ENMU students march for immigration reform

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer For Marina Pina, who came to the United States from Mexico five years ago, her first trip to Washington, D.C., was not a tour. It was to march for immigration reform. Immigrants from across the country participated in “March for America” on March 21 in the nation’s capital. Pina, […]

Local churches prepare for Easter

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer On the cusp of Holy Week, local churches have a variety of plans to remember the last days and resurrection of Christ. “It’s an opportunity for Christians to remember the significance of the sacrifice that Christ made for us and to walk with him during his last hours and […]

Friday morning briefing: A youth survey and high winds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing.

Farmers need to elevate their reputation

By Baxter Black: On the edge of common sense As the percentage of farmers continues to decrease in proportion to the population, it seems the harder the ANTIs (HSUS, PETA, Sierra Club, name one) try to increase America’s dependence on foreign food, just as they have done with manufacturing, energy, timber, and steel. They have […]

How to help

An account for donations to the family of Portales High School senior Jacob Rutherford has been set up at Portales National Bank. Jacob, son of Donna and Scooter Rutherford, broke both legs and his left arm earlier this month while riding a dirt bike outside of Tatum. He remains in University Medical Center in Lubbock. […]

Fertilizer prices dropping

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Fertilizer prices have dropped in recent months but not enough for some area suppliers and farmers. Curtis Breshears, owner of SPRA-Green Inc. in Portales, said fertilizer costs that sprouted as high as $800 a ton have wilted to about $400. “It is half of what it was, but it […]

Ticket feature: Opera tour stopping in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Santa Fe Opera’s spring tour, featuring soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and baritone Sean Anderson, will be in Clovis on April 20. With a free 7 p.m. performance for the public, the tour will perform at 1:15 p.m. for students at Town Hall at Clovis Community College. Words and Music, is a short, […]

My turn: Green chile adds flavor to culture

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer “What’s the fascination with green chile?” a co-worker asked. According to county natives: “Other than the fact it’s just plumb good, it’s good for you. And it’s tradition. Everything’s better with green chile on it, the way I see it.” — Rick Ledbetter, chile grower. “Green chile is our […]

Bovine STD topic of meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNt senior writer New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting. Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers. The meeting will cover the state of the disease in the area, management options and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Floyd girls, Clovis grads and no snow

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Be there Monday, the Floyd Lady Broncos officially get the prize. 8 a.m. at the Floyd High School, the Lady Bronco basketball team will be presented the official state championship trophy. Their win in New Mexico’s version of March Madness marked the first state championship […]

Cowboy wife’s ‘happily ever after’ not as romantic as in movies

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist The cowboy rides up horseback, leading a good-looking sorrel mare that’s his gift to you, and the two of you ride off into the sunset and live “happily ever after.” That’s the way it happens in the movies and the romantic novels. Excuse me. Here is a typical morning […]

Portales Past: March 31, 1950

March 31, 1950: The Yam theater was advertising two features — The “Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock” and a return showing of “Gungadin,” starring Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Joan Fontain.

Portales Past: March 30, 1910

March 30, 1910: C.V. Harris & Co. offered the following sale items: Ladies oxfords from $3 to $1.50, Stetson hats for $5, men’s pants from $3 to $1.07, ladies skirts from $7.50 to $3.50.

Portales Past: March 29, 1955

March 29, 1955: Mac’s Drive In encouraged customers to “Eat in your car as you are.” The day’s special: Fried chicken, radishes, green onions, potato salad, cole slaw and hot rolls for 49 cents.

Portales Past: March 28, 1945

March 28, 1945: Portales Drug Co. offered the following for sale: large tube of Lifebuoy shaving cream for 27 cents, deck of oversized playing cards for 45 cents, bottle of 100 Aspirin for 33 cents, package of 20 business envelopes for 4 cents.

Portales Past: March 27, 1960

March 27, 1960: Mountain States Telephone Co. and Roosevelt County Telephone Co-op began “extended area service” for county telephone users. It meant subscribers in Dora, Causey, Milnesand and Elida could call Portales (and vice versa) directly, without going through a toll operator. About 3,800 telephones were in use in the county.

Portales Past: March 26, 1945

March 26, 1945: Portales’ B.F. Bennett announced he’d pulled a 65-pound catfish from the Rio Grande river in Texas. Bennett said he and his unnamed partner spent 30 minutes landing the prize and both were “soaking wet” when the ordeal ended.

Portales Past: March 25, 1945

March 25, 1945: Clovis Army Air Field officials announced pilots flew 1,581 hours during the previous week — a record for B-29 bases. “The continuing increase in flying hours is ample proof of the devotion to duty and pride in organization that exists among all personnel of the field,” base Commander Col. Herbert Morgan Jr. […]

Fire consumes 70 acres of range land

Freedom New Mexico An estimated 70 acres of range land burned Tuesday from a fire officials say was touched off by sparks from a cutting torch. The Portales Fire Department was called to the fire in the 400 block of Blackwater Road at 10:29 a.m. Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said workers were using the torch […]

Oasis State Park preps for trout derby

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer