Woman’s Day Out set for Saturday

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Alisa Boswell Saturday marks the seventh annual Woman’s Day Out at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The event is put on by Portales Woman’s Club, a local organization affiliated with the international organization General Federated Woman’s Club (GFWC). Patrice Tompkins, PWC member and the event coordinator, said the event is geared not just towards […]

My turn: Beer run all in a day’s work

I know that today’s Generation Me kids work hard for college essentials like iPhones and iPads — that parents and Lottery Scholarships don’t always cover — with such back-breaking labor as building fake-ID websites, selling over-priced jewelry (made by six-year-old Bangladeshis) at mall kiosks, selling plagiarized papers… By contrast, I had easy jobs: Wearing T-shirts […]

East Central routs Hounds in series opener

Freedom New Mexico ADA, Okla. — East Central designated hitter Justin Gibson went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs from the leadoff position, and the Tigers overcame an early 2-0 deficit to rout Eastern New Mexico University 13-2 in Friday’s opener of a three-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. The game was called after 6 […]

Shaky defense costs Zias in opener; Javs sweep

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team hung in for six innings against Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader. Then the Zias’ shaky infield defense caught up with them. The Javelinas, who came into the twin bill tied with ENMU for last place in the Lone Star […]

In search of ponies: Pet adoptions work both ways

Sharna Johnson What does a three-legged cattle dog have in common with two purebred divas wearing $100 Coach collars? New homes, that’s what. This week two of my friends did something completely unexpected. They adopted dogs. Now why was this unexpected, you may ask. Well, because both are single ladies with extremely busy lives that […]

Clovis woman receives four-year prison term for embezzlement

A Clovis woman was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling about $90,000 from the accounts of disabled customers at the bank where she worked. Dawn Lebow, 45, as part of a plea agreement, paid $60,000 restitution Friday during the hearing and will be required to pay an additional $30,000 […]

Clovis housing agency receives grant

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc. has been awarded $41,632 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The agency is one of seven state agencies that received a total of $524,949 in grant monies. Funding was awarded under […]

Produce prices jump after freeze

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Alisa Boswell This winter marked a harsh season for the tropical areas in and around the U.S., such as California, Florida and Mexico, causing a shortage in certain produce and a sharp spike in prices. Mackenzie Kennedy, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, said she had to switch to buying canned and frozen produce […]

Clovis police investigating home invasion

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police are investigating a home invasion Thursday in which a 72-year-old woman was robbed. Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of Axtell Street just after 10 p.m. A woman told them two teenage males approached her from behind in her home and instructed her not to look […]

State police ID person of interest in Tucumcari homicides

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Freedom New Mexico State police have identified Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, as a person of interest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room. State police have classified the incident as a double homicide. State Police Lt. Eric Garcia said Madonda was last seen in a 1996 […]

McGee: Just miss me when I’m gone

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was vacation time. South of Brownwood, Texas, we zipped by a cemetery. Apparently there was going to be a funeral that day. A green canopy had been set up, under it were burgundy velvet covered chairs probably there for the family. And there was the mound of dirt covered […]

Their view: Nuclear power doesn’t need government backing

Kevin Carson is a contemporary mutualist author and individualist anarchist who wants to ban nuclear power:

Recognize, mind your own business

“Mind your own business” used to be the American way. Or at least, the openly-proclaimed preferred way to live. Sure, there have always been gossips and nosey folk; the meddlesome neighbors and busybodies who can’t seem to mind their own business, who therefore feel the need to direct your life “for your own good” (the […]

Earth Hour does little to benefit our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

Peanut prices remain high despite lower acreage

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PNT staff report Peanut acreage in the Portales valley is down, but prices are high, a local grower has said. Portales valley stretches from Floyd to Arch. Roosevelt County peanut farmer Wayne Baker said contracts for peanuts are offering $950 per ton for conventional peanuts and $1,400 per ton for organic peanuts, although farmers don’t […]

ENMU to seek tuition increase

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University administration is recommending a 6.5 percent tuition increase for next year, Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan said Thursday. For the increase to become effective, the Board of Regents would have to approve it. The next Regents meeting is April 26.

Equine summit set for Saturday

The first New Mexico Equine Industry Summit is set for Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. New Mexico State University horse specialist and summit organizer Jason Turner said dozens of people involved in the horse industry were scheduled to attend from across the state. Attendance is by invitation only. Speakers come from horse, dairy and […]

Friday morning briefing: On marriage, no degree and a deadly fire sparks change

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.Quirky quote of the day “An open marriage is nature’s way of telling you that you need a divorce.” — Ann Landers Peek-a-blog Political blogster Joe Monahan’s latest posting includes this comment from Tommie Newman of Clovis regarding questions raised about possible GOP Senate candidate […]

Groundbreaking on Ute project nearing

Kevin Wilson Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority had planned Thursday to announce a groundbreaking date for the first piece of the Ute Water Project, and announced it would take place soon. A likely date could be in July — or August, Ryan said, as Congress will be on break. But the […]

PNT columnist wins press awards

PNT staff report Portales News-Tribune columnist Wendel Sloan won two first-place awards and one second-place award in the state New Mexico Press Women column competition. Sloan took first in “Humorous Columns” and “General Columns,” and second in “Opinion Columns.” The humorous columns were “Embellishing inherited family trait” and “Let’s give grads real advice.” The general […]