ENMU squads receive tough tourney draws

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Dave Wagner Three of Eastern New Mexico University’s four injured players could be available today when the sixth-seeded Greyhounds take on rival West Texas A&M in an 11 a.m. (MST) quarterfinal of the Lone Star Conference men’s basketball tournament at Allen, Texas. Senior guard Stefan Mirabal (hamstring) has missed the team’s last five games, while […]

In search of ponies: Family faced tough decision to stomach

At one time or another, most of us have played those hypothetical question games, you know, the ones where you imagine what historical figures you would invite to dinner if you could, or what three things you would want to have with you if deserted on an island. Here’s one to toss around… If you […]

Turning around Lobos tough job

It was a toss and turn night. Dawn was distant. Nightmares gripped a restless slumber. The editors had assigned me, once again in my dreams as they did in real life back in the 1960s, to the police blotter. What a way to start the day, sitting in a dreary station house sifting through reports […]

Curio shops tough business

“I think I’ll go inside and see if I can buy a rubber tommy-hawk,” I told my wife as we made a bathroom stop on a recent trip up Interstate 40 to Albuquerque. We had pulled in to one of those roadside businesses with 20 miles of billboards hyping everything from snakeskin boots and Indian […]

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

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Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months at the thrift shop at 301 E. Second St. He said the opening of numerous thrift shops in Clovis, the […]

ENMU sets enrollment record

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Alisa Boswell Strong recruiting, tough economic times and attentive faculty members have led to a new fall enrollment record at Eastern New Mexico University enrollment, according to university officials. Gamble said 5,574 students are enrolled at ENMU’s Portales campus this fall, a 9.7 percent increase over the 5,080 who enrolled last fall. First time freshman […]

Postal service has proven efficiency

There are tough times ahead for the U.S. Postal Service — cuts of 120,000 jobs, and service cutbacks of up to three days per week. But one thing is increasing — fodder for anti-government rants online. More than one online discussion I’ve had somehow involved the phrase, “Government’s inefficient. Just look at the post office.” […]

Our view: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard.Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, which […]

Grand slams stun Zias

Freedom New Mexico There are tough ways to lose softball games, and then there’s Saturday’s Tarleton State-Eastern New Mexico University matchup at Zia Field. ENMU outplayed the TexAnns for much of the game, but Tarleton got grand slam home runs from Samantha Swanda in the fifth inning and Katie Welborn in the sixth to stun […]

Tarleton State slams Zias

Freedom New Mexico There are tough ways to lose softball games, and then there’s Saturday’s Tarleton State-Eastern New Mexico University matchup at Zia Field. ENMU outplayed the TexAnns for much of the game, but Tarleton got grand slam home runs from Samantha Swanda in the fifth inning and Katie Welborn in the sixth to stun […]

Residents feel pressure at pump

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Alisa Boswell Rising gas prices are tough on everyone. There is Norma Vallejo of Portales, who drives a lot for her job in home health care. She recently found herself borrowing gas money from a friend just to get by. “I think it’s getting worse,” Vallejo said. “Every day, I look at the gas prices […]

Conflict in Libya puts U.S. in tough position

Freedom New Mexico Our country’s overly aggressive interventionist foreign policy led us to invade Iraq. It has caused Americans to pay for multiple interventions in which the goal was to save women and children abroad from monstrous regimes and to spread “democracy” by force. Seldom since World War II, with the obvious exception of Afghanistan, […]

ENMU loss in OT tough to take

By Dave Wagner Any loss can be hard to take. Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday he’s still having trouble getting over the Greyhounds’ 43-40 Lone Star Conference North Division overtime loss to Northeastern State on Saturday at Tahlequah, Okla. The game bounced back and forth, but the Hounds (4-6, 3-3 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Pictures, pans and tough materials

A good Wednesday morning, from wherever you’re browsing, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

Frontyard game made me tough

Karl Terry As the days get shorter and the nights a lot cooler it’s time to put our ball gloves aside and pick up our pigskin preoccupation. I’ve been fortunate to spend a good number of seasons on the sidelines at a high school football game even though the last time I played was in […]

‘Professional patients’ need tough love

Perhaps it is because it has been more than nine years now since the doctor came in and told a perfectly healthy me, who had no reason to suspect it, that “Your biopsy tested positive. It was cancer.” Perhaps it is because, as someone told me at the time, this would one day seem like […]

Longtime educator dedicated life to Portales schools

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Sharna Johnson Longtime Portales educator David Brooks made his mark with tough love and dedication to the school system, the community and his family, according to those who knew him. David Brooks, 75, died of cancer Sunday in Lubbock. “He basically dedicated his life to the Portales educational system,” said Brooks’ son, Davey Brooks. Davey […]

My turn: Summer never boring

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One summer, as a child, the only tough decision I made each evening was, “Do I take my purple tricycle around the driveway for a few laps during commercials or wait here so I don’t miss any of ‘Bewitched?’” Usually, I’d take my purple tricycle for a spin, and then […]

Their view: Martinez says she’s focused on crime

Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says she will be tough on crime if she’s elected. From her website (www.susanamartinez2010.com):

Thursday morning briefing: On pets and being tough in pink

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video of the day Meet our pet of the week. Tough enough Join the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Friday for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day to help support Breast Cancer Awareness. Wear pink all day and