Outgrowing past fashion no big deal

By Glenda Price: Humor columnist Past a certain age, I’ve learned, you no longer “step” into the saddle … you “climb” on, thankful your horse is well-trained and doesn’t try to take off before you’re mounted. I’ve learned some other things, too. That hat with the 5-inch brim that was sooo cute and (maybe) sexy […]

Interest has turned to sports

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist In the fall of 2008, before the election, as the recession crashed down around us, I gave up on politics. It appeared that no one on either side, on Wall Street, in Detroit or in the media had a clue. It was like listening to a basket of turkeys expounding […]

Ticket feature: Swing Fever bringing big band era to Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico San Francisco’s Swing Fever will be bringing the nostalgic sounds of the big band era to Clovis April 11. The latest installment in Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series will feature the band’s piano-less swing style complete with vocals and “fresh excitement,” according to the band’s web site. Claiming the most experienced […]

Big government out for itself

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist The theory of the big (but good) lie goes back to a certain reading of Plato’s most famous dialogue, the Republic. There are more or less crude versions of it but the gist of the theory is that for reasons of state — to secure the chance of the ruler […]

Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 years of servicing Quay County, according to the manager. “The word came in at 9 a.m. that we were closing,” said Larry Birch, a manager and salesperson alone at the office Friday night waiting for drivers […]

Hounds pull out key win

Freedom New Mexico With a big rally down the stretch, the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds ended a 10-game losing streak against Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M Wednesday night. Now ENMU will try to do it again on Saturday in Canyon, Texas. The Hounds trailed by nine points midway through the […]

Greyhounds ready to make some strides

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Andrew Helton knows he has a big job, but he’s ready to get to work. Coming off back-to-back 0-12 seasons in the Lone Star Conference South Division, Helton has taken over the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball program. The Greyhounds (4-23 in 2008-09) open their campaign on Tuesday […]

Dentist says I’m on dental fast lane

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I lost a tooth the other day. It was the molar on the northwest side next to my only wisdom tooth that ever came in. Which explains why sometimes I go over the edge of common sense. I mean, how many wise men would pass a policeman on a double […]

Hangar contract awarded

By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The government apparently is going under budget on this one. Big D Construction of Salt Lake City was awarded in late September a contract for the building of a 38,300 square foot, single story, single bay maintenance hangar at Cannon Air Force Base. Bids from 15 companies were received for […]

Movie one big marketing campaign

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Let it be known this column includes spoilers for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” I’m giving away the first five minutes, and telling you the rest doesn’t really matter. I’ve heard about married couples who tell me they saw each other and they knew in the first five minutes […]

Retailers expect big crowds for tax-free holiday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico San Skinner and his family have gotten used to the routine of business in the 85 years since his grandfather opened the doors of Skinner’s Western Wear in Portales. The New Mexico tax-free holiday, which will be held statewide Friday through Sunday, has become one more routine. The tax-free […]

Business Feature: Taco Box owner says retirement not in sight

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Taco Box owner Tom Martin says he got into the restaurant business for one big reason: He flunked out of engineering school. A bright young man despite his failure, he sought out his father’s advice. “When I grew up, I was raised living in hotels,” Martin said. “I went […]

Big government on president’s true agenda

Freedom New Mexico It is almost difficult to parody the incoherence of the Obama stimulus plan and administration statements about the state of the economy in the past couple of days: Although only 6 percent of the $787 billion stimulus package passed in January has been spent, it has done the trick nicely, and the […]

Outdoor rec wealth of resources

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Cannon Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation Technician Dan Church demonstrates how to pull up the trolling motor on the Outdoor Recreation Office’s bass boat. The office has several boats for fishing, water sports and cruising the lake. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Weekend whitewater rafting tours, mountain biking, inflatable slides […]

Rodeo: Hounds fifth at Howard

Freedom New Mexico BIG SPRING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men finished fifth in the Howard College rodeo over the weekend. Senior Kyle Roberts of Durango, Colo., teamed with Jake Cobb of Weatherford College (Texas) for first place in team roping with a time of 13.3 seconds. Junior Payton Terry teamed with Tarleton State’s […]

Police still determining cause of Big Valley Ford fire

PNT Staff Police said Saturday they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the Big Valley Ford dealership in Portales. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said fire investigators have sealed off the building so they can take their time examining the scene. “Some of the guys who were on scene talked […]

Fire guts Big Valley Ford

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In the second major structure fire in Portales in a week, the roof of Big Valley Ford’s repair shop burned Friday evening. The blaze forced the evacuation of the Town and Country convenience store next door, but no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, according to officials. […]

Zias post sweep of Mustangs

Freedom New Mexico Two big innings made it an easy day for Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team. The Zias scored nine runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 16-2 first-game rout of University of the Southwest at Zia Softball Field, then parlayed an eight-run second into a 9-0 second-game win. […]

Big Valley sells Clovis dealership

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico There is a reason the Big Valley lot on Mabry is empty. Bender Chevrolet Cadillac in Clovis took over Big Valley Buick Pontiac GMC’s inventory of General Motors products Monday after buying the dealership. Bender dealership co-owner Bryce Bender said he’s moved Big Valley’s inventory to his Chevrolet Cadillac […]

Mustangs ride big second-half run to beat Zias

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s women were in position to get their first Lone Star Conference South Division win Saturday night, but they couldn’t overcome a long dry spell. Midwestern State erased a three-point deficit with under 14 minutes left by going on a 16-0 run and the Mustangs had just enough at […]