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Clovis steer wrestler posts night’s best time

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — As Chance Pettigrew waited for his chance in steer wrestling on the first night of the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo, the public address announcer reminded the crowd that these athletes have only one chance to get it right. Pettigrew didn’t need any reminders, although he wasn’t listening anyway. [...]

Clovis hosting state girls AAU tournament

Freedom Newspapers Thirty teams from across the state, including two from the Denver area, are scheduled to participate in the New Mexico AAU girls basketball state tournament today through Sunday at several sites in Clovis. Brackets include 10-and-under through 16-and-under, except for the 14U division. Tournament director Jane Minor said a team from Albuquerque backed [...]

Chance to act on Endangered Species Act slipping away

Editorial With each day that passes, the chances diminish that Congress will act on Endangered Species Act reform this year. Should Democrats make substantial gains in this fall’s elections, or take control of the House or Senate, the opportunity to update ESA will slip away, just when it seemed within reach. The House approved a [...]

What’s summer without a pachanga?

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve never been to a hootenanny, but with a name like that, it’s got to be a lot of fun. I bet it’s a lot like a pachanga, another word I like. For the summer outdoor party naive, a hootenanny is a gathering in which folksingers entertain. As for a [...]

Summer reading program starts Monday

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Joining the list of local places that will be providing summer entertainment for children is the Portales Public Library. Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Levin said the activities are designed to combat boredom and maintain reading skills. “Every year we have a summer reading program for the kids when school is [...]

Suspect is named in Clovis homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a 32-year-old Clovis man. Anthony “Tony” Martinez, 51, is considered to be armed and dangerous, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Martinez is charged with an open count [...]

Gardner vies for state representative

Editor’s note: Incumbent Keith Gardner is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of District 66 in the June 6 primary. He is running against Lucille B. Tucker. Q. Why are you running for state representative? A. I am running for re-election to continue to represent your philosophy and stand up for your principles and [...]

Tucker vies for state representative

Editor’s note: Lucille B. Tucker is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of district 66 in the June 6 primary. She is running against incumbent Keith Gardner. Q. Why are you running for state representative? A. I am a life-long educator concerned about what is happening or not happening within the educational structure of [...]

Clovis being considered for movie location

Freedom Newspapers Clovis is being considered as a site for a movie called “Seasons of Dust,” Mayor David Lansford said. Set in 1930, the movie will portray an Oklahoma farming family forced to move to the city after being unable to eke out a living due to dust storms. Lansford said Clovis is being considered [...]