ENMU volleyball team has high hopes

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer An 0-4 beginning of the 2009 season may not be something to stand on the roofs and shout about, but Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team members are actually pointing at the start as a major improvement. The experienced Zias know how quickly things can go south, as first-hand […]

Oasis State Park hosting fishing derby

Friends of Oasis State Park is staging a Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Registration is open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. All ages can participate in the derby, which offers prizes ranging from $10 to $75. Prizes are to be awarded based on the weight of the fish. […]

Student heads to Italy for arm wrestling championship

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico tho When Ashley Romero was young, her father told her never to date a guy she could beat at arm wrestling. That didn’t leave many prospects for dating, so she had to break the rule. She’s 18 now, attending Tucumcari’s Mesalands Community College, and preparing for a trip to […]

Lake officials anticipate busy Labor Day weekend

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico If you’re thinking about spending Labor Day weekend at an area lake, better start thinking about camping arrangements. Conchas State Park and Ute Lake State Park officials said Tuesday that all of their reservation sites have been filled. Administrator Lorna Ford said Conchas has 76 campsites that can be […]

Freedom Chapter 11 first day motions approved

Freedom Communications, the parent company of Freedom New Mexico, announced Wednesday it has received approval of first-day motions designed to ensure daily operations continue as the company restructures. The relief approved today by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware allows the privately-owned media company to pay employee wages and benefits, use its […]

Parents finally getting to know me

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I don’t need everything spelled out to me. That’s why when I was visiting a friend a few months ago, I could tell a female guest had just gotten out of a relationship. She said she was, “trying to stay strong,” which meant she’s not going to cry about the […]

Oil prices bury retiree allowance

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist It was higher oil prices last year that led to the largest annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to federal entitlements since 1982. Good thing, too. Lowered oil prices since then are almost certain to block any COLA this year for military retirees, federal civilian retirees, Social Security recipients, survivor benefit annuitants […]

Afghanistan could taint presidency

Freedom New Mexico Afghanistan, although slightly off the media radar as compared to town halls about health care or the death of Michael Jackson, is shaping up as having more potential to shape perceptions of President Obama’s tenure in office than any other issue. In contrast to Iraq, the president has taken possession of the […]

Artists show off ceramic works

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University’s Group Ceramic Exhibit includes 30 exhibits and a chance to meet artists from across the country. It’s Sept. 25-26 at the Runnels Gallery in the Golden Library and is open to the public. Christopher Calderon, Runnels art gallery manager, said the ceramics show is playful in […]

UT-Permian Basin blanks Hounds

ODESSA, Texas — Marcelo Andres scored on a rebound shot midway through the first half and Texas-Permian Basin went on to a 2-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in men’s soccer on Tuesday. Junior goalkeeper Josh Bussen stopped the initial shot by the Falcon’s Brandon Pepper, but Andres converted the deflection to break the […]