Residents share Valentine’s Day thoughts

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With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their experiences with romance and chocolate and what Valentine’s Day means to them. Here were some of the answers we got: In business: What is your favorite romantic comedy/romance film? • Miguel Jermillo, 22, a […]

My turn: Farwell has hidden charm

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I drove to Farwell on Saturday to take a few pictures and I decided to wander into the Old Country Store for a photo opportunity. The only word I can think of to describe the store/cafe is charming. It definitely has a “good old country boy” feel to it with its homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits, […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

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I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

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 […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask students past and present who some of their favorite teachers were and why. Local residents from 12 to 90 years old shared memories of the positive influence their educators have had. Tommie Haislett of Rogers said she was one of the first […]

Hounds win series opener from Javelinas

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh decided to leave junior pitcher Corey Cole, nursing a groin injury, at home for last weekend’s Lone Star Conference series at Incarnate Word. Turns out it was a pretty good move. Cole, a right-hander from Glendale, Ariz., threw his best game of the season on […]

My Turn: Pay now or pay later

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I was talking to Norm Behr, who works as a circulation assistant for Freedom New Mexico. He told me about this guy he knew who got an itch and decided to just go fishing without a license at a lake in Colorado because he heard the fish were jumping […]

Trade fear for faith

Bad news seems to be all over the place. I heard of a man being so upset by the bombardment of bad news that he decided he would go on “a news fast.” It sounds funny, yet it’s not a bad idea. Fear is the most destructive force I know. It is paralyzing and tormenting. […]

Story helps put modern problems in perspective

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]

ENMU briefs — May 12

Homecoming theme decided The Eastern New Mexico University homecoming theme for 2010 will be “Homecoming 2010 — It’s a ‘Thriller.’” This theme includes the students’ winning vote, which was “Zombieland,” as well as music and opportunities for decorating that will be compatible with students, alumni and community members. As always, at the start of the […]

My turn: Choose campsite wisely

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Camping can be fun. Just research where you sleep before it rains. This advice comes from a tall slender woman we will call Teresa and her friend Joan from Tennessee. Teresa and Joan were both experienced campers. Their parents taught them the ins and outs of camping when they […]

Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, […]

Dream Center being rebuilt

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PNT Staff Report The Portales Dream Center is in the process of being rebuilt after high winds blew the roof off last March. Victory Life Church and the Dream Center board decided it would be better to build another facility than to replace the roof. “We decided to build a new building and we’re still […]

Students support one of their own

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Chase Carson, far left, was chosen as the target of Operation Caring by the sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections When November and Operation Caring rolled around, sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School knew what they wanted to do. Each year, the students complete a […]

Quality of life important to residents

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Joe Ollie Castleman knew how to play along when Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales decided to spice up things during National Nursing Home Week. There was “Western Day” and “Gilligan’s Island Day” among others, and Castleman, 90, was a sport the whole way through. For entertainment in normal […]

May 7, 1941

The Portales Daily News reported that at a recent city council meeting, councilors decided the city would begin hauling trash from back alleys of residential areas the following week. Jack Patton and James Kiker of the Clean-up, Fix-up, Paint-up Campaign had appealed for help in keeping Portales clean.

Hounds clinch playoff berth

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Clayton Young went to high school in Canyon, Texas. He considered playing for the hometown Buffaloes, but decided to go southwest to Portales. If the senior left fielder held grudges, Saturday was the time to do it. But that’s not the story for Young, who singled during a season-saving […]

Committee reconsiders session webcasts

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A key Senate committee has decided to take a step toward webcasting from the chamber, in an about-face from a previous decision. The group on Thursday agreed that three cameras that had been taken down from the chamber should be reinstalled with the aim of webcasting — audio and […]

Left not true to values it embraces

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I recently decided to check out “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, given that it is a popular left-of-center offering totally devoted to Barack Obama and virulently contemptuous of the American Right. Sure enough one segment featured a stream of clips and stills of various Right wing luminaries, […]

Choices are ours, not government’s

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The Oakland Worldwide apartments in California do not ban smoking around the pool frequented by renters. John Birke thinks the smoke his child is inhaling there is hurting her. But instead of taking the trouble of moving to a place where no smoking is permitted by the pool, […]