Former county commissioner announces bid for mayor

Freedom New Mexico Former Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez announced Thursday he plans to run for mayor of Portales. Lopez said he wants to get a jump on his competition by announcing his intentions early for the 2010 election. Current Mayor Orlando Ortega said he has decided not to pursue another term. Lopez served two […]

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The State of New […]

Former lawmaker indicted

Freedom New Mexico A former Clovis state representative is among four men indicted Friday, accused of fraud in the case of an Albuquerque-based housing authority that defaulted on $5 million in bonds sold to the state. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, former director of the Region III Housing Authority, faces 12 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and […]

Journalist’s release from prison long overdue

Freedom New Mexico It is welcome news that Iranian-American journalist and former beauty queen Roxana Saberi has had her harsh eight-year sentence from the Iranian government quashed and that she is likely to be allowed to return to the United States soon. Unfortunately, the new verdict doesn’t suggest that anything resembling dispassionate justice is on […]

Flags fly at half-staff for former Cannon airman

Staff and wire reports Flags are at half-staff around the state in honor of a former Cannon Air Force Base airman killed March 15 in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Timothy Bowles, 24, was killed when an improvised explosive device destroyed his vehicle while he was on a four-vehicle patrol checking a local school. Funeral services were […]

March 12, 1942

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Drake received a war cablegram from their son, Cedrick Drake, stating he was “safe and well,” though his whereabouts were censored. Drake, a former student of Eastern New Mexico College, was a bomber-navigator with the American Forces.

Senators hear from former death-row inmate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican About six weeks before he was to be executed by the state of Illinois, Randy Steidl’s mother went to a cemetery and purchased a burial plot for him. “That’s something a mother should never have to do,” Steidl told a reporter Friday. Steidl came to Santa Fe to try […]

NM investment lawsuit names former governor aide

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former state investment officer claims Gov. Bill Richardson’s former chief of staff pressured board members to support $90 million in failed investments because of political considerations. Frank Foy on Tuesday identified David Contarino as the previously undisclosed “John Doe 2” in his lawsuit. Contarino later issued […]

Court rights should apply to immigrants, too

Freedom New Mexico Former attorney general Michael Mukasey made a grievous error when he ruled that immigrants have no recourse regarding errors made in their cases. In one of the last acts of the Bush administration, Mukasey ruled that immigrants don’t have the right to have their deportation cases reopened because they had poor legal […]

Isler back on local hardwood

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico To this day, former Clovis High guard Jaden Isler doesn’t know what caused him to collapse on March 27 while watching a Lady Wildcats softball game in Canyon, Texas. His heart stopped for a time and he was revived at the site with CPR. Isler, who earlier that day […]

Dec. 14, 2008 Letters to the Editor

City officials not being efficient in recreation center changes The economy is at its worst since the Great Depression, so why did my former city of residence hire two people to do a one-person job? I read the article in your paper titled “Recreation center receiving a new direction” and can’t express to you my […]

Clovis native’s novel takes flight

Courtesy photo Air Force fighter pilot Tom Rodgers, husband of author Kathleen Rodgers, looks out from the cockpit of an A-10. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections The struggles of being a fighter pilot, and being the family of one, form the basis for a new novel by a Clovis native married to a former Cannon […]

Former Clovis resident arrested in Texas

Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old former Clovis resident was arrested Friday in Rockdale, Texas, on four counts of child solicitation. Frank Sanchez’ arrest stems from an Internet investigation conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Department, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Sanchez, a registered sex offender, contacted a decoy Internet profile used by sheriff’s investigators and […]

Oct. 16, 1967

Postmaster Bill Foster announced that the times that the mail was to leave Portales had changed. Now all mail had to be in by 10:50 a.m. every day rather than the former 12:30 p.m.

Former Hound ran in ’72 Munich Games

By Rick White, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of articles on athletes with eastern New Mexico ties who participated in the Olympics. Former Eastern New Mexico University cross country and track standout Mike Boit participated in the 1972 Olympics in Munich for Kenya. He won a bronze medal […]

U.S. should avoid politics in Pakistan

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the only reassuring aspect about conditions in Pakistan after the resignation Monday of former President Pervez Musharraf is that most authorities believe Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is reasonably secure. The military controls the nuclear components, which are held separately rather than as assembled weapons, and a 10-member committee decides how to use […]

Former Hound recalls Olympic competition

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By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of stories on Olympians with ties to eastern New Mexico. The 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was just another place to run for Rex Maddaford.“It is an amazing experience and many get taken in by the whole idea of being […]

Former eastern New Mexico woman at Olympics

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Freedom New Mexico Here’s another reason to watch the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, which officially start tonight with the opening ceremonies. Former Tucumcari resident Amber Campbell will compete for the U.S. in the women’s hammer throw. Her qualifying round is Aug. 18. Finals for the women’s hammer throw are on Aug. 20. Campbell’s

Former CAFB airman tabbed for ENMU’s new aviation program

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Robert Elliott doubts that he’ll ever meet his students in person. With his computer serving as a virtual classroom, Elliott will teach online courses in aviation science from Eastern New Mexico University’s Roswell campus. His students are located across the country and in South America and Africa. The former […]

Olympian teaches volleyball at PHS

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer