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 […]

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 […]

Ethics bill gets committee nod

By Kate Nash:The New Mexican For years, a measure that would enhance penalties for public officials who are convicted felons couldn’t even get a hearing in the Capitol. And when it was heard, it never cleared a single committee. Wednesday morning, however the bill (SB 141) got a nod from the Senate Rules Committee and […]