Braving Black Friday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Three women in Clovis have donned variations of Santa hats early Black Friday for their traditional day of shopping for the past 10 years. Jennifer McKinney, her sister Carri Valverde and her mother Linda Jacquez wear the hats to take some stress out of the chaos on the first […]

No arrests announced in fire

Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said Friday no arrests have been announced in relation to the fire that gutted K-Bob’s Steakhouse on Wednesday. Officials at the fire department said the case is still under investigation. The Clovis Police said Wednesday the case is being investigated as an arson.

Police: Five people may have been involved in fight

The Portales Police Department is presenting information to the district attorney office from statements given by witnesses to Monday’s homicide, according to Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry. No arrests have been made, but Berry said there are suspects in mind in the death of 25-year-old Marco Bonilla. “It is kind of hard to tell right […]

11-28 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” is unemployed. She was in a car accident earlier this year and lost her daughter and due to the accident her son had to get brain surgery. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt […]

Tired of machines ordering me around

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with Bossy Britches Machines. Our motor vehicles insist on telling us our “windshield washer is low” or we might ought to “check the oil.” The worst is the bright yellow light announcing our “fuel is low.” Do they think we can’t […]

China proves federal Internet regulations fail

Freedom New Mexico Why is it important to condemn government regulation of the Internet? You don’t have to look much further for an answer than China’s latest battle to preside over the “World of Warcraft” computer game. In a power struggle of galactic proportions, two bureaucratic Chinese government agencies are squabbling as to which is […]

Blessings come with prayers

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist We may never know where or how our prayers are answered, but be assured they are. I was privileged to know an answered prayer that happened in a doctor’s office many years ago. “Have a seat, and the doctor will be with you shortly,” the young receptionist said. She then […]

Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

Band carries on legacy of Spanish music

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By PNT Correspondent: Helena Rodriguez Halfway between Clovis and Portales is the huge Garcia estate known as the Midway, consisting of a popular Spanish music dance hall adjacent to a sprawling Mexican style ranch. The ranch has grown in size over the years as the musical success of the family band, Los Huracanes del Norte […]

Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]

Friday morning briefing:charitable donations and cooking tapas

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

Empty stocking program starts Friday

Freedom New Mexico The number of children the Salvation Army is hoping to help has almost doubled this holiday season, according to Maj. Kevin Ray. Friday the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune will launch their annual Empty Stocking program in partnership with The Salvation Army. Every day until Christmas, a local family in need […]

ENMU students share holiday plans

Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Thanksgiving is a time of the year where family and friends come together to give thanks. Eastern New Mexico Students might live and work in Portales, but some make the trek home to be with family. Senior Cody Evans, 23, of Roswell is a graphic design major. Evans said the […]

Man facing child porn charges

PNT staff report A Portales man has been charged with almost 250 counts of child pornography. Deputies from Roosevelt and Curry counties arrested Parviz Marcus McKeand, 22, Sunday after executing a search warrant at his residence in the 500 block of South Avenue F, according to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators […]

Woman, infant die of swine flu

PNT staff report A 54-year-old Curry County woman and a Quay County infant are among four New Mexicans who died from the H1N1 flu virus this week, according to the state Department of Health. The Quay County infant had no other health conditions, but the Curry County woman suffered chronic health conditions, according to a […]

Business feature: Shop owner fills antique niche

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PNT staff report Sherry Fahrenkrug found a niche when she came to Portales and started working in retail, selling candles, antiques and other odds and ends. Her business is Old Barn Finds. Fahrenkrug started out in landscaping in Las Cruces 14 years ago. She moved to Portales after she met her business partner, Dave Nash, […]

Ticket feature: CCC group performing ‘Holy Ghosts’

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As the cast and crew hurriedly prepared for dress rehearsal, the crunch of straw under their feet drowned out the urges from director Christy Mendoza The straw set the scene of a rural meeting house of a southern Pentecostal sect, which the story of “Holy Ghosts” centers around The […]

Roosevelt County names jail administrator

Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County hired David Casanova to fill the administrator position at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to a news release the county sent Wednesday. He is scheduled to start Dec. 21 for a salary of $52,000 per year. Casanova has been in corrections since 2002 and currently […]

K-Bob’s Steakhouse gutted by fire

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Investigators suspect arson in a fire that destroyed a 43-year-old Clovis restaurant Wednesday morning. K-Bob’s Steakhouse on Mabry Drive was lost to the blaze by the time firefighters received a call, officials said. No one was injured. “Suffice it to say we suspect arson and we’re investigating it as […]