Applications being taken for spouse scholarship

By Maj. Belinda Petersen: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — National Military Family Association officials are accepting scholarship applications from military spouses, and the deadline is Jan. 31, 2010. The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship program awards up to $1,000 to military spouses to obtain professional certification or […]

Thursday morning briefing

Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing: Video of the day Clovis freshman Remmington Silveria plays “Ironman” on his tuba in a new video segment called Talent Watch. If you have a talent you want to share let us know. E-mail gabe_monte@link.freedom.com Happy birthday, Lions Today is the 66th birthday of the Portales […]

Read their lips: There is no state money

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico There is no money. The message was plain and simple Wednesday morning as area legislators listened to the wish lists of community leaders. “There isn’t any money, there really isn’t,” a somber Sen. Clint Harden of Clovis told a group gathered at Wells Fargo Bank for the 2010 annual […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. G

Today’s focus: Ms. G Household members: 7 Children: 6 Special circumstances: “Ms. G” is a single parent and is unemployed. “Ms. G” can’t get a job due to her health. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt large. Boys pants sizes 12 husky. Boys shoe sizes 3 […]

ENMU club seeking used shoes

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Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The Students Health and Physical Education Club at Eastern New Mexico University is looking for used shoes. The Used Shoe Drive collects worn shoes, which are sent to Nike for recycling. The shoe drive is going on until Friday. Mary Drabbs, Health and Physical Education chairperson, said the concept originated […]

Local officials laud land gift for Melrose bombing range expansion

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico News that the Melrose Bombing Range is a go for expansion was hailed Tuesday by local officials as a positive for Cannon Air Force Base and eastern New Mexico. Gov. Bill Richardson announced a waiver from Defense officials late Monday which approved the state’s gift of $5 million in […]

Health care overhaul needs new approach

Freedom Newspapers Despite a belated recognition that most Americans care more about lost jobs and the faltering economy than an effort to increase government control over one-sixth of the economy, President Barack Obama has made passage of some sort of health care revision his signature issue. He wants something he can sign by early next […]

Software glitch delays GI payments

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Amanda Collier started college last August armed with a certificate of eligibility to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits that her dad, a Coast Guardsman of 22 years, had earned and transferred to her. Next week Amanda will take final exams for her first semester at the University of Central Oklahoma. […]

Survey ‘Mad Libs’ immature fun

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It might sound funny coming from somebody whose work shows up on paper several times a week. But man, do I hate using paper. If I’m an accountholder anywhere, I always request they go “paperless” — notifying me of balances owed by e-mail or phone. I always try to […]

Hounds’ Mitchell earns second-team All-America

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University junior cornerback Rodney Mitchell was named to the Daktronics All-America second team, the school’s first player to receive All-America honors since 2004. Mitchell, from Sarasota, Fla., and a transfer from New Mexico Military Institute, finished the season with seven interceptions, the most by a Greyhounds player in more […]

Storm causes 2 deaths, outages, damage

Freedom New Mexico Wind gusts of more than 60 mph Tuesday downed power lines and damaged several buildings in Clovis. But unlike deadly consequences in other parts of New Mexico, no injuries were reported in the region. The storm, packing powerful winds, was blamed for two traffic-related deaths on Monday and damage to White Sands […]

Expect strange weather mix

Expect a real mix of weather Tuesday. Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to frost, then sunshine and then snow. The National Weather Service says through late morning a cold front will continue to cross the south central mountains and southeast plains with a quick burst of wind… heavy snow and even a few thunderstorms. […]

Drug awareness presentation scheduled

PNT staff report Patricia Rael from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is scheduled to give presentations today on methamphetamine to local junior high and high school students, teachers and parents. Rael’s presentation aims to explain and help youth make good decisions about methamphetamine, according to information from Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry. Tips […]

Man arrested for stabbing brother

PNT staff report A Roosevelt County man has been arrested and charged with stabbing his brother in the stomach during an argument over money. Douglas Wood, 52, is charged with aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. About […]

Graduating students share plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Almost 230 students are getting ready to walk across the stage and into the next stage of their lives Saturday. At Eastern New Mexico University’s fall commencement, 40 master’s degree candidates and 188 bachelor’s degree candidates are set to graduate, said university President Steven Gamble. Julia Tucker is one […]

Farwell’s Moseley wins fourth round at NFR

Freedom New Mexico Cassie Moseley of Farwell claimed a fourth-round victory in barrel racing Sunday in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. Moseley finished the fourth round with a time of 13.72 seconds, while defending world champ Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, placed second in 13.76 and took over the aggregate lead. Moseley, […]

It’s their job: School resource officer provides mediation, counseling, services

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Portales Police Master Patrol Officer John Mondragon is serving as the school resource officer this year at Portales High School and Portales Junior High School. He has worked with the Portales Police Department since 2001, and has 21 years law enforcement experience. What does your job consist of? I’m a liaison between the schools and […]

Air Force gets approval for N.M. land gift

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says the Air Force has received a waiver from defense officials to proceed with a land gift associated with the Melrose Bombing Range in eastern New Mexico. The waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense follows Richardson’s commitment of $5 million worth of land […]

12/8 ENMU briefs

Faculty and employee briefs Anthony B. Schroeder, professor emeritus, and Glenda Balas published their work with using oral history in the communication classroom in “Action Research in the Classroom.” Tracy Henderson is the new advisor for International Students, replacing Phil Gill, who has accepted a position at Texas Tech University. Barbara James, director of Campus […]

Press release: Man stabbed Saturday

According to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Douglas Wood (52), of Portales, on Saturday, December 5th, 2009 for Aggravated Battery Against a Household Member with a Deadly Weapon after they were dispatched to his home located 1596 New Mexico 236 in Roosevelt County. At […]