The states can handle issues on their own

Freedom Editorial The Great Dissembler, former president Bill Clinton, was in Denver on Tuesday hawking his hagiography, “My Life,” and he couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few cheap shots at the sitting president. We understand this was all part of the promotion, a way to pump up book sales by making his appearance […]

Soldier who died in Iraq tied to locals

By Mike Linn Linda Hernandez has three e-mails from her cousin to which she’ll never get the chance to respond. The Clovis resident saw the messages after she returned from vacation Sunday — the day she found out her cousin, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, 33, of Sutton, Neb., died when a roadside bomb […]

Melrose students earn national honor

Freedom Newspapers A group of students from Melrose finished third at the Business Professionals of America high school conference in Cincinnati in early May. The six-person team grabbed the award in a 26-team parliamentary procedure event. Each team member was asked 50 questions before the schools were assigned a problem to be solved during a […]

Local participant knocked out in national bee

By Mike Linn Zack Gillooly and several modern-day dictionaries had something in common Wednesday morning: None of them recognized the word “reresupper.” Zack, representing the eastern New Mexico region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., lost in the first speaking round after misspelling the word by one letter, using an “o” instead […]

May 5 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays May 8-14 Leslie May, Tommy Moore, Natalie Winders, Sara Anderson, Teo Graves, Teresa Howard, Lesa Manis, Kendra Dixon, and Kimberly Howard. Wedding Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Clint Hamilton. National Day of Prayer Thursday is National Day of Prayer. There will be a prayer service under the Pavilion on the square at […]

ENMU hosts day for kids

By Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University athletes spent a few hours Saturday giving a group of Portales youths something they couldn’t get anywhere else — a little bit of physical education. About 125 children made their way to Greyhound Arena Saturday afternoon to take part in ENMU’s first participation in National P.E. Day. Megan […]

Local veteran appointed to district task

Kevin Wilson Stephen Kemp never really expected to be appointed as a national aide-de-camp with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The longtime accountant knew the percentages weren’t really in his favor. “I was surprised when I opened the letter,” Kemp said. “I wasn’t expecting it … I wasn’t even trying to work for it. I […]

Officials say man’s fall probably an accident

Tony Parra An incident involving an employee who fell 47 feet from a ladder while working at the Garvey Processing plant looks to be an accident, a state safety official believes. Matt Jackson fell from the ladder on March 1 and was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, prompting an inspection of the company […]

Local teen awarded for investment skills

Mike Linn A teen with familiy in Portales recently won a national marketing contest by investing in some of the nation’s retail giants. Whitney Sepeda, 15, of Effort, Penn., and two other classmates at the Monroe Career and Technical Institute turned $100,000 of funny money into $123,375 in 10 weeks to win the NASDAQ/DECA-sponsored Stock […]

Chenault hopes genes come through

By Ryan Lengerich Chay Chenault says he has the experience. The confidence. And the genes. His mother Sheri Chenault said her son comes from a family of savvy spellers, and if his thinking proves true, he’ll be capitol-bound come Saturday evening. The Floyd Middle School seventh grader is slated to compete in his third regional […]