My turn: New red light another chance to rest

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist It’s welcoming news to my lead foot that a traffic light is going up at Main and Second streets to replace the four-way stop sign, although I’d prefer the good old days when you could cruise, non-stop, all the way to Wal-Mart. What does this mean for Portales? We’ll become […]

My turn: Carp can be hostile to humans

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When I have a chance I usually watch a show called, “River Monsters,” which airs on Animal Planet. The show follows biologist Jeremy Wade across the world as he does extreme fishing for unique fish. During a recent show about Snakehead fish, he talked about the Asian carp. The species of fish is invasive and […]

Hermine will have minimal effect on area

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Jared Tucker The path of tropical storm Hermine is projected to barely miss eastern New Mexico, but can the area expect to see any significant weather activity produced by the storm? Probably not, according to area weather forecasters. Ken Widelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Lubbock, said the best chance for eastern […]

Community shows appreciation for Cannon

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Ryan Wimbrly, civilian electrical shop employee at Cannon Air Force Base, competes in a pie-eating contest during Cannon Appreciation Day at Unity Park. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico From burgers to a pie-eating contest and horseshoes to door prizes, Cannon Air Force Base airmen, their families and civilian employees […]

Egress airmen ensure ‘last chance for life’

By Airman 1st Class Jason J. Brown: 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — If something goes wrong in a fighter jet flying at 30,000 feet, the pilot needs a reliable way to escape danger, and fast. When all else fails, the pilot relies on the ejection system to exit […]

Dora cowboy chasing high school rodeo titles

By Kevin Wilson While the goal is to get to Gillette, Wyo., a lot of high schoolers will ultimately get to know Clovis this week. For the second year, the New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo are being held at the Curry County Events Center, starting Thursday. The students get a four-day rodeo, with a […]

Hounds look for spark from newcomers

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Michael Maya had a chance to go Division I coming out of Valley High this spring, but he felt he was ready to play. Maya, the Albuquerque area player of the year and the state leader in scoring and assists in 2009-10, is part of second-year Eastern New Mexico […]

Floyd preschool roundup gives schools chance to interact with each other

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Branding irons and bandannas, marshmallows, glue and clay snakes. All of the above were part of the second annual Preschool Roundup at Floyd Municipal Schools on Monday. Preschool students from Floyd, Dora and Melrose met for a variety of activities and lunch with a Western theme. “I just think […]

Don’t take chance with superstitions

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist Do you say, “bless you” when someone nearby sneezes? Or knock on wood when you mention something is going well? Yeah, me too. Our barn door always had a horseshoe nailed to the wall above it with the open end facing down. In New Mexico several dried cobs of Indian […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Windy weather and a chance at a windfall

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Special weather warning Hang on. There’s a wind advisory today for most of Curry, Roosevelt and DeBaca counties. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph expected by afternoon. Bench Club raffle The ENMU Bench Club is holding a “Chance to Win” drawing with proceeds to the athletic […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Girl Scout cookies, jazz and a chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day: It’s joking around. Question of the day Girl Scout Cookies are being delivered throughout eastern New Mexico. What’s your favorite cookie? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Spring reprieve In case your counting…six more days until Spring Break. […]

Annual Women’s Day Out gives women chance to connect

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With lessons including jewelry, marketing and belly dancing, the sixth annual Women’s Day Out is coming up this month. The event, organized by the Portales Women’s Club, raises money for the group’s community projects and offers a variety of workshops, vendors, a speech by motivational speaker Pam Atherton of […]

Program pairs seniors with students

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Senior citizens have a chance to feel needed and help out students and teachers alike with the Community Services Center Foster Grandparents Program. The program started in the state in 1965 to provide a learning experience from senior tutors to children. Ada Bud Moorhead is a grandma for teacher […]

Chance of snow again Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico Old man winter wasn’t expected to bring much snow overnight to eastern New Mexico. But look out. National Weather Service forecaster Mark Fettit said overnight and most of today not much in the way of snow should be happening in Clovis and Portales. “Once we get this one system […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for the dairies or a hog for the freezer on Friday at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. FFA and 4-H members showed off their prize-winning animals for the sale. Some of the children who participate in the […]

Special needs day gives youth chance to bond

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Halley Manley said her reserved daughter with Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder became outgoing and made physical and emotional improvements, all thanks to horseback riding. “She has self-confidence now and is willing to try anything,” Manley said of her daughter, 9-year-old Emma Purcell. Manley […]

Emergency Preparedness Expo set

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer From emergency food storage to ham radio operation, Roosevelt and Curry County residents have a chance to learn how to be ready in case of disasters. “Be Prepared, Not Scared” Emergency Preparedness Expo is set for 8 a.m. to noon June 27 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Jake Lopez […]

Rodeo still remains true to its roots

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I got a chance to do something last week I haven’t been able to do in 35 or 40 years. I sat through a performance Thursday at the Pioneer Days Rodeo. I’ve been to lots of rodeos in three different states in that time,

Swine flu impacts Spanish Immersion Program

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Spanish-language students at Eastern New Mexico University typically get the chance one month out of the year — if they can drum up the money and find time — to absorb the culture of a place that uses Spanish almost exclusively. This year, thanks to concerns over the swine […]

Oliver taking second chance to come to Eastern

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico As an assistant under Harold “Bud” Elliott, Kenneth Oliver had a chance to come to Eastern New Mexico University in 1994 as an assistant football coach. But he was doing master’s courses at Northwest Missouri State, and the timing wasn’t right. Now, 15 years later, a more seasoned Oliver […]