Hounds cruise past Chaparrals

Freedom New Mexico LUBBOCK — Senior forward Equs Darby and sophomore guard Tralyn Harden scored 16 points each and combined to go 6-for-7 from 3-point range Tuesday night, lifting Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a 69-54 victory over previously unbeaten Lubbock Christian. Harden went 4-for-5 off the bench from long range, including three in […]

Thursday morning briefing: Christmas on the Pecos and leftovers

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

Thankful I can count many blessings

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things large and small. For instance, on the world stage I am thankful that Saddam Hussein finally got what he had coming. But I’m also thankful for more personal things like the fact that there are still airports and convenience stores that have […]

Ethics issues surface for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Aetna Government Health Plans of Hartford, Conn., appears to have gained an unfair advantage in competing for TRICARE’s North Region support contract, valued at $16.7 billion, by hiring a former chief of staff at TRICARE headquarters to help the company draft its winning proposal. The Government Accountability Office, auditing arm […]

Thanksgiving expression of gratitude

Freedom New Mexico If the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who were present at the original Thanksgiving feast, somehow were transported to modern times to take part in the holiday as we know it today, even they would wonder why we have to suffer through another Detroit Lions football game. Thankfully, since NFL announcer and video […]

Silent auction scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Community Services Center Senior Volunteer Programs has scheduled a Silent Auction at the Portales National Bank Monday through Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Proceeds go to the Seniors Programs. Auction items include a Coca-Cola gift basket, a coffee maker, flower arrangements, gift certificates and more. Bank lobby hours are 9 a.m. […]

FFA president to be part of parade

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State FFA President Ryan Best, an Elida native, is to participate in the 121st Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., as part of the first-ever national FFA organization’s float in the event, according to a news release. Best, along with FFA presidents from all 50 states, Puerto […]

RGH meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting set for Tuesday night was canceled since the board finished interviewing administrator candidates ahead of schedule. The board wrapped up interviews Monday with RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens and health care administrator Richard Smith of Clovis after candidate Jeff Comer Jr. of Arizona called to […]

Wednesday morning briefing: stuffing demo and Amarillo hockey

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

Portales nurse receives recognition

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New Mexico Department of Health registered nurse Carol Morgan of Portales recently received the Excellence in Public Health/Community/School Nursing award from the ITT Technical Institute. Background: Morgan has been in nursing for 29 years. She said she moved to New Mexico from Michigan due to a nursing shortage here. In Michigan, nurses were being laid […]

Thanksgiving meal community effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It’s time for the seventh annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Memorial Building. About 100 turkeys, plus mashed potatoes, vegetables, pumpkin pies and more are being prepared for the community event that gives people a place to go for the holiday. “We start planning 45 to 60 days before […]

Portales police investigating homicide

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By Sharna Johnson A 25-year-old Portales man died of multiple stab wounds Monday night in a fight that spanned more than a block. Marco Bonilla was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital just after 9 p.m. and died of his injuries, Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. Police “absolutely” have a […]

Tuesday morning briefing

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Holiday mailing deadlines

Deadlines For Dec. 25 delivery Domestic U.S. Postal Service • Parcel Post: Dec. 16 • First Class letters, cards: Dec. 21 • Priority mail: Dec. 21 • Express mail: Dec. 23

Sheriff’s deputies arrest 11 over weekend

PNT staff Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies working with New Mexico Game and Fish Department officers arrested 11 people, most for hunting violations, over the weekend, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Saturday, the agencies conducted a “deer decoy operation” in the county. During the effort, the release said, 47-year-old Ramon Sena was […]

Press Release: Digital art and sculpture at ENMU

Eastern New Mexico University student Lamar (Mo) Barnes will display his bachelor’s of fine arts showcase, along with Diana Cole’s artwork, in Golden Library’s Runnels Gallery from Monday, Dec.7 through Thursday, Dec. 10. A closing reception will be held on the last day of the show from 5-7 p.m. Barnes, an animation student, will show […]

Education feature: Students share class feast with family

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Twenty students in the first grade and ingredients for enough Thanksgiving dinners to feed three families — that’s Steiner Elementary School teacher Marea Smith’s recipe for a class feast. For seven years, since she began teaching at first grade, Smith has led her students in making Thanksgiving dishes from […]

Press Release: ENMU sets holiday concert

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host its annual Holiday Concert at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at the University Theatre’s Mainstage. The concert features the University Singers and the Chamber Singers, conducted by Jason Paulk and accompanied by Kayla Paulk, and the Symphonic Band, directed by Dustin Seifert and […]

11/24 ENMU briefs

Employee briefs Donald “Doc” Elder III, Eastern New Mexico University professor of history, wrote a book review for the September/October issue of the journal “Space Times.” He reviewed “Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight” by David Mindell. Robin Wells and Michael F. Shaughnessy of the Educational Studies Department had an article titled “An Interview […]

It’s their job: Administrative assistant survives bone marrow disease

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Exie Williams is the administrative assistant to the director of nursing at Roosevelt General Hospital. Background: I was raised in Portales, and I’ve worked at RGH for six years. I have three kids. I went to school here in Portales and part of my schooling at Eastern (New Mexico University). I haven’t finished my degree […]