ENMU hopes to fill women’s hoops coach slot by mid-April

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is in the process of paring down a field of 55 candidates for the vacant women’s basketball program. ENMU athletics director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday that a search committee will meet on Thursday to try to cut the list to about 10, at which point those candidates will […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Hank Baskett, pitch your cause and it’s all OK

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Cast your vote Hometown favorite Hank Baskett has become a website favorite in the Athlebrity Madness tournament. The site asks you to vote for your favorite pro football player who blends athleticism and celebrity — Athlebrity. Baskett send Mark Sanchez packing by garnering 54 […]

Their view: Lawmaker: Possible to fund schools without tax hike

Lawmaker: Possible to fund schools without tax hike Rep. Jim Trujillo, a democrat who represents Santa Fe County, believes it’s possible to fund fund New Mexico’s public schools without raising taxes:

Military update: Debate heating over TRICARE

Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees last week at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel. Next day, representatives of military associations testified. Five of them, including one who spoke on behalf of 13 other groups too, said they could accept what […]

Editorial: Military action in Libya not justified

Now in the fifth day of America’s third war, President Barack Obama has failed to offer Congress or the American people a reasonable and thorough justification for Operation Odyssey Dawn, or a definition of the mission and success in Libya. He sought support from European nations and the Arab League in concert with the United […]

17-year-old Portales boy facing sexual assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A 17-year-old Portales boy was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually assaulting a girl at Portales High School. Jesus Najera was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and taken to Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Portales Police Department records. According to police reports: • On March 15, […]

Plains Indian resident predicts dry spring season

Freedom New Mexico Chief Joseph Crim of the Plains Indians predicted the weather for the rest of 2011, using methods handed down from his ancestors. Crim said the wind came Tuesday morning out of the southwest, which meant little precipitation. “That’s a bad omen,” Crim said. “It will be dry this spring.” The tradition, Crim […]

Lawmaker briefs residents on legislative session

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Freedom New Mexico State Rep. Dennis Roch, a Republican from Texico, met with 50 Tucumcari residents on Sunday to answer questions about the 90-day legislative session, which ended on Saturday. Roch said the budget, which passed on a 35-34 vote in the house, was not popular. Roch voted against it. “The state is expecting $5.4 […]

Portales man gets eight-year sentence for burglaries

A 26-year-old Portales man received an eight-year sentence Tuesday for burglarizing two businesses and damaging property at the Roosevelt County jail. Nasario Maldonado was arrested in November 2010 after he was identified by officers watching surveillance footage of a burglary to Robert’s TV and Appliance in Portales, according to a release from the district attorney’s […]

ENMU briefs — March 23

Events • Eastern New Mexico University is holding Eastern In Action, it’s second annual community service day, on April 16. Students, faculty and staff will band together to give back to the Portales community with their time and elbow grease. Community members can sign up for help from Eastern In Action by picking up forms […]

My turn: Skin color belies ancestry

You can’t judge a book by its cover and you can’t judge a person by their skin color, hair or eye color or even by their name. My grandson, Giovanni, is a “g

Peanut researchers focus on hardier crop

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Argen Duncan Area peanut researchers are focusing on developing varieties with disease resistance, drought tolerance, early maturity and peanuts with a long shelf life. Peanut breeder Naveen Puppala of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis and Soumailia Sanogo of NMSU’s Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science Department discussed their work at […]