Leave fireworks to professionals

I probably haven’t bought so much as a firecracker since I was 15. So it was a little unsettling at first to order more than $10,000 worth of fireworks in my new job as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. I love big public fireworks displays. I just never saw the sense in risking […]

Their view: Firefighters invaluable resource

By Russell Anglin: Freedom New Mexico Last Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns […]

Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt counties

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Cow escapes to reach golf course glory

It’s 6 1/2 hours from Sierraville to Modesto and the packing house. Karl had put together a load of cull cows. Whilst unloading, a bony gummer mama cow who looked like a ragged shag carpet hangin’ over a sawhorse, balked, backed up, and fell between the chute and the truck! Karl leaped after the critter […]

June 26 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: June 19 • About 9:45 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North Globe Avenue in reference to a delayed burglary report. A 26-year-old woman said she spent the previous night at a friend’s house and took her mother’s vehicle […]

VFW recognizing deploying troops

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Argen Duncan The Portales Veterans of Foreign Wars post is honoring deploying and returning airmen with a monthly ceremony. VFW Post 9515 is the only one in the state to hold “Hail and Farewell” celebrations, although it’s a nationally supported program, said Ladies Auxiliary President Debbie Welch. The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary come together […]

Reader-submitted content: Residents urged to practice fireworks safety

Due to extremely dry conditions in our area, we are asking everyone in Portales to be extra careful this Fourth of July by acting responsible and increasing your awareness while using fireworks. The State of New Mexico has imposed fireworks restrictions which prohibit all fireworks in all non-municipal wild land areas within the county. Aerial […]

Q&A with Rob Sanders

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Rob Sanders learned the game of golf at Portales Country Club. An Eastern New Mexico University graduate, Sanders, 49, has worked at several golf courses and golf schools over the years, including a school he started in Dallas in 1993. He returned to the Portales in 2010 and just recently was named the teaching professional […]

My turn: Search on for running mate

Recently, I spent several days camping with friends in south Texas’ Davey Crockett National Forest. I expected a Thoreau- or Darwin-like experience — perhaps inspiring me to write Whitman-ish poetry about gentile breezes brushing dancing sunlight on the peek-a-boo canopy of nature’s humid canvas. Maybe a missing link would waddle by — requiring new holy […]

Tres Amigas official hopes to break ground in fall

Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas is pushing paperwork at the moment. The company is hoping to push materials by August, and push power across the nation two to three years later. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry figures it will be mid-2012 before any significant economic impact comes from the project, which will connect […]

Dairyfest draws crowd

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Liliana Castillo United Dairy Women’s Dairyfest attracted thousands of people Saturday after taking a year off in 2010. Michelle Heavyside, founder and director of United Dairy Women, said the group wasn’t able to book a date for the event last year at the Curry County Events Center. “Right now, we need to book a date […]

Middle East wars can’t end soon enough

Freedom Newspapers It’s a start. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he would withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. He promised, “(We) will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge” of troop levels he began in 2009. About 67,000 troops then would remain […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Meetings watch, voting begins and the first Corvette

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch • The Clovis Municipal Schools board meets 5:30 p.m. today at the administration building. • The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building. The board plans to close out the 2010-2011 fiscal […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]

Our people: Clovis pastor keeps busy

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Clovis resident David Dawson has lived in Clovis for 38 years. He spends his time doing many things including being a singer, songwriter, producer, motivator and pastor. If you know Dawson, you’re wondering why he didn’t list coach. He said he’s not a coach, he’s a motivator. “Coaches have to understand the player is the […]

Pintores artist of the month

Scott Blazek Each month Pintores Art League of Clovis features a display at the Clovis-Carver Public Library located at the corner of Seventh and Main Street across from the Curry County Courthouse. In the month of June, featured artist Scott Blazek exhibits samples of his children’s book illustrations, notably his Clovis Crawfish and friends that […]

Food, wine pairing featured on show

Information on pairing food and wine, new uses for patchwork quilt blocks and using parchment paper for card-making will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. David Mirassou is a wine expert and a sixth-generation winemaker. He believes food and wine enhance one another and are best shared […]

Making the grade: ENMU lands 65 on LSC honor roll

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES —Eastern New Mexico University landed 65 student-athletes on the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The conference-leader was Incarnate Word with 123 athletes on the honor roll. Abilene Christian was second with 108. ENMU tied for sixth in the 16-team conference with Angelo State. ENMU has 368 student-athletes. To be eligible […]

Honors — June 26

Pearson Seth Pearson of Portales received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering May 15 from Norwich University, Vermont. Norwich University was founded in 1819 and is a private military college. Anaya Colonial School District Curriculum Supervisor Sergio Anaya, former graduate of Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University, has been asked by […]

Club notes — June 26

Daughters of the American Revolution The monthly meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the home of Vicky Stratton in Portales on June 10. Chapter Regent Pam Wallace called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. and conducted the opening rituals and the business portion of the meeting. Proclamations from Clovis […]