Honor — Nov. 27

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Storms Jeff Storms, a member of Basehor, Kan., Boy Scout Troop 169, was honored in July for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Jeff, 15, is a sophomore at Basehor-Linwood High School. For his Eagle leadership project, he led other scouts and adults in installing flagpoles and raising American and Christian flags for Tonganoxie Christian […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK […]

Teen arrested for auto burglary

PNT staff reports A 14-year-old Roosevelt County boy was arrested Sunday in connection with an auto burglary consistent with 12 other auto burglaries that occurred in the last few days, according to Portales Police. The boy was charged with one count of auto burglary, a fourth-degree felony, and resisting and evading an officer, a misdemeanor. […]

Donkey sports take patience

I was reminiscing with a group of Dexter breeders. A Michigan farmer named Lew said when he was a boy, his grandpa hired a mule man to clear some timber. It was raining like a cow pouring hot tea on a flat rock! The mule man sat in his old Chevy coupe with his arm […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Mom vs. kid – Who will win droopy drawers war?

Marla Jo Fisher Late at night, I like to gather my children around me and tell them stories from the old days, back when guys wore belts to hold up their pants. I have to explain the concept of belts, of course, and that pants also used to fit around the waist, which prevented them […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Boy Scouts hosting annual summer camp

Freedom New Mexico The Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host another summer of weeklong camps in June and July at Camp Wehinahpay, located in the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft. The council oversees troops in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Scout Executive Guy Eichsteadt said scouting is an educational opportunity for area boys. […]

McGee: Boy meets burrito

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Don’t you just love burritos? I’ve had a love affair with burritos since I was in high school back east. They’re so good; chowing down on that tasty, sometimes gooey, warm stuff wrapped up inside a soft tortilla. It started with beans, the main attraction in many a burrito. I […]

Investigator recounts boy’s interview during trial

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Argen Duncan Defendant DeAngelo Montoya repeatedly denied entering the victim’s home and yard and stealing items before admitting to the acts during an interview soon after the shooting, a district attorney’s office investigator said. The testimony came Thursday during the third day of Montoya’s trial. The 13-year-old is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two […]

17-year-old Portales boy facing sexual assault charge

Freedom New Mexico A 17-year-old Portales boy was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually assaulting a girl at Portales High School. Jesus Najera was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and taken to Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Portales Police Department records. According to police reports: • On March 15, […]

Imaginations run wild too often

I was on the shuttle bus to pick up a rent car at the Denver Airport when we passed the giant rearing blue horse with glowing red eyes. On my bus were an oriental man and his child. They were tourists going skiing, so I deduced from their luggage. The boy exclaimed, “Daddy, what’s the […]

Portales boy facing weapons charge

A 15-year-old Portales boy faces a fourth-degree felony and a misdemeanor charge after bringing handgun parts and knives to school, according to Portales Police Department records. The boy is charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises, a fourth-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a handgun, a misdemeanor. According to police records: […]

We could all use comfort in our lives

Twas the day before Christmas and boy was it cold I broke ice on the tanks and scattered feed on the snow The cattle all came to the pickup’s horn and grabbed the feed in great hungry bites Then down from the trees flew a bunch of little birds They joined the cows and I […]

Local veterans recall Pearl Harbor attacks

Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. […]

Objects’ value lies in the heart

Clyde Davis Where do you draw the line between what is truly an antique, and what is valuable simply because it has value to you? Maybe this line is easy, on some occasions, but there are times when it becomes truly difficult. The older one gets, the more some of the objects that surround one […]

Thursday morning briefing: We’re talking water and a boy king

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Projects due Science Fair Projects at Zia Elementary School are due Tuesday and judging will take place Nov. 11. A science fair assembly will be held 8 a.m. Nov. 17. Question of the day If you could only access just one website for your entire […]

My turn: Saints good for finding names

Helena Rodriguez When my daughter Laura announced she was naming her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Giovanni, I said, “Is that a saint’s name?” In my Hispanic culture, I always heard children should have saints’ names. Why do you think there are so many people named Maria, Jose and even Jesus? I Googled and was pleasantly surprised. […]

Police: Teen was using stolen weapon for target practice

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Jared Tucker A 13-year-old Portales boy charged with stealing the weapon used in Thursday’s homicide was shooting at targets in the victim’s backyard in the days before she was shot, police say. Angel Vale, a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University graduate student, was found shot to death in the sideyard of 1217 N. Ave. A, […]

Portales past: June 18, 1945

June 18, 1945: A 7-year-old Bethel boy was killed when he fell from a tractor he was riding and was struck by the rear wheel. The boy and his brother were on their way home from a neighbor’s when the accident occurred.