New state laws benefit veterans

Nine state laws and benefits aimed at military veterans take effect Friday, including disabled veteran license plates, enrollment priority for military children and tax exemptions for veterans service organizations. The laws were enacted during the 2011 legislative session and signed by the governor, according to a press release from the state Department of Veteran’s Services. […]

Elder records first ace

First hole-in-one: Don “Doc” Elder of Portales recorded his first hole in one Tuesday at Portales Country Club. Elder made the hole-in-one on the par 3, 161-yard third hole using a 4-hybrid club.

Committee recounts regional growth

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]

Roswell UFO festival kicks off Friday

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Freedom New Mexico It’s expected to be a weekend of alien fun in Roswell with the launch of the annual UFO festival. Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday with an opening ceremony at the UFO Museum, activities will stretch through Monday with everything from food and spirits to costume contests and music. The family-friendly event celebrates […]

Residents to apply for water grant

The scope of water issues in south Clovis is more far reaching than Curry County officials anticipated based on a meeting held to identify problems. Tuesday night, the county held a meeting at Lockwood Elementary School to talk with residents and get a feel for how many people are experiencing water shortages. Residents south of […]

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Alisa Boswell Members of a new support group in Clovis and Portales hope their program run by Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico will help sexual assault survivors find peace and acceptance. According to program Administrator Amber Hamilton, the group held its first six- to eight-week session in Portales in early spring. The program’s […]

Thursday morning briefing: Mentors needed, loans and Sonny without Cher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mentors needed United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking 1,000 men and women in Curry and Roosevelt counties to be literacy volunteers in area schools. The volunteers will serve as mentors to help kids become better readers. Here’s a link with more info: […]

Real cowboys don’t curse

I never heard a swear word come out of my father’s, or my husband’s mouth. Both were what modern “dress-up” cowboys consider anachronisms — REAL cowboys. I suspect they might have cursed now and then when they were in a wreck out among the junipers and cactus — and no human females were around to […]

My turn: Mistakes make memories

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

Scientists monitor air as fire burns near N.M. lab

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — As crews fight to keep a New Mexico wildfire from reaching the nation’s premier nuclear-weapons laboratory and the surrounding community, scientists are busy sampling the air for chemicals and radiological materials. Their effort includes dozens of fixed-air monitors on the ground, as well as a “flying laboratory” dispatched by […]