Nov. 4 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales-area law enforcement, according to police records: Sunday About 3:15 a.m., a Portales Police officer met with a 24-year-old Portales woman and a 9th Judicial District victim advocate for a report of possible sexual battery. The victim advocate said she was summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital when the 24-year-old was […]

Women have come long way

In our little country school we had basketball goals on a dirt lot, and girls and boys played together, choosing up teams. In fact, I don’t remember any discussions at all about boys and girls competing together in sports. We all learned not to dribble the basketball in the goatheads and other sticker weeds if […]

Thursday morning briefing: We’re talking water and a boy king

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Projects due Science Fair Projects at Zia Elementary School are due Tuesday and judging will take place Nov. 11. A science fair assembly will be held 8 a.m. Nov. 17. Question of the day If you could only access just one website for your entire […]

Ticket feature: American Idol finalist taking stage in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico American Idol hit Melinda Doolittle takes the stage Saturday in Clovis. With a voice described as big and soulful, the sixth season finalist of the popular TV show is performing as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. As a child, Doolittle was tone-deaf and was asked by a choir teacher […]

Supplies for soldiers sought

Freedom New Mexico City Councilor Dianne Parker is collecting personal supplies for soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Parker said she’ll take donations at her office at Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building until 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Donors can also call her at 356-7000, extension 1006, to have items picked up. Parker’s nephew, A.J. Castinado of California, […]

Dodge wins District 63 race

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico’s 63rd House District will stay in the hands of a Santa Rosa businessman. George Dodge Jr. claimed the victory Tuesday night. He will replace Santa Rosa Mayor Joe Campos, who gave up the seat in an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor. A Democrat, Dodge won with 2,623 […]

Voters pass Bonds A, B, C

Liliana Castillo Voters approved three of the four bonds created by the 2010 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act Tuesday. Bonds A, B and C passed and Bond D was failed. Bond C will devote more than $5 million in bonds to the improvement of public school facilities. More specifically, the money will be used […]

King wins attorney general race

Kevin Wilson Gary King never thought victory would come easy. But he said the spoils had to be short. “I feel like it was a good, hard battle,” King said after defeating 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and securing his second term as attorney general. “We’ll have a chance to enjoy the victory tonight, […]

Lyons retains District 2 PRC seat

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Goodrich, Connelly win hospital board seats

Clarence Plank Roosevelt County voters elected Irma Lorraine Goodrich and Steven Connelly Tuesday to the Roosevelt General Hospital Board. Goodrich won the District 1 seat previously held by Lydia Ornelas, while Connelly takes Terry Cone’s seat in District 2. Goodrich beat Dennis Lopez by four votes, 238 to 234, but cautioned that vote total could […]