Local grocery closes doors

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales has one less grocery store after La Tienda in the Sands Shopping Center closed its doors earlier this month. Russell’s Super Save has purchased the inventory and fixtures from La Tienda’s parent company, Dale’s Venture Foods of Denver City, Texas, and will absorb the inventory into its store […]

Snowstorm isn’t automatic house arrest sentence

By Karl TerryL PNT Managing Editor The image of being snowbound at home in front of a roaring fire is a romantic one — that is until the pipes freeze or work calls. I’ve experienced a few storms through which I could imagine that we were snowed-in but the truth was that we were only […]

Long gone are days of personal interaction

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It seems we’re rapidly trading all that is unique and interesting about our communities and our lives these days for better technology, more selection and better price. Some might say the homogenization all began with Wal-Mart but the first mass-marketer to actually come into a town where I lived […]

Color red connotes many things

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been seeing a lot of red lately, and I’m not referring to my bank account. Yes, it has something to do with the red bows, lights and candy canes of Christmas, but there’s more. Have you ever noticed there is something about the color red that puts people on […]

Elida taking ownership of water

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners gave approval to a Community Development Block Grant application last week that could complete a water improvement project in Elida if approved. The project will allow Elida to own its own well field and provide infrastructure that will improve the quality of the water, say town […]

Border Town Days Information

Freedom Newspapers What: 40th Border Town Days Where: Farwell and Texico When: 10 a.m. (CDT) today Background: Originally a rodeo event, Border Town Days is now a yearly gathering of members of two strikingly similar towns on each side of the Texico-New Mexico border to chat and eat. To do: There will be an arts […]

Fire marshall calls halt to Clovis gas war

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshall Allan Silvers had seen enough. Silvers said with about 200 vehicles lined up to buy cheap gas, blocking the stores and a local fire station, he put […]

Melrose cracking down on vandals

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and several of the town’s emergency units. Parents could be fined up to $500 if their children are unaccompanied by an adult in a public place […]

Gas war rages on North Prince Street in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded gasoline at Town and Country and Allsup’s convenience stores on North Prince Street was priced at $2.29 per gallon Tuesday afternoon, which is 52¢ below the city average and more than 70¢ below […]

Local landmarks reflect pride

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Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense of pride: The National Mule Memorial is a unique monument in the small Texas town of Muleshoe. The High Plains town was organized in 1926 and […]

New Mexico First seeks school’s priorities

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Five recommendations for improving the state’s higher education were the main focus at Friday’s New Mexico First community meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. New Mexico First Associate Director Heather Balas met with nearly 40 Portales and Clovis community and business leaders and educators to discuss the recommendations, stating […]

New Mexico First to discuss higher education at ENMU

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Preparing New Mexicans for the future by using higher education will be the premier focus at the New Mexico First community meeting taking place Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. According to their press release, New Mexico First was founded in 1986 by Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman in […]

Florida residents say Special Ops a class act

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of the Florida town now home to Air Force Special Operations refer to the unit as good neighbors, and said Clovis will receive an asset in the 16th Special Operations squadron. A town of roughly 20,000 people, Fort Walton Beach is a coastal community located on the Florida panhandle […]

Brantley Lake State Park offers spring getaway

Compiled by William Thompson Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps […]

Parades could be Portales’ forté

By Karl Terry Some towns are parade towns, some aren’t. Portales is a pretty good parade town and we proved it Saturday with the “Welcome Home Troops” parade. Growing up in Portales, the parades are one of the things that really stick out in your mind. Especially the Eastern New Mexico homecoming parade. We were […]

The luckiest man in Portales

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By William P. Thompson At 90, Portales’ Harold Knox considers himself lucky. He has a little knee trouble but still gets around town. And the stories he can tell of life in Portales date back to the early 20th century. “I was born on this site (the 2000 block of South Avenue B) in 1915. […]

Levelland makes name for itself with town mosaics

Compiled by William Thompson Freedom Newspapers When one thinks of art meccas, cities like New York, Paris and Rome come to mind. Levelland, Texas doesn’t roll off the tongue when thinking of a place to view great art, but Levelland boasts a “small, but impressive collection of art pieces donated by Marjorie Merriwether Post, the […]

Day Trips: Little-known ghost town comes with locals, plenty of scenery

Compiled by Mike Jimenez Ghost towns can be found across New Mexico and the Southwest, but the one located at White Oaks is probably the best-kept secret around these parts. This ghost town comes complete with a few locals, and plenty of scenery. Where is it? White Oaks is located about nine miles outside of […]

Day Trip: Sacramento mountains, Ruidoso invite you to 60th annual Aspenfest

Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers The Sacramento mountains are waiting for you in the cool pines of Ruidoso during the weekend of Oct. 1-2 for the town’s annual Aspenfest weekend. There will be plenty of events throughout the weekend to keep you busy, and cool at the same time. Where is it? Ruidoso is approximately 160 […]

Fans flock to music festival

Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers There’s no doubt Buddy Holly fans know the 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper was the inspiration for the rock ‘n’ roll classic, “The Day the Music Died.” And though the 56th anniversary of that day has come and gone, the music in […]