My turn: Still haven’s soaked up foresight

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Last weekend I went to the Buffalo Battle at Buffalo Springs Lake, Texas. It is a 5k race with different obstacles placed throughout. The last part of the race had a couple of water obstacles. After I finished running, I was sitting in the finish area with other team members from Portales. I saw some […]

Friday morning briefing: School days, music in the streets and the big race

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. School days The fall semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales begins Wednesday. The semester ends on Dec. 16, and commencement is Dec. 17. Music in the streets The Clovis Wildcat Marching Band Marchathon starts 8 a.m. Saturday at Clovis High School. The […]

Soap Box Derby scheduled for June 18

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Freedom New Mexico The 10th annual Clovis Soap Box Derby is scheduled to take place June 18. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School, the race gives youngsters an opportunity to race cars they have built. Youngsters build cars from kits with the help of an adult. The winner will get […]

My turn: Keeping score doesn’t matter

I had a new experience in playground activities this week. We had our Adopt-A-Cop Olympics with the second graders. One of the games we played was volleyball. I was watching one group, and my buddy Robert let me join in. The way they played volleyball was pretty simple. When the ball came over the net […]

In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel […]

Scientific race to disprove God futile

Freedom New Mexico The embarrassing race to disprove God continues with a new book titled “The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life,” by acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking and lesser-known physicist Leonard Mlodinow. Humanity cannot survive and thrive without honest and objective science. Without pure science, it’s easy to surmise that humans […]

Dodge wins District 63 race

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico’s 63rd House District will stay in the hands of a Santa Rosa businessman. George Dodge Jr. claimed the victory Tuesday night. He will replace Santa Rosa Mayor Joe Campos, who gave up the seat in an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor. A Democrat, Dodge won with 2,623 […]

King wins attorney general race

Kevin Wilson Gary King never thought victory would come easy. But he said the spoils had to be short. “I feel like it was a good, hard battle,” King said after defeating 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and securing his second term as attorney general. “We’ll have a chance to enjoy the victory tonight, […]

Candidate profiles: Public Regulation Commission

Kevin Wilson An open race for the state’s Public Regulation Commission is on November’s general election ballot. The race is between Patrick Lyons, a former state senator and the current state land commissioner, and longtime business owner Stephanie L. Dubois of Tularosa. The PRC regulates utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers and insurance industries to ensure fair […]

Perez withdraws from magistrate judge race

Argen Duncan In the magistrate judge race, Eastern New Mexico University police officer Charles Perez has withdrawn his candidacy and KENW News and Public Affairs Director for FM James “Jim” Lee has stepped into the contest. Both men are Democrats. Republican Linda Short is also running for magistrate judge in November. Perez withdrew Aug. 27, […]

Polls show King leading attorney general race

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Some 48 percent of likely New Mexico voters are backing Democratic incumbent New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, while 33 percent support his Republican challenger, eastern New Mexico prosecutor Matt Chandler, according to a poll released Tuesday. Nineteen percent of those questioned were undecided, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a […]

My turn: Local leaders saddle up

The stick horse race last year at the Live United on the Square Block Party is this week’s featured video. The relay race begins as Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry, Sheriff Darren Hooker and then Fire Chief John Bridges take off on their wooden thoroughbreds down the street. The three make it safely to […]

Their view: Governor candidates throw caution to the wind with questionable advertising claims

A recent post from New Mexico political blogger Joe Monahan: More holes to tell you about in an ad for the race for Guv. This time it’s Susana Martinez’s claim in her primary spot that she has “taken on members of the most violent drug cartels.” Well, maybe that’s a stretch. From the New Mexican: […]

Republican Burton likely to take commission seat

Elida-area resident Republican Scott Burton is the likely successor to two-term Democrat Roosevelt County Commissioner Gene Creighton. Burton won a three-person race in Roosevelt County’s District 4 Republican primary Tuesday, garnering 144 votes to nearest challenger Nancy Gentry’s 117. David Craig tallied 57 votes. With no one filed on the Democrat primary ballot in the […]

Candidates take to road

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while […]

Portales residents elect first female mayor

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By David Stevens: FNM Editor Portales has its first female mayor. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce but a political newcomer, picked up 32 percent of the vote Tuesday, edging three competitors. She said she had “no idea” why voters chose her over Steve Davis, Gary Watkins and Dennis Lopez, […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Sharon King

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four candidate profiles in the Portales mayoral race. Elections are Tuesday, March 2.

Discrepancies in drug laws magnify race

Freedom New Mexico Now that the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat has introduced a bill to end the unjustified and counterproductive 100-1 sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, there’s a pretty good chance this 23-year mistake finally will be ended. Majority Whip Richard Durbin introduced his bill Thursday. Since a similar bill has already passed […]

Youth day events put kids at center stage

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Children not old enough to show animals competitively at the Roosevelt County Fair were given the chance Saturday by a variety of sponsors, including the Kiwanis Club. Events included a pet show, turtle race, stick horse race, pig race, dummy roping and goat branding Skyler Davis, 8, of Roosevelt County […]

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 […]