and after. Strong, who […]

Editorial: Strong opinions are lifeblood of free society

Whatever one may think of his occupation, the slaying of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller — in church no less — was a heinous and disgusting act. The person who did it and anyone who condoned the act, even indirectly or with a “got what was coming to him” wink and nod, has forfeited the […]

April 26 Letters to the Editor

Freedom New Mexico Defending U.S. journalist hypocrisy Your April 17 editorial regarding the unjust detention of reporter Roxana Saberi in Iran certainly stirred strong feelings. “Snatching U.S. citizens from the streets and filing bogus charges against them” is infuriating.Then I realized that my country has been engaged in similar behavior for the past eight years […]

Mexican drug cartel strong, growing force

Freedom New Mexico This week marks the anniversary of one of the saddest events in the history of our nation’s war on drugs. Twenty years ago, University of Texas pre-med student Mark Kilroy disappeared during a spring break jaunt into Matamoros; his remains and those of others were found a month later in a horrific […]

Fire season sparks warning

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland […]

Government key to strong economy

Here is a sad, undisputed fact: About 350,000 rather wealthy people at “the top” own as much as the entire bottom half of the remaining 300-plus million people in America, the land of the free. In a nutshell, what has happened is we have pursued a living within a system that blatantly milks the productivity […]

Hounds sweep Cameron with walk-off wins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern’s Seth Clabaugh covers first as Cameron’s Bucky Buxton leaps to safety during the fifth inning of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Field. CNJ staff Coming in on a seven-game losing streak, things suddenly turned around Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. The Greyhounds got strong pitching and […]

Winter weather possibly on way

Freedom New Mexico A winter weather advisory will be issued between 11 p.m. tonight until 5 p.m. Tuesday for snowfall along and behind a strong cold front pushes through eastern New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. Confidence is moderate that amounts in the plains will range from 2 inches to 4 […]

Strong women can be found in Bible

This past week I was reading about some women heroes — women who had done undeliverable things against all odds. Their stories ranged form climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to starting a foundation for special needs children to feeding the homeless in a huge tent fashioned from many old tents. The will and determination of these women […]

Heavy rains keep road crews busy

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Chad Crosswhite of Clovis takes time to fish Monday at Greene Acres lake. Crosswhite said the water is usually 10 to 15 feet away from the bench By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City and county road crews worked around the clock over the weekend clearing drains and culverts and […]

Maintaining strong bottom line: Positive survival strategies

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Ed.D.: Guest columnist Last month’s article provided ideas business owners can implement during the difficult economic climate. As a continuance, I spoke with one of Clovis’ longtime business owners, Tom Martin of TS&S Eateries, known as “Taco Box,” on how the current economy has impacted his business. Martin stated one impact is […]

Strong quake shakes Southern California

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. No immediate damage was reported. The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas. Preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake at magnitude […]

Quinones hoping Zias will have strong finish

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The 2008 softball season hasn’t been what Eastern New Mexico University’s Rebecca Quinones and her teammates had envisioned. Quinones, a 5-foot-2 sophomore second baseman from Gilbert, Ariz., has personally done all right. She’s posted a .361 batting average and leads the Zias in doubles (17) and RBIs […]