Hounds playing exhibition at UTEP

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will visit the University of Texas-El Paso for an exhibition contest Nov. 3 at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners defeated the Greyhounds 80-76 in last year’s exhibition meeting. UTEP advanced to the National Invitational Tournament last season.

Badgering prey makes little sense

My brother and I came upon a badger out in the pasture one summer afternoon. He looked at us. We looked at him. He glared at us and looked mean, so we thought we should return his angry stare. His body was muscular, and his mottled brownish gray fur was highlighted by a white streak […]

Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

Commissaries to be consolidated

In these tight budget times, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has learned it must cut current spending to fund new initiatives for veterans. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., committee chairman, would pay for her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 by extending by three years, to 2014, a higher fee on veterans who reuse their […]

Trim budget starts with ending wars

Freedom New Mexico As the U.S. Congress haggles over raising the debt ceiling, it needs to look behind the figures. Yes, the overall numbers are staggering. The U.S. government has run up so much debt that it soon will surpass the current legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion. That’s $14,300,000,000,000.00. The budget deficit for the […]

Texas couple reunited with lost dog in Tucumcari

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Courtesy photo: New Mexico State Police Lee Gardner is reunited with Chance, her search and rescue dog, Wednesday at the New Mexico State Police office in Tucumcari Russell Anglin Forth Worth, Texas, retirees Chick and Lee Gardner were devastated to find their search-and-rescue dog, a black labrador retriever named Chance, missing from their car and […]

Dairy owners say drought shriveling profits

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Cass Anderson feeds cattle on his family’s dairy near Portales Thursday afternoon. Due to droughts around the West, prices for hay are up while quality and quantity are down, putting stress on dairy finances. Argen Duncan While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is […]

National Guard hosting open house

The New Mexico National Guard is hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis armory. During the event, the National Guard will have equipment on hand to demonstrate its capabilities along with guided tours of the armory. Equipment demonstrations include a ride in a HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, a […]

Webb’s Watering Hole bar closing

Another bar in Clovis — Webb’s Watering Hole — is closing. Thursday, employee Didi Sandoval confirmed the owner sold the facility’s liquor license and plans to close in September. It is the second bar to announce closure in 30 days, after Clovis City Limits closed June 14. The two were the only businesses in Clovis […]

Bureau of Land Management hosting Mustang auction

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Courtesy photo The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will host a wild horse adoption in Clovis July 14-16. It has been nearly six years since a wild horse auction has been held in Clovis. Sharna Johnson Nearly six years since a wild horse adoption was held in Clovis, more than 50 American symbols of the […]

Friday morning briefing: About rain, the price of gas and a pop classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact The rainiest year in Clovis’ history was 1941 with 46.91 inches falling. To date, Clovis has received 1.71 inches this year. Price of gas AAA New Mexico reported Thursday the statewide average price for a gallon of gas is 11 cents below […]

Dirty Laundry: Taking care of fathers complicates family roles

Aisha Sultan Amy Goyer left her home in Washington two years ago to care for her aging parents in Phoenix. Her mother had suffered a stroke two decades earlier, and her father was beginning to show signs of dementia. Goyer works at AARP as a family expert and has walked hundreds of caregivers through this […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

Mom’s gear: Babba Cover

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MCT This cotton cover is lined with a fabric that has an SPF/UV-blocking rating of 40 to 50. The sides are made of a mosquito mesh that will keep bugs out while letting air in to keep the baby from overheating. Available at Buy Buy Baby stores or online at BabbaCo.com. Price: $50. By Colleen […]

Apps: The Kick to Pick app names your baby

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HO The iPhone app Kick to Pick allows your unborn baby to assist it in finding just the right name. The app is available in the iTunes App Store for .99 cents. McClatchy-Tribune As a parents, you know that an iPhone can be a great distraction for a grumpy child on a long trip, a […]

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God insists that his children learn to be thankful

My parents believed in giving thanks. Yes, they believed in giving thanks primarily to God for the blessings he showers upon us. But Mom & Dad also believed in giving thanks to the people around us. My mother, normally a most loving woman, was an absolute tyrant regarding “thank you” notes. From the moment we […]

No trust left for elected officials

No trust left for elected officials When the city of Clovis changes the zoning on the golf course in Colonial Park so they are able to serve liquor, the cost to the city for that liquor license will be minimal — less than $100. If a local businessman tries to purchase a liquor license, the […]

TSA security pat downs going too far

Freedom New Mexico Americans have been upset at the extreme security measures imposed at airports by the Transportation Security Administration. YouTube videos show passenger pat-downs — with touching that appears far too intrusive — have been done on children and a former Miss USA. The latest controversy involves 95-year-old Lena Reppert, suffering from leukemia. June […]

Ticket feature: Nazareth German Festival set for Saturday

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Courtesy photo The 39th annual Nazareth German Festival takes place Saturday in Nazareth, Texas, approximately 70 miles east of Clovis. Freedom New Mexico With food, music and fun, Saturday marks the 39th annual Nazareth German Festival in Nazareth, Texas. The day-long festival begins at 9 a.m., all times Central, in the community of Nazareth, with […]