Halloween festivals more fun

Karl Terry Trick-or-treating was a big part of the fall season when I was a kid but the annual Fun Festival at L.L. Brown Elementary School was a fall classic. When I was trick-or-treat age we lived in the country and so that activity wasn’t as big for us as it was for city kids […]

Wasn’t crime to deliver retribution

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]

ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser proves lack of size doesn’t matter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser has 13 receptions this season and plays on most of the Greyhounds’ special teams. Chase Kyser wasn’t necessarily high on Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo’s radar screen two years ago. He just kept hearing about the then-Roswell Goddard senior. Eventually, Ribaudo went to […]

Freshmen get feel for ENMU at Dawg Days

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University senior Brian Campbell gives freshman nursing student Taryn Robertson Marissa Hyde a package of complimentary items Saturday afternoon at the college’s Dawg Days freshman orientation session. Robertson will be attending classes at ENMU and Clovis Community College. Kevin Wilson Amanda Straub wasn’t expecting the “Woo” when […]

In search of ponies: Primal instincts should not shock us

Sharna Johnson Poor JoJo. It wasn’t his fault. “I feel bad about it, but I can’t help that I’m just upset with him,” my mother told me. My mother and step-father had chased and hunted the bird, until finally, thinking they had flushed it out of the house, settled in to relax — until JoJo […]

Portales nursing home gets top rating from agency

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Heartland Continuing Care has earned the highest rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to the Medicare website, the center has rated six nursing homes within a 50-mile radius of Portales, and Heartland is the only one with the five-star rating. Health inspections, quality measures and […]

Freshman pair claims college title

A new horse. The notion that freshmen don’t win national championships. Just details to Chance Kiehne and Michael Trujillo. They had a calf to rope. The pair finished their goal Saturday night, taking second in the short round and earning enough points to claim first place in team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo […]

God accepts us no matter our outward appearance

By Judy Brandon: Relgion columnist In another city, a friend of mine was eating lunch with her grandchildren at the food court of a mall. There wasn’t much activity going on at the mall that day but things really picked up when three large yellow school buses pulled up in the sprawling mall parking lot. […]

Baskett golf tourney goes off without hitch

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hank Baskett III watches his shot from the fairway during his Tee’d Off About Child Abuse tournament Saturday at Chaparral Country Club. The charity event drew 30 teams. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A light rain wasn’t enough to dampen the desire to golf in Hank Baskett III’s Tee’d […]

Melrose municipal candidate profiles

The following are candidates in the March 2 Melrose municipal election. The candidates were recently answered a series of brief questions by Freedom New Mexico about why they are running and what they hope to accomplish if elected. Municipal judge candidate Charlie B. Garrett couldn’t be reached for comment. The telephone number he provided was […]