Johnson makes mark for Zias

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Eric Butler: CMI correspondent Tara Johnson has always been tenacious. Certainly, her tenacity combined with raw talent led to her playing for Portales High’s girls basketball and volleyball varsity teams while she was anywhere from two to four years younger than the rest of the players. Aggressiveness can sometimes have a side effect, and two […]

Monday morning briefing: MLK Day, perfect fruit pies and prohibition

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. MLK Day There are celebrations and commemorations galore today to mark Martin Luther King Day. In Clovis, the annual walk to commemorate King’s march from Selma to Montgomery gets started at 9 a.m. in Potter Park. In Portales, a similar march starts at 10 […]

Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to […]

Hounds tie school 3-point mark in 110-73 rout

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Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team certainly has its mojo going. Now the Greyhounds hope to carry it into Lone Star Conference play. Senior point guard Reggie Nelson erupted for 30 points — one short of his career high — and the Hounds tied a school record with 17 3-point baskets […]

ENMU parts ways with football coach Ribaudo

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Dave Wagner Mark Ribaudo’s 15-year run at Eastern New Mexico University is over. The school said in a release on Tuesday that it had “requested and received” Ribaudo’s resignation after seven seasons as ENMU’s head football coach. Athletic director Jeff Geiser said the school would like to have a coach in place by Dec. 1, […]

Weddings Nov. 6

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Boggs Autumn Wilkerson of Portales and Jesse Boggs of Deming were joined in marriage July 30, 2011, in Portales. The Rev. Mark Boggs performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Dwayne and Tammie Wilkerson of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Joann Hall of Roswell. The bridegroom is the son of […]

Scars mark life of working with animals

I never claimed to be a cowman and I’ve got the scars to prove it! Frostbit fingers, baler twine blisters, and an odd scrape in the side of my head where the hair won’t grow back from when my good ol’ horse slipped down on an ice slick on the calving lot. I went out […]

Area businessmen appointed to board

Freedom New Mexico Three eastern New Mexico businessmen will serve in key positions on the New Mexico Restaurant Association board, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the organization. In Clovis, Chris Bryant from Foxy Drive-In and Tom Martin from Taco Box are honorary directors for the association and will continue to serve on […]

Hounds to practice at 6:30 a.m. due to heat

Freedom New Mexico Seventh-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo is preparing to welcome upwards of 150 prospects to the start of practice this week. Ribaudo said Monday night that ENMU players are scheduled to check in today. Practice starts Thursday morning. “We’ve got 152 on the list,” Ribaudo said. “I’m guessing we’ll […]

My turn: Local bands have variety of sounds

Last weekend, I went to watch the local band Something Blue perform. They played a variety of classic oldies, modern day hits and their own songs. Their lyrics are well written and their music has a milder Jason Mraz sound to it. The band will now be performing Thursday nights at the Dawg Houze and […]