Celebrity chef stops in Portales


A celebrity New York City chef says he could eat raw Valencia peanuts all day. Chef, restaurant owner, culinary teacher and cookbook author Suvir Saran visited the Portales area Wednesday and Thursday on his quest to better understand peanut farming and farmers. Since India is the world’s largest producer, user and importer of chile, the […]

Greyhounds have foreign flavor


Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team is as culturally diverse as some professional soccer teams. There are six Brazilain, two English, one Canadian and one Japanese player on the team’s 30-man roster. Danillo Santos and his older brother Diego Santos came to ENMU from Natal, Brazil, for an education and to […]

ENMU awarded grant for role as Hispanic-serving institution

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Eastern New Mexico University a $2.873 million grant over five years for its role as a Hispanic-serving institution. The four-year college will use the grant to expand opportunities for Hispanic, low-income and other graduate students. Its eligibility for the grant was based on the institution’s percentage of Hispanic […]

Comic changes coming

We know change is hard. But after more than a decade of nearly the same Sunday comics lineup, we believe it is time to introduce some new features. Beginning Sunday, old standards such as Peanuts, Doonesbury, Dennis the Menace and others will be replaced by characters and storylines we think are more relevant to the […]

DoD awards local construction company contract

The Department of Defense has chosen a Clovis construction company to create a 242,000 square foot load apron for the AC-130 aircraft. Nick Griego and Sons Construction has been awarded a $6.1 million construction contract for the apron, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Work will include a concrete pad over […]

Friday morning briefing: Colleges, (Hotel) California and campaign contributors

Welcome to October, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Run to God’s wings

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist

My turn: ENMU performances always a delight

I went to Eastern New Mexico University’s “Zombie Circus Extravaganza” on Friday night and, as always, the theater department outdid themselves. I am always impressed with all of ENMU’s performances, whether it is freshmen performing or seniors and staff. There are some really gifted thespians in Portales, be they students or community members, and we […]

Portales police receive grant

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Police Department has received part of a $1.56 million award from the U.S. Department of Justice. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said the department’s $152,844 award will add one officer, bringing the staff to 24. “It basically pays for an officer for three years,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. […]

Meetings watch: Eastern NM water authority

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday morning in Melrose. Here’s a report on the meeting: • John Ryan, a federal consultant for the project, said he is hoping for an appropriation of $2 million to $4 million in the 2011 federal budget, and is hoping to ramp up appropriations and construction with […]

Their View: Former governor supports legalizing marijuana

Gary Johnson is a former governor of New Mexico. His website — http://ouramericainitiative.com/ — reports it seeks to “enlighten the population about civil liberties, free enterprise, limited government, and traditional American values.” Here’s Johnson’s stance on legalizing marijuana:

Policies can’t always be relied on

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist When working out what should guide public institutions and policies, those who chime in have advanced various proposals and they have often been divided into two groups. Members of one of these advance certain basic principles that ought to ground the institutions and policies, while those of the other suggest […]

Government seeking new ways to snoop

Freedom Newspapers The White House wants additional power to snoop on private e-mail and social- network communications in the interest of national security. These are thorny issues, not easily resolved. Our advice is to go slowly. Once government intervenes, even for the best of motives, that authority rarely is rescinded. There also promises to be […]

Jury hands down guilty verdict in 1993 slaying

A jury has convicted 38-year-old Arnoldo Navarette of first degree murder in the May 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas. The guilty verdict was handed down around 4 p.m. Thursday in Portales District Court after the jury deliberated for several hours. District Judge Teddy Hartley presided over the case. District Attorney Matt Chandler said […]

Area farmers expect strong milo crop


Jared Tucker What’s the best way to spend your 39th wedding anniversary? Harvesting a good milo crop, according to Dora farmers Randy and Diane Lieb, and Mother Nature’s heavy rain this season is getting all of the credit for that crop. The Liebs said they had a record milo crop, and they will spend their […]

Eagles tribute band kicks off Cultural Arts Series


An Eagles tribute band will launch the Cultural Arts Series for Clovis Community College this year on Oct. 9. Hotel California is renowned as the leading Eagles tribute band, reaching audiences world-wide with a “dynamic” stage show, according to a press release from CCC. The performance is expected to include Eagles’ hits such as “Take […]

My Turn: Dish with chicken, wine, mushrooms savory

Argen Duncan I recently tried an easy Taste of Home chicken dish. Chicken Merlot with mushrooms (reprinted with permission) • 3/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms • 1 large onion, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste • 3/4 cup chicken broth • […]

Former Elida coach to be inducted into NMHU’s Hall of Honor

By Melanie Dabovich-Roberts Special to the PNT Bob Dabovich of Raton, a former Elida coach, will be inducted Thursday into New Mexico Highlands University’s H-Club Hall of Honor Dabovich, who played college basketball and baseball at NMHU in the mid-1960s to early 70s, is one of six former student-athletes who will be honored by the […]

Church youth group helping Ugandan women


Argen Duncan A group of Portales teenagers is reaching out to struggling women a world away. The First United Methodist Church youth group is learning about living conditions in Uganda and working to help a group of women there by selling beads the women made. They’re participating in the BeadforLife program, which provides Ugandan women […]

Thursday morning briefing: Babe Ruth, ENMU enrollment and Eagle Discount Cards

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.