Police blotter — Feb. 23

Samplings of recent calls to Portales police, according to police records: Sunday: • An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of West 18th Street for a report of vandalism about 4:40 p.m. A man reported that someone had done $750 worth of damage to a Red Box DVD rental machine at […]

ENMU briefs —

Scholarship applications available All Eastern New Mexico University students can apply for ENMU Foundation scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 1, with the exception of a few scholarships that have different deadlines. Scholarships are listed online at http://www.enmu.edu/friends/foundation/scholarships/index.shtml. Information: 562-2412.

Portales recertified for grant eligibility

PNT staff The city of Portales was re-certified by the Certified Communities Initiative last week, according to a news release. The city was recognized during the Roosevelt County Community Development corporation meeting. CCI requires communities to be recertified every three years. CCI supports New Mexico communities in their efforts to create new jobs, the release […]

Their view: Philanthropy should play bigger role in education

Philanthropy should play bigger role in education

Budget plans raise TRICARE fees

President Obama’s fiscal 2012 defense budget request brought a few surprises for military retirees. First, the plan to raise TRICARE fees for working age retirees is more “modest” than retiree advocates had expected, and might be viewed favorably in light harsher possibilities and the mounting debt crisis. Surprise two could discourage 103,000 veterans forced by […]

Let us hope it’s Gadhafi’s turn to get booted

Freedom New Mexico One of the world’s more wretched dictators, Moammar Gadhafi of Libya, appeared to be losing his grip on power after more than 41 years. A British diplomat said Monday that Gadhafi had fled his strife-torn nation and was headed to Venezuela. A spokesman for the regime of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denied […]

Workshop offers stock horse training tips

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Alisa Boswell Scott Bagly of Dimmitt, Texas, returned to the New Mexico Ag Expo for the second year to teach attendees how to train a better stock horse during a workshop Tuesday. Bagley, who was a 4-H leader for 17 years, said he did the same instructional event at the Ag Expo last year. In […]

Jury awards Clovis man $1.9 million in BNSF lawsuit

Freedom New Mexico A Texas jury found BNSF Railway negligent Friday and awarded $1.9 million to a Clovis man for back injuries sustained working for the company. James Phillips’ award came following a four-week trial held in Fort Worth, Texas, in which the 30-year railroad employee made a case that degenerative disc disease in his […]

My turn: Former ENMU housing director leaves legacy of colorful memories

When I walk across the Eastern New Mexico University plaza, I often think of Dallan Sanders, whom it’s named after. The former housing director was Mr. ENMU, cruising around in his green convertible, and when he became the Chamber of Commerce director, me and my newsroom buddies called him Mr. Portales as he came into […]

Veterans may receive refunds from Wells Fargo loans

Freedom New Mexico Nearly 60,000 service members and veterans who refinanced their Veterans Affairs Department mortgage loans through Wells Fargo, Wachovia and SouthTrust will receive refunds as the result of a $10 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit, a Wells Fargo official said. Wells Fargo spokeswoman Vickee Adams said there was no way of knowing […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters program aims to raise money with bowling event

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Kevin Wilson Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico is a relatively small operation, with a staff that consists of executive director Meg Sadau, and a minimal office in the Matt 25 Hope Center where she has spent a year. The operation is hoping it find a few sponsors, however, so it can serve […]

Hounds pull out 96-91 win at UIW

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO — Guards Steven Mirabal and Versia Hodges each hit two free throws in the final 17 seconds Monday night and Eastern New Mexico University’s men improved their chances of reaching the Lone Star Conference tournament with a 96-91 LSC South decision over Incarnate Word. ENMU (12-12, 7-5 South) moved into […]

Portales man held on drug charges

PNT staff A Portales man already charged with manslaughter has been arrested on drug charges, according to Portales Police records. Leroy Salaz, 54, was arrested Friday on charges of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, fourth-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, according to a police report. Salaz is awaiting trial for […]

City asking for Easter egg donations

The City of Portales needs donations of plastic Easter eggs, filled if possible, for its second annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is set for 3 p.m. April 23 at the city softball complex. Organizers made changes to address compaints that last year’s setup left many children emptyhanded, Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste said. Information […]

Incarnate Word overtakes Zias

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANTONIO — Incarnate Word’s women managed only one lead Monday night — but it came at just the right time. Junior forward Chloe Wallace converted two free throws with 34 seconds left and the Cardinals held on to edge Eastern New Mexico University 58-57 in a Lone Star Conference South Division […]

Bingaman will be hard to replace

Kevin Wilson Jeff Bingaman’s Senate seat will be filled by another New Mexican come 2013 — whether it be Republican, Democrat or third party. But New Mexico’s Senate clout may take years to return — if it does. Bingaman’s retirement in 2012, coupled with Pete Domenici’s 2008 retirement for health reasons, eliminates 66 years worth […]

Conditions ripe for grass fires

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Argen Duncan With a large fuel load and little moisture, county fire officials are concerned about serious grass fires this spring. Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen said he had read a story from KOB.com that indicated the National Weather Service predicted this year could have the worst fire season in 30 years as winds pick […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Miracles remembered

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

My turn: Family issue inspires health changes

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My journey started one year ago on Feb. 7. At 54 years old, my brother began experiencing significant health issues. In a hospital waiting room, I took a good long look at myself. I weighed 260 pounds, I got out of breath just climbing a couple of flights of stairs. It was time to do […]

Monday morning briefing: Science time, and a hoops question

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