Press release: Bingaman announces PILT funding for N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million this year in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) funds. PILT, which is a program administered through the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property such as military bases and national parks, which cannot be taxed […]

New Freedom boss brings ‘wealth of experience’

By Mary Ann Milbourn By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom Communications Freedom Communications Inc. has named Mitchell Stern, the former chairman and chief executive of Fox Television Stations Inc., as CEO of the Irvine, Calif.-based media company. Freedom owns the Portales News-Tribune, Clovis News Journal and Quay County Sun. “We are very pleased that Mitch has […]

Press release: Freedom names CEO

IRVINE, CA, June 29, 2010 – Freedom Communications announced today that Mitchell Stern has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stern, a member of the Freedom Board of Directors, previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DirecTV U.S.

Health program open to community

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Neck deep in water, about two dozen people do leg exercises with pool noodles, stretch and more. They are participating in Amiee Constantopoulos’ water aerobics class as part of the Eastern New Mexico University Lifelong Wellness Program. Water aerobics student Shirley Wormington credits the class with her ability to regain a full range of motion […]

Kiwanis hosting annual swim meet

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By Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune Grab those swimming trunks, air-up those floaties, and strap on those goggles. It’s time for the annual Kiwanis Club swim meet at the Portales City Pool. On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., swimmers between ages nine and 18 will gather to compete in four events. Competitors are split into groups and […]

It’s their job: Shane Pennell

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Shane Pennell does a tune-up to a Dodge Ram pickup Monday at Glenn’s Garage in Portales. Pennell has been with Glenn’s Garage for three years.

Tuesday morning briefing: Science fiction and affordable housing

Good morning and welcome to Freedom new Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Joking around: Thousands of cats and dogs Did you know? The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at Eastern New Mexico University has one of the top science fiction collections in the world. It contains more than 30,000 volumes, including: • science […]

My turn: Camping tips offered

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Summer means camping in the great outdoors. That means pitching a tent, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over a campfire while telling ghost stories or singing songs. So here are some helpful survival tips for your next camping trip: • If you’re going camping in a public campsite always borrow a tuba from someone and […]

Wike named new drug task force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Monday morning briefing: Money to blow and an American icon

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Money to blow The Clovis/Curry County Chamber is raising the money for the annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water display solely from private donations again this year. Ditto the Roosevelt County Chamber and its annual Smokin’ Fourth. But time is running out and […]

Their view: Candidates anything but gracious

Retired newspaper editor and sometimes columnist Ned Cantwell is annoyed with the antics of both candidates in New Mexico’s governor’s race. Excerpts from a recent opinion piece:

Officer should exhibit better judgment

Freedom New Mexico The June 19 vehicle rollover that involved a Portales police officer was a frightful reminder of how dangerous those public servants’ jobs can be. It also is a reminder that law officers have no super-human skills — even when they’re trying to help somebody — and that safety must come first. Thankfully, […]

Jazz ensemble unites music, non-music majors

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Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University Jazz ensemble is a collection of music majors and non-music majors who have come together to play their favorite music. The band is open to all students. “They play for local social events,” said ENMU Director of Bands Dustin Seifert, “and a couple of members … last semester […]

ENMU weighing options on Lone Star Conference

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble raised concerns Saturday about the future of the athletic conference ENMU competes in with Texas and Oklahoma schools. During ENMU’s Board of Regents meeting in Portales, Gamble said the Lone Star Conference is “unraveling before our eyes,” and said the university may soon have to hunt for a […]

Embezzlement charges appear to fit pattern of conduct

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New mexico Embezzlement charges against the owner of Portales Livestock Auction appear to fit a pattern of conduct leading to a shutdown of the facility more than a year ago. Randy Bouldin is charged with embezzling more than $450,000 in December 2008, when prosecutors say he sold 1,000 head of cattle […]

Weekly update — June 27

The recent Heritage Days sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce raised $1,030. Sharon King, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said $1,000 was used to pay expenses for the five gospel bands who performed. The remaining $30 left after expenses was put toward advertising, along with some money which came in from […]

Police blotter — June 27

Recent calls received by Portales Dispatch Wednesday through Friday, according to call logs: Wednesday • At 9:59 a.m., a caller in the 1600 block of West Second requested an officer to make a report of two women being injured by a cat. • At 4:44 p.m., a caller in the 400 block of North Avenue […]

My turn: Local history presented in numbers

Some local history by the numbers (according to “Roosevelt County History and Heritage” and “Portales, New Mexico: The First 100 Years”):

VFW holds first Texas Hold ‘em Poker Run

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Clarence Plank Local veterans participated Saturday in the first Texas Hold ‘em Poker Run at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9515 in Portales. Thirty-one riders participated in the 130-mile trip taking riders to Muleshoe, Clovis and Melrose. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Eaton, commander of Post No. 9515, said proceeds are […]

Better Business Bureau warns of phone scam

The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican speech patterns. […]