Dodgers draft Hounds infielder

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Kevin Thompson was drafted Wednesday by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 48th round of the Major League Baseball draft. An infielder from La Canada, Calif., Thompson was the 1,454th overall pick. He is the first

Portales opposes water authority bill

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council voted during an emergency meeting Saturday to oppose a draft version of a state legislative bill that would create a water authority for eastern New Mexico. The vote passed 7-0 with Councilor Shawn Watson absent. The draft was discussed at Thursday’s meeting of the Eastern [...]

Tucumcari racetrack studies

Freedom New Mexico staff The following reports were purchased by and prepared for Coronado Partners LLC, which hopes to bring a racetrack and casino to Tucumcari. The New Mexico Racing Commission is scheduled to make a decision on Monday. It has received proposals from Tucumcari, Raton and Santa Fe. Draft report

Officials embrace arrival of new mission

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations Command. Leaders commented in a public hearing held at Clovis Community College. The Air Force hosted the meeting to gather input on the environmental impact of the [...]

Environmental Impact Statement available to public

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A draft of an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the effect of Cannon Air Force Base’s switch in October to the 16th Special Operations Wing is available for public review at public libraries in Clovis, Portales and Fort Sumner, according to base officials. Residents are welcome to view the executive [...]

Lack of support shouldn’t justify forced participation

By Freedom Newspapers Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is poised to be quite powerful, as congressmen go, since he is slated to chair the Ways and Means Committee in January, has raised once again the idea of a military draft. While we can sympathize with some of the reasons he wants to reintroduce this idea [...]

Vikings trade Baskett to Philly

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — After sitting through the recent National Football League draft and never hearing his named called, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has now been a part of two NFL organizations. Shortly after the draft, Baskett signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday, they traded [...]

Baskett only days from NFL draft

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Hank Baskett has found something to keep his mind off this weekend’s NFL draft — softball. “I’m just keeping myself busy,” said Baskett, an all-conference wide receiver at New Mexico whose combination of size and athleticism make him a likely NFL pick. “Baseball was my first love, and (Clovis softball [...]

Baskett gets ready to go bowling

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett III has a lot of running in front of men with clipboards and stopwatches in his future. The University of New Mexico all-conference receiver will play in the 55th annual Senior Bowl Jan. 28 in Montgomery, Ala., and has accepted an invitation to the [...]

All parties agree: Cannon ‘high priority’

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Has the Air Force identified a “promising candidate mission” for Cannon Air Force Base or not? Apparently not, Air Force officials said this week. Last month’s reference to the “promising candidate mission” for Cannon was part of a draft letter from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley. However, [...]