Couldn’t miss vintage grand prix

Although I am not in the category of car fanatics, I want to start this week’s column with a block of information for those of you who are. PVGP means Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and if you go to their website, you will be able to find out more about them. Indeed, if you are […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, final exams and the first post office

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, whose tireless research is legend. Game: Bastion Genre: Action RPG System: 360, PC What is it? A diverse adventure game with a great deal of flexibility. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ […]

Coney island part of amusement park golden age

Last week, this columnist took you on an exploration of the beginnings of amusement parks, inspired by the annual trip to Wonderland with my grandchildren. This week, I’d like to continue that exploration, as we look at the Golden Age of amusement parks. The following information was researched by using primarily Wikipedia, and other sites […]

Cars spark musical hits

I love a car show, the chrome, the gasoline, the stories and all those great car songs on the loudspeaker. As we got ready to hold the show on the square at Portales last week and we were thinking about the music. I told one of the car show planners I would burn a CD […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings, women building and FDR

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The following governing bodies in Roosevelt County are scheduled to meet this week: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes a request to change the location of the proposed war memorial on the Square, and items […]

My turn: Art hard to define, value

Continuing with my topic of French Impressionism from last week, there’s something about standing in front of an original Picasso – not a reproduction – that makes you say, as a former co-worker of mine did, “I can’t believe I’m standing in front of a real Picasso.” For me, my new–found expertise in French art […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Video game of the week, airport money and Satchmo

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s selection for a fun time gaming. Game: Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident Genre: Puzzle System: Wii What is it? A point-and-click puzzler that tells an old-fashioned tale of mystery. ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: […]

Farmers: Last week’s rain little help

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Argen Duncan The last week’s rain did little to help most area farmers and ranchers in the midst of the extreme drought. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported precipitation ranging from 0.14 inches in Portales and at the Clovis airport to 1.22 inches in Clovis. “It’s as dry as I’ve ever seen it,” Broadview […]

In search of ponies: Story behind quack attack

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Sharna Johnson Molesting a zoo visitor during a dedication ceremony elevated one hard-luck duck to marginal fame this week and earned him a new name. But there’s more to Merv the… Oh never mind, we’ll just stick with Merv… than meets the eye. He waddled into the spotlight during the dedication of a newly-donated water […]

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Alisa Boswell Members of a new support group in Clovis and Portales hope their program run by Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico will help sexual assault survivors find peace and acceptance. According to program Administrator Amber Hamilton, the group held its first six- to eight-week session in Portales in early spring. The program’s […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Growth management, game of the week and a star dies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Meetings watch The Local Growth Management Committee meeting is 2 p.m. today at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee includes various local public, private and Defense Department individuals to manage the […]

My turn: Always aiming for good time

I discovered Tuesday night that my aim with my .380 gun is still horrible because I have had very little shooting time with it. So, the adventures of learning how to shoot continue but with a new resolution in mind: I am now determined to go to the shooting range a minimum of once a […]

Solutions sometimes unconventional

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist A couple of weeks ago we got to know B.J. Pierce, world Champion tiedown calf roper. This week I’d like you to meet B.J. Pierce, gifted school teacher. After about 13 years of solid rodeoing, B.J. retired from rodeo and began teaching school. He taught sixth grade — “whatever […]

Shifting to revised index offers savings

Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next […]

Portales doctor acquitted on one drug charge; guilty on another

Staff and wire reports A federal jury in Albuquerque this week acquitted a Portales physician of illegally dispensing methadone to a man who died of a drug overdose in 2008. Arnold Sotello, 36, was found dead in an Amarillo motel Sept. 22, 2008. But the jury convicted Dr. Patricia J. Green on a second charge […]

Area schools synchronizing spring breaks

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Liliana Castillo All of the schools in Roosevelt and Curry counties will take spring break on the same week next year. That includes Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University. Administrators from districts in both counties worked together to schedule spring break at the same time, but there were a few outside forces pointing […]

Modern hero names: Monroe is just the beginning

I was sitting here last week, making a list of what I was thinking of as Modern Hero Names – you know, like Palin and Winslet – when the news came in about the names Mariah Carey had chosen for her newborn twins. She’d given her daughter the Old Man Name of Monroe, she said, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, summer classes and the Brooklyn Bridge

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s pick, just for you gamers. Game: L.A. Noire Genre: Adventure System: 360, PS3 What is it? A journey through the seamy side of the City of Angels featuring absorbing investigations and intoxicating sense of style. […]

Taking without consent stealing

Once again I got through another week without feeling the need to attack anyone with physical force. And I survived anyway. Nor did I find it necessary to steal from anyone in order to survive another week. No, really. Is that surprising? It shouldn’t be. Sure, some people were attacked and stolen from, supposedly on […]