Concert mix of country, rock ‘n’ roll performances

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Portales’ Will Banister started Friday’s set of acts with country music from his new album. Liliana Castillo Brian Hyland had more than 2,000 people on back up when he sang his 1960’s hit “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” Friday at the Clovis Music Festival. Organizers said about […]

McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

Mexico needs to change perception of success

Freedom Newspapers A lot of recent data show how Mexico is doing as a country; some figures are surprisingly good; others, however, suggest the country’s progress could come more slowly than we might hope. Mexico’s government reported last week that some 28,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since the government began its crackdown […]

Health reform will have dire consequences

Freedom New Mexico During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. […]

Clovis High Grand Reunion set

Nearly 300 alumni of Clovis High School have signed up for the 1962-1972 Grand Reunion. Members of CHS graduating classes from 1962 through 1972 will be gathering for a combined reunion in Clovis. The event includes a barbecue 4 p.m. July 23 at Running Water Draw, golf tournament at noon July 24 at Chaparral Country […]

Peterson fifth in 15-16-year-old division of Sun Country Junior PGA event

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s Ethan Peterson shot a second-round 78 Tuesday to finish fifth at 9-over 155 in the boys 15-16-year-old division of the 2010 Sun Country Junior PGA Championship at Four Hills Country Club. Portales’ Paige Hartman, meantime, finished eighth in the girls 15-16 division, shooting a 96 on Tuesday for a […]

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. […]

Annual Floyd Jamboree marking 60th anniversary

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Chek Rippee rehearses a song on the fiddle Sunday with the Floyd Jamboree Band. Rippee is a regular in the annual jamboree. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections The annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree celebrates 60 years of music Thursday through Sunday at the high school gym. It’s a major […]

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 […]