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 […]

Hounds hope to compete for conference title

Dave Wagner Last year’s Eastern New Mexico University men’s team rode a strong finish to a berth in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament. Coach Andrew Helton said the Greyhounds’ goals have increased as they prepare to hit the meat of the schedule. “Our main goal last year was to get in the conference tournament,” […]

Area officials share new year goals

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Benna Sayyed While today brings the promise of a new year, it also brings a year of new promises. Less eating, spending and complaining. More working out, saving money and helping others. We asked area officials what they hope to hold themselves to for 2012.

My turn: New year won’t change my opinions

New Year’s resolutions that I can’t possibly keep include: • Not yawning when stars are praised excessively for charitable acts — even though it costs them little for the fawning attention. • Not Sunday-morning-quarterbacking pietists who say that the United States was founded on Christian principles — but can’t name any. • Not scoffing at […]

Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of killing a 21-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student. Prosecutors said DeAngelo Montoya broke into Angel Vale’s home multiple times when she was away and ultimately stole a rifle from the home that was […]

McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

Following God’s guidance gives the heart peace

A brand New Year awaits us. Let’s resolve to put zest in it. The past is gone and a new beginning is here. Refuse to let life happen to you. You can happen to life. I am reminded of how a tiny grain of sand in the soft body of an oyster can be a […]

Officials release high year tenure details

By Eric M. Grill: American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced Dec. 19, high year of tenure limit changes for the grades of senior airman, staff sergeant and technical sergeant that go into effect in 2013. The changes are a part of additional force management programs that are […]

Now is best time to do right

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new gives some people the feeling of a rite of passage. For them it represents a chance to clean the slate; they get to start fresh and try to do better next year than they did last year. Birthdays can provide the same opportunity, […]

Year in review —

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• Country clubbers nabbed Ten people, including Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson and former Roosevelt County Manager Mike Miller on Jan. 20 were charged with petty misdemeanor gambling at Portales Country Club. Officials said the 10 were videotaped playing poker on Dec. 30, 2010, and authorities seized $580 in cash. Charges have since been dismissed, […]

Friday morning briefing: Holiday safety, bluegrass music and about that ball

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Be careful celebrating the New Year. Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk and impaired drivers somewhere in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Most area establishments are participating in the Curry County Sheriff’s Designated Driver Program […]

Year in review: Government

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David Stevens 677 — new homes Cannon Air Force Base expects to see by 2015 in a housing privatization project announced in November. Those three- and four-bedroom homes, plus 361 renovated houses, are expected to have a major impact on regional housing shortages for military personnel.

Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this […]

Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Roping in the New Year and a raisin in the champagne

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lasso the New Year World Series of Team Roping is bringing in the New Year with two-day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Curry County Events Center. Roping starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday . Information: 505-469-4388 Check […]

Year in review —

Freedom New Mexico • Elida won Class B state titles in basketball and volleyball. The Tigers rallied to beat Grady in Marh to win the school’s second basketball title (1995). In November, the Tigers repeated as Class B volleyba, beating Carrizozo in the title match. • ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo was in fired in […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: One step at a time

With the merriment of the holiday season soon behind us, many of us will now point our focus to our resolutions for the new year. We will try to forget about the ridiculous amount of goodies we’ve consumed and about the food and drink with which we have over-indulged ourselves since before Halloween. We will […]