Monday morning briefing: A recital, a send-off and a windy day

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Music, music, music Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Junior Voice Recital of Nicole Flores 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Buchanan. The event is free and open to the public. The recital will feature three exclusive arrangements of Italian art songs for voice […]

ENMU briefs — Jan. 18

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ENMU grad headed to Africa ENMU alumni Andrea Elizondo, who graduated in December, is headed to Ghana, West Africa, in February to work with the City of Refuge Ministries until April of this year. The ENMU Foundation picked up the tab and ENMU Alumni Affairs arranged for the design and printing of T-shirts for the […]

Half-foot of snow expected this weekend

By Astrid Galvan: Albuquerque Journal The season’s first winterlike storm could be here as soon as Friday, according to the National Weather Service. A storm will be making its way into New Mexico from Arizona on Friday night, bringing with it up to a foot of snow in some parts of the state. Accumulations may […]

Portales team headed for national youth football tournament

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Alisa Boswell A team of Portales fifth- and sixth-graders are gearing up to compete in the Nationals Youth Football Championships. “We heard of it through Sammy Herrera, a league director in Texas,” Portales City League coach Kory Webb said. “He got with me and let me know what was going on. I signed my team […]

Portales calf roper headed to nationals

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Portales calf roper Jerrad Hofstetter will be making his third trip to professional rodeo’s season-ending championship. Hofstetter, who was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2005, said this year was a bad one for his rodeo career and he had every intention of calling it quits for the year after the Justin Boots Championship in […]

Texico twins headed to ENMU

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Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Texico twins Jordyn and Jaylyn Cooper plan to be together another four years after high school. The Coopers, entering their senior years at Texico, have verbally committed to play basketball at Eastern New Mexico University for new coach Lindsey Wilson beginning in the 2012-13 season, although they can’t sign letters of […]

Their view: U.S. military force in Libya not needed

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall says the U.S. is headed down a “slippery path” towards escalation of military force.

My turn: Easter time for new clothes

Christmas. Easter. And Back-To-School. Those were the only times of year we got new clothes as children. Come Easter, we excitedly headed to Gibson’s with mom for new dresses and shiny plastic white shoes. As a child, Easter was about colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and Oasis State Park for an old-fashion Easter egg hunt and […]

Windmills headed for history

When we see a windmill we think “ranch.” This iconic equipment, without doubt, has made ranching possible in the arid Southwest as well as other parts of our nation. I’m one of those ranch kids who tied my horse to the metal windmill frame and piled into the drinking tub’s water for a little fun. […]

Family to spend semester abroad

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University jazz musician and his family are headed to Latvia next semester — on a Fulbright scholarship. Associate Professor of Music Christopher Beaty received the scholarship to teach jazz from the middle of next January through mid-June at the Yazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Latvia’s capital city […]

Portales Past: March 10, 1950

March 10, 1950: Authorities were searching for an unidentified horseman who may have broken into a home southwest of Portales. Officials said neighbors saw a man on a horse headed for the home just before it was robbed while the owners were away. Deputy Sheriff Melvin Saunders said a wristwatch, two necklaces and a carton […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Supernanny headed for Hobbs

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing.

Hounds headed for LSC tournament

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Freddy Carmona’s neck hurts a little bit. But the Eastern New Mexico University catcher won’t complain about that. Or when his bicep got hit by a foul tip. Or when he had wrist problems. Tough to complain when first baseman/pitcher Seth Clabaugh lost teeth when he collided with a […]

More than $26 million in stimulus funds headed to Cannon

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s military bases will receive around $87 million from the stimulus bill for upgrades. The Department of Defense says $28.7 million is headed to Kirtland Air Force Base for 59 projects. Cannon Air Force Base will receive $26.4 million, including $12 million for the construction of a child development […]

Biofuel plant funds secured

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Money to build an algae biofuel plant is officially headed Roosevelt County’s way. Pres. Barack Obama signed the omnibus appropriations bill Wednesday. The legislation includes $951,000 for the Sapphire Energy Algae to Fuel Demonstration Project. The project aims to develop and grow a fuel-producing algae using technology that genetically […]

PAC opposes same-day legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A Las Cruces political action committee is running ads on cable television warning viewers that bills allowing same-day voter registration would lead to vote fraud, including out-of-state people pouring in to cancel the vote of New Mexican citizens. The ads, which began running last week on Comcast Cable systems […]

Man receives prison sentence for drug charges

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Roosevelt County man accused of running a methamphetamine lab is headed for prison. Cody Banister was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in a state facility. Banister, 28, accepted a plea deal shortly before the scheduled beginning of a jury trial before Judge Teddy Hartley, according to the Roosevelt […]

Shooting victim remembered as loving father

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gary Payne traveled to Lubbock on Thursday afternoon to visit his daughter and see her new house. After the visit, he headed home for Melrose, but never arrived. Police said Payne and a Lubbock woman, Melissa Ward, were shot in the head about 11 p.m. Thursday as they drove […]

Roosevelt All-stars headed to Deming

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For some of the players it will be the third year in a row to participate at a state Little League all-star tournament. For Coach Sammy Villanueva, it’s his fifth consecutive year. Villanueva is hoping all that experience will serve this year’s Roosevelt County 10-11 year-old all-stars well at […]

PHS speech team headed to nationals

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Christian Townsend is learning the art of “polite” persuasion by watching C-SPAN and the technicalities of structuring a powerful deliverance by studying Martin Luther King Jr’s famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. Townsend is one of four Portales High School students who have qualified to compete in the National […]