In search of ponies: Rats capable of selflessness

Few in the animal world have obtained a reputation quite as bad as theirs. In fact, their name is so bad, it has become ingrained in clich

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 […]

Thursday morning briefing: Habitat help, library fact and a Triple Crown legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Volunteer-Op Habit for Humanity needs volunteers but you need to notify them by 2 p.m. Friday. The group needs about a dozen people Saturday for two work sites in Portales. Work begins is 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch (provided) at […]

Thursday morning briefing: Firefighting fact, summer classes and remembering The Babe

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fast fact The Clovis Fire Department was founded Aug. 9, 1909. ENMU summer classs The eight-week summer school term at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will run from Monday through July 29.

City GRT proposal not necessary

Water is the lifeblood of civilization, and something that is in short supply in eastern New Mexico. It should go without saying that most members of the High Plains Patriots (a local tea party group) are in favor of securing a renewable water source for our community. This fact has somehow been distorted in the […]

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano […]

Government workers part of community

As did many husbands on Valentine’s Day, I took my wife to one of her favorite restaurants. That place being overcrowded, with a two hour wait predicted, we went instead to another of her favorite dining establishments. We did not complain about the prices, nor the expectation that, with good service, we would leave a […]

Wednesday morning briefing: An author, school photos and a king

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Michael Blake, the author of “Dances with Wolves” attended Eastern New Mexico University. Website of the day This is a link to a collection of photos of construction projects going on at Clovis Municipal Schools: http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/operations/construction-gallery/Main.html Question of the day Freezing one […]

Facts show U.S. border security not at risk

Freedom New Mexico Politics often involves a tug-of-war between perception and fact. One of the most obvious cases involves the insinuation that “illegals” are swarming across our southern border and putting the entire nation at risk. Of course, “illegals” could be harmless immigrants just looking for a way to feed their families, or sophisticated gangsters […]

Old cemeteries historical treasures

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Yes, the lure of old cemeteries is no secret. In fact, one of eastern New Mexico’s biggest tourist attractions is the cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, resting place of Billy the Kid and another giant of New Mexico history, Lucien Maxwell. There are dozens of old cemeteries in the area, […]

Not too late to salvage forgotten valentine

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It is too late, you say, to salvage the pathetic fact that you forgot Valentine’s Day. It is too late, you say, as you sit sipping your coffee and reading this paper, dated “Feb. 14th.” I can no longer plan to take her away on a mysterious trip for the […]

Always appreciative of feedback

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]

Gospel helps us be right with God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist I write and preach a lot about grace. More than a few reasons lie behind that fact. The most obvious is that I need a lot of grace myself. But the next is also true: God’s grace is so amazing that nothing else is worthy of our focus. The […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians elected to serve people

Politicians elected to serve people I detest polarized politics. The fact that virtually all the Republicans vote against a Democrat bill and vice versa is terrible. Political parties and their elected representatives are supposed to serve their constituents — not their party — and this is exactly what is happening at the Town Hall meetings. […]

Offering a place to call ‘home’

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo De Santiago and Kyara take a quite moment to themselves. The mother-daughter pair will be staying with the Infantes until they can move into their new apartment. Her friends call her yo-yo. But when it comes to taking care of kids, if a military mom is deployed overseas, Yolanda Infante […]

Spot in heaven more valuable than gold

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist For many years, the idea of Fort Knox and the wealth that it holds has been of interest. In fact, sayings have originated around the term “Fort Knox.” For instance, think about these sayings: Rich as Fort Knox… I would not give you all the gold in Fort Knox for […]

Government key to strong economy

Here is a sad, undisputed fact: About 350,000 rather wealthy people at “the top” own as much as the entire bottom half of the remaining 300-plus million people in America, the land of the free. In a nutshell, what has happened is we have pursued a living within a system that blatantly milks the productivity […]

Faith is real message of Christmas

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Yeah, I still believe in Santa Claus. In fact I’ve got a baseball cap with a Santa tassel on top that proclaims the fact. As a youngster Santa Claus was always a big deal at our house. In the early years for our family some years were pretty […]

Just because science can, doesn’t mean science should

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist A few days ago the Hindustan Times reported that Rajo Devi, a 70 year old Indian woman gave birth to a baby girl, becoming the world’s oldest woman to birth a child. Ms. Devi and her husband, age 72, used in vitro fertilization. The fact that a woman older than […]

Fast fact about Tucumcari

Ever see the movie “Two-Lane Blacktop” starring James Taylor and Warren Oates?