First baby of 2011 is couple’s first daughter

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The first baby born in Clovis in 2011 was Clovis residents’ Alex and Anna Barraz’ first daughter. Yvette Barraz was born at 3:50 a.m. Saturday. She weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces. Anna Barraz, 26, said her due date was Jan. 1, but she expected to give birth a week late, as she had with […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video games, sunshine and the first hit movie

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week The perfect video game to kick off the new year, recommended by our own Jenna Zamie. Game: Back to the Future: The Game — Episode 1 Genre: Action adventure System: PC, PS3, Mac What is it? Cult time travel […]

Ticket feature: New Year’s Eve ranch rodeo coming to Curry events center

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Freedom New Mexico Hammer Down Rodeo Company is hosting the first New Year’s Eve Steven Watson Memorial Ranch Rodeo beginning 1 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Curry County Events Center. Hammer Down Rodeo Company owner Layton Belcher said he wanted to host a rodeo in honor of his friend, Steven Watson of Causey, who died […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Dinner for airmen, resolutions and a film classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Christmas eve First Presbyterian Church in Portales has scheduled its annual Community Christmas Eve Service for 11 p.m. Friday. The service includes special music, readings and traditional Christmas hymns. And, First Baptist Church is holding a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Friday. Both […]

Policy shift on punishment good first step

Freedom New Mexico We’re not sure whether it constitutes, as Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, put it, “a seismic shift in the political landscape with conservatives departing from the ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ philosophy,” but it is potentially a significant move. A group of prominent conservatives, along with conservative […]

Winter storm may bring region’s first snow

Freedom New Mexico A winter storm heading toward eastern New Mexico will likely bring the first snow of the season. National Weather Service meteorologist David Craft in Albuquerque said there is a winter storm watch in effect for Thursday evening through Friday morning. He said the watch means there could be “a few to several […]

Hounds’ Stevens earns another award

Freedom New Mexico Safety Tillman Stevens has captured another postseason honor, this time being selected to the Daktronics Division II All-American first team. The Lone Star Conference North Division Defensive Back of the Year, Stevens led the LSC and finished tied for seventh in the nation with 11.1 tackles per game. He also tied for […]

Press release: Stevens caps stellar career as Daktronics first team All-American

PORTALES, N.M. — Senior defensive back Tillman Stevens (Baytown, Texas/Sterling HS) from the Eastern New Mexico University football team has been selected First Team Daktronics All-American, for his outstanding efforts on the field during the 2010 season. Stevens was one of four Lone Star Conference players to earn Daktronics First Team All-America status. The selection […]

My turn: Long-time hunter offers advice

Clarence Plank Rod McDermid, 61, of Portales, has been hunting most of his life. He offers people who want to become hunters a little advice when it comes to getting their first kill. • Head to class: McDermid said the most important thing is attending and passing a certified hunter’s education class because this will […]

Portales past: Dec. 11, 1956

Dec. 11, 1956: The Portales Daily News: The Rogers girls basketball team held a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of their game. However, victory wasn’t assured until the final buzzer, as the Dora girls came back to tie the score 31-31 in the third quarter before falling 40-33.

ENMU Saturday basketball capsule — Dec. 4

Freedom New Mexico Men Cameron (5-1) at ENMU (3-3) When: 4 p.m. today Where: Greyhound Arena What: Lone Star Conference crossover Of note: The Aggies suffered their first loss on Thursday, but didn’t go down easily before falling in overtime to unbeaten West Texas A&M 75-67 at Canyon, Texas. Cameron opened a 15-point lead before […]

Bulldogs edge past Hounds

Karl Terry After leading Southwestern Oklahoma State University by double-digit margins throughout the first half the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds fell asleep early in the second half and dropped its first Lone Star Conference crossover tilt 77-75 on Thursday night at Greyhound Arena. The Greyhounds (3-3) woke from their slumber late in the game and […]

Love makes best gift

Our first newlywed Christmas happened in a “mansion.” (We thought.) My husband, Emmitt, had just finished his tenure in the Army. We lived in “Vetville,” rows of army barracks converted to apartments. They housed World War II veterans for $25 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]

Press release: Stevens selected first team Daktronics All-Super Region 4

PORTALES, N.M. — Senior defensive back Tillman Stevens (Baytown, Texas/Sterling HS) from the Eastern New Mexico University football team has been selected First Team Daktronics All-Super Region 4, for his outstanding efforts on the field during the 2010 season. Stevens was one of two defensive backs from the LSC North Division to earn first team […]

Zias notch first victory

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Clarence Plank Junior forward Precious Herrin scored 26 points and Eastern New Mexico University’s women pulled away late to beat New Mexico Highlands 73-62 on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. Junior guard Kiara Tate added 12 points as the Zias (1-2) broke into the win column. Senior forward Briana Gholston led the Cowgirls (2-3) with 18 […]

Hounds land 11 on all-LSC North first team

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico had 11 first-team selections and two individual award winners recognized Wednesday when the annual Lone Star Conference North Division football awards were announced by LSC officials. ENMU had the most first-teamers with five offensive and six defensive selections including Co-Offensive Back of the Year Wes Wood and Defensive Back […]

My turn: Latinas making progress

This month, Susana Martinez became not only the first female governor-elect in New Mexico, but the first Hispanic female governor-elect in our country. It was only a little over a year ago that another Latina, Sonia Sotomayor, became the first Hispanic appointed to an even higher office, the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2007, the Center […]

Elida wins Class 1B volleyball crown

Elida beat district foe Grady 25-16, 25-15, 25-1 Saturday to capture the Class 1B state volleyball title at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. It is Elida’s third state title, and first since 1990. Grady was making its first state volleyball title appearance. Portales plays Pojoaque at 4 p.m. for the 3A crown.

Wednesday morning briefing: Vet’s breakfast, a first kiss and birth of the Marines

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Free breakfast Baxter-Curren Senior Center is hosting a free Veterans Day Breakfast.The event is 8 a.m. today at the senior center located at 908 Hickory Street. Guest plates are $3. Breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice. Information: 769-7908 Question of […]

Portales past: Nov. 30, 1942

Nov. 30, 1942: The Portales Daily News: December selective service quotas included married men for the first time in Roosevelt County, according to officials at the selective service office.