Resident requesting anti-littering measure

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County resident plans to ask the County Commission to put up one “no littering” sign and publicize the state public nuisance law. The request is among agenda items for the commission meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the District Courthouse. Linda Giddings, who lives west of Portales, […]

Cramdown would slow housing recovery

Freedom New Mexico As the ineffable H.L. Mencken once put it, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” An example now working its way through the Senate is the proposal, embraced by President Barack Obama and passed (in a worse version) by the House to allow bankruptcy judges […]

Portales man reflects on 50 years with children’s home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Jack Self has put his heart into serving at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home for 50 years. He said he was driven by the “satisfaction of seeing children grow up and make citizens of themselves and knowing that they’re assets to their community now instead of liabilities.” Self […]

Zias put up points in Puerto Rico

Freedom New Mexico BAYAMON, P.R. — Sophomore forward Cat Clay scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team to a 91-52 victory over American University-Bayamon Monday afternoon. The win is the fourth-consecutive win for the Zias (4-1) and third 90-plus-point outing during the streak. Eastern charged to a […]

Differences can exist, but civility must win

Freedom New Mexico Regardless of whether your musical tastes ran to “Yes We Can” or “Raising McCain” this election, there’s one song you weren’t likely to hear on the 2008 campaign trail: “Kum Ba Yah.” Things got rough and tumble in a few places this year, not only in the White House race but also […]

Don’t put too much faith in early polls

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Finally it’s here — election week. It seems we’ve been embroiled in this presidential campaign since the last one was over. Actually it all started about two years ago. For eastern New Mexico, it’s one of the most important elections in years if not in my lifetime. We’ll […]

Oct. 15, 1941

A day of rain put a standstill to the sweet potato harvest after only 16,000 crates were

Hay baling exciting for youngsters

By Glenda Price In the old days, baling hay was not a one-person operation like now. After the hay was cut and raked into windrows the baler crew of at least three people finished the job. A ranch where we lived had a vega (meadow) that made great grass hay, so my dad decided we […]

Area residents participate in Juarez mission

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico Barbara Brockmeier spent a week carrying lumber, pounding nails and helping put stucco on a new home. Built in four days, the home was for a young couple with 9-month-old twins in one of the more impoverished sections of Juarez, Mexico.At age 81, it was Brockmeier’s first mission trip. […]

Blessing tree event set for Wednesday

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Roosevelt County blessing treet, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A donation will put an ornament and a personalized Christmas wish on the tree. Funds will go towards United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fund-raising campaign for Roosevelt County. Donations can […]

May 24, 1976

• Dr. Robert Matheny, associate professor of history at Eastern New Mexico University is named dean of the Clovis campus. Matheny has been a member of ENMU’s faculty since 1968. • Dairymen across the country lobby Congress to put pressure on the Department of Agriculture to keep butter mandatory for all school lunches.

Some candidates out of touch when food involved

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s a guy running for president, and he’s facing all kinds of questions. One question spoke volumes, and it wasn’t about terrorism, taxes or gasoline. Instead, it was about milk, and how much stores charge for a gallon. His answer was $1.50. I won’t name the candidate because I haven’t […]

Mow problem: Grenade handled

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The old saying goes that close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. A Portales couple got closer to a grenade than they wanted Saturday. Shortly before 2 p.m. Portales Police got a 911 call from a person reporting finding a hand grenade in the yard at Eighth and […]

Redneck roots hard to hide

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If you have a bass plug mailbox in your driveway … You just might be a redneck. The mailbox might have started out as a joke, but it’s true that it’s in my driveway and I are a redneck. My sister and my niece have been teasing me about […]

Tigers win first EPAC title

By Eric Butler, Freedom Newspapers Correspondent Texico — Not only was Elida up against history Saturday night in the EPAC boys tournament championship, but the Tigers as well had to contend with a Texico team determined to control tempo on its home court. The idea was to keep the Elida sharpshooters from getting too many […]

Holiday Happening set for Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gaynelle Thomas was there when it began nine years ago and she’ll be in the middle of the preparations Saturday as Altrusa’s annual Holiday Happening gets under way at the Campus Union Building ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. Thomas, and her daughter, Cozetta Moore, will each decorate two […]

Free society must tolerate even offensive publications

Editorial Those who think government is necessary to uphold public morals and even put limits on offensive speech ought to pay attention to the controversy over O.J. Simpson’s book and TV special, “If I Did It.” The publisher, Judith Regan, said she viewed the book — a supposedly fictional account of how O.J. might have […]

Rams win another playoff nail-biter

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer SANTA FE — The Portales Rams unexpected ride through the Class 3A playoffs continues, all the way to the state championship game. Down by a point late in the fourth quarter in Saturday’s semifinals, junior quarterback Chris Mosier led Portales on a 12-play, 71-yard drive capped by an Eric […]

Hospital explores walking trail

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital Board members gave Cardiac Rehab Manager Bill Rice, RN, approval to seek outside funding for the implementation of a walking trail that would benefit not only the hospital but the community. “There seems to be a good opportunity to improve the grounds around the hospital,” said […]

New cell requires complicated decisions

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As if it happened through cosmic fate, my little-used cellular phone decided to stop functioning properly right when I was due a rebate for a new cell phone. It is only through fate that I get a new cell phone, and yet one more affirmation that I hate getting new […]