Sweet Home New Mexico: Spouse incentive flight leaves lasting impression

I love being a military spouse. Even with all of the sacrifices and hardships that come with the job, I love it. Those in charge of our spouses know what a hard job we have, and I am impressed that when they can, they find ways to tell us ‘thank you.’ I was so excited […]

God’s people are to ‘Overflow’ with Thanksgiving

Curtis Shelburne Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had just closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished a bit) […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

Hard to tell which news is fake

The heat wasn’t the only thing that bothered me last week. Add these two to the list: • Last Thursday, parody news site The Onion posted, “Obama Turns 50 Despite Republican Objections.” It was good for a quick chuckle, while not so subtly pointing out two inherent problems President Obama has — Republicans’ inclination to […]

In search of ponies: Story behind quack attack

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Sharna Johnson Molesting a zoo visitor during a dedication ceremony elevated one hard-luck duck to marginal fame this week and earned him a new name. But there’s more to Merv the… Oh never mind, we’ll just stick with Merv… than meets the eye. He waddled into the spotlight during the dedication of a newly-donated water […]

Hard-working fathers commended

Russell Anglin is the managing editor for the Quay County Sun. His most recent column focused his stepdad’s role in his life.

Loving can be costly, but it’s worth the price

Loving can be hard. Just look in John 11. We’re told, “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.” (11:5). A lot of loving is going on in this chapter! Love is a wonderful thing, but if we think loving is easy, well, that’s rarely true, and it’s certainly not the case here. If […]

Education column: La Casita instruction rolling on

One blustery, winter day last week was marked by an uncommon treat. A sea of miniature, yellow hard hats worn by elementary students appeared in front of La Casita Elementary. At the forefront Principal Dr. Sylvia Martinez, in a pink hard hat, welcomed guests to the long awaited ground breaking ceremony. Among the guests were […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships and snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Free money The state Higher Education Department is seeking applications for the No Child Left Behind Title II Improving Teacher Quality grants. The program aims to help shape state and local activities to improve teacher quality and to increase the number of highly qualified […]

Military mama: Growing independence hard to get used to

As a mother, I knew there would come a day when my kids would no longer need me. I somehow anticipated that this would arise much later in life, when the kids gear up for college. Yet, my kids haven’t even begun their elementary education. But my oldest has decided that he is ready to […]

Grant McGee: Harmony hard to achieve

“I suppose aggression is the way of the universe,” I said to The Lady of the House last Saturday. We were at a local eatery. She peered over her menu. “What now?” She said. I told her the story about the guy in south Florida who woke up one morning to find his home had […]

Press release: Hard Freeze Warning now in effect from 3 a.m.-8 a.m. Thursday

FYI All: Lower Rio Grande Valley-Upper Tularosa Valley-Union County-Harding County-Eastern San Miguel County-Guadalupe County-Quay County-Curry County-Roosevelt County-De Baca County-Chavez County Plains-Eastern Lincoln County-Southwest Chavez County Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Hard Freeze Warning which is in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. MDT Thursday. The freeze […]

Predicting weather hard to do

Karl Terry Weather prognosticators — they’re a dime a dozen. I predict many of them will be all wet. We’ve all got our favorite TV weather person. We choose them for their banter or their graphics or the way they dress but chances are they usually don’t predict the weather worth a hoot. They all […]

Wasn’t crime to deliver retribution

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]

Roosevelt County junior livestock sale numbers up

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Layni Breshears of Dora FFA shows her Grand Champion pig off to buyers at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale on Friday evening. Fifty-four FFA and 4-H members had a slot in the sale. Argen Duncan The community clapped as the auctioneer called, and 54 young people saw their hard […]

Crimes of hate hard to prove in court

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Everyone who is awake discriminates — it is what people do with their minds. The kind of discrimination that’s objectionable is when people use irrelevant attributes of others to classify them — like their race when hiring them for jobs where race is irrelevant. The race of a […]

Foreclosures’ effect on blighted properties hard to determine

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city’s foreclosure suit against derelict and delinquent property owners is progressing but what if any effect that will have on Clovis’ battle against blight has yet to be determined. Clerk Leighann Melancon said in the two weeks since the city filed its foreclosure against more than 100 property […]

Ranch life was hard work

By Ruth White Burns: FNM correspondent Editor’s Note: This is another in a continuing series about the H-Bar Ranch and the hardships of life on the plains before 1900. When my grandparents, Ora and R.L. “Bob” Wood arrived at their new home at the H-Bar Ranch on the plains of Eastern New Mexico in 1897, […]

Chocolate addiction hard to stop

By Karl Terry: Fredom columnist “Where did you hide them,” whined my wife as she opened cabinets after supper on a recent evening. I didn’t have to ask what she was looking for, I knew she was after the Whoppers the Original Malted Milk Balls. If I played my cards right I knew she would […]