Former Clovis High principal takes new post

CMI staff Former Clovis High Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of deputy superintendent of operations for Clovis Municipal Schools. Balch has served as the director of operations since July 2011. He has also been a principal at Bovina High School and Yucca Middle School. Balch, a native of Clovis, will begin on July […]

Latest ENMU production takes satirical look at a young couple’s life

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University’s latest theatrical production is full of laughs, according to the show’s cast and crew, despite matters that wouldn’t be funny in most contexts. Student actor Robert Garcia, who plays the narrative voice of the playwright for, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” set for shows today through Sunday at […]

My turn: Citizens lit up Portales

Light takes on extra importance on these longest, darkest nights of the year. Thanks to some community-minded folks who realized that a couple of decades ago, Portales shines each winter with a warm holiday glow. Nearly 10 miles of electrical wire and more than 35,000 white bulbs illuminate Portales this month, a fulfilled vision of […]

PHS news — Nov. 8

NMHSCE re-takes offered The New Mexico High School Competency Exam (NMHSCE) will be administered Jan. 18-21 to former PHS students from graduating classes 2006 to 2011, who completed all credits but failed one or more portions of the graduation test. Students and parents who have any questions may visit the guidance office or call 356-7015. […]

Drought takes its toll on cotton crop

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Farmers across the region say this fall’s cotton crop is bad because of the drought but that’s not the worst news. “The worst thing,” farmer Kendall Devault said Thursday standing alongside 200-acre cotton field outside Farwell, “the bad of it all is underground. There’s no deep moisture left. It’s […]

Tarleton State takes two from Hounds

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — First baseman Zane Hensley hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and Tarleton State went on to a 7-4 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday for a sweep of its Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. In the opener, the Texans (32-10, 20-9 LSC) held on […]

ACU sweeps twin bill, takes series from Hounds

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Left fielder J.R. Roland hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth and Abilene Christian completed a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday with an 8-4 win. The Wildcats pulled away in the seven-inning opener, breaking a 1-1 tie […]

My turn: Lent time for self improvement

Experts say it takes 40 days to undo a bad habit. Now let’s see, today is Ash Wednesday and Lent lasts exactly 40 days. Many people pick an indulgence or habit that’s not good for them to give up during Lent. I’d say that’s enough time to kick the habit completely. Contrary to popular belief, […]

My turn: Readjustment takes time

I’m a creature of habit, I like my routines. It is always so frustrating because when my hubby goes on short TDYs it takes approximately half the time he is gone to get used to doing things on my own, and then nearly twice the total days of his trip to get used to having […]

Portales, Dora school levy up for election

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Argen Duncan Portales and Dora school districts are each holding a Public School Capital Improvements Tax Election on Tuesday. Polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The “two-mill levy” in each district raises money for equipment, maintenance, remodeling and repairs. For both districts, approval of the mill levy won’t raise taxes, but will […]

My turn: Goodbye doesn’t have to be complicated

It always amazes me how the simplest forms of entertainment are some of the best. All it takes is a box of eight multi-colored markers and a large piece of white poster board and you instantly have the attention of eight fully grown people. On Sunday, I attended a coworker’s going away party and I […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

Goodrich, Connelly win hospital board seats

Clarence Plank Roosevelt County voters elected Irma Lorraine Goodrich and Steven Connelly Tuesday to the Roosevelt General Hospital Board. Goodrich won the District 1 seat previously held by Lydia Ornelas, while Connelly takes Terry Cone’s seat in District 2. Goodrich beat Dennis Lopez by four votes, 238 to 234, but cautioned that vote total could […]

Local pharmacy takes steps to prevent thefts, robberies

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Jared Tucker Pharmacy theft and robberies are on the rise across the country, and federal authorities say all communities should take the threat seriously. Victor Baca, owner of Village Pharmacy in Portales, said he’s aware of the rising threat and is taking measures to ensure if he is ever robbed, his staff know what to […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

Snappy comebacks not needed

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Kevin Wilson It was a good thing the city of Clovis takes checks. I had no cash on me, and it was too embarrassing to make two visits. “The swimming lessons are $70, correct? And who do I make the check to?” “Just write it to the city,” the Aquatic Center employee told me, as […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

Friday morning briefing: Census takes and green chili cheeseburgers

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Did you know? In the 2000 census, Portales was reported to have 11,131 people. Of the population 15 years old and older, 50.9 percent were married. Among people age 25 and older, 74 percent had a high school diploma or higher education. Source: U.S. Census […]

ENMU takes women’s title at Western Texas College Rodeo

Freedom New Mexico SNYDER, Texas — Freshman Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad was the all-around champion, helping Eastern New Mexico Unversity take the women’s team title in the Western Texas College Rodeo over the weekend. The Zias finished with 270 team points to 140 for Tarleton State and 120 for West Texas College in a field […]