State police seize 400 pounds of marijuana from plane crash

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police are investigating a Monday night “controlled crash” of a plane filled with more than 400 pounds of marijuana. NMSP Lt. Cleo Baker said the plane landed in a field south of Tucumcari. The pilot, identified as a 34-year-old man from Louisville, Ky., was traveling to […]

Press Release: Crash landing report turns into drug bust

Over 400 pounds of Marijuana was seized when a fixed wing Piper airplane landed on a farm near Tucumcari last night (Monday). Officers from the Tucumcari State Police office were investigating an alleged plane crash just after 9:00 PM last night when they learned that the pilot was transporting narcotics.

Press Release: Portales man faces child porn charges

On Friday April 23, 2010, Christopher M. Kelley, 40, of Portales was arrested and charged with 35 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Possession, a fourth degree felony, and 17 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Manufacturing, a 2nd degree felony.

It’s their job: Darren Hooker

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Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker works at his desk. He expects to start his second term next January, and he said he likes the ability to affect the law enforcement provided to the citizens of Roosevelt County.

Floyd preschool roundup gives schools chance to interact with each other

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Branding irons and bandannas, marshmallows, glue and clay snakes. All of the above were part of the second annual Preschool Roundup at Floyd Municipal Schools on Monday. Preschool students from Floyd, Dora and Melrose met for a variety of activities and lunch with a Western theme. “I just think […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

Workshop aims to help parents keep up with educating students during break

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Summer break is coming soon, but Portales teachers are hoping the learning won’t take a break. Valencia Elementary is hoping to help parents take up the effort with the “Summer Survivor Skill” program. The “Summer Survivor Skill” is a series of trainings that show parents what they can do […]

ACU rallies to beat Zias

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Shortstop Andi Anti delivered a tie-breaking, two-run double to left-center with two out, capping a three-run fifth which lifted Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 4-2 on Sunday in the finale of their three-game Lone Star Conference softball series. The Wildcats (21-28, 5-9 South) took the series two […]

Hounds’ Draper earns provisional NCAA qualification

Freedom New Mexico TEMPE, Ariz. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Daniel Draper earned a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II track championship in javelin in Arizona State’s Sun Devil Open on Saturday, placing second in the event with a throw of 199 feet, 4 inches. ENMU sophomore Bill Squire, meantime, improved on […]

Elida school news — April 27

Upcoming events Today: Baseball at Floyd, 3 p.m. varsity, 5 p.m. junior varsity; Varsity track meet at Texico High School. Wednesday: Kiwanis Club of Portales Little Olympics track meet, 9 a.m., at Elida Schools. Thursday: Baseball at Grady, 3 p.m. varsity doubleheader Friday: District track at Fort Sumner. May 3: Baseball hosting Gateway Christian, 3 […]

Dora school news — April 27

Earth Day Lana Powell, science teacher, and her classes showed their willingness to improve their surroundings by picking up 83 bags of trash Thursday. The students cleaned up the area around the school as a special project for Earth Day. Sports • Wednesday – Track meet for grades 4-6 in Elida • Thursday – Baseball […]

Portales Junior High news — April 27

Catapult launch reminder Science teacher Laura Debusk reports that the Portales Junior High honors science classes will be launching catapults at 2 p.m. Friday. The project has been a year-long effort.

Floyd school news — April 27

Cheerleader tryouts Tryouts for the 2010-2011 Floyd Bronco cheerleading team will be May 3, immediately after school. To be eligible for tryouts, candidates must complete at least two clinics. The first clinic was held Monday, with clinics from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. For information contact Vicki Mendoza at 714-4721.

Portales High news — April 27

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Mesa Club students compete at state event Portales High’s Mesa Club competed at the state meet, held April 17 at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque. The web design contest (Microsoft bliink competition) was won by Russell Van Dam and William Van Dam. Our Mesa Robotics team of Brandon Carter and the Van Dams finished […]

Boil water advisory lifted for Landing Zone

Freedom New Mexico The boil water advisory for The Landing Zone has been lifted by the New Mexico Environmental Department following two consecutive water samplings that tested negative for the E. Coli bacteria April 26, according to a release from Cannon Air Force Base’s public affairs office. Several corrective actions were also taken, including disinfecting […]

My Turn: Hooked on prairie dog fishing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Prairie dog angling is something I don’t think many people know about. But the catch-and-release sport is real. I heard a story about a guy who moved to Texas some time ago. He was depressed, because where he lived there was no place to go fishing. One day, while […]

Monday morning briefing: Video games, chocolate secrets and calling all band parents

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Calling all parents The Marshall Middle School band is looking for band parent chaperones for the trip to Amarillo May 7. This event involves all band members and is all day. They need five 5 parents. Information: Kelli Morrison at 693-386 Video game of the week Get […]

On the shelves — April 25

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Healing the Addicted Brain: The Revolutionary, Science-based Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Program by Harold Urschel focuses on the biological basis of addiction and explores the best treatments along with the latest scientific research, tools, and strategies designed to overcome them. Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop […]

Frank Moritz produced high-quality signs

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist Some of you old-timers may recall those two dang good sign painters and the building that Richard Pettigrew used to have for his engineer office. But the old-timers I knew were Frank and Art Moritz and I and my buddy, George DeVoll, lived with his folks just zig zagged across […]

Senior happenings — April 25

Friendship Senior Center 901 West 13th St. Monday: 9-11 a.m. Coffee klutch; 1 p.m. Pinochle; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mex. bingo. Tuesday: 9-11 a.m. Coffee klutch; 3 p.m. fun night; 4 p.m. b-day. Bring a gift and a dish. Wednesday: 9-11 a.m. Coffee klutch; 1 p.m. Phase 10 tournament; 2:30 p.m. Bridge Club 10. […]