My turn: Blessings come in many forms

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Our church deacon, Roberto Herrera, blessed my daughter Laura’s new car on Sunday. He did a good job, practically drenching it as he walked around the vehicle, sprinkling his bottle of holy water. Having your vehicle blessed is like full-coverage insurance, on the spiritual level. Many people have their homes, religious articles and boats blessed. […]

Pair key ENMU rodeo

Freedom Newspapers VERNON, Texas — Senior Stetson Herrera tied for third in bareback riding and junior Cody Heck tied for fourth in steer wrestling, helping Eastern New Mexico University men’s team to a sixth-place finish with 143 1/3 points in last weekends Vernon College Rodeo. Herrera scored 148 points, including 73 in the short-go and […]

Greyhounds take ninth in rodeo

Freedom Newspapers Cousins Clay Kozba and Stetson Herrera accounted for all of Eastern New Mexico University’s scoring, leading the Greyhounds to a ninth-place finish with 155 points in the school’s College Daze Rodeo over the weekend at Lewis Cooper Arena. Kozba, a junior from Brighton, Colo., was third in calf-roping, scoring 70 points, while Herrera, […]

Herrera is ordained deacon at St. Helen Catholic Church

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers As a new deacon in the Catholic church, Roberto Herrera is like a priest. He officiates over weddings, funerals, communion services and gives sermons. The only things a priest does that Herrera cannot do are consecrate the bread and wine to the body and blood of Jesus and hear confessions. […]

City, ENMU honor veterans

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By Tony Parra Many Portales residents spent their time on Thursday with their right hand over the left part of their chest staring at the American flag during ceremonies honoring United States veterans on Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s Day activities took place to commemorate the veterans who have served in the United States armed forces. The […]

Former Cannon airman sentenced for abuse

By Mike Linn Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker on Friday sentenced a former Cannon Air Force Base airman to 12 years in prison in connection with the December 2002 death of her 15-month-old son. Alesia Thomas, 22, faced a maximum penalty of 18 years after entering an Alford plea — maintaining innocence of the […]

New girls summer league to debut tonight

By Kevin Wilson Weeknights just got a little more interesting for girls basketball in the area. Clovis and Portales area teams are part of a new summer league, which opens at 6 p.m. (MDT) today with games at Farwell and Texico high schools. West Texas-New Mexico Phenoms Summer League organizer Sammy Herrera said he wanted […]