Hollywood doesn’t need discounts

The Lone Ranger is galloping into New Mexico and he just can’t get here quickly enough. He’ll bring Johnny Depp who will portray his Native American sidekick, Tonto. One might wonder why they couldn’t have found a Native American to play Tonto, but that is an argument for another day. Johnny Depp is a hugely […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Christmas, a pajama party and a Hollywood tragedy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Christmas banquet Clovis Christian Schools present “Jesus, Light of the World” 6 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. It’s a Christmas banquet and auction. Information: 763-5311. Home tour The Melrose 5th annual Christmas Tour of Homes is 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in Melrose. […]

Hollywood career still possibility

It is a mystery to me how a New Mexico state legislator sleeps at night. That is not a reference to guilty consciences over lobbyist favors — although certainly there may be some of that — but rather the sheer weight of seemingly impossible decisions. Should we continue investing millions in the Spaceport near T […]

Prom plans in works

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A little Hollywood and a lot of dancing are headed this way Saturday with the Portales High School prom. Students, teachers and parents have been decorating the high school cafeteria since Monday. The theme is “Vintage Hollywood.” “Prom and Maypole are the only times a girl gets to be […]

Inauguration symbol of true democracy

Freedom New Mexico Some of them remember Roosevelt. Some of them have no memory of anyone not named Bush or Clinton. Just as the big event draws people from many generations, its allure crosses other demographic lines as well. They arrive by private jet from Hollywood mansions and Manhattan skyscrapers. They also come by bus […]

Film legend, conservative activist Charlton Heston dead at 84

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Charlton Heston, the Oscar winner who portrayed Moses and other heroic figures on film in the ’50s and ’60s and later championed conservative values as head of the National Rifle Association, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his […]

Fires don’t discriminate

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I followed with great interest and apprehension the California fires, not only because I fear any kind of atmospheric phenomenon, but because I empathized with those who lost their homes and left behind their possessions. Having lived in hurricane prone areas for a few years, I know that it can be […]

Congress should butt out on movie ratings

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Mid-term elections are still about four months away, but I’ve got all the advice you’ll ever need. Elect them all back. Elect them all back because it’s evident that every major problem facing the United States today has been solved. Wait, what’s that you say? Your problems still exist? My […]

‘Dances with Wolves’ author returns to ENMU

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By Tony Parra He was homeless for a year, lived in a garage for awhile, slept on a lot of friends’ couches. The life of a Hollywood screenwriter is not all glamour. Michael Blake, 58, a former Eastern New Mexico University student best known as the author of “Dances with Wolves,” told his story to […]

Obits 7/9

Monell Thomas, 78 Mr. Monell Gordon Thomas, 78, of Hollywood Hills, Calif., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003. He was born on Dec. 18, 1924, in Tucumcari, to Eura E. and Viola H. Thomas. He attended grade school in Forrest before moving to Portales where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served as a […]