Sweet Home New Mexico: Hero’s tale inspiring

Courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Johnnie O. Yellock In July 2011, five days after being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant, and 10 days into his second combat deployment, Air Force Combat Controller Johnnie O. Yellock II’s vehicle rolled over an IED in the Paktika province in Afghanistan. Yellock was standing in the vehicle at […]

Your hard work makes you a hero

Are there any real heroes today? Yes and yes! I submit there are many of Americans who are God-fearing people who strive to do right and live by “The Golden Rule.” I am prejudiced because I know more than I can count in Portales. These people are the ones who go to work every day, […]

Modern hero names: Monroe is just the beginning

I was sitting here last week, making a list of what I was thinking of as Modern Hero Names – you know, like Palin and Winslet – when the news came in about the names Mariah Carey had chosen for her newborn twins. She’d given her daughter the Old Man Name of Monroe, she said, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A hero run, fiesta time and Uncle Sam

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Former resident ‘hometown hero’

Courtesy photo Capt. Louisa Jones, second from the right, is midway through her third deployment in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Capt. Louisa Jones hasn’t lived in Portales for nearly 15 years but she still remembers the peanuts. The single mother of two was one of 50 servicemen and women featured in the “My Hometown Marne Hero” […]

Monday morning briefing: A look at a local hero, parents night and a revolution.

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Video of the day At your service…it’s our local video of some of the folks who help make your day go a little better, safer or smoother. Check out a day in the life of a Clovis emergency dispatcher. Question of the day? Did your favorite […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Remembering a local hero

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Video of day The right way to learn square dancing. Rembering a local hero Damian Garza was born in Portales, grew up in Clovis, and died in service of his country, on Aug. 4, 2005, in Afghanistan. Here are a couple of Web sites honoring the fallen […]

Story behind singing sensation inspiring

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist I have a new hero. Her name is

Super powers won’t make me hero

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist I’m not a conventional superhero. I battled my adversary verbally. My adversary, a very cute girl, asked me something I’ve always dreamed a very cute girl would ask me: “If you could be a superhero, which one and why?” Keep in mind, I got asked this question as […]

Boris Yeltsin true hero of his time

Editorial Boris Yeltsin, the first elected president of Russia in all its long history, died Monday at 76. He may have been a flawed character, a leader who will leave an ambiguous legacy. Ultimately, however, as Leon Aron, author of “Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life” and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote, “the […]

Hero welcomed home

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols and waved neon signs that read “Welcome Home.” An hour passed as they waited for the bus that carried John Martinez from his […]

Bataan survivor inducted into ALS Wall of Heroes

Senior Airmen Jason Knight, 27th Operations Support Squadron, and Richard Tomlinson, 27th Security Forces Squadron, present Mr. Buren Johnston with a shadow box containing his awards and decorations earned during his military service. Airman Thomas Trower Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many men were being drafted into the armed forces to prepare for […]

Walker known as scholar, hero

Forrest A. Walker was a scholar that believed in honesty and giving back to the community. He lived a life filled with many accomplishments. He impacted the lives of many people whether it was in deed, education or example, but is thought of by many as a remarkable hero. Walker was born on Oct. 8, […]

Make sure to honor heroes, whoever they are

By Kevin Robbins: Guest Columnist There is a common bond among all people in society: We all have our heroes. We incorporate a seemingly illogical bond on those we hold dear, and our expectations are always going to be higher than what can possibly be accomplished. Perhaps we expect too much, receive too little, and/or […]

Hero title needs to be earned

By Jim Lee We hear a lot of talk about heroes these days. That’s a good thing because we need heroes. We need people we can admire, people who give us and (especially) our children a positive role model. A society without heroes is a society without values. What defines our society to a large […]

ENMU Student Profile, Stacy Elliott

Your name: Stacy Elliott Your classification: Junior Your major: Public Relations Your age (and birthdate): 20 (August 18, 1983). Your hometown: Hobbs What’s your idea of a perfect day? A perfect day for me is when everything I want happens, MY WAY! What did you think about on Sept. 11? There is a purpose for […]

Parsons involved in many activities

What do you think of Portales? “I like it. The people are really friendly here.” What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Where nothing goes wrong.” What is your fondest memory of Portales? “My favorite memory of Portales, I guess, would be when my brother-in-law (Hugh Frazier) was still alive and was a pastor here.” […]

ENMU Student Profile

Your name: Sara Holland Your classification: Senior Your major: Broadcast Journalism Your age (and birthdate): 21 (8/19/82) Your hometown: Albuquerque What’s your idea of a perfect day? Everyday What did you think about on Sept. 11? I was worried on several levels. My dad is an airline pilot and often flew in the area. Also […]