Ticket feature: Special Olympics equestrian competition set

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Freedom New Mexico Clovis and the United Way of Eastern New Mexico are hosting the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Games Friday and Saturday. The equestrian event for the Special Olympics started in 1985 at the state Special Olympics summer games in Albuquerque and later moved to Clovis because the horses’ temperaments were more suitable […]

Portales has long history of opposing alcohol sales

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Mark it as another chapter in a long and storied struggle over demon alcohol in Portales and Roosevelt County. A petition drive started by local restaurants and aimed at legalizing Sunday sales of alcohol in Portales may not hold the promise of rough and tumble politics of the past. […]

McCain wrong to make fiery accusations

Freedom New Mexico J ohn McCain started the Arizona forest fires. OK, so we’re making this up. McCain the flamethrower probably did not start the fires. But this much is true. Freedom Newspapers had no less to go on when blaming McCain than McCain had in blaming immigrants. McCain may not be well. Here’s what […]

New chamber promotions coordinator looks forward to meeting people

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Argen Duncan The new Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce promotions coordinator and Portales MainStreet director says she loves meeting people and hopes to give others fond memories like those she has of community events. Sandy Van Der Veen started work June 1. “So far it’s been really fun,” she said. Although she works at the […]

Community shows support

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Alisa Boswell Excitement and cheers filled the air at Ned Houk Park north of Clovis during the Relay for Life kick-off Friday. Brother and sister Cutter and Tayci Burnett started the event off with the National Anthem followed by the speeches of guests, such as Molly Smith, a relay participant currently battling breast cancer. “On […]

My turn: Mom’s pasta salad good summer dish

Argen Duncan When I was growing up, my mom started making a pasta salad that’s still one of my favorites. (In fact, she made it last time she came to visit.) It’s cold, so it’s good for summer, and it has a nice variety of colors and flavors and a general light tanginess. It’s healthy, […]

My turn: Dedicated to leave mark on world

I recently started looking for a catchy title for my column. I thought maybe it would be similar to the title of the blog that I also write. When I first started thinking about it, I remembered the words to one of my favorite poems. Poet Dylan Thomas wrote what has no official title but […]

My turn: Family issue inspires health changes

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My journey started one year ago on Feb. 7. At 54 years old, my brother began experiencing significant health issues. In a hospital waiting room, I took a good long look at myself. I weighed 260 pounds, I got out of breath just climbing a couple of flights of stairs. It was time to do […]

Grass fire consumes 150 acres

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire Friday morning northeast of Portales burned about 150 acres, according to a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze reported about 11:31 a.m., said Portales Fire Department Lt. Floyd Hancock. Hancock said the fire started on Highway 467 and spread to Roosevelt Roads 2 and 3. […]

Community Thanksgiving dinner keeps growing

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Elvia Garcia started the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner almost 10 years ago with help from her family and community volunteers. The dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building is free. “My husband and I decided that we needed to do something for the community as a family,” Garcia said. “It […]

Perspective born from childhood impatience

Sharna Johnson It all started with a chicken and an egg. And another egg, and another… Make that a chicken and a nest of eggs. Enter a hungry polecat (Appalachian for skunk) and you have a nest full of eggs and no chicken. It was cool outside, early spring. I was 12 and I was […]

Floyd grad starts mission to help needy with transportation

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A Floyd High graduate has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives. Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of one, started Wheels of Love, a program that provides vehicles to families who need transportation but can’t afford it. Hunt, who now lives in Farwell, said she got the idea after placing […]

ENMU faculty offer tips for incoming freshmen

Argen Duncan With the beginning of college classes just around the corner, what can freshmen do to succeed in their new environment? Eastern New Mexico University Vice President for Student Affairs Judith Haislett started at the beginning, advising students to relax on move-in day. “We will get everything done,” she said. “It’s a fun, busy […]

My turn: Facebook friends share doggie memories

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Maxie the dog started out a failure. She was fired by the Houston Highway Patrol. “She was supposed to go crazy when she found drugs,” said Valerie Knoeber Hunt, a 1994 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “But in that respect she’s more of a live-and-let-live personality.” Maxie became the best dog Hunt said she’s ever […]

My Turn: Noodling adds hands-on approach to fishing

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Noodling was started in Oklahoma and is basically fishing with your bare hands. It can be fun, but there is an element of danger. A noodler can be bitten by a snake or even drown. Here’s how it works: Noodlers wade into a river, stream or pond and locate […]

Reality better than reality TV

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It probably started with watching the TV Land awards. A sense of nostalgia for the good old days — really not so old — just the 1980’s or ‘90s- came with the memories brought on by watching the awards. Love Boat, Night Caller, Cheers,Coach, Seinfeld and their kind were something […]

My turn: Appreciation for food started with mom

By Argen Duncan: Senior writer With Mother’s Day coming up, I want to tell you about my mom, one of my favorite cooks. Mom made meals I loved as a kid, and she never throttled me for complaining about dinners I didn’t like so much. Until dad took over much of the chef work, mom […]

New foreman started family at H-Bar Ranch

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By Ruth Burns: PNT correspondent When the Winfreys sold the H-Bar Ranch to Jim Newman and Tom Trammell in 1897, Newman asked his cousin (my grandfather), R. L. “Bob” Wood, to take over the ranch as foreman. Bob had come with Newman to the DZ Ranch near the present town of Arch in 1882 and […]

Program pairs seniors with students

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Senior citizens have a chance to feel needed and help out students and teachers alike with the Community Services Center Foster Grandparents Program. The program started in the state in 1965 to provide a learning experience from senior tutors to children. Ada Bud Moorhead is a grandma for teacher […]

Business feature: Shop owner fills antique niche

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PNT staff report Sherry Fahrenkrug found a niche when she came to Portales and started working in retail, selling candles, antiques and other odds and ends. Her business is Old Barn Finds. Fahrenkrug started out in landscaping in Las Cruces 14 years ago. She moved to Portales after she met her business partner, Dave Nash, […]