Dora student wins gold in national writing contest

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer An intelligent young heroine, a mysterious redheaded girl and straw turning to gold star in the story that won a national award for a Roosevelt County eighth-grader. Katie Bickley, a Pep resident and Dora Consolidated Schools student, won a gold medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

How to help

An account for donations to the family of Portales High School senior Jacob Rutherford has been set up at Portales National Bank. Jacob, son of Donna and Scooter Rutherford, broke both legs and his left arm earlier this month while riding a dirt bike outside of Tatum. He remains in University Medical Center in Lubbock. […]

President signs national healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the […]

Schools do part to battle childhood obesity

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico First lady Michelle Obama is directing national attention to childhood obesity with her “Let’s Move” campaign. And Clovis and Portales schools are taking the fight straight to the lunchroom as they work to provide healthy meals to local youths. “We are turning towards using more fresh fruits and frozen […]

Friday morning briefing: Backyard video and national parks

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day A natural history museum for eastern New Mexico and it’s right “In Your Backyard.”Question of the day What are your impressions of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, following Thursday’s forum?Web site of the day View and purchase photos published in Freedom New […]

Press Release: Winter storm warning until Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow…which is in effect from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 11 a.m. Tuesday. • Snow accumulations…snowfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches

Press release: More snow possible

Another round of rain and snow is possible by midweek across much of north and central New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

ENMU’S Murphy invited to tryouts

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior libero Caitlin Murphy has been invited to try out for the United States national volleyball team. The tryouts will be conducted by U.S. head coach Hugh McCutcheon in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the United States Olympic Training Center. Murphy, from Amarillo, will be seeking a position for […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

ENMU earns state emergency certification

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cplank@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is the first university in the state to earn a National Incident Management System compliance certification. It means the university is prepared to handle a variety of emergencies, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble, who confirmed the award Tuesday. “We will be better prepared to handle things that are out […]

National final rodeo not for timid

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Ticket feature: Dance company anniversary tour stops in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off its 30th anniversary national tour in New Mexico this month and will be making a stop in Clovis. The company performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. The contemporary modern dance company’s 17-theater national tour started traveling New Mexico Oct. 15 and will continue […]

Business feature: Local economies stable during recession

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico While economists are declaring the recession nearly over, two Portales business people said the town seems somewhat insulated from the national economic peaks and dips. More than 80 percent of economists believe the recession is over and an expansion has begun, but they expect the recovery will be slow […]

Video: Anita Tedaldi’s controversial decision

Freedom New Mexico columnist Anita Tedaldi is at the heart of a growing national debate after disclosing last week that she gave up her adopted son.

Oct. 4, 1967

The Portales News-Tribune reported that performances by a professional rodeo clown and a world famous trick roper would highlight performances of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo Oct. 6-8. J.W. Stroker, famed for his “black light” trick roping exhibition, was to be featured at all three performances of the rodeo. A professional rodeo clown, Larry […]

National health plan won’t hit TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist President Obama says his push to reform the nation’s health care system will not diminish health benefits for service families or retirees who use TRICARE, or for veterans who rely on VA hospitals and clinics. In fact, he suggested, as health reform takes hold across the country, veterans who, for […]

Local dogs compete in Wiener National

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer More than 80 short dogs converged on Hillcrest Park on Saturday for the Wiener National race with one hot dog walking away the winner of the first time event in Clovis. Esperanza Martinez, of Farwell, and her dog Lacey took the $250 check from the Wienerschnitzel of Clovis. Esperanza […]

Area under severe thunderstorm watch

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Quay counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. (MDT) Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.