Press release: Evacuations ordered

According to State EOC, the evacuations are for homes along Highway 467 atthe Roosevelt County Line.

Privatization speeds soldiers along

The Army Reserve’s reliance on a private contractor to conduct medical screening of drilling reservists has driven up costs and reduced readiness of medics and reserve units, says a freshman congressman who also is an Army Reserve colonel and physician. But an advocate for the contractor counters that the percentage of Army reservists medically ready [...]

High wind warning through Friday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a Red Flag warning, which is in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Sustained 20 foot winds of 20 mph or higher with gusts exceeding 35 mph are expected. The strongest winds are expected along I-40 from Clines Corners to Santa Rosa. Critical fire weather [...]

Curry commissioners seek bids for road work

Sharna Johnson By Sharna Johnson Freedom New Mexico sjohnson@cnjonline.com Curry County will gather bids to surface an alternate route around Curry Road R, which lies along Cannon Air Force Base’s western perimeter —temporarily abandoning plans to improve access to the base’s south gate. The decision was reached in a 4-1 vote Tuesday during a Curry [...]

Hounds’ lineman adjusts to injuries

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Dave Wagner Like a number of his cohorts on the offensive line, Eastern New Mexico University senior guard T.J. Cleavinger just keeps plugging along. Cleavinger, a 6-foot-2, 310-pounder from Garland, Texas, underwent shoulder surgery in January. He injured a knee two weeks ago at Southwestern Oklahoma, but keeps playing. “He’s running on experience and guts,” [...]

Fence work turns into fishing trip

Glenda Pirce The bossman bid on a fence building job along the right-of-way of a newly paved road in the northern New Mexico mountains. He didn’t tell the ranch hands about it until he actually got the contract in hand. All chores having to do with fencing — building, repairing, riding in search of problems [...]

It’s their job: Jennifer Johnson

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Portales Municipal Schools band director Jennifer Johnson plays along with Portales High School percussion students as they practice in the school band room. She said it’s exciting to see students from different backgrounds come together and make music.

Portales hosting inaugural 42 tournament

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By Linda Long: PNT columnist The first 42 tournament for Portales happens Friday at the Roosevelt Electric Cooperative. Organizers say anyone who loves the challenge of 42 is encouraged to enter. Eight games with a 20-minute time limit are scheduled. Jerry Whitney organized the one-day event along with Jimmy Roberts. Whitney is a member of [...]

Topsoil safe from wind

By Karl Terry: Freedom columnist Along with the moisture we’ve enjoyed over the late winter and early spring it seems like we’ve been blessed with fewer windy days than normal. After this past week a newcomer to the area might shake their head and think I’m crazy for saying we’ve had fewer windy days. No [...]

Guilt shouldn’t be factor in helping

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It is a running joke, of course, concerning some mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along lines of, “You owe me since I brought you up.” Never mind now that bringing up children is something parents usually sign up for freely and it [...]