Note jotting becomes body art

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The other morning I had the shower temperature just right and was about to get in when I glanced at the palm of my hand. Nope can’t get in yet — important notes on that left palm. Naked, I ran out to my night stand to find a pen […]

Zias snap skid; beat Kingsville

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico A hot hand early and some toughness late helped the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team snap out of a nine-game losing streak Saturday night. The Zias knocked 13-of-28 shots from 3-point range — including seven of their first eight — and held on late for 66-60 Lone […]

WT Buffaloes too strong for short handed Hounds

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Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds gave it a run with a short hand Saturday night. Playing with only six players in uniform, the Greyhounds hung with West Texas A&M for much of the first half at Greyhound Arena. The Buffaloes were never able to blow the Hounds out of the water, […]

Origin of pledge hand salute unknown

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Almost immediately after the Legislature adopted the salute to the New Mexico flag, school children and public meetings immediately began making the pledge part of their day. Most organizations, including public school classrooms, say the pledge with the right hand outstretched and the palm upward. Members of the Ellen […]

Squeeze chute can involve toying with fate

By Baxter Black Early in my veterinary career I developed a respect for the machinery used to restrain large beasts. No, I’m not thinking of ropes, twitches or even classic music in the dairy barn, although at one time or another I have used them all. In particular I am thinking of the devil’s playtoy […]

Pharmacy owners retiring after three decades

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer After serving Portales’ pharmaceutical needs for three decades, CJ’s Pill Box owners Dick and Vivian Haverland are retiring. The longtime Portales residents said they’ll miss playing a big role in helping people get better. “We’re going to miss all the people that we’ve taken care of over the years,” […]

Bull riders compete in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Bonner Bolton didn’t need to rub a rabbit’s foot or keep a horeshoe, or even wear lucky socks Friday night when he got on Chaotic, about 1,500 pounds of riled-up muscle. “I don’t have any rituals — I’m a firm believer in Jesus Christ,” said the 20-year-old bull […]

Years of a clown

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps into the arena. Sometimes he’s dressed as an overweight country police officer, other times he’s a long-haired rock musician, a safari hunter or a horse head on a man’s body. These are the characters inside McCracken’s head when […]

Formal dresses don’t have to become dust rags

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Cost of prom dress, $150. Gas to Lubbock to shop for prom dress, $25. Jewelry, $25. Hair, $42. Nails, $30. Prom ticket, $20. Junior class dues, $30. Cost of memories: Priceless. Can’t put a price on memories. But if I could, $322 sounds about right to me. Return on […]

Storm victim recounts time spent in rubble

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]