Their view: Obama gets facts wrong while promoting bill

Michelle Malkin writes for Creators Syndicate. She offers her view on President Obama’s approach to promoting his latest government jobs bill.

Our people: Living in the moment

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Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all over the world in this job,” Russ, 30, said. She enjoys working outside most of all. Her job duties include coordinating […]

Friday morning briefing: Buddy gets a star, scouts honor and Sandy’s perfect game

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Holly star It’s not all things Buddy Holly just in Clovis. Buddy Holly got his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Wednesday, which would have been the singer-songwriter’s 75th birthday. Just a little tidbit of information to take with you to the Clovis […]

My turn: Smoothie gets a fruity tweak

Argen Duncan I know they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but sometimes it’s not bad to tweak a good thing. Case in point: Lemonade, strawberries and mangos. Inspired while browsing through recipes in search of a column idea, I decided to create a strawberry-mango lemonade or raspberry-mango lemonade smoothie. I went with […]

Church gets coffee house makeover

There’s a concept most of the readers are familiar with, that of the Open Mike or diverse entertainment venue (how about that, I just invented a phrase). It’s a concept that we at First Presbyterian Church of Clovis are going to be exploring over the next several months, beginning actually tonight. We’ve invited a pretty […]

My turn: Friend gets cleaned out

I’m pretty sure a friend and co-worker of mine wasn’t expecting his experience of being robbed to turn into an entertaining story which would become the life of a party. This friend called me last week and told me someone had robbed his apartment and taken just about everything. My other friend and I were […]

My turn: Hunger pangs lead to unique sayings

Helena Rodriguez When my sister Julie gets really hungry she says, “My big tripas are eating my little tripas.” This translates into, “My big gut is eating my little gut” or as my Uncle Paul’s wife, Roxanne, of Arkansas, says, “My belly button is about to munch on my spine.” Most of us know the […]

Year in Review: Hospital gets new administrator

PNT staff report Roosevelt General Hospital had a year of change in 2010. In January, Larry Leaming replaced the retiring James D’Agostino as administrator. Leaming came to Portales from a position as president of the Institute for Rural Health Leadership in Grand Junction, Colo. He had goals of improving the hospital’s financial status, looking at […]

Monday morning briefing: Winners wanted and Elvis gets notice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. And the winner is… The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2011 Annual Awards until 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

Sibling rivalry gets better with age

Russell Anglin Sunday marked one of those rare instances when my nuclear and extended families could get together and relax for a minute or two. Having somehow awoke at a reasonable time Sunday morning at my grandma’s house in Dora, I had the chance to join my stepdad, little brother and grandpa as they made […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, cornbread tips and a reporter gets out of jail

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. A little help needed United way needs volunteers to help stuff bags of goodies for Health and Wellness day. Meet 1 p.m. Thursday at UW’s offices in Clovis, 1200 Thornton St., to help stuff bags. Health and Wellness Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. […]

Making friends gets harder as we get older

Kevin Wilson Here’s a good way to tell somebody’s lying to you — they tell you, “My life is a sitcom.” No, it isn’t. Mine isn’t, either. Sitcoms are full of witty commentary and situations that end with morals and all loose ends tied up. Life has a smattering of funny moments, but it’s mostly […]

Don’t let fear rule your life

When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed on my […]

Portales rodeo champ gets own day

Kevin Wilson Michael Trujillo’s had a few days to remember over the last two years. Add Friday to the list. That day has been declared Michael Trujillo College National Finals Rodeo Day by Gov. Bill Richardson. “It’s pretty crazy that day’s going to come up Friday,” said Trujillo, a Portales High graduate who found out […]

Dora cowboy chasing high school rodeo titles

By Kevin Wilson While the goal is to get to Gillette, Wyo., a lot of high schoolers will ultimately get to know Clovis this week. For the second year, the New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo are being held at the Curry County Events Center, starting Thursday. The students get a four-day rodeo, with a […]

County receives $500,000 grant for Los Abuelitos Senior Center

PNT staff During their meeting Tuesday, Roosevelt County Commissioners: • Commissioner Jake Lopez reported the county received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for the Los Abuelitos Senior Center. • County Manager Charlene Hardin said the general manager of gravel company Four Corners Materials Inc. told her he was 95 percent sure the company would […]

Former EPCOG worker gets 10 years for embezzling

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Calling Lori Howard a “crook,” District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced the 40-year-old former Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG) employee to 10 years in prison Wednesday after she admitted stealing $145,000 in tornado victim relief money. Howard pleaded guilty to 72 counts of embezzlement and fraud and […]

Air Force gets approval for N.M. land gift

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says the Air Force has received a waiver from defense officials to proceed with a land gift associated with the Melrose Bombing Range in eastern New Mexico. The waiver from the Office of the Secretary of Defense follows Richardson’s commitment of $5 million worth of land […]

Cyber security awareness gets focus in October

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — We’ve all had the experience: our computer, at work or at home, stops working. It could be a hardware glitch, but in this viral world, it just as likely could be a virus, worm or other malicious bit of software. At best, it means de-bugging you […]

Lunar landing gets mixed opinions

Karl Terry: Local columnist Forty years ago I was 10 and man was landing on the moon but I can’t remember if the historic nature of the event sunk in immediately. We still lived on a farm and were a busy young family and to tell the truth I don’t remember actually staying up and […]