TV show hits right chords

Curtis Shelburne I learned long ago to be careful about recommending movies or television shows to anyone. Either they’ll hate the show and wonder about you, or they’ll love the show and tell other people you recommended it. Then, chances are, a good many of those people will wonder about both of you. But I’ll […]

Bethlehem will always trump Times Square

Curtis Shelburne We all know what time does, right? Tempus fugit! I learned that phrase long ago in one of the most practically valuable classes I’ve ever taken, the Latin class at Amarillo’s Sam Houston Junior High. Mister Craddock would be proud. Tempus (time) fugit (flies)! As I write, we’re slipping into the wee hours […]

Hounds hope to build on Long Beach outing

CNJ staff If the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can get itself healthy and play as hard as it did on Monday night at Long Beach State, the Greyhounds should be a factor when Lone Star Conference play resumes in two weeks. Playing without 6-foot-8 senior forward Curtis Wilkinson (hand injury) and getting […]

Long Beach pulls away from Hounds late

CNJ staff LONG BEACH, Calif. — Junior guard James Ennis led four Long Beach State players in double figures with 15 points and the 49ers pulled away late for a 76-54 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Monday night. The 49ers, members of the Big West Conference, improved to 5-5 for the season but […]

Thursday morning briefing: Singing with Andy, country Christmas and garlic the right way

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Sing-a-long with Andy Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a “Brief History of Christmas Music” by Andy Mason at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Buchanan Hall at the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. The evening includes […]

Honors — Dec. 4

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Ice The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department congratulates Certified Ombudsman Volunteer Fern Ice of Clovis as the recipient of this year’s Gerald F. McBride Commitment to Excellence Award. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Ice has served as a volunteer Ombudsman for more than 10 years, advocating for the […]

Congress helping vets find jobs

As Veterans Day approached, peace descended long enough on a bitterly divided Congress to reach a deal that could help military veterans, in multiple ways, find decent jobs in a tough economy. Last week President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden with representatives of veterans groups and all but dared Republicans to reject another initiative […]

Citizens request splash pad delay

Kevin Wilson A group of citizens requested city commissioners hold off on a plan to convert the long-unused Hillcrest Park Pool into a splash pad. But commissioners were adamant they’d already dove in headfirst. More than an hour of conversation took place regarding the pool’s recreation as a splash pad, one part of the city’s […]

Easy to answer question of faith

Curtis Shelburne Long, long ago a very old man stood before the Roman proconsul in Smyrna who literally held over him the power of life or death. Old Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, had been taught by the Apostle John and had known many others who had walked physically with the Lord Jesus Christ and with […]

Obamacare trips on long-term care costs

Freedom New Mexico One of the significant purported cost- savings of President Barack Obama’s massive health care overhaul was supposed to be the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, CLASS, which was to operate like a private insurance program collecting premiums upfront to pay later for long-term care. On Friday, the Department of Health […]