Bond history: Turnouts low, approvals high

Kevin Wilson Turnout generally runs low, and approval generally runs high. At least, that’s been the recent pattern for school bond elections, leading up to today’s bond question. A $16-million bond issue, if approved by voters, will pay for the district’s 20 percent match of a proposed new middle school and a new building for […]

Hotel offers historic experience

Karl Terry Do you believe in ghosts? For me I guess the answer would be no but I do enjoy the stories and legends. If a ghost story helps put a person in a period of history and brings that history to life in some way that’s pretty cool whether you believe in ghosts or […]

Letter to the editor: Hispanics have long history in U.S.

Hispanics have long history in U.S. The homeland of the free and the brave should not be interpreted to mean the exclusive homeland of the Anglo English speaker. In a recent letter to the editor, it was implied that an American should not have to “press 1 for English” and that those who prefer to […]

Cold weather has chilling history

With near triple-digit temperatures expected the next few weeks, this seems a good time to remember the cold. Our coldest day is quite debatable, but here are a few of the contenders: • The weather.com website claims the coldest temperature recorded in Portales was minus-17 on Jan. 2, 1979. Clovis was only minus-7 that day, […]

Monday morning briefing: Games, graduations and some history.

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing.Video game of the week Fresh from our own online gamester — and sometimes copy editor/paginator — Jenna Zamie, who highly recommends this one: Game: 3D Dot Game Heroes Genre: Action RPG System: PS3 What is it? This throwback adventure does a good job of scratching […]

Our people: Teacher of the Year

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Courtesy photo Hatley at 18 takes a photo with his 3-year-old niece Raven in 2003. Bio Name: Drew Hatley Birthday: September 20, 1984 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Assistant baseball coach, football coach and World History teacher Family: My wife Christal and I have been married for three years. We don’t have kids but we have a […]

Doolittle Raiders forever revered in U.S. history

Freedom New Mexico Sunday marked the 68th anniversary of Doolittle’s Raid. It was the darkest period for American forces in World War II. Four months earlier, the Imperial Japanese Navy’s sneak attack on Dec. 7, 1941, had sunk most of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. On April 9, 1942, Bataan in the Philippines […]

Greene Acres Park has long history

By Bill Kinyon: Guest columnist As I watch the continued improvements to Greene Acres Park, I am reminded of how it began. I thought that some folks might be interested in the history of the park. In 1963, the Clovis Jaycees were looking for a project. We noticed that the low drainage area south of […]

Thursday morning briefing: Need you, wind and rain and the history of April Fool

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. You’re needed The Curry County Wellness Council is in dire need of volunteers to help out with the April 10 Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit at Clovis Community College. The summit features author and lecturer Dallas Jessup of “Just Yell Fire” fame. To volunteer, call 575-763-6016 or click […]

Hand-me-down thinking not needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Often those who study the history of philosophy and compare it to the history of other disciplines, especially science, complain that in philosophy no progress is made, that philosophers keep talking about the same thing, that nothing ever gets resolved. It appears clear that in each age most […]

H-Bar History

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Photo courtesy of the Lone Jack Historical Society of Missouri Dr. Caleb Winfrey. By Ruth Burns: Freedom New Mexico correspondent Editor’s note: This is the first of several articles about the H-Bar Ranch. In the early days before the coming of the railroad, the ranch located closest to Clovis and Portales was the H-Bar. The […]

Letter to the Editor: K’Bob’s history began in Clovis

K-Bob’s history began in Clovis I was one of the two guys who owned and built the buildings at 1600 Mabry Drive that housed K-Bob’s Steakhouse and Sasser’s Western Wear in 1976. We moved K-Bob’s from First and Prince and Sasser’s from 311 Main. Gabe Parson and I had a dream of opening and sharing […]

Friendship quilt returns to Friona

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Emma Lu Stewart said she plans to keep a recently discovered quilt, made in Friona the 1940s, to show it to people. Then she hopes it will be added to the Friona museum. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A piece of Friona history has made its way back to […]

Cameo Elementary’s Parent Center offers space for children, parents to spend time together

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools History is in the making. Now, I know each day we live, we are actually making history, but what you might not know is that you are actually reading a part of history…right now. Yep, this article is making history in two ways. First, this is my first official […]

ENMU Presenting ‘History of Flu and H1N1’ on Oct. 14

PORTALES—Health Services at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will present “The History of the Flu and H1NI” from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Aztec Room of the Campus Union Building. The presentation is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Differences between viral and […]

Press Release: Udall helps launch Hispanic history project

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today helped launch a new initiative to preserve the stories and experiences of Hispanic Americans through the StoryCorps Historias oral history project – which will visit several New Mexico cities over the next year. [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q47YNyszQ60 ]Click here for video of the event. Udall, a member of the […]

Funeral director has broad involvement with local sports

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist No, Nicholas Mufli is not a common name in Clovis. But the name Muffley is know all over Clovis and respected. The history and story of Russell L. Muffley is one to remember. The history of his ancestor goes back to 1737, but … this is Russell’s history. Russell L. […]

Admiration for Kennedy immeasurable

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died Tuesday night at 77 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer, was one of the remarkable political characters of American political history. As the youngest child of a remarkable political dynasty, he overcame tragedy, an early reputation as a political lightweight, his own personal demons and sometime […]

Frugality takes hit on my wallet

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

President proves history repeats

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Although I am no historian, I do have an interest in what happened and why, especially involving big economic events of the past. One such event is The Great Depression. I just attended a superb weeklong conference at Cato University, where not only did I present a couple […]