Debris from wind cause of power outage

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Freedom New Mexico An estimated 376 Clovis customers went without power for about an hour Friday due to damage from high winds. Power went out at around 3:50 p.m., and was restored shortly before 5 p.m. City workers helped clear metal roofing that had blown near the intersection of Second and Pile streets, according to […]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long […]

Their view: Marx Brothers were consummate entertainers

Portales’ Ed Watson read Editor David Stevens’ column on old-timers in Sunday’s PNT and brought up a long-ago memory of his own: “I was a submarine sailor during World War II and we were back in Pearl Harbor from patrol and saw Kay Kyser at a USO (United Service Organizations) show. “I noticed a large […]

Insurance personal obligation

By Tibor Machan: Fredom Columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

Health care just another government mandate

This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Brownsville (Texas) Herald. T he passage of the federal health care bill is likely the result of a confluence of various factors. A costly existing system, primarily due to doctor shortages, the cost of existing regulation and hefty lawsuit […]

Congressional republican candidates stump in Clovis

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre in Clovis sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing […]

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 […]

Volunteers for golf tourney sought

Cannon Connections staff The Cannon Spouses Club is seeking volunteers for their third annual Cannon Spouses Club Golf Classic that will be held April 23. All are welcome to volunteer. The planning committee meets from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the The Landing Zone. Information: 850-376-7520 or email CSC_GolfTourney@gmail.com

Discover Home Fair scheduled

Cannon Air Force base is hosting a fair 3 p.m. April 30 for airmen and their families. Vendors will provide information about local sites, tourist destinations, outdoor adventures, special events and attractions in New Mexico and Texas. Visit www.cannonforce.com to sign up for a booth. Booths are $20 and the deadline to sign up is […]

Base to host school town hall meeting

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Educators from Clovis and Portales schools and Clovis Christian School will address issues of interest at a school town hall meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 6 at The Landing Zone. Each speaker will have a 10-minute presentation and then be available to answer questions from the audience.

Rep. Lujan cosponsors legislation to aid military homeowners

Cannon Connections staff Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has cosponsored legislation to help military homeowners who have had to relocate to a new base and sell their homes during a downturn in the housing market, according to a press release from the state representative’s office. In Curry County and the surrounding area, many Cannon airmen and […]

Nonchargeable rest, recuperation approved

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials announced March 22 that Iraq and Afghanistan have been designated as nonchargeable rest and recuperation locations, authorizing service members deployed there, for 270 days or more, 15 days of administrative absence to be used in conjunction with benefits provided under the R&R leave program. “This designation […]

Aviation art gallery opens at Pentagon

By Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — The World War I Skyfighters of France teamed with modern-day American airmen in Afghanistan in an art gallery exhibit in the Pentagon dedicated March 18 by Air Force senior leaders. The exhibit showcases the work of the first aviation artist […]

Portales hosts orientation for Cannon families

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Chris Harrell, a 4th grade teacher, led the Portales Orientation Day for Cannon airmen and their families March 13. Musical entertainment and free food added to the day that included community leaders briefing the new military arrivals on the opportunities and activities available. By: Airman 1st […]

POW/Missing Personnel Office staff updates families of loved ones

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes Bennie Renfro gives a DNA sample during a family update meeting sponsored by the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office March 20 in San Antonio. Renfro’s nephew, Airman 1st Class Leslie McHaney has been missing from the Korean War for more than 30 years. By Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes: […]