Spring signals start of tornado season

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a little more than a week away. So is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and […]

My turn: Real life doesn’t mean fighting

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As much as I try not to compare my life to reality TV, in this week’s episode of my life, I think my house just became “Real World: Portales.” I originally had two roommates and on Sunday, a third one moved in. All of us are very unique, from different places all over the country […]

Their view: Pet considered part of our family

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Jeni Ennis is an Air Force wife and mother of three who writes a weekly column in our military newspaper.This is her latest effort: My column this week is written with a heavy heart. Our family dog, a medium-sized black-lab mutt named Pepper, who wore a blue collar, escaped from our home last week and […]

McGee: Security system might have given burglars trouble

It was a year ago this week our bicycle shop was burglarized. The Lady of the House and I imagined they were two kids, let’s call them Fred and John. John is the smaller of the two, probably the leader and a little mean. They should’ve been in school. But they weren’t. They were going […]

LSC races tight heading into final week

CMI staff The Lone Star Conference basketball regular season is down to its final week. All but one of the 21 teams — 10 men’s, 11 women’s — remain in the running for the conference tournament, which is slated for Feb. 29-March 4 at Allen, Texas. The top eight teams on each side qualify. For […]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized […]

Local film company launching web series

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Alisa Boswell A local film company launches its new web series this week, according to the show’s creator Will McGrath. The Internet series is called “Extragalactic Black,” in which McGrath plays spaceship Capt. Black, a character lacking a lot of common sense and getting his crew members into a lot of “sticky” situations. “The story […]

Portales police now say HomeServe legit

Alisa Boswell Contrary to a press release issued by the Portales Police Department earlier this week, HomeServe USA is a legitimate business, according to company Senior Vice President Myles Meehan. “What HomeServe is, is a new way to get plumbing, electrical and HV/AC services, so what we provide is emergency service plans for homeowners,” Meehan […]

Disability rating reform troubling

Most of a two-hour hearing last week of the House veteran affairs’ subcommittee focused on VA’s mammoth effort to apply current medical science and revise the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, or VASRD, by 2016. Disability evaluation boards have used the VASRD since the end of World War II to compensate veterans for average impairment […]

Monday morning briefing: Homecoming, free music and fun with plastic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Homecoming week Elida Municipal Schools celebrate Homecoming next week with Spirit Week and the coronation. Monday is Pajama Day; Tuesday is Fashion Disaster; Wednesday is Tossed Salad Day; and Thursday is Duct Tape Day and Way Out Games. Star in town County bass player […]

My Turn: Low tech laments

Betty Williamson Although I lack the genealogical records to prove it, I may be descended from the Luddites, those skilled weavers from 200 years ago who feared that the invention of mechanical looms would be the undoing of life as they knew it. Over time their name became synonymous for people who oppose technology or […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video game of the week and runners wanted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie: Game: Star Wars: The Old Republic Genre: Massively-multiplayer online role-playing game System: PC What is it? An online game from Bioware set in the Star Wars universe. ESRB Rating: Teen […]

My turn: Pranks run in family

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My mother knows me too well. Before she moved last week, she gave me a month’s worth of advent boxes she had filled for me, one for each day in December. I opened Thursday’s advent box to discover she had filled it with rubber cockroaches. Allow me to explain: My father and I have always […]

D.A.: Portales police probe expected to be completed by end of week

Freedom New Mexico An investigation into undisclosed allegations at the Portales Police Department is expected to conclude by the end of this week, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Tuesday. The investigation was launched Nov. 30, the same day Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry was placed on paid administrative leave. Chandler said investigators from his office and […]

My turn: Saturday set aside for TV

I think I may have come full circle on Saturday mornings. When I was a kid, I was up earlier on Saturday than I was any other day of the week. If you wanted to watch Roy Rogers, you had to get up early. There was no DVR or TIVO. There was no recording the […]

My turn: Reactions varied on role of women

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The young women in last week’s column who espoused traditional roles for women, based on Biblical principles, received mixed support. Here is a sampling:

Gingrich right on immigration viewpoint

Freedom New Mexico Genuine, Reagan-era conservatives will thank Newt Gingrich for his reasonable statement about immigration. In a Republican debate last week, Gingrich said: “I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. […]

Libertarians not anti-government

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Recently in this column, which as of this week I have now been writing for a year (party hats and balloons all around!), I have been addressing the misconceptions I have heard repeated about libertarians. I think it’s important to understand your libertarian neighbors, rare though we may seem at […]

Dora news — Nov. 15

School held all week Dora students kindergarten through twelfth grade are attending school Monday through Friday this week. This is the only five-day week for students all year.

Society has much for which to be grateful

W here to begin with the gratitude, followup on last week’s column? I lost a good friend this week, one whom I had not seen much recently, one who had been sick for a long time and dealt bravely and amazingly with it. That is not the gratitude; the gratitude is the experience of knowing […]