Veteran recalls Navy service

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served for six years in the Navy before leaving the service as a petty officer third class in 1989. Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served during peacetime in the Navy. She spent six years in service before leaving the service in […]

Three Portales women arrested in drug bust

PNT staff report Three Roosevelt County women were arrested on drug charges on Wednesday, a joint effort by Roosevelt and Curry county sheriff’s offices, Portales and Clovis police departments. The arrests were made in the 800 block of South Avenue G. A narcotics search warrant was executed and during the search deputies found methamphetamine, cocaine […]

Danger under the sun

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Clarence Plank Summer sun may be a pleasure but area cancer experts say safely enjoying the sun means taking proper precautions. There are an estimated two million cases of skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the U.S. Most are considered to be sun-related, according to the American Cancer Society. James Townson, 66, of Melrose is one […]

LeBron James makes his pick: He’s going to Miami

The Associated Press LeBron James wanted to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only place that could happen was Miami. Get ready, NBA: A superstar trio is born. Ending weeks of silence and drama, the two-time MVP said on his ESPN special from Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday night that he’s decided to join […]

Friday morning briefing: Life in Portales and yes, they want blood

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know The quality of life in Portales is rated 15th in the nation and 9th in the West by Bizjournal.com. Here’s a link: www.portalesnm.org Blood drive United Blood Services is staging a blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at […]

Tubin': Beauty of nature’s carnage

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Jared Tucker Nature is awesome. Even though it’s also graphic and brutal at times, it’s great to watch nature in action when someone captures it on video. A YouTube user named TabulaFilms posted a graphic, yet entertaining video of a tarantula (Theraphosa blondi) attacking a little white mouse, and parading it around its glass cage. […]

Recent rain gets mixed reviews

Argen Duncan The recent abundant rains have been a help and a hindrance to area residents. The downpours have damaged roads and made weeds grow. But they’ve also watered crops and urban grass. In Portales, City Manager Tom Howell said parts of streets where water has pooled will need patching. He said he wouldn’t know […]

Don’t let fear rule your life

When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed on my […]

Fishing report — July 7

The fishing report from New Mexico Wildlife Department is generated by officers and anglers.

Thursday morning briefing: Fresh burritos, lemonade and star gazing

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Rummage for a cause LaCasa Senior Center in Clovis is having a rummage sale. Starts at 8 a.m. Friday. Not only lots of good junk to rummage through and possibly buy — there will also be fresh bean or potato burritos on sale for $1 each. […]

Ticket feature: ENMU alumnus, opera singer returning for homecoming

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Jared Tucker ENMU alumnus and acclaimed opera singer Manuel Melendez will be in Portales at this year’s homecoming festivities. Manuel Melendez will be attending a breakfast ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated music building at ENMU, and will honor Melendez’s high school and college instructor, George Umberson. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Melendez graduated ENMU in 1965 […]

Police blotter — July 8

Clarence Plank Recent calls received by Roosevelt County dispatchers, according to call logs: Tuesday • At 4:33 p.m., an adult probation officer called requesting an officer for probation violation. Officer responded to call. • At 5:17 p.m., a report of a grass fire at South Roosevelt Road 13 and South Roosevelt Road P near Dora. […]

My turn: Salad has special kick

Argen Duncan Prowling through recipes on a website the other day, I discovered a great idea: mangos and balsamic vinaigrette in a salad. I put the two with some other ingredients and had a tasty light meal or side salad. It’s healthy, simple and a change of pace. The sweet mango and the tangy basalmic […]

Resident seeks to donate windmill collection to county

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Jared Tucker A Portales man wants to donate his life-long windmill collection to the county to be used as a tourist attraction, an idea the city turned down several years ago. Bill Dalley brought the matter to the Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday. Dalley has been collecting windmills for 30 years. “I would like to […]

Church profile: Grace Baptist Church

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Grace Baptist Church Location: 2000 S. Main Ave. Phone: 356-6023 Services: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., Sunday morning service; 6 p.m., Sunday evening service; 7 p.m., Wednesday prayer/Bible study Description: “Mrs. Butler and I invite you to experience ‘a place for new beginnings,’” Pastor Mark Butler said. “It is church the way it used […]

Food at the speed of life: Salad has special kick

Prowling through recipes on a website the other day, I discovered a great idea: mangos and balsamic vinaigrette in a salad. I put the two with some other ingredients and had a tasty light meal or side salad. It’s healthy, simple and a change of pace. The sweet mango and the tangy basalmic vinegar play […]

July 9 -July 15 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Friday: Seafood Newburg, fried shrimp and beef tips Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: Mexican cuisine Wednesday: Carved roast beef and fried chicken Thursday: Carved pork loin and salisbury steak

Air Force officials implement government travel card controlled spend accounts

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Office WASHINGTON — In an effort to curtail government travel card abuse and delinquency, Air Force officials are piloting an unprecedented controlled spend account concept through Sept. 3 with an expected service-wide rollout of fall 2010. The most significant CSA concept bases spending […]

Labor Department gives aid to homeless vets

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Labor Department officials are awarding more than $5 million in grants to help homeless female veterans and veterans with families find jobs and work toward a “bright future,” the secretary of labor announced June 30. “Millions of hard-working, responsible families are at risk of losing their […]

Capabilities exercise presented for base personnel, families

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz The CV-22 Osprey lands in a cloud of dust made by its own powerful propellers during a capabilities exercise as opposition forces look on June 26. The exercise showcased several different aircraft By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs office The Army Special Forces […]