Press release: Cannon funding makes progress in Congress

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a vote of 411 to 6. The legislation provides a 7.4 percent funding increase for veterans’ health care and benefits, including funding for more than 4,000 additional permanent claims processors. The legislation strengthens the […]

Dora school news — July 29

New student registration Parents who wish to enroll their students at Dora schools for the first time should call the office Aug. 2-6 to set up an appointment. Make sure you have available your student’s immunization record, prior school report card and birth certificate. Appointments: 477-2211. School starts Aug. 11 Teachers return for in-service days […]

Roosevelt County eliminated from 10-11-year-old Little League tourney

PNT Staff report The Roosevelt County 10-11-year-old Little League all-stars’ season came to a close Wednesday with a 5-2 loss to Carlsbad in Albuquerque. Roosevelt County finished fourth in the double-elimination. Joseph Ortega went 2-for-3 for Roosevelt County, including a run-scoring double in the bottom of the fourth inning that tied the game at 2. […]

Summertime rodeos fun, unpredictable

Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, high class amateur shows, punkin rollins, ranch rodeos and, of course, professional productions. In the old days we had several especially fun amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your number half […]

Thursday morning briefing: A concert, Border Town Days and a front row seat

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Shameless self-promotion Cnjonline.com is holding a drawing each week in August for our newsletter subscribers. Check out the newsletter for a form to enter. The prizes are: • Aug 2-8: $20 gift certificate to Weinerschnitzel • Aug 9-15: $20 gift card to S&S Supermarket • Aug 16-22: […]

Ticket feature: Texico, Farwell getting ready for Border Town Days

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Freedom New Mexico Farwell and Texico are celebrating the 44th annual Border Town Days Saturday. Border Town Days is an event shared between the two communities which border the New Mexico/Texas state line. The annual celebration began as a spin-off from a rodeo event in Bovina and has become a small town social gathering. Musicians, […]

My turn: Friends offer kitchen wisdom

Argen Duncan In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. […]

Power pull fundraiser will benfit rec center

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Argen Duncan “More power!” as Tim Allen might say. The Portales Recreation Center is hosting its first “Power Pull” fundraiser next week. In the contest, participants see who can pull a three-quarter-ton pickup, or an all-terrain vehicle for children, the farthest in 30 seconds. “Anyone can do this,” said city Athletics Director Mike Doerr. “It’s […]

Press release: Predator at Cannon taxies off runway

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – At approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning, an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to Cannon’s 3rd Special Operations Squadron taxied off the runway through a perimeter fence coming to rest in an adjacent field.

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Predator crashes outside of Cannon

Freedom New Mexico photo: Sharna Johnson Emergency response vehicles clustered around the scene of an unmanned plane crash through Cannon Air Force Base’s perimeter fence. Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why […]

Predator crashes at Cannon AFB

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Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway and plowed through a fence Wednesday morning. Col. James C. Slife, 27th Special Operations Group commander, said all personnel involved […]

Church profile: First United Methodist Church

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• Location: 200 South Ave. C • Phone: 356-8597 • Services: Sunday: Worship at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: King’s Kids Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. in the fall, dinner at 5:30 p.m., youth and adult classes at 6:15 p.m. • Description: “We are making discoveries of Jesus Christ for the transformation of […]

Military feature: Sesame Street stopover

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Liliana Castillo CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Five-year-old Natalie Whitson was disappointed that Elmo didn’t shake her hand but she enjoyed the Sesame Street live show anyway. The show came to Cannon Air Force Base two weeks ago to present three free shows. Dawn Whitson said the show coming so close to home was a […]

Accident victim had passion for roping

Jared Tucker “It’s a blessing to me, because he died happy,” Sabra Gorrell said Tuesday about her son’s death Thursday while practicing roping in Carlsbad. Steven Watson, 26, of Portales died when he collided with a cat-walk while riding a horse at a high rate of speed, Gorrell said, adding police told her Watson died […]

Roosevelt County stays alive in 10-11 state meet

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — The Roosevelt County All-Stars got a grand slam from Alex Galvan and stayed alive in the double-elimination state 10-11-year-old Little League baseball tournament Tuesday night with a 7-3 victory over Raton. Roosevelt County will play again at 8 p.m. today in the double-elimination tournament, facing the winner of Tuesday’s late […]

Wednesday morning briefing: National Night Out and lifeguards needed

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. School help needed The Lighthouse Mission needs your help supplying Clovis children with school supplies. There goal is collecting enough to hand out to 200 students. Call 575-762-1933 for more info and a list of what’s needed. Kitchen tip of the week Add a small […]

Hounds to visit UTEP for exhibition game

Freedom New Mexico he Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team will face 2010 NCAA tournament participant Texas-El Paso in a 7:05 p.m. exhibition game at the Don Haskins Center on Oct. 30. “We are excited to have a chance to compete against UTEP,” second-year ENMU coach Andrew Helton said. “(Longtime) coach Don Haskins established […]

Longtime educator dedicated life to Portales schools

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Sharna Johnson Longtime Portales educator David Brooks made his mark with tough love and dedication to the school system, the community and his family, according to those who knew him. David Brooks, 75, died of cancer Sunday in Lubbock. “He basically dedicated his life to the Portales educational system,” said Brooks’ son, Davey Brooks. Davey […]

ENMU briefs — July 28

AAUW meeting on campus The American Association of University Women-New Mexico summer Leadership team meeting is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. Information: Patrice Caldwell at 562-2315, Mary Ayala at 562-2421 or Betty Johnson at 562-4399.