My turn: Glad I didn’t make that U-turn

When I first cruised into Portales from Dallas for a job interview on a brownish summer afternoon in 1982, I almost made a U-turn. Where were the co-eds on glistening slopes, feathered natives selling turquoise ties, quaint trains chugging through evergreen forests? It’s taken 27 years, but I’ve finally stopped thinking of The Gulch as [...]

Teen program makes way to eastern New Mexico

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Dallas Jessup knew she would be helping her classmates at her Portland Ore., high school when she made a film about self defense. What she didn’t know is that the film would grow into a world-wide non-profit organization now credited for starting a revolution. The film teaches self-defense techniques. Jessup, 18, said when she was [...]

My turn: No love for liberals

When David Stevens, my esteemed fellow Astros fan and Freedom New Mexico editor, asked me to write a weekly column, I was reticent. I did not want my personal views associated with my job. More importantly, having only moved to Portales from Dallas in 1982, I know Roosevelt County liberals are not interested in the [...]

Texas dream becomes reality

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I felt like a child on a sugar high as I sat in rush hour traffic on I-635 in Dallas, laughing inside my mini-van and telling my children how great it was to actually experience the Metroplex traffic first hand. They weren’t too impressed, and asked, “Is there a road [...]

In tribute: Journalist remembered for resiliency

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it was a friend, family, the Dallas Cowboys or Run DMC, Mickey Winfield’s loyalty was unquestioned over his 33 years. Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday in Portales due to heart complications, family members said. Born March 24, 1976, in Oxford, England, Winfield had an abnormal [...]

Blizzard conditions close Texas Panhandle highways

By Linda Stewert Ball: The Associated Press DALLAS — A spring blizzard slammed into the Texas Panhandle, causing numerous accidents, shutting down major highways and paralyzing the region as residents braced Friday for up to a foot of snow, freezing 45-mph winds and massive snowdrifts. “We’ve had several accidents, several tractor-trailors jackknifed but no fatalities,” [...]

Real Joe the Plumber has Clovis ties

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DALLAS — There’s one “Joe the Plumber” who is already better off thanks to John McCain and Barack Obama. Phones rang off the hook Thursday in the Amarillo office of plumber Joe Francis, whose Web site joetheplumber.com became an instant Internet curiosity the day after the final presidential debate. Francis spent seven years in Clovis, [...]

Engagement: Quiroga/Hernandez

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Mary Jane Quiroga of Portales announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Alisha Quiroga of Irving, Texas, to Benjamin Hernandez of Dallas, son of Teresa Morales of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Domingo Morales of Dallas. The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008 at, St. Helen Catholic Church, 1600 [...]

Schimming/Kelly engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kelly of Portales announce the approaching marriage of their son, Joseph Daniel of Lubbock to Whitney Callison Schimming of Dallas, Texas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schimming of Dallas. The couple will exchange vows June 28, 2008, at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. The reception will be at Winfrey Point [...]

For some, Texas is exotic enough

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnists When people mention exotic places they would like to visit, Texas is probably not the first one that comes to mind. But to me, growing up in Rome — which seemed so ordinary — Dallas was the most exotic place I could think of. As a teenager I fantasized about [...]