God shields mind from bad news

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist

PHS to perform Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The pale, caped man spreads his outstretched hand over the young woman lying asleep in her bed. In a trance, she sits up. Soon, he sinks his teeth into her neck and leaves, promising to make her his queen of the “undead.” Portales High School drama students are putting […]

Getting to know: Engineer began volunteer work in college

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Name: Antonio Sanchez Job: Engineering manager for Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. and owner of Eastern New Mexico Engineering. Background: Sanchez grew up in Raton and moved to Portales in September 1999. He is married to Layle and has three children under the age of 9. Where he’s volunteered: Rotary Club and Roosevelt County Chamber […]

Census count on the horizon

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken in between, […]

Dentist says I’m on dental fast lane

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I lost a tooth the other day. It was the molar on the northwest side next to my only wisdom tooth that ever came in. Which explains why sometimes I go over the edge of common sense. I mean, how many wise men would pass a policeman on a double […]

U.S. too caught up in entitlement

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The time: Early June, 1870 The place: Raton Pass, the segment of the Santa Fe Trail that goes over the mountain from Colorado into New Mexico. The Scene: A group of covered wagons stopped at the bottom of the mountain on the Colorado side. The men are unhitching the teams […]

Halloween festivities fun for everyone

Freedom New Mexico ParentDish.com advises that one of the “cool” candies to hand out this Halloween is white chocolate skulls filled with gummy worms. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take the Fun Size Snickers bar and be content. Halloween as we know it today was derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), […]

Officials to announce chief master sergeant selections

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials selected 475 of 2,276 eligible senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant for a selection rate of 20.87 percent. The average score for those selected was 662.78, with an average time in grade of 3.40 and time in service of […]

President signs Defense Authorization Act

By Gerry J. Gilmore: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House Oct. 28. President Obama hailed the act, which contains $680.2 billion in military budget authority, as transformational legislation that targets wasteful defense spending. The president was accompanied […]

Friday morning briefing: Trunk or Treat, NBA time

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Abuse survivor lends voice to cause

Cannon Connections photo: Eric Butler Dawn Lade, right, hugs Family Advocacy Program Outreach Manager Tyleen Caffrey during a presentation on domestic violence Tuesday night. Lade spoke about her experience in an abusive relationship at the base theater. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The crowd wasn’t big for Dawn Lade on Tuesday night, but it’s a […]

Altrusa readying for annual fundraiser

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Preparations for Holiday Happenings, the annual fundraising dinner and fashion show, are well under way, but organizers haven’t found sponsors for all of the tables. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales has put on Holiday Happenings for 12 years. Mandi Park, Altrusa treasurer, said usually all tables have sponsors by […]

West Texas A&M rallies past Zias

Freedom New Mexico West Texas A&M scored twice in a four-minute span midway through the second half and rallied to beat Eastern New Mexico University 2-1 in a men’s Lone Star Conference soccer match Wednesday in Portales. Aaron Thornton poked home the game-winner for the fifth-ranked Buffaloes on a through pass from Abel Olivas with […]

A throwback to prehistoric times

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer When it comes to hunting, technology has advanced a great deal since the days of slinging spears or rocks to bring down large animals for food. This Saturday, residents can see the tool prehistoric hunters used when modern-day competitors compete in 9th annual Atlatl Throw at the Blackwater Draw […]

Thursday morning briefing: Dragon Ball, Halloween weather

Freedom New Mexico Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Video games for the weekend: Jenna Zamie, a copy editor for the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune, spends much of her free time playing video games. Here are summaries of three recent releases:Game: Borderlands Genre: First-person shooter System: 360, PS3 What […]

Bill OKs $1 million for Ute project

Freedom New Mexico A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama, according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

Business Feature: Business venture joint effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer C.B. Eddins and his wife Norma Griffin work together selling Avon products for little extra Christmas money for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eddins and Griffin met at the Portales Senior Center and have been married for three years. The retired couple has been working with Avon for a […]

Albuquerque man vying for governor

Freedom New Mexico Doug Turner included Clovis on a whirlwind tour of the state Wednesday to announced his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. A one-time campaign manager for former Gov. Gary Johnson and currently the owner of a public relations firm in Albuquerque, Turner visited Las Cruces and Roswell prior to flying to Clovis […]

Ticket feature: Pumpkin farm offers maze of hay, mountain of pumpkins

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Freedom New Mexico Just north of Clovis, a hay bale maze leads past a pumpkin mountain on the way to a sea of pumpkins. Those are just a few of the activities available at Davis Farms Pumpkin Patch. Kenneth Davis said he’s been growing pumpkins for 21 years. In years past, he opened up the […]

Act ends controversial personnel system

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama’s signature today on the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial pay-for-performance personnel system is abolished. About 220,000 Defense Department employees who had come under the National Security Personnel System will transition back to the long-standing General Schedule system, but that will […]