Singer remembered as friend, inspiration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Those who knew Kacee Lovato best say she was an inspiration to family and friends, a spirit who could take away another person’s pain with just a smile. To Kevin Gardells, Lovato could light up a room when she walked in the door. When she sang, he said, “Angels […]

Resolve to better ourselves always free

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When I came to America I was 17. Once I turned 18 I ran away from my family. My father was a brute, and in America I didn’t have to accept him as my lord and master past age 18. Of course, I had nothing at all to […]

Moms shouldn’t feel guilty about personal time

By Anita Doberman I recently made plans to go see a movie with a friend and scheduled a babysitter to watch my five children for a couple of hours. When the time to leave came, I felt terrible because all the kids were crying and seemed so unhappy to see mommy leave. I went anyway, […]

Elida dowser locates unmarked gravesites

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico Marcia Leavell and longtime friend Margie Crooks attended Crooks’ father-in-law’s funeral at the Texico cemetery in 2002. They were astonished by the tall weeds that towered over the tombstones and the general condition of the more than 100-year-old cemetery. So they did something about it. “My husband came out […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats […]

Jones recalls times gone by

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elmer Jones jokes he can have a class reunion anytime he wants to because he’s the only one still living from his graduating class of 1931 at Portales High School. Quiet and unassuming, Jones recently celebrated his 95th birthday but the milestone isn’t slowing him down much. As a […]

Friend testifies during trial’s first day

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. The trial of Richard Baca, 20, accused of the murder of a 19-year-old Portales woman, Amber Robinson, got under way Monday with the prosecution calling Robinson’s best friend to the witness stand. Shelaine Rodich testified she and […]

McAlister says goodbyes

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer To honor his more than 22 years of service as the Roosevelt County Extension Agent, family and friends gathered on Saturday to pay tribute to Floyd McAlister during a retirement reception. “He’s just a wonderful person to work with,” said Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County Home Economist. Moyers, who has […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a true […]