Recession may be over, but effects still linger

Freedom New Mexico Technically, the recession ended last year. So say experts who calculate such things. Most people probably didn’t notice. The national unemployment rate hovers at 9.6 percent. We imagine out-of-work Americans don’t feel a year removed from recession. Sales in many industries continue sluggish. In some industries, worse than sluggish. Those folks probably […]

Class of ’57 reunites at Yam Theater

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Childhood memories of popcorn, candy and movies echoed through the newly renovated Yam Theater in downtown Portales Saturday, as the Portales High School Class of 1957 gathered for its 53rd class reunion. Marcea Clive, one of several reunion coordinators said the theater, though not quite complete in its renovations, was the perfect location for the […]

Portales past: Sept. 3, 1950

Sept. 3, 1950 Portales Daily News: Tuesday was Dollar Day in Portales, with most merchants observing the Labor Day holiday.

Magician to perform at ENMU

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Kevin Wilson Most kids get asked what they want to do when they grow up. Josh McVicar was doing it before he grew up. “The only thing I’ve ever done in my life was magic,” said the St. Louis-based McVicar, who will perform Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. “It was my first job, doing […]

Most NM schools fail to meet AYP status

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say New Mexico students have improved their performance in math, reading and science during the past six years, but about three-fourths of schools missed this year’s goals for boosting student achievement. Grady, Logan, Melrose, San Jon and Texico schools did meet AYP status, state officials said. Clovis, Portales, […]

Military mama: Family most important duty for Air Force wife

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I’ve been “married to the Air Force” for six years now, and a mommy for 4 1/2 years. Yet, I still would consider myself as a mediocre military mom at best. I’m not a cook, unless it comes from a box with a recipe. I tend to be at a loss in the kitchen. I […]

Money raised at Heritage Days

Argen Duncan Several fundraisers were part of Heritage Days this past weekend, and organizers say they went well for the most part. The Portales Recreation Center held fundraisers for youth sports during the events last weekend. Athletics Director Michael Doerr said the dunking booth made $200 Saturday. “We had the biggest crowd there for the […]

My turn: Get creative with fishing rod

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People have the most interesting uses for a fishing pole, even if they never wet the hook. I heard about a professor who studies lizards by watching and sometimes catching them on a nature TV show. He took an old fishing pole and put a loop-type noose on the end that he can open and […]

Marriage has been good to me

The year was 1982. June was starting out hot like most Junes in eastern New Mexico. The spring I turned 23 is the one I’ll never forget. My wife and I celebrated 28 years of marriage this weekend. We’ve both remarked over the last few years that it sometimes seems like it was just yesterday […]

My turn: Kid overwhelmed by legend

By David Stevens: FNM editor Fort Sumner hosted Old Fort Days this weekend, an annual opportunity to remember Billy the Kid. Most of what we “remember” about the Kid from movies and history books is probably not true, of course; the facts about his life have long been overwhelmed by the legend. The legend is […]

Lieutenant governor candidates attend forum

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The three lieutenant governor candidates who visited Clovis Thursday had little differentiation from each other on most audience questions at the High Plains Patriots forum. Most of all, the three Republican candidates all carried the same message — if you want conservative government, elect one of us and some […]

Rancher uses feminine wiles to lure bull

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Most inventions or new ideas result from a problem for which there is no commonly prescribed answer. Women often have more need to find an alternative solution because, unlike their macho counterparts, “brute force” is not usually a choice. Which brings me to Kristy and her pet cow Jers. Jers, […]

A redneck’s ode to his mother

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Like most rednecks, I tend to get a little sentimental on Mother’s Day. Why shouldn’t I get a little choked up, after all she set aside 18-odd years of her life to raise me. OK, check that, 51-odd years and counting. She’s apparently not finished yet. I figure the least […]

Snowfall hits area again

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Freedom New Mexico Rain greeted early morning travelers Wednesday but gave way to snow about 11 a.m. across the region. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Shoemake in Albuquerque said the snow was expected to continue overnight. He said by noon today the clouds and storm will most likely break up and move to the east. […]

Ethics advocates hoping to be heard at legislative session

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican With most of lawmakers’ attention focused on the state budget this session, ethics reform and good government advocates are hoping legislators have time to dedicate to reform. Already, several lawmakers have prefiled ethics bills online while other public officials have outlined what measures they are willing to support. So […]

Good deeds can end up backfiring

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Most of us in our daily lives have occasion to be a good samaritan. It’s a tenet in the Cowboy Code; to be kind to the less fortunate, to help someone in need. Selfless deeds like stopping to help a stranded motorist, feed the neighbors’ dogs and horses while they […]

Base safety partners with OSHA; contractors will be affected

By William Keely: 27th SOW Voluntary Protection Program coordinator In November of 2008 Cannon Air Force Base began the process to be recognized as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star site. Through this program Cannon will work with OSHA to make its already exceptional safety and health programs even stronger through four key elements: Management […]

Decade in review: Community rallied to keep base

File photo Clovis residents cheer and wave flags during the Operation Kept Cannon celebration at the Clovis Civic Center in 2006. By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base had a wild ride in the past few years, as its near closure and new mission became the most far-reaching story of […]

Snowstorm hampers travel

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The third snowfall of the season dumped as much as 3 inches in the area Tuesday, making for treacherous driving and many minor accidents. The snow storm blanketing most of central and northern New Mexico, moved in just after 9 a.m. Area law enforcement encouraged people to stay home. […]

Cowboy, novelist fathered Roosevelt County’s first children

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By Ruth White Burns: Freedom New Mexico Correspondent One of the most fascinating characters associated with the early history of Roosevelt and Curry Counties was cowman, gunfighter, and raconteur, James “Jim” Cook. Dr. Caleb Winfrey and his brother Hadley of Cass County, Missouri, had established the H-Bar Ranch near Portales in 1885. With them came […]