Police blotter — March 14

Here are Portales police call logs from Monday until 10 a.m. Tuesday: • 1:35 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 700 block of West Third Street. • 3:35 a.m.: Person reported a lost wallet, 100 block of North Chicago. • 8:46 a.m.: Security company reported an emergency, 1600 block of South Main. • 8:59 a.m.: Caller […]

Obama wasting time on possible job creation

Freedom New Mexico By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What is more certain is that the political maneuvering to deny a permit for the […]

In search of ponies: Blizzard becomes feather-raising experience

When the winter waves hit, the dogs came in, the horses got an extra scoop of sweet feed and the firewood was stacked high. Everything was ready for the bitter wind and clinging ice…Until I suddenly remembered, I had no interest in frozen chicken. Namely because a frozen chicken is wasted on a vegetarian, but […]

Dora news — Oct. 4

Academic testing ongoing Dora students in grades 3 through 12 will be participating in MAPS(Measures of Academic Progress) testing through Wednesday of this week. High school students will test 7:55 a.m. until 9:25 a.m., followed by a seven-period, slightly-abbreviated class schedule. Elementary students will be testing 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

My turn: Small-town athletics full of tests

At Mt. Vernon High School in east Texas, I played football, basketball and track. Since my twin sister outweighed me until I was a 123-pound senior tailback, baseball or soccer would have been better bets — but we had neither as varsity sports. We didn’t have a track either, so track season was primarily for […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas customers to reduce electricity usage until 8 p.m., terming the situation “urgent.” Based on high electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants, Xcel issued an energy alert Tuesday morning under threat of controlled outages if electricity demand is not reduced. Demand could exceed the […]

Ticket feature: Christian music event all day Aug. 13

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Freedom New Mexico Shatter the Silence is set to bring Clovis a full day of Christian music event. With doors opening at noon and music beginning at 2 p.m., the Aug. 13 concert line-up will bring seven nationally known Christian rock bands to the stage of the Curry County Events Center. Kutless, Thousand Foot Krutch, […]

Town hall will address water, fireworks issues

Argen Duncan City officials have set a special town hall meeting for Tuesday to address water and fireworks issues. Mayor Sharon King said she wants to provide more information about the water situation, update citizens on efforts to stop fireworks use until it rains and answer questions. Discussion isn’t limited to fireworks and water, she […]

Mandatory water restrictions ordered

Mandatory water restrictions were ordered Thursday for residents of Portales, according to a press release. Due to drought weather conditions and until further notice, odd numbered addresses are allowed to water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Even numbered addresses are allowed to water only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No watering is allowed between […]

Community cleanup

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Portales residents will be participating in the Great American Cleanup project from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants comb the city while picking up trash and debris. “It doesn’t cost people anything, just their time,” said project director Veda Urioste. “It’s nice to clean up some eyesores.” Urioste said the event is sponsored by […]

Artists create in different ways

I wonder if he starts at the head? I mean to sculpt a horse that will one day stand in front of the stockyard gate. Or does he picture in his mind the kind of horse it will be? Would he start at the hooves instead, one leg at a time, stroking, flexing, molding, making […]

NWS issues red flag fire warning

Freedom New Mexico The National Weather Service has issued a red flag fire warning most of today Friday for eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from Ken De Los Santos, emergency management director for Curry County. The red flag warning is in effect from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. According to the release, […]

School delays, cancellations

Portales Municipal Schools are starting classes two hours late Friday. Eastern New Mexico University has canceled all classes until regular times Monday, according to Director of Media Relations Wendel Sloan. University business offices remain open during normal hours.

Incumbents retain seats

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Argen Duncan Incumbents and two-mill levies won the day in school elections Tuesday. The results are unofficial until the canvas at 9 a.m. Friday. However, since there were no provisional ballots, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Clerk Linda Connelly said she expected no changes in the tallies. Clerk’s office employees said the cold, snowy weather contributed […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships, a local cotton conference and losing a crown

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Cancer scholarship Young cancer survivors have until Feb. 25 to apply for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $10,000 offered in increments of $2,500 per academic year. Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before age 21 […]

My turn: Christmas not a one-day affair

Helena Rodriguez How long do you leave the Christmas tree up? Some people have already undecked the halls. Some did it the day after Christmas, perhaps even on Christmas day, as soon as gifts were unwrapped. I leave my Christmas tree up until July 4. Not really. However, I believe Christmas is a season, not […]

Dairy barn damaged in fire

PNT staff reports A fire destroyed about 500 tons of hay and damaged a barn Sunday at Westra Dairy in Portales. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said Portales and Arch firefighters battled the blaze from just after 11 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. He said they provided protection for dairy workers to use fork […]

Dora school news — Dec. 21

School is closed until Jan. 4.

Hounds hang tight with UNM until late

By Kenn Rodriguez: FNM correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — In its second straight exhibition game against a Division I opponent, Eastern New Mexico started out strong but faded late to fall to the New Mexico Lobos 80-58 at the newly renovated University Arena Wednesday night. Junior guard Stefan Mirabal enjoyed a homecoming of sorts, hitting 5 three-pointers […]

Portales past: Nov. 1, 1955

Nov. 1, 1955: College students interested in taking the Selective Service Qualification Test had until midnight that day to submit application, said Henry Hahn, instructor of psychology.