U.S. history should be learned by all

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Athlete recalls ENMU career

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Jennifer Goble-Poyer, one of the most decorated athletes in Eastern New Mexico University history, was in Portales in Feburary for retirement of her basketball and volleyball jerseys. The San Antonio, Texas native left ENMU’s volleyball squad as the Zias’ career kills leader in volleyball when she graduated (1,687) and still ranks second. The Zias went […]

ENMU spring enrollment sets record

Freedom New Mexico For the first time in its history, Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for a spring semester has surpassed 5,000 students. At 5,084 students for the semester, the university is sitting at a 4.5 percent increase over last year’s enrollment of 4,864 students. Spring student credit hours, which higher education funding is based […]

Local groups plan state centennial anniversary events

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PNT staff report The state of New Mexico turns 100 today and statewide celebrations will be going on all weekend in commemoration of this historical centennial. In Portales, the history class at Portales Junior High plans to throw New Mexico a grand birthday party next week with cake and ice cream and the students will […]

Friday morning briefing: Tankersley history, music and gas price double

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Tankersley’s history A bit of history about Tankersley’s clothing, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in Clovis: In 1983 Homer Tankersley was appointed to the Menswear Retailers of America Committee. Only 30 retailers were chosen from all 50 states and several foreign countries. He was […]

Their view: Children need to learn historical significance

Daniel Burnett, press secretary for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit dedicated to academic excellence, offers this commentary on the importance of knowing our history:

‘Thank you’ just doesn’t feel like enough

Throughout the history of this nation, men and women have made tremendous sacrifices to maintain freedom. They realized that a life without freedom is a life of slavery with every type of tyranny. William Penn has been quoted as saying, “Unless we are governed by God we will be ruled by tyrants.” Freedom is the […]

Friday morning briefing: Book bargains, getting hooked and cash machines

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Book bargains A used book sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The sale is being conducted by the Friends of the Library. Big fish A chance to get hooked at the annual Biggest Catfish Challenge […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Monday morning briefing: Kiwanis history, going to the dogs and the man who changed it all

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fast fact Clovis Kiwanis Club was organized Jan. 2, 1921. Its first president was Charles Scheurich, who’s political clout helped create Curry County. Other charter members included Carl Hatch, who became a U.S. Senator, and A.W. Hockenhull, who became New Mexico governor. Cooking tip […]

Feb. 15 — Dora news

NAEP testing All Dora students in eighth grade will be taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress 10 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Assessments will be conducted in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and United States history. NAEP testing is done periodically, in order to provide a picture of academic […]

New developments seem familiar

Kevin Wilson There are a few ways to look at how history occurs. One is that it happens too fast to comprehend. Another is that it repeats itself far too much to ignore. Consider the 1994 video of the “Today” show, where Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel were flummoxed by this “Internet” thing. And who […]

Recent freeze one for history books

I’ve experienced lower temperatures but I really can’t remember when. The deep freeze of February, 2011, is definitely one for the books. Young people should write a note in their diaries to embellish the hardships and retell the story to their grandkids 30 or 40 years from now. “How cold was it grandpa?” “Why it […]

Monday morning briefing: Shameless self-promotion and the history of canned beer

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Shameless self-promotion We asked and you answered. Saturday’s newspaper will feature former newsboys and newsgirls who once delivered our publication on foot, by bike and even from horseback. It’s a delightful feature packed with memories and odd stories you won’t want to miss. Question of the […]

My turn: Mariachi band makes history

By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer I went to the Fiesta Navidad de Mariachi event in Clovis last weekend and was excited to know that I was getting to watch New Mexico’s first all-female Mariachi band. Although I had no clue who any of New Mexico’s Mariachi bands were until this event, I felt privileged […]

ENMU names women’s soccer coach

Freedom New Mexico Albuquerque native Todd Padgett has been chosen as the third coach in the nine-year history of the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer program. Padgett succeeds Ray Nause, who resigned at the end of the 2010 season after three years at the helm. “It’s a great opportunity for a young coach,” said […]

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. […]

Their view: History tells different story than columnist

History tells different story than columnist Clovis pastor Scott Blazek weighs in on Clyde Davis’ column in Sunday’s paper: l In Sunday’s PNT, columnist Clyde Davis, stated: “the sacraments … probably caused more bloody noses among fellow believers than perhaps any other issue. … There’s a story, true or perhaps not, that Martin Luther once […]

Portales school news

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In the spotlight…Learning Lindsey’s history By Desirie Urioste By interviewing classmates from the graduating class of 1976, we came to learn that Lindsey Middle School was not a school for only 5th and 6th graders. Lindsey was a grade school 1st through 6th along with Steiner, Brown, and James. Back then, you went to the […]

My turn: Compassion is real issue at hand

My basketball/golf/war-history buddy John Kirby recently asked whether I’d considered writing about the Florida preacher threatening to burn Korans. I told the Connecticut Yankee on the Court — who insists that I shoot three-pointers even when I’m not feeling it and thinks it unusual that I carry four fairway putters — that simple condemnation of […]