Year in review: Portales proves its resiliency

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Freedom New Mexico The year 2009 may well be remembered as one of change for Portales and Roosevelt County. Portales’ only movie theater closed, and the city got a new manager. Also, area residents weathered a slew of spring fires and its share of H1N1 flu cases, plus low milk prices slammed the local dairy [...]

Failed substation underwent routine maintenance

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves says a substation blamed for a weekend power outage was last tested in November 2008. Reeves said Monday that he spoke to the substation manager, who explained substations are on a five-year maintenance schedule. It passed in November 2008 and was scheduled for more [...]

Hunter education course scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A hunter education course is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30-31 in Portales The course includes firearm safety, bow hunting, hunter responsibilities, wildlife identification and management, and field survival. Under state law, anyone under 18 who hunts with a firearm must complete the course. A donation of $5 per [...]

It’s their job: Portales man fulfills dream of helping others

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Cody Padgett is a six-year firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. He moved from Lubbock in 1994. Padgett has training in two levels of firefighting and as a hazardous material technician. He is in paramedic school, which will take him a step up from his current intermediate Emergency Medical Technician training. “We’re always going to [...]

Salvation Army pleased with holiday donations

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico The Salvation Army wrapped up the year “better than expected” according to Maj. Tammy Ray. “Overall, we did really well,” Ray said. “The needs were met.” Ray said the Angel Tree ministry was able to help 766 children from all 241 families who asked for assistance. The Salvation Army [...]

Hounds no match for Division I Cougars

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico PROVO, Utah — The Brigham Young men’s basketball team is pushing for a spot in college basketball’s Top 25, and the Cougars did little to hurt their chances Saturday night. Reserve Michael Loyd Jr. scored a game-high 17 points, leading four players in double figures as the Cougars rolled [...]

Card making featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on attaining your goals, making gifts and gift wraps, and card making will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday noon. Lance Heft is a businessman, author and entrepreneur and has written a book titled “Your Turn to Win.” He will [...]

Monday morning briefing: We’re talking how to start your business

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day Behind the scenes at the Clovis landfill… it’s At your service. Question of the day Michael Jackson… swine flu… Tiger Woods? What in 2009 did you most tire of talking about or hearing? Please share your thoughts in the comment section [...]

DECADE IN REVIEW: Y2K and beyond

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Y2K didn’t hurt a bit. The hours and days after 9/11 hurt a lot, but concerns that we would live the rest of our lives in fear of terrorists never really materialized. Cannon Air Force Base closing would have been disastrous … but it didn’t happen. So most [...]

Power outage leaves estimated 1,800 homes dark

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico An estimated 1,800 Portales residents woke to cold and dark homes after a power outage early Saturday morning. Xcel Energy crews had restored power to most homes by 5 p.m. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation overload cut off power about 3 a.m. and repair crews had to [...]