Power outages plague Portales

Argen Duncan Power outages hit the same portion of Portales for several hours two mornings in a row this week. “We are aware of the problem, and we are working on a long-term solution so we avoid this particular problem,” said Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “And we do appreciate the patience of our customers [...]

Divorce support seminar being held

Freedom New Mexico First United Methodist Church is hosting Divorce Care, a weekly support group and seminar led by people with experience dealing with divorce. The 13-week Bible-based video seminar will be held starting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church at 200 S. Ave. C and is free to the public. For information, contact Laqueda [...]

My turn: Rock bottom good place for life to pick up

As I kneeled before the Blessed Sacrament at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, I thought, “When we hit rock-bottom, that means there’s a rock at the bottom, right?” A rock, or better yet, a foundation. According to the Bible, the house of he who builds it on a rock won’t collapse. And [...]

Their view: Thanks offered for community’s help

Thanks offered for community’s help James Salgado of Portales took time to thank those who helped him attend a baseball camp in Florida during the holiday break: Christmas gifts come in many packages. Mine came in the form of a great opportunity. During Christmas break I went to a baseball camp in Bradenton, Fla, called [...]

Washington no stranger to whine, waste

Freedom New Mexico It’s difficult to take Washington seriously when politicians bemoan the federal deficit, whine about underfunded agencies and whimper about budget woes. It’s all the more galling when we’re reminded how Washington uses taxpayers’ money. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released, “The Wastebook 2010: A guide to some of the most wasteful government [...]

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, ticket deadline and a bridge to gold

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Calling on you The new Portales Quality of Life Committee will be holding focus groups at the end of January and needs volunteers. Community members interested in participating in these focus groups will be chosen randomly from all who volunteer. Interested volunteers are asked [...]

New changes in store for GI Bill

Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI bill will see their monthly living stipends stopped between fall and winter semesters, starting next year, and only full time students will continue to draw stipends at the 100 percent rate. Those two cost-saving changes, plus a new $17,500 nationwide cap on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for students attending private [...]

Zias earn sportsmanship award

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team has been awarded the 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association Team Ethics/Sportsmanship Silver Award for their play last season. To be eligible, a team must have five or fewer yellow cards and no red cards throughout the season. The Zias were called for two yellow [...]

Fishing report – Jan. 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 4, 2011: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Interviews ongoing for Chamber director

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is interviewing candidates to replace resigning executive director Sharon King and hopes to hire someone within the next few weeks, chamber board President Wanda Graham said Monday. Graham declined to name the candidates. She said the new director would be paid up to $35,000 per year, [...]