Hounds sweep Tarleton State

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Freedom New Mexico Senior third baseman Sean Cruce reached base all eight times up, including a game-winning single in the opener, and the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team swept a Lone Star Conference doubleheader from Tarleton State Friday at Greyhound Field. The Hounds (7-5, 7-3 LSC), who came into Friday tied for third in […]

2/27 ENMU/Texas A&M-Kingsville basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico Men Texas A&M-Kingsville (13-13, 3-8 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (9-16, 4-7), 3 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last outing: The Greyhounds edged Abilene Christian 74-71 at Abilene on Tuesday. Kingsville handed West Texas A&M a last-second 64-62 loss at home on Wednesday. Notes: The Hounds won the […]

Student serving on police force

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer From patrol to dispatch to animal control, a Portales college student is observing law enforcement up close and personal. Jessica Pacheco, a senior in criminal justice at Eastern New Mexico University, is serving as an intern with the Portales Police Department. She aims to become an officer, but hasn’t […]

Friday morning briefing: Backyard video and national parks

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day A natural history museum for eastern New Mexico and it’s right “In Your Backyard.”Question of the day What are your impressions of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, following Thursday’s forum?Web site of the day View and purchase photos published in Freedom New […]

We all have teacher for life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist A student who recognizes and remembers me is one of the many blessings in my life. Thirty-one years of teaching little ones stay indelibly imprinted in my memory. The bond between teacher and student remains. I tried to figure out one time just how many students I had taught in […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Gary Watkins

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Name: Gary Watkins Birth date: Feb. 7, 1955 Profession: Retired from Portales fire department Years in Portales: Life If you’d like to ask him some questions: 760-8962 or shortman103@hotmail.com

Sometimes, best choice is to let it go

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist In an effort to manage the 20-section ranch more efficiently, the boss bought Jake a Ranger, a four-wheel drive muscle car ATV. The cowboys on this west Texas ranch were equipped with cell phones, of course. What modern cowboy isn’t. They have replaced Copenhagen as the habit-forming addiction for the […]

Hand-me-down thinking not needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Often those who study the history of philosophy and compare it to the history of other disciplines, especially science, complain that in philosophy no progress is made, that philosophers keep talking about the same thing, that nothing ever gets resolved. It appears clear that in each age most […]

Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Dennis Lopez

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Name: Dennis Lopez Birth date: Oct. 12, 1968 Profession: Mental Health Resources program director for supported employment Years in Portales: 35 If you’d like to ask him some questions: 607-6615 and lopezdennis2001@yahoo.com

North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks […]

Thursday morning briefing: Gang talk, sexting and a strong arm

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. For parents Parents get the skinny on gangs, bullying, sexting, etc from local cops. It’s called the “Modern Day Parenting Presentation” 6 p.m. at Marshall Middle School. Strong armed Eastern New Mexico University junior pitcher Anthony Smith of 29 Palms, Calif., is Lone Star Conference […]

Ag Expo comes to close

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The annual Ag Expo ended Wednesday with attendance slightly below last year, with icy road conditions the first day and a bleak economy. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King said more than 3,000 attended, including 2,655 ticket holders and 450 vendors. A year ago, the Expo […]

Federal grant to expand Internet access

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications received a federal grant Wednesday of more than $11 million to expand high-speed Internet access in eastern and central New Mexico. According to a news release from the state Department of Information Technology, the company plans to use the American Recovery and Reinvestment money to enhance existing […]

ENMU hosting career fair

Freedom New Mexico A career fair Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University is open to the public. ENMU Counseling and Career Services is presenting the fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Campus Union Building Ballroom. Participants can explore job opportunities and interview with local, regional and national employers, according to a news […]

U.S. hockey coverage overhyped

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Sunday was great for me — as a hockey fan, as a Ryan Miller fan and as an American. But calling it historic seems a little offsides. Yes, the United States’ 5-3 win, with Miller in net, sent ripples through Canada. The Vancouver Sun’s headline was, “Woe Canada.” On Monday, […]

DoD pulls plug on records system

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist After spending $1 billion and 12 years of effort, Defense officials have pulled the plug on a hapless plan to bring the four military branches under a single, modern payroll and personnel records system. “This program has been a disaster,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the […]

Odds of passing health care bill getting slimmer

Freedom New Mexico There is a certain surreal air to the discussion surrounding a new White House health care reform proposal and the upcoming “summit” on health care between President Obama and congressional Republicans scheduled Thursday. Proponents of government-oriented health insurance reform confidently predict that if the president can simply expose the Republicans as obstructionists […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Sharon King

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four candidate profiles in the Portales mayoral race. Elections are Tuesday, March 2.

Ingle: More data needed to pass budget

Staff and wire reports Even by postponing the special session till Monday, the state Senate minority leader says the governor is still asking the Legislature to guess at a budget. Tuesday, Gov. Bill Richardson moved the start of the special session, originally planned for today, to next week in response to requests from legislators. Sen. […]