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 […]

Udall: Country ‘moving in the right direction’

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., hosted a 90-minute town hall meeting at the Tucumcari Convention Center on Thursday. By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun TUCUMCARI — This was no political pep rally. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., had to answer some tough questions on Thursday as he hosted a 90-minute […]

School shopping requires strategy

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode […]

Patience key word in school shopping

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Commentaries not always needed

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist We country girls don’t often get a chance to go to the beauty shop, or any other of those places that provide personal nice looks (and smells) assistance. Awhile back I finally got tired of looking like a homeless hag, and went to one of those joints. They cut and […]

Clovis golfer second in Sun Country event

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Raquel Anaya of Clovis finished second in Wednesday’s Sun Country PGA Section Junior Golf Tour event at the University of New Mexico’s North Course in Albuquerque. Anaya shot a two-day, 18-hole total of 130 in the 7 to 8-year-old division behind Amanda Portillo of El Paso, who shot a 106. Sun […]

Health revamp begins with office cleanup

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has appointed a worthy, even inspirational woman to be the country’s next surgeon general. Dr. Regina Benjamin founded the Bayou La Batre rural health clinic to serve an Alabama fishing village of 2,500. She has a refreshingly old-fashioned approach to her work, treating any and all patients regardless of […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

American spirit of independence still thrives

Freedom New Mexico Independence Day weekend is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Education feature: Ready to step into leadership

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ryan Strong of Clovis,14, is hoping his second youth leadership conference in Boston will be as life-changing as the first in Washington, D.C. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ryan Strong divides his life into three sections. Before his first Congressional Youth Leadership Council conference, during, and after. Strong, who […]

Dairy Fest to feature No.-1 hit country singer

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File photo The fourth annual Dairy Fest, complete with a Sammy Kershaw country concert, starts 5 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Special Events Center. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico This year’s Dairy Fest is featuring a No. 1-hit country singer and, for the first time, a mechanical-bull, on top of cheeseburgers, dairy foods, […]

Iranians seeking justice in streets inspires hope

Freedom New Mexico It is almost impossible not to be inspired and inspirited by the sight of brave protesters in Iran filling the streets of Tehran with their strategically silent pleas to have their votes counted and their dignity respected by the cruel regime that rules that beleaguered country. They represent a voice for something […]

Financial advice found in guide

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks The Military Families Money and Mobility handbooks are available at the Airman and Family Readiness Center which is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Building 1802. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico At the end of a long, distinguished career in the military, those in the service […]