Radio purchased complete

Freedom New Mexico Zia Broadcasting Inc. has completed the purchase of the KTQM and KWKA radio stations from Curry County Broadcasting Inc. Rick Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting, said Bob Coker has been appointed as station manager for KTQM/KWKA. He was formerly the general manager for Curry County Broadcasting. Zia Broadcasting also owns KCLV […]

Census Bureau seeking workers

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking workers in the Clovis and Portales areas to assist with the 2010 count. Salaries are in excess of $10 an hour with employment through the end of May. Anyone interested in this employment can go to the following locations at the following times for information: Portales: […]

Hounds, Cameron split LSC twin bill

Freedom New Mexico LAWTON, Okla. — Catcher Paden Vendrely had three hits, including a key two-run double, and right-hander Jerry Manning pitched into the seventh inning as Eastern New Mexico University beat 19th-ranked Cameron 7-3 Friday in the opener of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. The Aggies rallied for four runs in the sixth […]

Programs in place to attract, retain Hispanic students

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A national trend of growing Hispanic student populations hasn’t escaped eastern New Mexico’s institutions of higher learning. Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are offering programs and services designed to appeal and retain their growing Hispanic student population. A recent national survey of 176 institutions noted 55 […]

Zias earn split with Central Oklahoma

Freedom New Mexico EDMOND, Okla. — Senior right-hander Kimberly Crouse pitched five shutout innings and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs Friday, helping Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team blank previously unbeaten Central Oklahoma 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Bronchos (7-1) came back for a 3-1 win in the nightcap. The LSC […]

United Way raises $514,694

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico campaign season ended with $514,694 raised in Curry and Roosevelt counties, according to a news release. The amount raised is 87 percent of the community-wide goal of $580,000 and is about $15,000 less than was raised last year, the release said. Of the $500,000 goal […]

2/20 ENMU/Angelo State basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico Men ENMU (8-15, 3-6 Lone Star Conference South) at Angelo State (15-9, 6-3), 7 p.m. (MST) today at San Angelo, Texas. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last outing: The Greyhounds lost at sixth-ranked Midwestern State 76-57 last Saturday, while the Rams dropped a last-second 85-84 decision on Wednesday at West Texas A&M. Notes: ENMU […]

Richardson downplays setbacks

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican It was supposed to be his “legacy session,” but in some ways Gov. Bill Richardson got kicked in the teeth during his last regular legislative session. Senators blocked one of his appointments to a state board — the first time since Gary Johnson’s first administration. The Senate overwhelmingly voted […]

Let’s put ranch families out in space

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist One of the qualities that characterize dedicated ranchers and farmers is a joyous commitment to hard work. It’s sort of an odd combination of curiosity, independence and bravado. They actually crave the struggle like long-distance runners crave the race. They love their job. Ranching is not a sport. It pits […]

Government habits hard to break

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Meg Whitman is running for governor of California and I haven’t a clue what her chances are. I know I don’t want someone like Arnold to get elected, but then I don’t want hardly anyone to be either re-elected or elected. And Meg Whitman offers a good example […]

Bayh decision leaves questions unanswered

Freedom New Mexico It is generally praiseworthy when a politician announces that he “doesn’t love Congress” and has come to the conclusion that he can serve the public more effectively from a position in the private sector. Thus, Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh’s announcement that he will not seek a third term in November is […]

Annual chili supper set for next week

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Kiwanis Club’s Annual Chili Supper is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Beef or vegetarian chili and several choices of drinks and desserts are included. Dine-in and carry-out are […]

Friday morning briefing: Time capsules, Mrs. Clovis and Farwell basketball

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Time after time The Curry County Centennial Committee needs your help. They’re putting together a Centennial Time Capsule. Got a significant item — historically significant — from 2009 or an idea for one? Contact the committee c/o Diane Nance, 700 N. Main, Suite 10, Clovis. […]

Study: Roosevelt County among healthiest in state

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt and Curry counties are ranked among the 10 healthiest in the state. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of their nationwide study of counties’ health Wednesday. The study included factors such as individual behavior, quality of and access […]

Faith best legacy to leave behind

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My ancestors left me a legacy more precious than gold … a strong faith in God. From my great grandparents to my parents, I have come to know the purpose of life. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep his commandments for this is […]

Zias schedule five games this weekend

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will play five softball games this weekend in Edmond, Okla., after a tournament in Fort Hays, Kan. was canceled because of expected inclement weather. The Zias (3-8) will play a noon doubleheader Friday at University of Central Oklahoma. ENMU will play three games Saturday at Del […]

Special session in store

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature adjourned Thursday without a plan on how to finance public schools and state government in the coming year, marking the first time in 26 years that lawmakers finished a regular session without reaching a budget deal. Shortly after lawmakers wrapped up their 30-day session, Gov. […]

Plane crashes into Austin IRS building

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A low-flying small plane crashed into an office building that houses the Internal Revenue Service in Austin, Texas on Thursday, and at least one person was missing, witnesses and officials said. Assistant Austin Fire Chief Harry Evans said two people have also been taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not […]

House panel derails veto override

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday saved Gov. Bill Richardson the embarrassment of a veto override. The committee tabled a bill that Richardson had vetoed last year — a veto that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly to override. The bill would have forced state agencies to provide […]