My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut […]

Staycations offer fun for cheap

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national […]

Burglaries up last year

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Christina Calloway Burglary reports last year in Portales were more than double compared to 2009, according to the Portales Police Department’s 2011 annual report. There were 293 burglaries reported in 2011 compared to 125 in 2009, according to the report. Portales Police Chief Jeff Gill said the jump in burglaries — which is described as […]

Vendors exhibit products at Roosevelt County Ag Expo

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Christina Calloway Local farmers and vendors said they shared an overall enjoyable experience at this year’s annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo. The two-day event ended Wednesday. For Roosevelt County farmer and rancher Randy Lieb, the expo presented a great opportunity for him to stay abreast of what new products are available as well as price […]

ENMU football, women’s soccer add signees

Freedom New Mexico Three new prospects have signed national letters of intent to play next season at Eastern New Mexico University under first-year coach Josh Lynn. The players are Noah Brown, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound fullback-defensive end from Valencia, and brothers Kendall Thompkins, a 6-4, 275-pound tight end, and Kameron Thompkins, a 6-3, 220-pound defensive end, […]

Hounds expect to sign 25-30 prospects

Dave Wagner First-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn anticipates signing 25-30 players today on national signing day. “The emphasis is obviously on the offensive and defensive lines,” Lynn said. “We got real aggressive with New Mexico and west Texas kids.” Lynn said he originally didn’t anticipate a large first-day signing group. “We’re […]

Preparations in place for Floyd Jamboree

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The Floyd Jamboree will go on this year despite no one showing for Sunday’s auditions, according to Floyd Lions Club Vice President and Jamboree Program Chairman Fred Patterson. Patterson said he still expected to have a full slate of participants. There were about 30 participants at the 2011 event. “I’ve already contacted everybody (from last […]

Friday morning briefing: Happy Chinese New Year, a spell down and tragedy on the launch pad

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Happy Chinese New Year Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a Chinese New Year’s Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 and must be reserved today. ENMU has a number of students from China who will share […]

Spelling bee winners announced

PNT staff report Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting the Roosevelt County Bee on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. in Buchanan Hall. The winner and runner-up for all schools participating in the bee this year are: • Dora Schools: Senior Division winner — Charlyn Simpson; Senior Division runner-up — Jaedin Paxton • Floyd […]

We all lose during election time

I can give you a prediction about the next presidential election almost a year before it happens. Ready? The U.S. government will win and America will lose. The status quo will be elected once more. There isn’t a bit of difference between any of the candidates who will end up on the ballot in the […]

My turn: No such thing as normal when it comes to weather

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Early Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned eastern New Mexico to prepare for heavy, blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions on Monday morning. Instead, we received no significant moisture. The sun was out. Roads were clear. Just another example of how unpredictable the weather can be around these parts. Business promoters boast our average […]

Portales native recounts surviving 30-foot fall

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Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of his accident approaches. He fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft. The 25-year-old Clovis resident and Portales native was loading furniture on the lift of a freight elevator for a customer at his grandmother’s antique store […]

Their view: Gov. Martinez calls for investing in education

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her fiscal year 2013 budget proposal in a press release Thursday. Here are a few excerpts: “I am proud to announce to New Mexicans that our fiscal house is back in order,” said Gov. Martinez. “ A year ago, we made a commitment to balancing our budget without raising taxes, while […]

Resolving to be more loving

Somewhere in the confusion of passing into 2012, I forgot to make New Year’s resolutions. I suppose these can still be tendered, since we are less than a fortnight into the new year. Perhaps the most appropriate resolutions would center around the broad, yet vital theme of learning to be a more loving person. Love […]

Local leaders helped state thrive

As New Mexico celebrates its 100th year as a state it’s easy to daydream about what life in our portion of the state was like back in 1912. Portales had been around just over a decade, Texico was 10 years old and Clovis had been established six years earlier when a division point for the […]

Clovis mayor hopeful of federal money for Ute Water Project this year

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By Thomas Garcia Her own political campaign aside, ensuring a sustainable water source for Clovis, Portales and other eastern New Mexico communities has been and always will be a top priority, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said Friday. “The need for continued work to secure funding and compromise with the entities involved is obvious,” Brumfield said […]

Farmer: More rain needed to beat drought

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Benna Sayyed Local farmers say recent precipitation in the area has helped their crops a little but much more is needed to alleviate the drought. According to Ed Polasko, service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, precipitation levels (rain and melted snow) during October, November, and December 2011 were up slightly from 2010. […]

Their view: Air pollution rule would hamper energy services

Over the New Year’s holiday, Xcel Energy officials learned the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, had delayed implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves issued this statement reflecting the company position on the court ruling: On Dec. 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit issued a stay of the […]

Portales couple has New Year baby

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By Benna Sayyed: Freedom New Mexico Jada Grace Pacheco slept quietly in the arms of her mother Monday morning in a room at the Plains Regional Medical Center. When she was born on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a buzz started around the hospital’s labor and delivery unit, as baby Jada quickly picked up the moniker […]