ENMU professor, debate coach retiring

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After 33 years of teaching and wearing many hats at Eastern New Mexico University, Anthony Schroeder, professor of communications and director of the debate and forensics team, is retiring. Senior communications major Erin Griffith had Schroeder as a professor for two class and as debate coach. She meet him […]

Residents, veterans remember the cost of freedom

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer “Blood will always be the cost of freedom.” In those words, Pastor Gary Piepkorn stated the significance of Memorial Day, adding that such is the case with both internal and external freedom. The pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church spoke at the United Daughters of the Confederacy Memorial […]

ENMU’s Harris places 14th in NCAA Division II triple jump

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior Kyle Harris placed 14th in NCAA Division II national triple jump track and field competition on Saturday night at Angelo State University. Harris went 45-7 1/4 inches, bettering his mark of 45-0 1/2 in the 2007 national meet in Charlotte, N.C. Harris, from […]

Gel candles featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on making gel candles and recipes for children to make will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Diane Lieb will show how to make gel candles, which are great for gifts when you aren’t allowed to burn candles in dorms, […]

First person: Pastor returns to answer call

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Pastor Gary Piepkorn was a chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base when the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales opened. Piepkorn moved away from Cannon and after several years, retired from the service at Onizuka Air Station in California. Around the time he retired, Faith in Christ Lutheran Church needed a pastor and they […]

City officials OK rec center rate hike

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales city leaders are moving forward with programs to keep kids busy during the summer. But it all comes at a cost, and one that is higher than Portales residents are used to paying. At issue are two programs dubbed “Kids N Motion” at the Portales Recreation Center. One […]

Take time to demonstrate patriotism

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I could probably count the number of times on one hand I’ve actually been off on Memorial Day or one of the other three-day weekend holidays. Over the years I’ve worked at the newspaper on Memorial Day. Even

State’s ruling slowly stripping away rights

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist Daniel Hauser is at the center of a heated controversy that pits his parents against the state of Minnesota in a question of life, death and freedom. Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minn., was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, this past January. His parents, Anthony […]

Each soldier’s sacrifice always admirable

Freedom New Mexico Sentiment exists for changing the day Memorial Day is observed back to the traditional date of May 30 — it was changed in 1968 to the last Monday in May to give us another three-day weekend. Ironically, May 30 was chosen as the date in 1866 to celebrate Decoration Day, when the […]

Graduation marks end of one chapter in life, beginning of new one for PHS graduates

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By Helena Rodriguez: FNM correspondent Graduating on Friday night meant the end of one chapter in life for David Lucero and 138 other newly tasseled Portales High School graduates. But it also marked the beginning of a new chapter. “The thing I will miss most about high school is being able to see all of […]

Memorial day events, closings

The following are closed Monday for Memorial Day: A listing of Memorial Day activities: Sunday • 8 a.m. — VFW and American Legion members will be spreading out flags at area cemeteries Monday • 9 a.m. — United Daughters of the Confederacy observance, United Daughters of the Confederacy Circle, Portales Cemetery • 10 a.m. — […]

Teen in stable condition

Anthony Sapp, 16, of Portales was upgraded to stable condition Friday at Lubbock Covenant Children’s Hospital. The teenager suffered a head injury Wednesday when thrown from a vehicle driven by a friend — another 16-year-old. It happened at the 1900 block of S. Roosevelt Rd. 4 1/2. Sapp was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital before […]

Board set up to distribute stimulus money for Curry County food programs

Curry County will receive $6,588 in federal stimulus money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for emergency food and shelter. The federal cash will be distributed to local food and shelter programs that meet a May 29 application deadline. A local board made up of the United Way, Salvation Army, Food Bank, […]

Rabid skunk reported in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The first rabies report in Curry County for the year was reported today by the New Mexico Department of Health. A rabid skunk bit an unvaccinated dog, then died, a press release said. The dog will euthanized to prevent it from developing rabies and potentially exposing other animals and people, a press […]

Clovis MainStreet hosting downtown makeover event

Clovis MainStreet is continuing its revitalization efforts by creating a Facade Squad, to help repaint buildings in the downtown district on Saturday. Robyne Beaubien, executive director of the Clovis MainStreet program, said she’s hoping the event will be the first of many. Beaubien said Clovis MainStreet received a grant of $1,500 from Friends of New […]

Cemetery all that’s left of Blacktower

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When the town of Blacktower faded away, the only thing left behind was its dead. The Blacktower Cemetery, located west of the Chavez West Housing edition near Cannon Air Force Base, appears to be a fraction of what it used to be. About eight headstones stick inches, and possibly […]

Press release: Rabid skunk found in Curry County

(Las Cruces) — The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that a skunk from Curry County tested positive for rabies. The Department of Health is reminding residents that it is important to vaccinate their animals to protect them from rabies. The skunk was from the Clovis area of Curry County and bit an unvaccinated […]

Press release: Stepped up enforcement for Memorial Day

Santa Fe—Holiday drivers will see increased law enforcement activity this weekend as they drive across New Mexico. Travelers on I-10 and I-40 will see an intensive traffic safety effort for the Memorial Day Weekend. Police officers will be patrolling both Interstates from border to border. New Mexico officers also join law enforcement from Texas and […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Freedom New Mexico Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman has earned three college degrees, including a doctorate. Bob Elliott, a 25-year veteran who retired in 2004, graduated May 8 with a doctorate in Higher Education from Texas Tech […]