Officials stress high fire danger

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson With wind, dry conditions and warm weather, the area’s wildfire danger is high, fire officials say. “There is a great chance, if everybody is not careful, that we could have a big grass fire again,” Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said. Rangeland has a lot of grass […]

Early warm-up

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Lugene Blue and her grandsons Zachary, front, and Riley Swinney take a walk around Blue’s neighborhood. Blue said she walks daily, but the warm temperatures make them more pleasant. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Democratic vision means tax increases

Freedom New Mexico The temptation is to dwell on the politics in Denver, where Democrats are trying to heal wounds and bring Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters into warm embrace and striving to normalize Barack Obama in the public’s mind. We will assess those successes or failures in the coming weeks.

Warm, windy weather hard on crops

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it […]

Come on in, the water’s fine

Rodney Paris, park manager at Ute Lake in Logan, reports the lake’s elevation is at 3,781 feet – about 4 feet below “ideal” conditions, but plenty healthy for water skiing, fishing and multiple other recreational activities if we can get a warm weekend.

Recipe of the day: Easy French Dip Sandwiches

Recipe: Easy French Dip Sandwiches “A quick and easy sandwich that the whole family will love.” INGREDIENTS 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef consomme 1 cup water 1 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef 8 slices provolone cheese 4 hoagie rolls, split lengthwise DIRECTIONS 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Open the […]

Ski season: Better late than never

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Courtesy Photo Angel Fire plans to open Dec. 15 for ski season. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ski season is happening a month later than past years, but it’s still happening. Ski resorts in New Mexico have had to postpone their openings this year due to warm temperatures and a lack of snow. Natural […]

Hearts can be warm even when the winter is cold

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist As I write this morning, the pure white blanket of snow just outside my window keeps pulling my eye away from the computer screen. The snow saw enough sunshine the day before that now a glistening crystal concert of color ripples its way across the surface of the snow blanket. […]

Jan. 24, 1952

Local square dancers were looking forward to a jamboree set for the La Vista. Dancers from across the region were expected to participate, with the Shirley Brothers orchestra providing the music. … Armanda Martinez, 17, was a novice welterweight contender in the upcoming regional Golden Gloves competition. … Highland Food Mart at 252 Commerce Way […]

Talks with China useful if only to open dialogue

Freedom Newspapers Highly public meetings between heads of state, like the meeting in the White House on Thursday between President Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao, are “90 percent political theater and about 10 percent substance,” says Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. But symbolic or […]