Area farmers: Harvests ‘spotty’

By Chris Schmaedeke It mattered where the location was for this year’s harvest in Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. All three counties saw ups and downs this year. The word used most to describe the harvest was “spotty.” Quay County struggled with lack of water and dry conditions. “Farmers had very little water,” Tom Dominguez, […]

Medicaid meeting planned in Roswell

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Human Services Department has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the proposed Medicaid Coverage Concept developed to improve the current Medicaid program, according to a news release. Discussion will cover proposed changes to Medicaid, a proposed buy-in to the State Coverage Plan and adding more benefits to the current […]

Workforce ready

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area community colleges are offering programs designed to help students earn state certification allowing them to enter the workforce with more opportunities. For many, a traditional four-year college education such as programs offered at Eastern New Mexico University is just not an option. While ENMU has adjusted to offer […]

ENMU-East Central basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico Men ENMU (4-2) vs. East Central (1-2), 4 p.m. today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last outing: The Greyhounds erased a 19-point, first-half deficit to lead briefly down the stretch, but lost 67-63 to Southeastern Oklahoma in a crossover game at Greyhound Arena. ECU […]

Operation Santa Cop toy drive in full swing

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An electric toy guitar … a couple of Barbie dolls … Play Dough. That and more came out of black trash bags as Portales Police Department staff unloaded Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive donations from the Portales High School National Honor Society. The group presented officers […]

Southeastern Oklahoma holds off Hounds

Freedom New Mexico Senior center William Slones’ dunk with 3:06 left erased Eastern New Mexico University’s only lead of the night and Southeastern Oklahoma went on to a 67-63 men’s Lone Star Conference crossover victory over the Greyhounds on Thursday night at Greyhound Arena. The Savage Storm (3-3), winning for the third time in a […]

Savage Storm blows past Zias

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Freedom New Mexico Southeastern Oklahoma hit four 3-pointers in the first 3 minutes, 15 seconds en route to a 14-0 lead Thursday night, and the unbeaten Savage Storm never looked back in an 87-66 women’s Lone Star Conference victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. The youthful Savage Storm — with seven sophomores […]

State engineer puts halt to ag wells

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Citing limited groundwater supply in the area, the Office of the State Engineer has issued an order to close the Ogallala Aquifer to new applications for agricultural wells. The issue drew discussion during a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday lasting just 15 minutes, with all action items unanimously approved […]

Friday morning briefing

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Video of the day: All aboard for one of eastern New Mexico’s jewels. Our video is an inside look at the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum: Video game of the day: Game: Karaoke Revolution Genre: Rhythm / Music System: 360, PS3 This singing game features 50 songs […]

Police analyzing autopsy results of fatal crash

PNT staff report Portales police have autopsy results for a 71-year-old woman who died after being struck by a vehicle Oct. 30. Police said Thursday they are expecting to decide whether to charge the driver in a matter of days. Trevor Nuckols, 16, of Portales, was identified as the driver of the pickup truck that […]

Swine flu clinic set for Saturday at ENMU

PNT staff report A swine flu vaccine clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. The free shots will be provided in the Aztec Room of the Campus Union Building. The clinic is open to the public, with the following eligibility criteria: • Children, ages 6 months to […]

Councilman Watkins announces Mayoral bid

City Councilman Gary Watkins is running for mayor of Portales. The 54 year-old Portales born native is serving his third term as Ward B councilman. He worked with the Fire Department for 25 years before retiring in 1999. In announcing his candidacy Thursday, Watkins said because he is retired he believes he can put forth […]

Charge filed in fatal fight

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales man is charged with aggravated battery in a fight that led to the stabbing death of 25-year-old Marco Bonilla of Portales. But police said Thursday no one has been charged with killing Marco Bonilla. Investigators are still sorting through evidence. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said […]

Christmas is in your heart

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Here we go again. It’s getting a little boring, but I am still going to say, Let’s forget these two words, “politically correct.” Excuse me, but I’m getting tired of hearing “someone may be offended.” Hey, this is our country and we love the land of the free! I will […]

Snow hinders traffic

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Snow and below freezing temperatures Thursday had drivers slip sliding to work. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said there were four accidents. “They were all called in as accidents without injuries,” Berry said. “The ones I have been to are just enough to block traffic.” The thermometer is […]

Press release: State Engineer closes Curry-Portales basins to new groundwater appropriations

The State Engineer has issued an order closing the High Plains aquifer in Curry-Portales Underground Water Basins (CPUWBs) to the filing of applications for new appropriations of ground water.

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. Y

Today’s focus: Ms. Y Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. Y” and her husband are unemployed and are struggling financially. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes large, 7-8, 10-12, 3-4 and 3. Girls pants sizes 15, 7-8, 10-12, 3-4 and 3. Girls shoe […]

Even farm goats can have shot at fame

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is a parable of the International Goat Sensation: a story about a boy and his goat. Tim was a kind-hearted graduate student who raised longhorn cattle. On his daily trips from ranch to school and back, he passed a plowed field with sparse feed left. A big horse and […]

Private property belongs to oneself

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In a wide-ranging review essay of Amartya Sen’s recent ambitious book, “The Idea of Justice,” Moshe Halbertal, a philosopher from the Hebrew University, unleashes arguments against the right to private property that are supposed to be even stronger than those Sen himself offers. Sen regards this right as […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]