Children source of inspiration

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist My kids inspire me to be a better person. They test my patience, they make me laugh, they make me cry, they humble me. I can always do better for them. My daughter Anna has a special place in my heart. One that includes uneven bars, a beam, a bouncy […]

Angelo State smothers Hounds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — With homecoming upon it, Eastern New Mexico suffered a power outage. Visiting Angelo State held the Greyhounds’ high-powered offense scoreless until late in the third quarter, and salted the game away with a pair of defensive touchdowns in the fourth period for a 47-23 victory Saturday […]

Homecoming parade big draw

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It rained candy for children in a more than 60-float Eastern New Mexico University homecoming parade Saturday for in downtown Portales. ENMU kicked off 75th anniversary homecoming festivities Friday. But the real fun, at least for area children, started Saturday morning with the parade along West First Street. Portales […]

PRMC learns of computer breach

Freedom New Mexico Although a server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North Carolina, the hospital administrator expects no ill consequences. Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said the hospital was notified Sept. 24 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which developed the software PRMC […]

Dairy attrition continues

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Ten dairies in Roosevelt and Curry counties have gone out of business since wholesale milk prices began dropping more than a year ago, a Dairy Farmers of America spokesman confirms. Walter Bradley, government and business affairs director for the DFA in Clovis, said five of the dairies were participants […]

Hounds win team title at Cowboy Jamboree

Freedom New Mexico STILLWATER, Okla. — Junior Richard Kogo of Kenya finished sixth and freshman Jacob Lozano of Hobbs was eighth Saturday, leading the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a six-point victory over Colorado College in the college/junior college division of the Cowboy Jamboree, hosted by Oklahoma State. Kogo covereed the […]

City painstakingly rebuilding Web site

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Take a complicated Web site, one with a vast amount of content from several different departments, then write down the gist of each page on a corresponding 4×4-inch post-it note — and then stick them all on a huge poster board almost the size of a single wall. That […]

Police calls

Freedom New Mexico A sampling of calls received by the Portales Police Department from Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Sept. 28 • 5:33 p.m., caller in the 1000 block of North Abilene reported the mother of his children was not letting him pick up his kids. No incident report filed. • 8:19 p.m., caller in the 1000 […]

Officials say it took a week to confirm H1N1 death

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health waited a week to disclose a Roosevelt County baby died of the H1N1 virus because it took that long to confirm through testing, a department spokesman said Friday. Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the agency, said the baby girl died Sept. […]

ENMU grew from humble beginnings

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It may have been a little slow going at first, but Eastern New Mexico University has evolved into the institution envisioned by its founders. That would be one providing higher education to the residents of the east side of state and, this weekend, many former ENMU students are taking […]

Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

Freedom New Mexico The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning […]

Clovis man sentenced to 18 years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man is facing 18 years in prison on drug dealing charges. James Sneed Jr., 43, of Clovis was found guilty Thursday by a Curry County jury of one count of trafficking cocaine and one count of marijuana possession. The charges stem from a search warrant served last March. According to […]

Sophomore Handler adds size, depth to Hounds’ receiving corp

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Homecoming time is upon Eastern New Mexico University, as those with Greyhound ties come back and feel at one with the football team. It’s almost that way for sophomore Matt Handler — except he’s on the roster. As Angelo State comes to Greyhound Stadium, Handler gets to put on […]

ENMU braces for state funding cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he expects substantial cuts in legislative funding for the school during a special session in October. At Friday’s ENMU Board of Regents meeting in the university Administration building, Gamble predicted ENMU would receive between a $1.2 million and $1.5 million less […]

I’ve discovered a gem in TV land

By Thomas Garcia: Guest columnist With everything on TV these days — from reality TV to game shows, special interests, food programs and sports and news — it’s hard not to find something to watch. While I enjoy episodes of “NCIS” and “24” and “Man vs. Food” along with “Adult Swim” programs, I often find […]

Cowboys can offer simple solution

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This cowboy advice column is inspired by the Ventura County Star. Three cowboys answer questions about love and life.

Gun control should not be state mandated

Freedom New Mexico A year after its landmark ruling that the Second Amendment secures an individual, not collective, right to possess firearms, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it will accompany it with another historic decision — whether that right applies to states and localities. In June 2008, the court ruled 5-4 in D.C. v. Heller […]

Life can slip away so easily

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Life has a way of being “daily.” We sometimes slide into complacency, taking life for granted. We are not guaranteed our number of years, but we can agree with Job 7:6 that our “days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” It is so important to come to the end of […]

Lawmakers disagree on distributing dairy money

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Lawmakers in Congress from eastern and western states disagreed Thursday on how to distribute $350 million in federal money designated to help dairy farmers. Under an agreement set Wednesday, $60 million would go to buy surplus dairy products, but there were no details on how to dole out the […]

Roosevelt County infant dead as result of H1N1

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Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County infant girl has died of the H1N1 flu, according to a news release from the state Department of Health. Late Thursday night, the department reported the death of the baby and a 5-year-old girl from Sandoval County. According to the release, neither child had a chronic medical condition. No […]