Mind mouths, around your children

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist “Grownups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” So French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, in his novella, ‘The Little Prince’ in 1943. We parents, all of us, have been taught by our children — […]

Fire destroys mobile home

Freedom New Mexico A fire caused heavy damage to a double-wide mobile home in Roosevelt County on Sunday night. Portales Fire Department Fire Investigator Mike Inge said the fire started around the central gas heater, but the reason hadn’t been determined. Firefighters finished putting out hot spots such as smoldering insulation around noon Monday, he […]

City crews work to fill potholes

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Road crews have been working to fix those pesky potholes springing up like wildflowers in Spring. Three city crews have been scattered around town fixing holes created by the combination of cold and wet, snowy weather. Street department Director Jerry Rose said potholes start when moisture penetrates the asphalt. […]

School rallies around homecoming queen

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Dora High School senior Sarah Walker has touched hearts with a lot of hugs and not a word. Sarah was crowned Miss DHS at the school’s homecoming celebration Jan. 16. She has Angelman’s Syndrome, a chromosome disorder that causes developmental delays, particularly in speech. Senior Renee Gantert, who competed […]

God’s greatness is evident all around us

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Snow makes me happy, and I guess it’s because we don’t see it often. It brings a winter wonderland for me. Gentle snowflakes softly fall and cover the boughs of my evergreen trees. The “picture perfect” postcard is filed in my photo album of many blessings. Underneath this glorious sight, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Joking around and Muleshoe’s “Muletrain.”

Good morning! It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Good for a laugh… it’s Joking around. Muletrain musing Muleshoe’s homespun TV 6 features Gill Lamb’s

Santa’s helpers reside in Roosevelt County

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Every year around Christmas, Santa’s helpers appear around Portales, handing out gifts and making children smile. And it’s Roosevelt County men who are under those red suits, hats and beards. Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Matt Rush and C&S Dairy Supply employee Mark Clark are two of the local […]

Tired of machines ordering me around

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with Bossy Britches Machines. Our motor vehicles insist on telling us our “windshield washer is low” or we might ought to “check the oil.” The worst is the bright yellow light announcing our “fuel is low.” Do they think we can’t […]

Hospital administrator candidates discuss goals

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The five finalists for the opening administrator position at Roosevelt General Hospital hail from around the country, including two from the local area, and have differing types of experience. W. Jeff Commer Jr. Commer, of Tucson, Ariz., is the founder and owner of Southwest Business Facilitation LLC, which provides […]

Our choices revolve around ethics

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The basic task of ethics is to answer the question, “How should I act?” What standards apply to me as I conduct my life?” “What are the fundamental principles that I should follow?” Those are pretty much equivalent questions, but the answers are extremely complicated and multifaceted. There […]

Census count on the horizon

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken in between, […]

Terror from Clovis home invasion spree still lingers

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A small noise startled Donna Foster awake. As she looked around her dark bedroom, she saw the outline of two heads in the doorway and as she realized someone was standing beside with a gun pointed at her head. Quickly the man pulled the covers up and over, holding […]

Business feature: Portales man fixes dings, dents

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Growing up in Odessa, Texas, Robert Flores learned the ins and outs of auto body work by hanging around the shop owned by his father. Now living in Portales, the father of six owns his own business, Robert’s Body Shop. Flores just moved to his current location on Second Street in September. What’s the most […]

Getting to know: Volunteer likes to pay it forward

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Rose Robbins has been living in Portales for five years, and already has made an impact on the people around her. Robbins volunteers for Portales MainStreet, Portales Kiwanis Club and Portales Women’s Club. She moved to Portales from Fort Worth when she married her husband, Gary. Robbins is able to do more things to help […]

School's stolen F-16 replica recovered

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Officials had offered a reward of $700 for the return of an F-16 model stolen from the Clovis High School around Aug. 17. The plane was located at the edge of a field north of Clovis Saturday morning and loaded into a pickup truck. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections A […]

Police recover stolen F-16 model

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A scale model F-16 stolen from Clovis High School on Aug. 17 was recovered unscathed Saturday morning. Around 9 a.m., police received a report that the 1/8-scale jet was lying in a ditch at Curry Roads 16 and G. Capt. Patrick Whitney said sheriff’s deputies and police responded to […]

Tanker accident closes highway; one killed in weekend accident

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a 24-hour period, police said, three serious vehicle crashes in Curry County resulted in one death, multiple injuries and a 6,000-gallon asphalt spill. A 25-year-old Clovis man killed Sunday night on N.M. 467 has been identified as Jose Gutierrez-Becerra. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said other occupants of […]

Dominoes championships draw contestants to Texico

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plenty of versions of dominoes may exist around the world as evidenced by the 25 kinds of games listed on one Web site. But in the corner occupied by states such as New Mexico and Texas, the variety often favored resembles a card game. It’s called 42, or Texas […]

Fireworks sales up in Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The recession may have hit many people in their wallets, but they are still going to go out with a bang for the fourth. TNT Fireworks conducted a survey around New Year’s by opening a stand to see how the community reacted. Sales were good. Kelly Fulfer, who operates […]

Fire near Special Events Center

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Freedom New Mexico An old underground fuel tank near the Curry County Special Events Center caught fire while being cut into pieces for removal Friday morning. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. and was quickly extinguished using foam spray. No one was injured. “They’re going to discontinue that […]