Courthouse closing for funeral

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Courthouse is scheduled to be closed 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday for funeral services for Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rick Short.

Goats provide effective weed control

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Remember that old song, “Bill Grogan’s Goat?” After the goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline Bill “gave him a whack” and tied him to the railroad track. When the whistle blew and the train drew nigh the goat “gave three groans of awful pain, coughed up those […]

Candidate profiles: Roosevelt County tax assessor

PNT staff Editor’s note: Two Republicans are seeking the nomination for Roosevelt County Assessor in the June 1 primary election. No Democrats filed as candidates. The following profiles are part of a series on candidates in local races. Both candidates were asked the same set of questions. Tex L. Belcher (Incumbent) • Why do you […]

Thursday morning briefing: Family night, the census and Oldsmobiles

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing.Please note: There is a high-wind watch in effect today and tonight. Family night Yucca Middle School is hosting Family Night today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Topics covered will include transition and math. Sixth graders and families from Yucca’s feeder schools are also invited […]

In Tribute: Portales officer described as fun-loving, loyal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Capt. Richard “Rick” N. Short was a jokester and an avid golfer with a big heart, the people who knew him say. A Portales native, Short, 49, died Tuesday of a heart attack while off duty. “He was a very loving, caring, honest man; a great […]

Ticket feature: CCC students to perform songs from broadway hits

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Freedom New Mexico Students of Clovis Community College’s Broadway-style singing class are putting on a performance Monday night. The show will include performances from Broadway hits such as Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, Oklahoma!, Chicago and more. Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall at CCC, on stage performances make up more […]

My turn: Brussels sprouts don’t deserve bad rep

aduncan@pntonline.com I think more people would like Brussels sprouts if they were just cooked right. Of course Brussels sprouts aren’t going to taste good if they’re bland or too mature. I use frozen Brussels sprouts because they’re quick, and I season them much the way my parents taught me. A college friend who abhorred just […]

Portales seniors keep active through Olympic games

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local seniors are competing all week in the Roosevelt County Senior Olympics Summer Games with a chance to move on to the regional games in Las Cruces in July. Remaining events take place at Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday and Friday. Roosevelt County Senior Olympic Coordinator Lupe Montoya […]

Church profile: Third and Kilgore Church of Christ

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Third and Kilgore Church of Christ Location: Third and Kilgore streets Phone: 356-6150 Services: Sunday Bible Class at 9 a.m., worship at 10 a.m., evening service at 6 p.m. Also, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Description: According to Teaching Minister David Heflin, “We are a family-oriented church committed to following Jesus as Lord with Scripture as […]

Burglary arrest made

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police say they have arrested a man believed to be behind burglaries dating back to last September. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said Jesse Aranda, 20, of Portales, confessed to a burglary Jan. 10 in the 100 block of North Main. Berry said Aranda also confessed to committing five other […]

Police Blotter —

Recent calls received by Portales dispatch, according to call logs:

ENMU briefs — April 28

Homecoming Changed The date for Homecoming week has been changed to Sept. 20-25. The football game is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 25 against Texas A&M-Commerce.

Military feature: Cannon spouse embraces Census position

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in October of last year, Bethany Mueller finished teaching a semester at a community college and moved to Clovis in January. She said being uprooted from Florida to New Mexico was a challenge for her, but her job with […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Slinging mud and United Way

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Web site of the day The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000169033411 Slinging mud The Fifth annual Mud Volleyball Tournament is Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University starting at 10 a.m. Five courts will be dug behind Lincoln Hall. They also plan to play […]

ENMU raising tuition, fees next year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition and fees at all three of its campuses next year. Regents Randy Harris, Chad Lydick, Marshall Stinnett and Pauline Ponce voted Tuesday for the increases. Student Regent Robert Wachter voted against them. Tuition and fees at […]

Generation Xers had it rough, too

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Those of us in Generation X have it much easier than our parents did. In turn, our children have it even easier. Last week, I wrote that our “having it rough” stories are laughable to our parents and grandparents who walked “miles in the snow.” Perhaps they are not so […]

Playoff beard makes short return

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more […]

Primary caregivers stipend approved

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress has passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on […]

Obamacare will create economic ills

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Their turn: Republican tax assessor candidate tours experience

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. TEX BELCHER is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County tax assessor. He’s running against KENNER CARRASCO. Here’s what Belcher had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job: “My name is Tex Belcher and I was born and raised in Roosevelt County. I have three […]