Israel should consider bribes as peace option

Freedom Newspapers Our position on the situation between Israel and the Palestinians long has been that the United States should leave the matter to the two parties. If that happened, then Israelis and Palestinians would have to deal with one another without the meddling of Washington, possibly bringing about an agreement. We also long have […]

California woman trekking across country on horse

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Linny Kenney, left, Walter Rowland and Kenney’s horse Sojourner take a break from their ride across the country on Curry Road 16 east of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Linny Kenney of Los Angeles passed through Clovis on Wednesday on her horse ride across the country. Kenney, 29, said the trip from Los […]

Bill gives feds power to revoke your citizenship

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

U.S. embargo on Cuba no longer relevant

Freedom New Mexico New efforts are being made in Congress to open trade with Cuba. We encourage our members of Congress to support those efforts. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., last week filed House Resolution 4645. Named the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, it would help […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]

Job creation numbers grossly inflated

Last week marked the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly known as the Obama stimulus package. The White House, not surprisingly, put on a full-court press, releasing a report that claimed the stimulus saved the country from having a recession degenerate into a full-blown depression, “saving or creating” some 2 million […]

Young Don McAlavy took winding career path

By Don McAlavy: County historian Coming from the country this farm boy had a lot to learn about town life in Clovis. I was enrolled in the 7th grade at Clovis Junior High in Miss McCasland’s home room. The first thing after an hour, a bell rang in the hallway and everyone jumped up and […]

Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Residents driving along south and north First Street looked as they passed by an empty car lot at Hamilton Big Country Ford on Friday. The business closed 12 years in Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 […]

Country music has origins in American roots

By Don McAlavy: County historian In the beginning of the 20th Century the mere idea of an American Music Canon did not exist. The American scholars and music people looked to Europe where classical music thrived and folk music was standardized. One hundred years later, American roots music and what came of it — pop […]

Race against sun sheer satisfaction

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Fashionable meant flour sack dress

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Years ago, country women purchased flour in big sacks, usually 25 pounds. They had a crew to feed — three times a day — so flour went fast. Breakfast was biscuit-making time, dinner was homemade loaves of bread and supper was maybe biscuits again or sometimes tortillas. Whatever the choice, […]

Clovis Salvation Army doing without credit card machines

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Salvation Army ringers across the country are being armed with a bell, a kettle, sometimes a Santa hat and now a mobile credit card machine. Clovis Salvation Army Maj. Tammy Ray said New Mexico’s fickle weather is causing trouble for Clovis’ ringers as far as adding the machine to […]

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Hounds third in LSC cross country

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Freshman Jacob Lozano of Hobbs finished 11th in a time of 26 minutes, 27 seconds over eight kilometers, leading the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a third-place finish on Saturday in the LSC Championships, hosted by West Texas A&M. With 109 points, the Greyhounds finished behind […]

Letters to the editor: CHS athletes credit to community

CHS athletes credit to community I had the privilege of being in a Lovington restaurant on Thursday when the Clovis Wildcat high school cross country team came to dine. I would like to praise each and every one of these young athletes for behaving like fine young ladies and gentlemen. They were extremely polite and […]

Country life not for squeamish

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The ranch I grew up on was in the northeastern New Mexico mountains. It was two miles to the mailbox, and we had a wind charger — which most of the time didn’t work — to make electricity. In other words, we lived in the boonies. Besides the usual dogs […]

ENMU men take cross country title

CNJ staff BURKBURNETT, Texas — Junior Richard Kogo’s sixth-place finish Thursday helped the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team capture the team title in the season-opening Mustang Stampede, hosted by Midwestern State. ENMU finished with 53 team points to 60 for runnerup East Central. The Greyhounds had 13 of the 64 runners in […]

Slow real estate sales plague ag industry

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when market starts coming back, sales are so scattered […]