‘Assertive restraint’ needed to deal with Iran

The specter of a showdown with Iran over that country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a crisis of Iran’s own making. The nation has sought trouble, you might say, and at times is practically daring the world to do something about it. This country is too much like North Korea, and that is by no […]

Monday morning briefing: Help for fire victims and a slight chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fire victims Donations are needed for 12 families left homeless by a recent fire at Clovis Apartments. Money is most needed and cash or checks can be mailed or dropped off at United Way of Eastern New Mexico, 1200 N. Thornton St., Suite G, […]

Monday morning briefing: They want your blood, a movie break and Christmas credit

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Blood needed There’s a Blood Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Curves, 2909 Prince St. Information or to make an appointment: 762-2574. Free movie If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, “Kung Fu Panda 2” is the winter break movie […]

Thursday morning briefing: They want your blood and the grisly end of a tradition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Blood needed Roll up your sleeve, there’s a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Commons area at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd. Information: 769-4154. Meetings watch The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meets at 10 a.m. today in the […]

Memorial statue commissioned from Fort Sumner sculptor

Courtesy photo Fort Sumner-based artist Mike Scovel has been commissioned to recreate a saluting boy he created for a veterans memorial in Temple, Texas, for a veterans plaza in Schertz, Texas. The original was created nine years ago with his grandson, Kolter West of Fort Sumner, serving as the model. By Kevin Wilson When Ruth […]

McGee: No shame in taking help

This is a message for the young man who came walking down the street the other day and offered to lend a hand as The Lady of the House and I were unloading a massive computer desk we bought at a yard sale. Hey amigo, thanks for offering a hand; it turns out we needed […]

Hounds tie in home opener

CNJ staff The 24th-ranked Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds needed sophomore midfielder Andy Wilkinson’s penalty kick with a little less more than three minutes left to earn a 1-1 tie Tuesday with Lubbock Christian at ENMU Soccer Field. The teams played two 10-minute overtimes. It was the home opener for the Hounds (2-0-1). Adam Goodnight […]

Thursday morning briefing: Mentors needed, loans and Sonny without Cher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mentors needed United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking 1,000 men and women in Curry and Roosevelt counties to be literacy volunteers in area schools. The volunteers will serve as mentors to help kids become better readers. Here’s a link with more info: […]

State spending cuts badly needed

There has been considerable interest from a few Democratic legislators regarding “line-item” or partial vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez to bills appropriating money during the last legislative session. In one case, the governor vetoed a $128 million tax increase on New Mexico businesses. In the other, she trimmed $100,000 from a housing oversight program. These […]

Parental guidance always needed

I’ve always believed, and still do, that it is the task of the grownup to monitor what children watch, or do not watch, and that censorship should play a minimal role. For example, a few years ago, when Jason inadvertantly tuned in to “South Park,” and wanted to watch the “cute little cartoon people,” I […]

In search of ponies: Mother hen not needed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For the record, I wasn’t serious when I said I was contemplating chicken ownership. Yet somehow, a couple months later, I am the proud owner of two hens. “Somehow” may not be the most appropriate word, because I know how it happened. They were in jeopardy of being homeless […]

Letters to the editor: Oversight needed for housing plan

Oversight needed for housing plan I have read with interest the articles and letters concerning the city’s affordable housing plan. I find it deplorable that so much sarcastic rhetoric has been used by both sides, such as “obstructionists,” “misguided and misleading,” “smells like sour grapes,” “socialist policies,” and “from what planet a handful of citizens […]

AgSense: Soil micronutrient deficiencies can affect hay quality

Forages are a significant component of ruminant livestock rations, but crude protein, fiber, digestibility and mineral content affect animal performance often requiring supplementation that leads to increased feed costs. These nutritive value components are often affected by the availability of minerals from the soil. Mineral nutrients are categorized by how much is needed for plant […]

Bin Laden reaction: He needed to be brought to justice

They were already planning to move back to New Mexico to be closer to their families, but Eastern New Mexico United Way Director Erinn Burch said Sept. 11 made she and her husband want to come home that much more. “We decided we didn’t need to find the perfect job; the perfect this or that […]

Xcel Energy seeking rate increase

Thomas Garcia Xcel Energy is seeking a 6.9 percent increase in New Mexico electricity rates. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said the proposed increase was filed Monday at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission meeting in Santa Fe. He said the increase is needed to pay for new infrastructure that will improve reliability. Riley Hill, president […]

Food at the speed of life: Taco soup works when in a pinch

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When my Saturday went a little haywire, I needed quick food. Taco soup was my solution. I’ve modified a recipe from my aunt JoNell to suit my own tastes and schedule. You dump ingredients out of cans into the same pot, it tastes good and it’s low-fat. Taco soup • 2 medium cans diced tomatoes […]

Press release: City to hold town hall meeting on gross receipts tax increase

The City of Clovis will be holding a Town Hall meeting at 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 31st, 2011 at the Clovis Carver Library North Annex to answer questions and present facts regarding the .25% gross receipts tax adjustment needed for the Ute Pipeline Project. City officials and Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives will […]

Education column: School funds go to much-needed projects

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy People sometimes wonder what happens to the dollars that go into our schools. Lots of wonderful things are accomplished throughout the school year and during the summer. School improvements are ongoing, from year to year, but recent bonds are allowing us do some of the much-needed projects that have been waiting for the […]

Thursday morning briefing: Raising the roof and statehood for N.M.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help build a home Volunteers are needed for a Habitat for Humanity workday starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, 310 E. Kaywood St., Portales. They need to raise trusses for a shed and install exterior sheathing on a

Thursday morning briefing: Teens, T-shirts and a whole lot of tea

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Gifts for teens Lighthouse Mission is looking for donations to make Christmas bright for local underprivileged teens. Items needed: Regulation size footballs, basketballs, perfume and bath sets and jewelry sets.