Wednesday morning briefing: Meet the author, Rock n’ roll cleanup and the Red Scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meet the author Portales’ award-winning writer of paranormal romances, Darynda Jones, is scheduled to speak at the Friends of the Portales Public Library meeting at noon Sept. 1 at the library. The meeting is a brown bag lunch and open to the public. While […]

ENMU welcomes back students with Dawg Days

By Jillian Holbert: PNT corrrespondent Eastern New Mexico University’s 2011 Dawg Days freshman orientation program ended with a splash Tuesday as the university’s freshmen lined up for fun in the sun at a four-piece water park event. Faculty served cotton candy and other treats as students, new and returning alike, participated in wet relays, bungee […]

Letters to the editor: Drivers should take extra precautions

Drivers should take extra precautions School began for most Portales students last week. I was surprised that I didn’t see any patrol officers around to serve as a reminder of the school zone speed limit. As I was waiting for my children after school at Valencia Elementary last week, I noticed two vehicles pass through […]

Officials reluctant to cut retirement

Military careerists have been spun up this month, unnecessarily in our view, by sensational headlines and news bulletins about a plan to “slash” their retirement, citing a “Pentagon study.” The study was done by the Defense Business Board, a group of independent business executives that advises the secretary of defense from time to time on […]

Overthrowing Gadhafi won’t ensure peace

Freedom New Mexico Good riddance to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan dictator who oppressed his people for 42 years while fostering terrorism abroad. As President Barack Obama said Monday from Martha’s Vineyard, the situation in the Libyan capital of Tripoli remained “fluid,” but “the Gadhafi regime is coming to an end, and the future of […]

Fatal crash victims identified

Freedom New Mexico State police on Tuesday identified the victims from Monday’s fatal accident in Roosevelt County as a married couple from Elk City, Okla. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, died when their Ford Explorer collided with a privately owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt County line on U.S. 70, officials […]

Budding talent

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Two Portales residents connected across generations to contribute to the Roosevelt County Fair flower show this year. Jacqualyn Flores, 7, was feeling down because her brother and sister were showing animals in the fair, but she had nothing to enter. “So I told her she was going to be learning how to make arrangements with […]

Aug. 24 —

ENMU professor to be published Eastern New Mexico University Professor of Biology Manuel Varela will have a chapter called “Maltose Chemistry and Biochemistry” published by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the book “Food and Nutritional Components in Focus.” Co-authors of the book chapter are postdoctoral fellow Sanath Kumar and biology graduate student Robert Crow.

My turn: Zingers telling of today’s culture

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I could write about comments I heard on TV that Texas governor Rick Perry is a “brunette Bush” or “Bush on steroids” or, to add my own biased commentary, Obama is a brunette “Bill Clinton.” While our country spirals into more debt and cultural decline, I’m taking on a deeper issue, “zingers.” “Of Thee I […]

New twist: Let’s remake bad movies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking, and the difference between Facebook and Google+. In brief, the starting point is the difference, because Facebook starts with the concept that everybody sees everything and Google+ starts with everybody sees nothing unless you say so. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found starting points everywhere […]

New Mexico Children’s Home holds annual pork chop breakfast

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Alisa Boswell The second day of the Roosevelt County Fair kicked off with the New Mexico Children’s Home annual pork chop breakfast at the Jake Lopez Building, which is held to raise money for the home’s 4-H team, the Shooting Stars. Local residents piled into the building for a breakfast of pork chops, scrambled eggs […]

Earthquake rattles D.C., east coast

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas customers to reduce electricity usage until 8 p.m., terming the situation “urgent.” Based on high electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants, Xcel issued an energy alert Tuesday morning under threat of controlled outages if electricity demand is not reduced. Demand could exceed the […]

Press release: Xcel declares energy alert

AMARILLO – High electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants has led Xcel Energy to declare an Energy Alert in its Texas and New Mexico service territory. Xcel Energy is urging customers to cut back on their use of electricity until 8 p.m.

County fair kicks off

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Argen Duncan During the Roosevelt County Fair Entry Day on Monday, artists of a range of ages entered paintings, drawings and photographs into the photography and fine arts shows. The fair officially opens at noon today. “We’re just trying to get involved,” said Jessie Dodington, who entered paintings, photos and knitting in the fair. Dodington, […]

Dora school news — Aug. 23

Preschool begins Patty Mohon, preschool teacher, and Elaine Schneider, educational assistant, began their classes Monday. Again this year we have a Monday/Wednesday group and a Tuesday/Thursday group, and classes meet in the preschool building behind the high school.

My turn: Years at L.L. Brown helped mold me

I saw a comment posted on the Internet this week, asking about fond memories from school. It caused me to think and really reflect on what memories I had from school. Part of the difficulty, is that I have been out of school for a long time. I have many good memories of childhood friends, […]

Two people reported dead in accident on U.S. 70

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Freedom New Mexico Two people were killed Monday afternoon when a Ford Explorer collided with a privately-owned garbage truck near the Curry-Roosevelt county line on U.S. 70. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said a 57-year-old woman and 84-year-old man, both in the Explorer, died at the scene just before 4 p.m. The deceased were […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A hot car, classes begin and Clint making your day

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Car for a cause The Desert Cruzers Car Club is raffling off a rare 1993 Chevy Camaro to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation of New Mexico, Clovis Community College and Lighthouse Mission. Tickets are $10, and only 4,000 will be sold. […]

Monday morning briefing: Video game of the week, rodeo days and Ruby Ridge relived

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Rodeo days La Nina Classic Ranch Rodeo is set for 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Fifteen teams compete each night in events including branding, stray gathering, doctoring, trailer loading and bronc riding. Bull riding is Tuesday night only. Admission […]