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 […]

Veteran profile: Mark Cage, U.S. Navy

Courtesy photo Mark Cage Alisa Boswell Name: Mark Cage Military background: 11 years active duty in U.S. Navy and New Mexico National Guard; 8 years in Navy Reserve, all in law enforcement. Current career: A lieutenant with the Portales Police Department. What was one of your most significant military experiences? We were traveling through the […]

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 […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg

USAF photo Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Name: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Hometown: Park Falls, Wis. • Air Force career field: Vehicle operations • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron • Accomplishments: Kieweg works in vehicle operations and has been stationed at Cannon Air Force Base since 2009. In 2010 he […]

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 […]

Hounds tie school 3-point mark in 98-82 win

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Junior guard Stefan Mirabal led a 3-point barrage, hitting 8-of-12 and finishing with 28 points, and Eastern New Mexico University’s men snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 98-82 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Abilene Christian. The Greyhounds (8-10, 3-3 South) tied a school record with […]

Portales past: Jan. 19, 1942

Jan. 19, 1942: Portales Daily News: Only $750 more was needed to put Roosevelt County’s Red Cross war fund over the $2,500 mark, according to Paul Bryant, county chairman.

Airmen working to prevent DWIs

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Gabriel Monte As parties and celebrations mark calendars during the Christmas and New Year holiday, Cannon Air Force Base airmen are fighting to prevent another kind of mark on fellow airmen’s records: DWI. DWI convictions are taken seriously within the military community, according to Cannon Air Force Base public affairs. Punishment is at a commander’s […]

Scars mark real cowboys

If you see a couple of fellows walking down the road, both wearing cowboy-type garb, how will you know which one is the for-real cowboy? Here are a few hints: The real cowboy will be bow-legged and will limp a bit. As he gets closer, you notice one arm seems to stay bent all the […]

ENMU loss in OT tough to take

By Dave Wagner Any loss can be hard to take. Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday he’s still having trouble getting over the Greyhounds’ 43-40 Lone Star Conference North Division overtime loss to Northeastern State on Saturday at Tahlequah, Okla. The game bounced back and forth, but the Hounds (4-6, 3-3 […]

Hounds entertain No. 4-ranked Abilene Christian

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Mark Ribaudo has no illusions about playing Abilene Christian. The Eastern New Mexico University football coach acknowledges the Greyhounds will have to play their best game of the season today to hang with the fourth-ranked Wildcats in a 2 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover tilt at Blackwater Draw. “We […]

ENMU flat in all areas in loss at Southwestern

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo didn’t offer a complicated explanation for the Greyhounds’ surprising 21-10 Lone Star Conference North Division loss to Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday at Weatherford, Okla. The Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1 North) simply outplayed ENMU, reducing the Hounds’ potent attack to one-dimensional and putting together just enough […]

ENMU’s Howard comes through bypass surgery well

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive coordinator Mike Howard, who underwent triple bypass surgery on Monday night in Lubbock after experiencing chest pains earlier in the day, appears to be doing well and should make a full recovery, ENMU coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday. “It went well,” Ribaudo said Tuesday of the […]