My turn: Black-eyed peas make chili sing

I wouldn’t have thought to put black-eyed peas in chili, but my co-worker, Victoria Garrett, does. Her recipe for Black-eyed Pea Chili is modified from a version in the American Profile magazine, and she suggested it for this column. The recipe is tasty and nicely spicy, and Victoria says it’s easy to make, which is [...]

Kenna native wins welding award

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Kenna native Rod Lambirth’s welding techniques are now award winning. Lambirth took two top awards in March for his welding at the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association competition in Tulsa. Lambirth won a silver award in the driveway gates category and a bronze award for interior railings ferrous [...]

Ticket feature: Swing Fever bringing big band era to Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico San Francisco’s Swing Fever will be bringing the nostalgic sounds of the big band era to Clovis April 11. The latest installment in Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series will feature the band’s piano-less swing style complete with vocals and “fresh excitement,” according to the band’s web site. Claiming the most experienced [...]

At least I helped with chumming

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Some people suffer from motion sickness. I’m one of them. Horseback is about the only movement my body can tolerate without nausea. I’ve thrown up in airplanes, cars, trucks, buses, boats — even in water when the only flotation device was my body. I’ve read that about half our [...]

Land commissioner candidate would advocate for farm, oil industries

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PNT staff PNT staff A Roosevelt County farmer and rancher is running for state land commissioner. Matt Rush, who raises beef and wheat, is one of two Republican candidates in the upcoming primary elections. He said he was planning to run for state representative, but a group of Clovis businessmen asked him to become a [...]

Thursday morning briefing: Need you, wind and rain and the history of April Fool

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. You’re needed The Curry County Wellness Council is in dire need of volunteers to help out with the April 10 Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit at Clovis Community College. The summit features author and lecturer Dallas Jessup of “Just Yell Fire” fame. To volunteer, call 575-763-6016 or click [...]

ENMU Music Building near the end of its remodel

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer With a revamped theater, energy efficiency and lots more, the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building is near the end of its remodel. David Burks, superintendent of Bradbury Stamm contracting company, said his crews are finishing the project that started a year ago. ENMU Director of Media Relations [...]

Former EPCOG worker gets 10 years for embezzling

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Calling Lori Howard a “crook,” District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced the 40-year-old former Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG) employee to 10 years in prison Wednesday after she admitted stealing $145,000 in tornado victim relief money. Howard pleaded guilty to 72 counts of embezzlement and fraud and [...]

New Mexico fishing report — April 1

This fishing report, provided by Department of Game and Fish area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions may vary, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast CIMARRON RIVER: Water flow and temperatures are increasing. [...]

Portales Past: April 1, 1945

April 1, 1945: R.F. Atkins of Causey was searching for a Goodyear truck tire and tube. He said he lost it somewhere between Causey and Portales. He was offering an unspecified reward.