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Black history celebration set Good Samaritan Inc. will hold its inaugural black history celebration noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The event will feature praise dancing, gospel singing, keynote speakers from the community and clergy and testimonials from people who have overcome addictions. The event will be preceded by an 11 […]

Recent freeze one for history books

I’ve experienced lower temperatures but I really can’t remember when. The deep freeze of February, 2011, is definitely one for the books. Young people should write a note in their diaries to embellish the hardships and retell the story to their grandkids 30 or 40 years from now. “How cold was it grandpa?” “Why it […]

Monday morning briefing: Shameless self-promotion and the history of canned beer

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Shameless self-promotion We asked and you answered. Saturday’s newspaper will feature former newsboys and newsgirls who once delivered our publication on foot, by bike and even from horseback. It’s a delightful feature packed with memories and odd stories you won’t want to miss. Question of the […]

State’s history one of integration

During our nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976, a group I belonged to at the time decided to build a series of dioramas explaining the previous 200 years in the American Southwest. It was part of an ambitious project presented in the local library. It turned out to be more difficult than we’d thought. We didn’t […]

Windmills headed for history

When we see a windmill we think “ranch.” This iconic equipment, without doubt, has made ranching possible in the arid Southwest as well as other parts of our nation. I’m one of those ranch kids who tied my horse to the metal windmill frame and piled into the drinking tub’s water for a little fun. […]

Day trip: New Mexico Museum of Space History

• Place: New Mexico Museum of Space History • Location: Highway 2001 in Alamogordo. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about the history and science of space exploration. Exhibits include the ViewSpace Theatre, which is an internet-fed, self-updating, permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA’s Hubble Space […]

Fairview Primitive Baptist Church celebrates 90 years

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Courtesy photo The Fairview Primitive Baptist Church in Clovis is celebrating its 90 year history Saturday and Sunday. Sharna Johnson In its 90-year history, Clovis’

Day trip: Museum gives visitors trip back into time

Courtesy photo The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is located at 1801 Mountain Road NW in Albuquerque. Place: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Location: 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque What activities can you enjoy at this location: Explore the pre-historic history of New Mexico with the Timetracks exhibits, which […]

In tribute: Builders contributed to Clovis history

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Kevin Wilson A drive through Clovis or a talk with family and friends gives clear indication — Duffy Sasser and Cotton Simms were, so to speak, above par as residents and leaders. But the versatile architects, students and businessmen never thought of themselves that way. “He was one of those people from the quiet generation […]

Day trip: Clovis Train Depot part of local history

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Train Depot is located at 221 West First Street in Clovis. Place: Clovis Train Depot Location: 221 West First Street, Clovis What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about the history of the railroad in Clovis. The depot has 11 operating layouts, nine of which can be […]

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 […]