My turn: Accident left 19 dead 39 years ago

One of the worst vehicle accidents in New Mexico history happened 39 years ago this week on a narrow bridge, 10 miles east of Fort Sumner, on U.S. 60-84. Nineteen people, most of them teenagers on a holiday ski vacation from Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, died Dec. 26, 1972. Their bus crashed into […]

My turn: Farmer shaves head to show support

Betty Williamson Picture a farm boy, the oldest of a family of rowdy brothers who grew up on the same bumpy school bus route that I did. Always a free thinker, he decided after high school that he didn’t care too much about spending time around scissors or razors. Before long he could be recognized […]

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 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Gaming, job info and a magic bus

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game

Clovis softball coach saves truck driver

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Russell Anglin The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball team made an unexpected stop on their bus trip to Farmington Thursday. Coach Brandi Thomas stopped the bus to help a semi-truck driver who had been hit by a pickup on the side of the road between Fort Sumner and Melrose. She said she didn’t think […]

Local Brief Nov. 6

A blood drive will be held from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday in the donor bus at Portales Public Library. Appointments can be made by calling 356-3940.

Sept. 20, 1966

An automobile accident occurred between a Dora school bus and a pickup truck north of Causey on a foggy morning. There were no children on the bus and no injuries were reported.

Lt. Gov. Denish plans Portales visit

Lt. Gov. Diane Denish will be in Portales at 1 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Memorial Building. The purpose of the visit is to speak with constituents, according to a press release from the city of Portales. Denish will be traveling in a bus with an awning where she will meet with people.

Martin Luther King Jr. poster, essay contest first place winners

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High School First place Aarti Attreya Clovis High School 11th grade The Display of Value Throughout history, many great souls have worked for the progression of humankind. Among them was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through his relentless, yet peaceful, efforts, he helped to achieve equality amongst all citizens of the United States, even those […]

Floyd plans community, school reunion

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Committee members are preparing to host the 10th quinquennial Floyd School and Community Reunion that will be held on Saturday. According to committee member Jackie Clark, the reunion started in 1962 and is held every five years. The reunion will be held on the grounds of the Floyd Municipal […]

Driven by history: Man rebuilds family bus

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Driving a bright yellow school bus has been a part of daily life for several generations in the Anthony clan at Elida. An important part of that heritage was recently reclaimed from the prairie dust of eastern New Mexico and has found a home inside the Anthony barn. Fred […]

Hero welcomed home

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols and waved neon signs that read “Welcome Home.” An hour passed as they waited for the bus that carried John Martinez from his […]

Community Service Center drops transit service in city’s lap

By Tony Parra Portales Area Transit system will have a new operator next month. Community Services Center will end its affiliation with the bus system on March 24, its Executive Director Pam O’Malley announced in a press release. O’Malley said the reason was because the city wanted to run the PAT system. The city of […]

Students from PJHS in bus crash

Freedom Newspapers A bus carrying seventh- and eighth-grade Portales basketball players collided with another vehicle on Tuesday, causing a three-vehicle accident, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. None of the students were injured in the accident, but three people in the vehicle struck directly by the bus were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Schoeffel […]

Cold front heats up emergencies

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Area residents awoke Wednesday morning to single-digit temperatures and found their yards and vehicles covered with a fine, white layer of frost from a blast of Arctic air off the Rockies. Temperatures remained in the teens Wednesday with 15 to 24 mph winds making it seem even colder, according to the […]

Keep children’s safety in mind near school bus stops

School bus safety should be a concern for all. Amn. Thomas Trower It’s time for kids to be out at the bus stops again. While standing at the bus stop might not seem like a hazardous activity, according to an 8th Air Force safety message, each year throughout the United States many children are injured […]

Learning about more than language

By Helena Rodriguez Hola amigos, from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I’m coming to you from a half continent away, ironically, to learn something I probably could have learned while growing up as a child there in P-Ville. Myself and a group of students from Eastern New Mexico University have said hasta la vista to […]

BRAC hearing tickets available tonight

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Ticket distribution is tonight in Portales for the Base Realignment and Closure hearing set for Friday in Clovis. The tickets are available at 5:30 tonight in the lobby of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Tickets are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one ticket […]

Residents prepare for BRAC hearing

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor At least 16 buses will be on hand June 24 to take Portales residents to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing in Clovis, according to the Portales “Operation Keep Cannon” committee. Members also discussed Tuesday plans for distributing tickets to the hearing, set for 8:30 a.m. at Marshall […]

Aug. 15 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael School at Dora opened all “avenues” of entrance wide on Thursday morning for grades 1-12. There were many happy smiles and excited students, most ready to tackle this year positively. Teachers and staff All are on hand and ready to get to work. I understand the new principal, Mr. Barron, is still […]