Businesses offer entertainment venues for Fifth Friday events

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Alisa Boswell City officials and residents’ ambitions to make downtown Portales “alive after five” begins Friday night with the MainStreet Program’s first Fifth Fridays event. The MainStreet Program Manager Sandy Van Der Veen and local business owners involve all said they anticipate a good turnout for the first event, but they believe the number of […]

Zias top Highlands in four

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Senior middle blocker Jessica King had 18 kills and junior outside hitter added 12 kills and a team-high 19 digs Tuesday as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team defeated New Mexico Highland 26-24, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20. Junior Evelyn Escobar notched 10 kills for the Zias (4-12), who improved […]

Thursday morning briefing: Free art, a real classic and jail for a cause

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing: Free art A free solo exhibition, “Sleeping in the Forest, Waking in the Desert,” by Jessie Dodington will be displayed in ENMU’s Golden Library on Tuesday through Oct. 28 during normal library hours. A real classic The annual Milk Jug Classic is 8 a.m. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Local redistricting, storing chilies and the last great Red Sox

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing: Meetings watch Curry County Commissioners are expected to make their final decision Thursday in redistricting. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. The decision could place two incumbents in the same district — pitting them against each other in local elections […]

Friday morning briefing: Fifth Friday, blessing the beasts and a reason for neckties

Good morning. The Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing is the best way to start your day: Celebration Fifth Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today features special sales at stores open late, food and entertainment in downtown Portales. Information: 356-8541. Hot cars There’s a car show 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Shopping Center in […]

Police blotter — Sept. 28

Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Thursday • At 2:18 a.m., an officer responded to the 700 block of South Avenue B in reference to a suspicious subject. The calling party who advised that they had seen a male wearing a black hoodie walking in the area. While […]

ENMU briefs — Sept. 28

ENMU hosting art exhibit Afree solo exhibition, “Sleeping in the Forest, Waking in the Desert,” by Jessie Dodington will be displayed in ENMU’s Golden Library on Oct. 4-Oct. 28 during normal library hours. A reception will be from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Runnels Gallery. The exhibit will include a selection of still lives […]

Politicians interfere with process

Kevin Wilson All things considered, the last 24 hours had been quite good. My baseball team was in the running to host a playoff series, I actually made a decent dinner and the movie I couldn’t find at the rental place was available for free online (no movie piracy took place). But leave it to […]

Proposed gun legislation hits target

Gun owners have been shafted for years, and a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday stands to change things for the better. Hunters, recreational shooters and other gun owners pay an 11 percent excise tax, established under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, on ammunition and other hunting and shooting […]

Too much in your face(booking)

Facebook is being blamed as a top cause of relationship problems and divorces, according to online stories I read, and in a New York Times article, I read that social Web sites such as Topix are causing big problems in small towns as people take traditionally coffee shop gossip to social networks. We can’t blame […]

City officials split on funding for proposed entertainment center

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Alisa Boswell City officials agree an entertainment center would be a positive thing for Portales. Opinions are split on how to fund such a project. Councilor Keith Thomas, who pitched the idea to the city council, proposes it could be funded by a tax hike or bond. Mayor Sharon King believes it should be privately […]

Cannon receiving first MC-130J

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base will host an aircraft acceptance ceremony 1 p.m. Thursday, marking the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II for Air Force Special Operations Comman. Lt. Col. Paul Pendleton, commander of the 522nd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, said the MC-130J can carry about 40 percent more payload and do it […]

New name, same goal

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Alisa Boswell It’s time to clean up Portales again, according to Portales Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste, who coordinates the annual Portales Tas No Mas, previously called the Trek for Trash. Urioste said this year, the city coordinated the event to happen the weekend before Eastern New Mexico University homecoming. “We kind of geared it […]

Zias gain tie with Midwestern State

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s women ended a five-match losing streak against Midwestern State on Sunday, battling the Mustangs to a 1-1 Lone Star Conference tie at the ENMU pitch. In the first game of the doubleheader, Newman scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick with just under four minutes left and […]

Portales High School news — Sept. 27

See You at the Pole? scheduled See You at the Pole? will be held Thursday. It is a National Day where junior high and high school students around the world meet who agree their school needs prayer as well as other things at meet at their school’s flag pole. College entrance exams scheduled Seniors interested […]

Dora school news — Sept. 27

Several Dora FFA students placed at the New Mexico State Fair. Winners were: • Kaly Cone — reserve grand champion steer, junior steer showmanship award; • Koby Cone — grand champion supreme heifer, senior heifer showmanship award, second in calf scramble plus $400 scholarship; • Gowan Hays — champion spot pig, reserve champion cross pig; […]

Elida school news — Sept. 27

Sports • Today: Volleyball at Grady — JH, JV, V, 4 p.m. • Thursday: Volleyball hosts Clovis Christian, V, 5:30 p.m. • Friday: Volleyball hosts Vaughn, JH (A &B), 10 a.m. • Saturday: Volleyball hosts San Jon, JH, JV, V, 1 p.m.

My turn: ‘Fair to middlin’

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I recently made a call to a software company, asking for some help. I became a little annoyed when I thought the person on the other end of the line did not speak English well. I remembered a conference I had attended in Boston, when a presenter from Boston looked […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video game of the week and a groundbreaking moment

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s suggestion for a video game worth your while: Game: Kirby Mass Attack Genre: Platformer System: DS What is it? Kirby needs help reuniting with himself after an evildoer splits him into ten pieces. ESRB Rating: […]

Our people: Man of steel

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Shane Nelson, associate executive director of the Clovis Family YMCA, made the first big move of his life to bring the Y back to Clovis after over 30 years. Nelson, a husband and father of two, has worked for the Y for five years. “I love my job because it allows for me to change […]