Our people: Lady of the dance

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Clovis resident BJ Bernet toured with the Beach Boys across the country in the 1980s. Bernet, 44, worked as a “moving prop” as she jokingly called herself and other back up dancers. She said it was exciting and met many people, including Roy Orbison. The Bernet’s moved to Clovis in 2004 with orders to Cannon […]

USDA weekly crop and weather report

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Weekly area crop and weather reports from the United States Department of Agriculture:

Portales man injured in motorcycle accident

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man received serious injuries when the motorcycle he was riding crashed early Saturday morning. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Valentine Sotelo, 29, of Portales was driving a 2003 Honda motorcycle southbound on U.S. 70 when he drifted into the median and lost control about 1:45 a.m. around Mile Marker […]

Honoring the fallen

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Argen Duncan A Cannon Air Force Base senior master sergeant told a Memorial Day audience Monday that the day is a time to honor those who gave their lives to make America a better nation and to remember that freedom isn’t free. Lora D. Aples, superintendent of the deployment and distribution flight at Cannon, gave […]

My turn: Keeping score doesn’t matter

I had a new experience in playground activities this week. We had our Adopt-A-Cop Olympics with the second graders. One of the games we played was volleyball. I was watching one group, and my buddy Robert let me join in. The way they played volleyball was pretty simple. When the ball came over the net […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, rodeo days and Deep Throat revealed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie, who scours the web for these choice competitions. Game: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Genre: Action Adventure System: PC, 360, PS3, DS, Wii, 3DS, PSP What is it? A charming […]

Monday morning briefing: Memorial Day, school budget and the big race

Good morning and happy Memorial Day. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. This holiday Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army […]

Photograph demonstrates bullish sport

The photograph is spread across two pages of the Rodeo Sports News. In the upper right hand corner is written “Worth a Thousand Words.” The subjects in the photo are the bull, bull rider and bullfighter. The rider, wearing his helmet and protective vest, appears to be coming out from under the bull’s front legs […]

Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired as a major, but he never likes to say more than he served in Vietnam with his military branch. “We were Marines,” Cowman said. “We don’t care about rank.” Monday is that philosophy in action, as services will commemorate Memorial Day across the nation. The people honored were young and […]

Goldfish racing hard to swallow

For the benefit of the folks at PETA, let it be clear at the outset this columnist stands unequivocally opposed to Goldfish Racing. Goldfish have but one purpose, to float around a bloated jar and be stared at by people with even more boring lives than mine. And yet this benign creature is the reason […]

Tolerating radicals cost of freedom

Freedom New Mexico If you are alive and reading this today and the world has not been shaken and burned to the ground, then we were right once again. We were 99.9 percent certain the rapture would not happen last week. That’s because we have amazing psychic powers that enable us to predict the future. […]

Their view: Disaster farm aid needs to be renewed

Salomon Ramirez, state executive director New Mexico Farm Service Agency, says no industry is more vulnerable to nature’s wrath than agriculture. Hence, the need for disaster programs.

District Judge Robert Orlik dies at 64

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CNJ staff District Judge Robert Orlik, who first practiced law in New Mexico in 1977, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was 64. Further information about the cause of death was unavailable at press time. Orlik had served nearly six years as the fourth judge for the 9th Judicial District, which covers […]

Fundraising efforts begin for fireworks show

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Argen Duncan Efforts to raise money for the Portales annual Fourth of July Celebration have begun, and they include a new contest for boys. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the chamber is working to raise a little more than $10,000 to have about the same size fireworks show as last […]

Portales man arrested on child porn charges

PNT staff reports A 20-year-old Portales man has been arrested on charges of copying, distributing and downloading child pornography, according to police and court records. Jason Torres is charged with six counts of manufacturing child pornography, a second-degree felony; eight counts of distributing child pornography, a third-degree felony; and 14 counts of possessing child pornography, […]

Heritage Day fun run set

Portales MainStreet will hold its 11th annual Heritage Days Fun Run June 18 in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Days weekend. The event begins 8 a.m. at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St. There will be a 5K run/walk and 10K run, with awards for top three finishers in age categories and T-shirts for […]

Theatrics landed me in hot water

Most will concede that Portales isn’t the Taos of the High Plains, but—like anywhere—it’s our drinking buddies that count. I have lived in beautiful places: A tropical island in the South Pacific, by mesmerizing white beaches in Pensacola, Fla., and, in my 20s, was a newspaper editor in the pictorial Arkansas Ozarks retirement community of […]

May 29 —

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court records: April 4 • Christopher Rojo, born in 1986, pleaded guilty to resisting, evading and obstructing an officer, aggravated battery and driving while his license was suspended. Rojo was sentenced to 364 days in Roosevelt County Detention Center and $134 in fines and fees. April […]

May 29 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Wednesday • An officer was sent to the city skate park about 8:20 p.m. in reference to a report of a broken car window. A 17-year-old boy said his Eclipse was parked in front of the skate park gate while he was in […]

ENMU’s Draper 13th at nationals

Freedom New Mexico TURLOCK, Calif. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Daniel Draper finished 13th in men’s javelin on Saturday in the NCAA Division II national track and field competition. Draper, who was 11th at the national meet last year, threw an even 190 feet. He threw 210 or better three times this season, including […]