Half-foot of snow expected this weekend

Staff and wire reports The season’s first winterlike storm could be here as soon as Friday, according to the National Weather Service. A storm will be making its way into New Mexico from Arizona on Friday night, bringing with it up to a foot of snow in some parts of the state. Accumulations may exceed […]

Secretary of Higher Education speaks in Portales

Robin Fornoff New Mexico’s secretary of higher education cautioned leaders from across eastern New Mexico to get on board with his latest initiative or face falling behind. The call to action by Jose Garcia, appointed to higher education’s top spot by Gov. Susana Martinez almost a year ago, was part of a statewide tour of […]

Gays pressing for equal benefits

The dismal failure by the congressional “super committee” to deal with the nation’s debt crisis leaves the Department of Defense facing automatic $55-billion-a-year spending cuts from 2013 through 2021. This is in addition to defense cuts of near-equal size already planned across the same decade. President Obama promised before Thanksgiving to veto any attempt to […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

Gingrich right on immigration viewpoints

Freedom New Mexico Genuine, Reagan-era conservatives will thank Newt Gingrich for his reasonable statement about immigration. In a Republican debate last week, Gingrich said: “I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. […]

Road department conducting fog sealing

CNJ staff The Curry County Road Department will fog seal on County Road 6 from County Road F to County Road R from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Friday, according to a county press release. According to the release: • All or parts of the construction zone will be closed during works. Motorists […]

Products confiscated from Portales smoke shops

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell A glass case in FN Smoke Shop in Portales displays signs warning customers that the incense sold is not for consumption. Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: We’ve made a major correction to this story since it originally published on Monday night, Nov. 28. Deputies did not seize any cash in this […]

Empty stocking fund: Family S

Today’s focus: Family S Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 10 and 7) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because the husband has gone into rehab and the family is now living on one income. Clothing needs: Boy clothes size 12 and 10; boy shoe size 1 and 11/2. Toys list: K-nex toy, […]

Cannon commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Col. Albert “Buck” Elton II, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., is among 40 colonels President Barack Obama has nominated for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. “I am honored to be nominated for promotion to the rank of brigadier general,” […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Big bands, a test of strength and a he lost on Jeopardy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Big band sounds Dance the night away Saturday to the Eastern New Mexico University Jazz Ensemble. It’s the ensemble’s Big Band Dance at the State Theatre in Clovis from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and all proceeds go towards the annual ENMU […]