Police Blotter — May 23

The following calls were made to Portales police dispatch Wednesday through Friday: Wednesday • At 7:27 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of West Ivy requested an officer in reference to a male subject outside his residence with no clothing on. • At 10:39 a.m., a caller on South Roosevelt Road requested a deputy […]

Library kicking off summer reading program

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Children and adults alike can dive into books, and rewards, this summer with Portales Public Library’s water-themed summer reading programs. The library has separate programs for adults, sixth- through 12th-graders and children younger than sixth-grade. “I think the benefit for the kids is it keeps them reading over the […]

My turn: Facebook friends share doggie memories

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Maxie the dog started out a failure. She was fired by the Houston Highway Patrol. “She was supposed to go crazy when she found drugs,” said Valerie Knoeber Hunt, a 1994 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “But in that respect she’s more of a live-and-let-live personality.” Maxie became the best dog Hunt said she’s ever […]

Motorcycle rally will benefit troops

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Glenn Eagle couldn’t start to count the number of times he’d regretted planning a motorcycle rally on his property, with long work days blending together under a clear Clovis sky. He’s hopeful, however, he’ll have enough motorcycle enthusiasts and charity dollars to cancel out the regrets once the inaugural […]

Preparation key in tornado season

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Experts say certain weather conditions can spawn violent storms and tornadoes anytime and anywhere across eastern New Mexico. The last major tornado touched down in March 2007, several weeks before the usual tornado season, according to the National Weather Service. Emergency management directors in Curry and Roosevelt counties say […]

Virtual visit to old home stirs memories

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist THE OLD HOME PLACE My brother called recently… “The old home place is for sale,” he said. The old home place. Now wouldn’t that be something to have? But it’s back east and I’m here in New Mexico. Do you feel that way about the place where you grew up? […]

The end is just the beginning

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember that wonderful feeling of “senioritis” around graduation time? It seems the long-awaited day will never arrive. The next stage of life beckons quickly. Each time I look across the sea of graduates, I have hope and dreams for each one. When caps go into the air, I ask the […]

Rancher uses feminine wiles to lure bull

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Most inventions or new ideas result from a problem for which there is no commonly prescribed answer. Women often have more need to find an alternative solution because, unlike their macho counterparts, “brute force” is not usually a choice. Which brings me to Kristy and her pet cow Jers. Jers, […]

Portales News-Tribune seeking Bible school information

Freedom New Mexico The Portales News-Tribune is putting together an article on Vacation Bible Schools to run Thursday. To have your church’s VBS times, dates and themes included in the article, contact Argen Duncan at 356-4481 or aduncan@pntonline.com by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Information received after the deadline will be included in a separate brief.

Their view: Candidate vows to fight corruption

Allen Weh, a Republican candidate for New Mexico governor, has this to say about government corruption: “Public corruption in New Mexico has reached embarrassing levels and has redefined “politics as usual” in our state — for the worst. “As a candidate for governor, my first pledge to the people of New Mexico will be to […]

I’d rather not be nudged

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist On Sunday, The New York Times Magazine ran what amounts to a puff piece about Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s longtime friend, former colleague, and current regulation czar. It was penned by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, who is identified as “a contributing writer for the magazine and a […]

Primaries not looking good for incumbents

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects ours, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Cooler temperatures hinder planting

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The cool spring has slowed planting, but the moisture means an optimistic outlook for the harvest, Roosevelt County farmers have said. “The cold temperatures affected it (planting) terribly,” said Kevin Breshears, who farms and has a custom harvesting business. Joanna Baker, whose family grows organic peanuts in the Floyd […]

Small school graduations set for weekend

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff writer Dora, Elida and Floyd are gearing up for high school graduation ceremonies this weekend. Dora and Floyd have the most students graduating this year with 18 each. Elida has four graduates this year. “Their GPA is what stands out most about the class,” said Dora High School Registrar Janet […]

Friday morning briefing: Census takes and green chili cheeseburgers

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Did you know? In the 2000 census, Portales was reported to have 11,131 people. Of the population 15 years old and older, 50.9 percent were married. Among people age 25 and older, 74 percent had a high school diploma or higher education. Source: U.S. Census […]

My turn: Pain makes us all the same

It’s been said that death is the great democracy. The up-and-coming philosopher Wendel The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy says that at 6-feet under we are separated only by the height of the granite above us. Unremitting physical pain also creates a democracy above ground. Looks, job status, house size, horsepower and political views become irrelevant. Religious […]

Don’t need feds to kill my bugs

By Glenda Price: State columnist I’m afraid of centipedes, the big ones. By the time one has grown to 11 or 12 inches long his color becomes grayish brown with yellow streaks. Plus those things are really hard to kill. We cut one’s head off once and laid him on the windowsill. Five days later […]

Three ENMU athletes named to LSC track all-conference team

Freedom New Mexico Three Eastern New Mexico University athletes were named to the Lone Star Conference All-Conference team Wednesday. Senior thrower Steven Aragon and sophomores Bill Squire and Nicole Reid marked the first time in seven years the squad had multiple athletes named all-conference. To qualify, an athlete must score at least 14 points at […]

ENMU junior qualifies for NCAA meet

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University junior Daniel Draper was accepted as one of 16 participants in the javelin throw during the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships. It is the second-straight time, and third in four years, that the ENMU men’s team has sent a participant to the championships. This year’s events […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Portales City Hall. At the meeting: • Wendell Bostwick, Curry County’s representative and a county commissioner, said he has been approached by smaller communities within Curry County on how to transfer some of their reserved water rights at the Ute Reservoir. Scott […]