First person: Dispatcher works ’round the clock

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Carolyn Aragon of Clovis has a degree in computer science but the thought of working with computers bores her. She’s chosen to work as a dispatcher for the past 15 years. After working as a dispatcher in Clovis for 14 years, she moved to working in Portales last year. Stress diet: I love my job. […]

Friday morning briefing: Backyard video and Chamber awards

Happy New Year! And welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day Check out our latest walk through an attraction… In your backyard. And the winner is… Have someone special in mind you’d like to honor? You have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to nominate them for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber annual awards. […]

Officials: Less holiday trash collected this year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Chances are the day after Christmas you took a heap of trash out to a bin that was either full, almost full or overflowing with garbage. But area trash crews report collecting less waste after Christmas compared to last year. And they are not expecting much of an increase […]

Elida woman inducted to 4-H Hall of Fame

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Glenda Parrish Anthony of Elida was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame earlier this month for working at something she just might enjoy more than anything. Anthony was among 13 given a place of honor Dec. 15 for their service to the program. Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist […]

Texas tour full of memories, friends

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I made the trip to Texas this fall and was able to revisit a couple of monumental memories, just to see if they were real. When I was going to veterinary school in Colorado I worked summers in the feedlots managed by Diamond A Cattle Co. The second year I […]

Health care not entitlement

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist I am fond of affordability. That extends to insurance.My home, car, health and sometimes travel insurance would at their best be something I can well afford. But then this is so with whatever it is that I am in the market for — shoes, food, furniture, electronics, etc. I like […]

Look to new decade, keep past in mind

Freedom New Mexico The general reverence for New Year’s Day dates back to the most ancient of times. Counted among the gods of the Roman pantheon was Janus, the two-headed deity who inspired the modern name for the first month of the year. One of Janus’ faces supposedly looked back into the past to recall […]

New year brings clean slate

By Joan Clayton 2009 has come and gone with its challenges. With so many issues in government, chaos in culture, economy and all kinds of personal situations life would seem to be the pits. Not so dear reader. We are living in the “meanwhiles.” Whatever our life span covers, the real life is “losing your […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

Freedom New Mexico Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a […]

Business feature: Business owners believe community is key

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Giving back to the community and helping employees better themselves are part of the formula John Snowberger says have turned his McDonald’s restaurants into successful operations. Snowberger and his business partner and wife, Robyn, own and operate seven McDonald’s Restaurants in eastern New Mexico. Snowberger moved from California to New Mexico for a job in […]

Thursday morning briefing: Local talent and college Bowlmania

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Video of the day Lots of local talent. It’s our Talent Watch. Bowlmania Five bowl games are on the schedule with two standing out. The Sun Bowl matches up Oklahoma and Stanford at noon on CBS. In primetime, Virgina Tech plays Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A […]

Cannon airman remembers slain father

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PNT staff report A Cannon airman led a jammed funeral service for his father earlier this week, slain in an East Oakland, Calif., robbery. Bounhom Manyvong, 59, was a security guard at an Auto Zone store. He was shot and killed Dec. 19. Tuesday, about 300 people — including more than 50 security guards from […]

Texas Tech fires football coach Leach

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Texas Tech fired coach Mike Leach on Wednesday, just two days after he was suspended by the school as it investigated his treatment of a player with a concussion. The school handed a termination letter to Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, just minutes before the two sides were to appear in […]

Lyons to run for new office

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons isn’t ready for his career in public service to end next year. Lyons, a 1972 graduate of Clovis High School, is hoping he can parlay his final year as state land commissioner into a successful run to the Public Regulation Commission. As he is term-limited, Lyons will spend […]

Local bars, senior center ready to ring in new year

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer By Clarence Plank PNT Staff Writer clarence_plank@link.freedom.com New Years eve revelers will have an assortment of places to ring in 2010. Area businesses are opening their doors with drink specials, live bands and food. And, a non-alcoholic party features dancing at the Portales Senior Center. Portales Senior Center Director […]

Snowstorm hampers travel

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The third snowfall of the season dumped as much as 3 inches in the area Tuesday, making for treacherous driving and many minor accidents. The snow storm blanketing most of central and northern New Mexico, moved in just after 9 a.m. Area law enforcement encouraged people to stay home. […]

Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Loss of leaders leaves void to be filled

Freedom New Mexico This decade brought the loss of four iconic friends of liberty whose ideas helped change the course of history. We will certainly miss President Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr. and Milton and Rose Friedman. Few American presidents have demonstrated the principled discipline of Ronald Reagan. His political career started in California […]

It’s their job: Emergencies part of job duties

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Keith Wattenbarger moved to Portales 26 years ago to play football on a scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University and decided to stay. Wattenbarger is the Roosevelt County Emergency Management director. He met his wife a week after moving to Portales. They have been married for 21 years and have five children. What is your […]