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 […]

Association recruiting Buffalo Soldiers

Joe Terry: Courtesy photo Portales city councilman Oscar Robinson, left, speaks with his fellow buffalo soldier member Joe Terry, center, and Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-N.M., on the senate roundhouse floor in Santa Fe. The Llano Estacado Buffalo Soldier Association acted as the colorguard along with other Buffalo Soldiers for Santa Fe’s Centennial program last month. […]

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 […]

Cannon celebrating Black History Month

By: Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris: 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Office The 2012 theme for Black History Month is “Black Women in American Culture and History”. Black History Month is a Department of Defense-recognized special observance to honor the contributions and achievements of all Americans to the American culture and to increase awareness, mutual […]

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 […]

Our towns: Fort Sumner has celebrated history

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De Baca County Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo The site of the Billy the Kid tombstone is one of the many tourist attractions in Fort Sumner, along with the Billy the Kid Museum, Bosque Redondo Memorial, the Pecos River and more. Fort Sumner Community Development Corporation Executive Director Allen Sparks said the town is also […]

Our towns: Texico takes pride in its history

Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections The Texico school system is a big part of the small town’s community and school athletic games are held all through the week. Resident Doug Scioli said several families bring their children to Texico from Clovis to go to school, because they like the small town school environment. Alisa Boswell 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 […]

Day trip: National Museum of Nuclear Science

Courtesy photo The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is located in Albuquerque. National Museum of Nuclear Science and History • Location: 601 Eubank Blvd. SE at Southern Blvd., Albuquerque 87123, six blocks south of Central Ave. and off of Interstate 40, exit 165. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Exhibits […]

Budget cuts could come at troops’ expense

As Washington engages in a heated political debate about the federal deficit, both parties agree that spending should be cut and no program seems entirely safe from the budget-slashing ax. But history tells us that Congress often makes mistakes during periods of indiscriminate budget-cutting. And this time, the consequences could be tragic for our soldiers […]

Making history: First female commander selected to lead 16th SOS

USAF Lt. Col. Tracy L. Onufer assumes command of the 16th Special Operations Squadron after accepting the guidon from Col. James Slife, 27 Special Operations Group commander, during a change of command ceremony Feb. 22. By Rick Shea: 27th Special Operations Wing historian Their lineage is indisputable — 43 years of continuous service to our […]

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 […]