Wednesday morning briefing: Cannon’s first woman, music forbidden and a chance of rain

Good morning. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meet the first woman The Women’s Initiative Network luncheon in April features the first female commander of Cannon Air Force Base’s 16th Special Operations Squadron. Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer will speak at the luncheon set for noon April 27 at […]

Farmers practice conservation year-round

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, writes that American farmers and ranchers are the forefathers of resource conservation:

Campaign highlights family service

There’s a sacrifice gap in America today that many don’t see but that some — military families — see and feel every day. Blame the professionalism of a volunteer force that is able, into a 10th straight year, to wage war against enemies far from the homeland. The uncomfortable reality is that only 1 percent […]

TSA needs privatization, not unions

Freedom New Mexico If you think the Transportation Security Administration is pushy and intrusive, just wait until they unionize.Tuesday was the last day 44,000 TSA workers vote on whether they will join a union. The results will be announced today. A ‘yea’ vote widely is expected. Workers also are voting on whether to join the […]

Police blotter — April 20

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Friday • Officers were dispatched to a store in the 1800 block of South Avenue I about 10:50 p.m. in reference to a panic alarm. Upon arrival, two officers checked the doors, which were locked, and saw an employee walk from the back […]

Police: Man shot in head

PNT Reports A 25-year-old man found dead Sunday in a home on Avenue O was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, police say. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry identified the man as Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya. Berry said Montoya had a local address for the last year but is from Mexico, where […]

Sheriff agrees to emergency proposal

Alisa Boswell A new agreement allows the state Department of Health to store emergency medical relief and disaster supplies at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Roosevelt County was signed last week. It also allows the department to use portions of the sheriff’s office as an […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County commisison

At the Roosevelt County commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners: • Heard an informational presentation regarding land issues from Kendall Terry. Terry said a wheat field near his home on Roosevelt Road P off of U.S. 70 has been blowing dust and other matter onto the property of surrounding homes due to the […]

Loyalty to sports teams more than just hometown pride

Kevin Wilson Every few Fridays coworker Tony Bullocks comes in with some new gear marking the 2010 World Series title for the San Francisco Giants. • “Wow, this Giants World Series champs hat fits nicely.” • “Man, look at all of these color photos in this special San Francisco Chronicle.” • “You know, Kevin, I […]

ENMU briefs — April 20

Sixth Annual ENMU Mud Volleyball Open Registration The sixth annual Mud Volleyball tournament is set for 10 a.m. May 7 on the lawn behind Lincoln Hall. All the proceeds go to student scholarships. Mud Volleyball is hosted by ENMU Foundation and the Associated Students of ENMU. Community members are encouraged to register for the tournament. […]

My turn: Easter time for new clothes

Christmas. Easter. And Back-To-School. Those were the only times of year we got new clothes as children. Come Easter, we excitedly headed to Gibson’s with mom for new dresses and shiny plastic white shoes. As a child, Easter was about colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and Oasis State Park for an old-fashion Easter egg hunt and […]

Zias sixth, Hounds 11th in Howard rodeo

Freedom New Mexico BIG SPRING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women placed sixth while the men were 11th over the weekend in the Howard College rodeo. Soplhomore Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad took second in goat tying for the Zias with a time of 21.5 seconds after splitting first and second in the short go. […]

In their words: Responders, residents recall fire

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Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said Sunday’s fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. the day of the fire, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him […]

Residents urged to stay alert during emergencies

In the event of a large fire, as with weather emergencies, residents are advised to listen to weather radios, check media sources for alerts and updates and to pay attention to their surroundings. With the massive fire in south Clovis and Melrose Sunday, Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said he was in touch […]

My turn: Still have to pay my dues

I have had a lot of people ask me about my mention of the Lions Club at the end of my article. I am a proud member of the Portales Lions Club, and have been for more than 30 years. That is not the reason that I mentioned them at the end of my column. […]

Officials fear Sunday fire just the beginning

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Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high winds continue throughout the region. Sparked by a tire blowout around around 11 a.m. on a Melrose highway, the fire moved an estimated 25 miles east, stopping short of […]

Portales man found dead (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man found at 710 N. Ave. 0 on Sunday night. Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said officials have not determined a cause of death, but believe it is suspicious. He would not release a name because the next of kin had not been […]

Press release: Evacuations ordered

According to State EOC, the evacuations are for homes along Highway 467 atthe Roosevelt County Line.

Massive fire 90 percent contained (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out […]

Birthdays — April 17

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McKinney Benja McKinney of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday 2 p.m. today at the Retirement Ranch. The celebration will be hosted by her children. McKinney was born April 16, 1921, in Bosque County, Texas. She has three children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The celebration is open to friends and relatives.