Police issue apology after failing to respond to home invasion call

Robin Fornoff New Mexico State Police on Thursday said a procedural breakdown resulted in no response to a call for help from a Quay County couple whose home was invaded by a stranger. “Somebody should have been here,” said Fay Edwards, 68, who placed two calls to 911 after a man barged through her back […]

Aug. 31 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent call to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Friday • An officer responded to an auto burglary call at midnight in the 400 block of north Avenue K. A man said a car stereo was stolen from his 1993 Jeep. He said he went inside his friend’s house for 15 minutes […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

Herd receives harvest treatment

Denny got a call from the farmer’s widow. She had 13 head of big steers that had been hibernating in her woods since the funeral a year ago. Denny operated a hauling service in the neck of West Virginia. They did rip rap, lumber, heavy equipment and other inanimate objects. Denny agreed to help the […]

Grant McGee: Reputation has no price tag

I got a phone call from “The Better Biz Center” the other day. That’s not the real name of this organization, I’ve changed it to avoid hassles from the real one. You know these folks, they’re the people who keep a list of naughty or nice businesses. Sort of like Santa Claus, or so I […]

Commentary: Tornado underlines importance of preparedness

Courtesy photo 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg, a pilot in the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, holds a cat found in the rubble on May 24. Lt. Stuckenberg facilitated a relief convoy to Joplin, Mo., as soon as he was notified that the tornado destroyed his hometown. By 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg: 3rd Special Operations […]

My turn: Always aiming for good time

I discovered Tuesday night that my aim with my .380 gun is still horrible because I have had very little shooting time with it. So, the adventures of learning how to shoot continue but with a new resolution in mind: I am now determined to go to the shooting range a minimum of once a […]

Thursday morning briefing: Alumni call, rattlesnakes and Buddy Holly’s

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Calling all alumni Eastern New Mexico University’s Portales Alumni Chapter is expanding to Clovis and surrounding areas and there is a meeting 6 p.m. today at Leal’s Restaurant on Prince Street for anyone interested. Ordering a meal is optional. Information: Tammi Gardner at 562-2125 […]

Veteran call center launched

Freedom New Mexico A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing […]

Time wasted focusing on negative

Wrong thoughts can be what I call thought disease. Have you ever had “wrong thought disease”? I have and it’s the pits! Thought disease comes with all kinds of problems. The doctor’s report, overdue accounts, misunderstandings and the list goes on. Thought disease thrives in a negative environment. Worrying thoughts ruin thought life and spill […]

Storm spotter course offered

Freedom New Mexico A pair of storm spotters trainning sessions will be held March 22. The Clovis session will be 1-4:30 p.m. at the Clovis City Hall assembly room, 321 Connelly. The Portales session is 6-8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Building, 300 E. Seventh. There is no charge for either session. To sign up for […]

Thursday morning briefing: Civic call, Souper Saturday and the day the music died

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Call to duty Clovis is looking to fill the District 2 and District 3 citizen positions on the Public Works Committee. The committee meets every fourth Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. If interested call 769-7828 no later than Monday. Question of the day How cold […]

In Search of Ponies: Allergies call for compromise

Sharna Johnson Sneezing, wheezing, struggling for air with itching and puffy red eyes, my son’s friend sat in the living room on the ottoman, his shoulders hunched, his physique conveying sheer misery. Not knowing what to do, I asked if he needed some Benadryl. “No,” he said, trying to tough it out. “Should I call […]

City leaders share goals for 2011

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Call them resolutions, call them goals. But everybody has something from 2010 they want to improve in 2011. The new year has arrived, and with it targets for many in Clovis and Portales. Here are a few from some of eastern New Mexico’s most well-known citizens: • Lonnie Berry, […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, Mrs. Clovis and built to a “T”

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Music, music, music… The first concert for the new Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in Eastern New Mexico University’s Music Building. Information: Kathi Fraze at 562-2377. Question of the day What do you believe is true even though […]

Military mama: Holiday shopping with you in mind

The holidays make me acutely aware of all the special people in my life, even those that have moved to other bases or are back in my hometown. All of those mental associations that are normally tucked nicely in my subconscious spill over as I scour the aisles for presents. When I shop, I hunt. […]

Oct. 17 — Weekly update

No school Monday Portales Municipal Schools has reserved time for parent/teacher conference 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. There is no school that day. Information: district administration at 356-7000 or call individual schools.

Day trip: Ranch offers riding lessons

Place: Abrazos Adventure Location: 5 miles west of Portales. Call for detailed directions. What activities can you enjoy at this location: Horseback riding and lessons. What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages Admission prices?: Call for rates. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week. Special events coming […]

Friday morning briefing: Black eyes, free food and cash for a cause

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School business Monday is parent-teacher conference day for Portales Municipal Schools from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no school that day. Information: Call the administration office at 356-7000 or call your child’s school. Black eyes for Cannon Airmen of all ranks will […]

My turn: Friendly text message can make a difference

A lot of people tease me for sending what I call “mass inspirational” text messages. At least once a week, I send a text to everyone in my phone, saying things like “Don’t forget to smile today, because you’re amazing” or “Have a great day knowing someone thinks you’re special.” As cheesy as these messages […]