It’s their job: Student finds friends on the job

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Name: Tawnalei Tagaloa Position: Server/trainer at Pizza Hut Background: I am from California. I was born and raised in Orange County. I came to Portales in 2007 to play softball for Eastern New Mexico University. I am currently working on my degree at ENMU, majoring in sociology and psychology. Time on Job: I started here […]

Wedding planning featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on planning weddings and decorating on a budget will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Certified wedding specialist Melissa Widner will talk about traditional wedding attire for the bride and groom, and explain how picking a theme can carry over […]

Gardening fruitful experience

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist I had threatened to put in a garden for the last three summers. The last several weeks we’re finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. Back in the spring I tilled up a spot in the southwest corner of our yard and planted a variety of vegetables. Overall the new […]

Child’s health more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through tears […]

Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as […]

Issues still linger a year after jailbreak

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico On Aug. 24, 2008 — a year ago Monday — eight of the most violent inmates held at Curry County’s jail escaped in the middle of the night. The escape both surprised and shocked many in the community, focusing national attention on Clovis and Curry County. The escape itself […]

County fair junior livestock sales down

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale Friday brought in less money than last year. The grand total was $159,275 for all the livestock sold during the auction. Joy Levacy, secretary of the junior livestock sale, said it compares to $180,145 last year. Levacy cautioned this year’s total is still an estimate […]

Wool tradition continued

By Karl Terry: PNT special writer Wool is back in style at the Roosevelt County Fair. After a hiatus of several years, the Shepherd’s Lead returned during the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair. Young ladies and their lambs continued the revived tradition Saturday at the fair with entries in three classes. The competition uses models classed […]

Youth day events put kids at center stage

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Children not old enough to show animals competitively at the Roosevelt County Fair were given the chance Saturday by a variety of sponsors, including the Kiwanis Club. Events included a pet show, turtle race, stick horse race, pig race, dummy roping and goat branding Skyler Davis, 8, of Roosevelt County […]

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Team in transition

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico With his squad coming off consecutive winless seasons in the Lone Star Conference South Division, fifth-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said it’s no surprise the Greyhounds were picked to finish last again this fall. “We’ve got to do something about it,” he said. “That’s all […]

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: College football capsules

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico Coach: Mike Locksley (1st season) 2008 record: 4-8 (2-6 Mountain West) Last bowl game: 2007 New Mexico Bowl, beat Nevada 23-0. Stadium: University Stadium (38,634) Returning starters: 11 (8 offense, 3 defense) Key players: QB Donovan Porterie, WR Bryant Williams, WR Roland Bruno, C Erik Cook, LB Clint McPeek, S […]

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Local college players

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University • Joshua Bryan, CB, 5-10, 153, Fr., Clovis Notes: Set the Clovis school record with 10 INTs last season while earning honorable mention all-state as a defensive back … Majoring in radiology. • Derek Dimitroff, LB, 6-0, 230, Sr., Fort Sumner Notes: Recorded 53 tackles in 11 games […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for the dairies or a hog for the freezer on Friday at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. FFA and 4-H members showed off their prize-winning animals for the sale. Some of the children who participate in the […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education and administrators held a work session at Eastern New Mexico University Friday. The day included reports from the superintendent’s cabinet and discussion. • Executive Director of Personnel Rhonda Roberts spoke on Title 9, a federal mandate that school districts distribute resources evenly between boys and […]

Communities committed to prep football

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors … enthusiasm for football is easy to see in Portales and Clovis. This time of year, Friday night is high school football night for many across the region. People have different ideas about why the support exists, but a number […]

Former Melrose chief cleared in traffic case

Freedom New Mexico Former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was found not guilty Friday for a citation she received in March when she crashed her patrol unit. Dreiling was charged with improper turning after police said she cut across traffic to follow a motorist she had stopped. She was struck by a car when she […]

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

Freedom New Mexico NextEra Energy Resources, located near Fort Sumner, was recognized Friday as the state’s eighth company to achieve Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program status, according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The program recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below […]

Deputies capture parole violator

Freedom New Mexico Sheriff’s deputies said they shot a 28-year-old Roosevelt County man with an electronic stun gun Wednesday while he was trying to escape. The man is identified as Juan Z. Bustamante and is accused being a probation and parole absconder. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said a warrant for Bustamante’s arrest was issued Tuesday […]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode […]

Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers’ pockets

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your […]