Druggist became pillar of community

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist W. H. Duckworth, owner of the Duckworth Drug Company came to New Mexico in the year, 1908 headquartering out of the city while traveling his territory. In 1910 he became manager of the Southwestern Drug Store and remained in that capacity until 1922. Duckworth served his state as lieutenant governor […]

New Mexico indian education advisory council and government-to-government meeting scheduled for April 16 & 17 in Albuquerque

(Santa Fe, NM) – The quarterly meeting of the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council (NMIEAC) and the Government-to-Government meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2009 and Friday, April 17, 200 at Isleta Casino and Resort, 11000 Broadway, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105. The NMIEAC will meet in the Rio Grande Conference Room on Thursday […]

Udall: Indian country youth suicide rates demand attention, help

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in a hearing to examine the overwhelming frequency of youth suicide in Indian Country. The rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaskan Native population is 70 percent higher than the general United States population, with the incidence of youth suicides reaching epidemic proportions. New Mexico, which has […]

Wayquay performs during Native American Heritage Month

By Ashley Lee: FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Actress, artist, poet, singer and songwriter Wayquay will perform in two free concerts Tuesday at the Campus Union Ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. The concerts are sponsored by ENMU’s Native American Affairs department as part of a month-long celebration during Native American Heritage Month. Wayquay, whose full name, Swangideed […]

Where there’s smoke, there’s moisture?

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Retired Parmer County farmer Joseph Weldon Crim says he uses an Indian spring ritual to predict weather. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising […]

State should gamble future on better things

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Stay out of our bedrooms, you busybody feds. While you’re at it, stay out of our kitchens, and living rooms, and workplaces. Most of all, keep your grubby hands off our casinos. If we want a giant jackpot machine beckoning visitors as they cross into our state on I-25 or […]

Recounting Hollywood memories

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Remember when Hollywood swept into New Mexico in the 1960s, ruthlessly taking over hearth and home from innocent, downtrodden natives who had carved a state out of the wilderness after moving here during the Eisenhower years? I was a United Press foreign correspondent in Santa Fe at the time and […]

Portales girls gain revenge in semifinals

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Portales freshman Tara Johnson drives to the basket in the Lady Rams’ win over Santa Fe Indian School in the Class 3A state semifinals on Friday at The Pit. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Posts generally don’t handle the ball too far away from the basket, but […]

Lady Rams face rematch in semis

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Portales senior Ashleah Richards (50) battles for a rebound during the Lady Rams’ 50-48 quarterfinal win over Thoreau on Wednesday in the Class 3A girls state tournament at The Pit. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — After bouncing third-seeded Shiprock 55-43 in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament […]

New Mexico state tournament scoreboard

The Associated Press Tuesday GIRLS Quarterfinals Class 5A Sandia 64, Highland 39 Mayfield 49, Rio Rancho 48 Clovis 55, La Cueva 38 Class 4A Aztec 48, Albuquerque Academy 47 Deming 66, Capital 49 Los Alamos 47, Roswell 44 St. Pius 48, Moriarty 33 Class 3A Socorro 51, Wingate 45 Portales 50, Thoreau 48 Santa Fe […]

Weekend fair in Santa Fe displays American Indian art, literature

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Day Trips suggests options for family outings that can be completed in a day from the Clovis-Portales area. The opinions expressed in the reviews are strictly those of the writer. In the 1920s, Santa Fe residents first held an Indian art fair at the Santa Fe Armory. […]

N.M. gambling doesn’t need franchising

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Not counting illegal wagers at Sunday-afternoon cockfights, there are about four major outlets for New Mexico gambling, an industry that claims to be a sure bet for just about everyone. You can try your luck at the racetracks. This, however, is a painfully slow way to lose your money. It […]

Need to belong leads to tragic results

By Leonard Pitts I just visited the Web site that fascinated Jeff Weise, the 16-year-old who shot up his high school on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. There, I learned that the tribes of humanity must be separated or risk destruction by assimilation. That Jews are a “fanatical religious-ethnic” group conspiring to control communications […]

Sky-high gas prices hit hard

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Two tractor-trailers exit Love’s truck stop Wednesday afternoon. Increased gas prices have left most companies and government agencies with little short-term option but to absorb the cost. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Burgeoning fuel prices are gouging into budgets of private businesses and government organizations alike. With no end […]

Saturday’s state tournament results

The Associated Press Boys Class 4A Championship Deming 71, Capital 67 Class 3A Championship Bernalillo 53, Portales 43 Class 2A Championship Mora 73, Pecos 58 Class 1A Championship Temple Baptist 74, Animas 64 Girls Class A Championship Fort Sumner 46, Des Moines 42 Friday Girls Class 4A Championship Kirtland Central 65, Deming 50 Class 3A […]

Santa Fe Indian stuns two-time champs

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Portales junior Ashleah Richards walks off the court as Santa Fe Indian celebrates its 42-37 win over the Lady Rams in the Class 3A state championship game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freeedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Backed by a crowd of more than 14,000, Santa Fe Indian School completed an improbable run to […]

Missing Indian head tops oddities

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When a 73-year-old artifact goes missing, someone usually has to take the blame. Former City Manager Ray Mondragon learned that lesson well in 2004 after one of the Indian head artifacts atop Hotel Clovis disappeared in the summer. “Personally, I did not feel that I was deserving (of the […]

Forward thinking is needed regarding American Indians

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday’s opening in Washington of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian was a hopeful and long-overdue occasion. Congratulations are due Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell for helping shepherd the project from concept to completion, as well as to all American Indians, who finally have a museum befitting their central place in North […]

Clovis residents express shock over theft

Project reader reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on the Indian-head monument stolen from atop Hotel Clovis. Should the city haul the six remaining monuments down and store them away for safekeeping? Some responses: “THE THEFT IS TRULY tragic. What it says about our community is sad. As for removing the (remaining) heads […]

Hotel Clovis artifact still missing

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Jesus Ramirez, an employee with the City of Clovis’ welding department, watches as a metal beam that connected the Hotel Clovis with an old package store is removed Tuesday for security purposes. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By William Thompson New Mexico’s historic preservation division has joined in the search for an Indian bust reported […]