Banking regulations may alter fees, services for customers

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Sharna Johnson Alterations to rubber check forgiveness and free checking are just some of the ways new banking regulations may impact consumers, as the federal government works to curb bank fees. “I think it’s going to take some time to see how all of that unfolds,” said Pat Dee, president and chief executive officer of […]

ENMU-Angelo State basketball previews

Freedom New Mexico Men Angelo State (6-10, 2-2 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (7-9, 2-2) • When: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Greyhound Arena • Last time out: The Greyhounds lost at home to Tarleton State 77-53 on Saturday, while the Rams were edged by West Texas A&M 62-59 at San Angelo, Texas. • Last […]

Their view: Film industry needed for state’s growth

Film industry needed for state’s growth Responding to the governor’s state of the state address, Executive Director of the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico, Eric Witt, said: “We strongly disagree with Gov. Susana Martinez’ stance on the future of New Mexico’s film industry. The film industry is the state’s most successful growth sector and […]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Scientific race to disprove God futile

Freedom New Mexico The embarrassing race to disprove God continues with a new book titled “The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life,” by acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking and lesser-known physicist Leonard Mlodinow. Humanity cannot survive and thrive without honest and objective science. Without pure science, it’s easy to surmise that humans […]

High schoolers organize animal shelter volunteer group

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Alisa Boswell There’s a new patrol on duty at the Portales Animal Shelter — the “Puppy Patrol.” That’s the name 15 high-schoolers have given their group, a volunteer organization addressing animal abandonment. Jamie Thomas, one of the original five members of the group, was approached by her father, Portales City Councilor Keith Thomas, with a […]

ENMU briefs —

The Cake Series Area residents can learn to make visually appealing cakes, whether they’re beginners or experienced in cake decorating. This semester, Eastern New Mexico University is offering the courses Cake Basics, Fondant, Fabulous Cakes and Gum Paste Flowers. Kathleen Donalson, a trained Wilton Cake instructor, teaches all classes. Each course is $30. Information: ENMU […]

My turn: Life’s surprises hold blessings

Often, when we don’t face fear, we’re forced to face regret. Often, when we face fear, we’re met with unforeseen strength and abundant blessings. I’m one of those annoying people who plan ahead. However, I’ve been thankful at times that things didn’t go as planned. And there have been times when things went as planned, […]

Fishing report – Jan. 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 25, 2011: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Wednesday morning briefing: Singing out, a book signing and some good old boys

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing Sing it out A Gospel Songfest is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Portales Memorial Building, at Abilene and Seventh streets. Admission is free. Performers include soloists, duets and groups. The event is sponsored Calvary Tabernacle UPC in Clovis. Information: 769-0011 or 769-0329 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video game, elections and big fat diamonds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week When Jenna Zamie isn’t correcting our errors on the copy desk, she’s online looking for interesting video games. Here’s one she thinks is worth a try: Game: LittleBigPlanet 2 Genre: 3D platformer System: PS3 What is it? Powerful creation tools and […]

Students set goals

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By Alisa Boswell and Argen Duncan With schools up and running after the holiday break, local high school and college students have new goals they want to meet for their new semester. Eastern New Mexico University classes have been in session for a week, and Portales High School students have been back to class since […]

Jan. 25 — Elida news

Sports Tuesday: Marshall, here, JH G & B, 4 p.m. Thursday: Melrose, there, JH G & B, JV G, V B&G, 3 p.m. Saturday: San Jon, there, V G&B, 3 p.m.

My turn: Stay sharp over break

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Fishermen often take a little time off during the winter, but jump back into the swing of things in the spring. To keep you sharp while waiting, here are tips for catching walleye. Shawn Denny, area fishing manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, said walleye are a member of the perch […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

ENMU hitting camp cancelled

Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Lauren Sigwing has announced that a hitting camp scheduled for today in Portales has been cancelled. Campers signed up for today are asked to attend the camp scheduled for next Sunday.

Their view: Elected officials misrepresenting public

Elected officials misrepresenting public Portales’ Kirby Rowan offers his view on the lack of correlation between voting and public opinion. If an 800-pound gorilla actually existed, it might represent the uneasily plausible political belief that with regard to big-picture economics and long-term issues of war and peace, the average person has almost no influence. But […]

‘Nedward’ giving it another shot

Newspapers across New Mexico reported the outgoing governor left a letter on her desk for the incoming governor. It’s a tradition. They all do it. Only here will you get the real scoop. Susana wrote back. Your humble columnist has the only known copy of that letter. William, I hope you don’t mind my dispensing […]

Tunisians face uncertain future after ousting

Freedom New Mexico It is still somewhat uncertain just how events will shake out in the Northern African country of Tunisia, with a “national unity” government designed to hold things together until elections can be held and beset by resignations and continuing protests. What is certain, however, is that Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, a dictator […]

My turn: Time to stop reacting to political pundits

Janice Morrow, a Portales resident who consults on media matters, and I recently discussed the state of political discourse. Here are her thoughts: They are a new breed of shock jocks. Instead of offensive sexual innuendo and toilet humor, they — the right and left — practice theatrical political rhetoric. And, the media is only […]