Residents have mixed opinions of lunar landing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For many Americans, that first step on the moon was not just the greatest human accomplishment of all time. It was a one-up on the Russians, it proved the capability of America as a nation, opened up a whole universe to the imagination and it added “astronaut” to the […]

Floyd grad to compete in national pageant

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Freedom New Mexico One of eastern New Mexico’s own is heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete in the Mrs. United States Pageant, held July 22 and 23. Noel Hunt of Clovis won the title of Mrs. New Mexico and is hoping to at least make it into the top 10 for Mrs. United States. […]

High winds cause damage in Roosevelt County

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Clarence Plank Roosevelt County and city of Portales residents were running for cover Friday after a severe storm brought high winds estimated to have reached 75 mph by the National Weather Service. The storm blew down trees, power lines and a sign, and took the roof off of two buildings in Portales.Roosevelt County Emergency Management […]

Storm knocks out power for Farwell, Texico area residents

Freedom New Mexico About 1,100 customers were without power following Friday night’s storm, with restoration not likely to take place until midnight or later. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said a substation in Curry County, located just outside of Texico, was damaged in the short rainstorm, and crews were working on rebuilding the substation. Reeves […]

Legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92

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By Frazier Moore: The Associated Press NEW YORK — Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks’ golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called “the most trusted man in America,” died Friday. He was 92. Cronkite’s longtime chief of staff, Marlene Adler, said Cronkite died at […]

Late harvest still possible

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer With the middle of the growing season here, plants need plenty of water, and there’s still time to plant vegetables for a late harvest, according to local garden experts. “At this juncture, the thing to stay on top of is the water,” said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County extension agent. […]

Lightning fires keep firefighters busy

Freedom New Mexico Lightning kept area firefighters busy on Thursday. A bolt ignited a 400-acre grass fire 20 miles south of Elida, according to Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony. Elida was assisted by Milnesand firefighters in containing the fire. Later the same day, Elida firefighters were asked to help the Dora Fire Department with another […]

Business naming tradition dates back decades

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plain 1.a. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. b. A broad level expanse. That residents of Clovis and Portales live in the high plains, there’s little doubt. The New Mexico-Texas border area known as the Llano Estacado, literally translated as “staked plain,” is not only high in […]

Police chief investigation conclusion expected next week

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The investigation into the Tucumcari police chief’s use of a Taser on a 14-year-old girl has not been completed. City Manager Bobbye Rose said Friday the investigation firm handling the case requested additional documentation Thursday and she anticipates a conclusion next week. Chief Roger Hatcher remains on paid administrative […]

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

Squeeze chute was better laid to rest

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist This is another squeeze chute story. In my world it is the equivalent of a shark attack or a middle-of-the night calving call … a story that sends shivers down my spine. Monty said he was just along for the ride, helping his neighbor Whitey gather his cows and calves […]

Fed seeking permanence in private sector

Freedom New Meixco We’re glad to see Republicans gear up to fight the Obama administration’s unprecedented insertion of federal authority into areas of life that had traditionally and appropriately been reserved to the private sector. The nation, indeed, is heading down a dangerous road from which it might be hard to ever return. But we’re […]

Economy pressuring business promotions to recruit, keep customers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s assurance at the pump, assurance in the laundry room or a few bucks to pad the wallet, businesses are doing what they can to bring in new customers and retain the old ones in a difficult economy. Count First Community Bank among those, with a plastic 5-by-7 […]

Getting to know: Pastor adds title to name after mistaken identity

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Freedom New Mexico Steve Smith has been the pastor at University Baptist Church in Portales for the last 14 years. A graduate of Portales High and Eastern New Mexico University, Smith is married to his wife Kathy and has two sons: Jeremy and Timothy. His last job before moving back to Portales was preaching the […]

Red Cross seeking volunteers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Scott Snyder had an emergency of sorts Wednesday. He had to get to Clovis, and the plane that would take him there from Albuquerque had mechanical problems at its previous airport. The emergency was solved simply, as Snyder arrived in time for a brainstorming session with local Red Cross […]

High school rodeo finals set for next week

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It is down to the final four of the National High School Rodeo Finals in Farmington. The week-long event pits New Mexico’s best against the top rodeo performers in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Jesse Clark of Dora returns to the nationals, with his roping partner Trent Bilberry of […]

Learning the ropes

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

Amber Alert issued

PNT Staff Report An Amber Alert has been issued for a 9-month old from Andrews, Texas.The Andrews Police Department is searchng for Jesse Jaramillo Jr., and seek Jesse Jaramillo in his abduction.Police are looking for a white 1993 Nissan Maxima with New Mexico license plates (KWF247 or KBK966).Contact: 432-523-5545.

Class performs in free show for finals

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Students of a Broadway-style singing class at Clovis Community College are gearing for their final exam. But they won’t need pen and paper. They’ll be performing their final for the community at CCC’s Town Hall 7 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is free. The 10-student class worked through the summer semester […]

Sixth ‘Potter’ movie conjures fans

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico North Plains Cinema 7 assistant manager Manuel Romero will not tell any secrets about the sixth Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” But he says Wednesday — the movie’s release day — was busy. “It’s been pretty good,” Romero said between taking payment for tickets. Romero […]