Census count on the horizon

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken in between, […]

Dentist says I’m on dental fast lane

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I lost a tooth the other day. It was the molar on the northwest side next to my only wisdom tooth that ever came in. Which explains why sometimes I go over the edge of common sense. I mean, how many wise men would pass a policeman on a double […]

U.S. too caught up in entitlement

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The time: Early June, 1870 The place: Raton Pass, the segment of the Santa Fe Trail that goes over the mountain from Colorado into New Mexico. The Scene: A group of covered wagons stopped at the bottom of the mountain on the Colorado side. The men are unhitching the teams […]

Halloween festivities fun for everyone

Freedom New Mexico ParentDish.com advises that one of the “cool” candies to hand out this Halloween is white chocolate skulls filled with gummy worms. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take the Fun Size Snickers bar and be content. Halloween as we know it today was derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), […]

Friday morning briefing: Trunk or Treat, NBA time

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Altrusa readying for annual fundraiser

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Preparations for Holiday Happenings, the annual fundraising dinner and fashion show, are well under way, but organizers haven’t found sponsors for all of the tables. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales has put on Holiday Happenings for 12 years. Mandi Park, Altrusa treasurer, said usually all tables have sponsors by […]

West Texas A&M rallies past Zias

Freedom New Mexico West Texas A&M scored twice in a four-minute span midway through the second half and rallied to beat Eastern New Mexico University 2-1 in a men’s Lone Star Conference soccer match Wednesday in Portales. Aaron Thornton poked home the game-winner for the fifth-ranked Buffaloes on a through pass from Abel Olivas with […]

A throwback to prehistoric times

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer When it comes to hunting, technology has advanced a great deal since the days of slinging spears or rocks to bring down large animals for food. This Saturday, residents can see the tool prehistoric hunters used when modern-day competitors compete in 9th annual Atlatl Throw at the Blackwater Draw […]

Thursday morning briefing: Dragon Ball, Halloween weather

Freedom New Mexico Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Video games for the weekend: Jenna Zamie, a copy editor for the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune, spends much of her free time playing video games. Here are summaries of three recent releases:Game: Borderlands Genre: First-person shooter System: 360, PS3 What […]

Bill OKs $1 million for Ute project

Freedom New Mexico A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama, according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

Business Feature: Business venture joint effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer C.B. Eddins and his wife Norma Griffin work together selling Avon products for little extra Christmas money for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eddins and Griffin met at the Portales Senior Center and have been married for three years. The retired couple has been working with Avon for a […]

Albuquerque man vying for governor

Freedom New Mexico Doug Turner included Clovis on a whirlwind tour of the state Wednesday to announced his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. A one-time campaign manager for former Gov. Gary Johnson and currently the owner of a public relations firm in Albuquerque, Turner visited Las Cruces and Roswell prior to flying to Clovis […]

Ticket feature: Pumpkin farm offers maze of hay, mountain of pumpkins

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Freedom New Mexico Just north of Clovis, a hay bale maze leads past a pumpkin mountain on the way to a sea of pumpkins. Those are just a few of the activities available at Davis Farms Pumpkin Patch. Kenneth Davis said he’s been growing pumpkins for 21 years. In years past, he opened up the […]

Federal criticism of Fox-TV unjust

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It doesn’t matter if Fox-TV news is unbalanced, biased, partisan or whatever. All newspapers, magazines, journals and such have leanings — they are produced, managed and edited by individuals who have agendas and however much they wish this had no influence on them, that just isn’t realistic. Of […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

Throwing cash at problems not solution

Freedom New Mexico The Senate is facing the politically uncomfortable prospect of raising the limit on the national debt — again — to somewhere north of $13 trillion. Senate Democrats are seeking a way to fold the admission of fiscal malpractice into some larger spending bill, hoping it won’t be noticed — and exploited politically. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: The “Thriller,” the World Series and maybe some snow

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Movie time: Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” movie opened with a late show Tuesday, but area residents have a variety of viewing options starting tonight. Clovis’ North Plains 7 offers showtimes at 2 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 9:50 p.m. Adult tickets are $6 […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis and Portales ghosts and ghouls this Halloween have a lot of places to choose from to scare up some family fun. A number of places have events planned for Halloween and the day before. The Portales Recreation Center is one of them. “We’re going to have people jumping […]

Clovis Builders update Cannon officials on housing plans

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Local projects possibly on governor’s freeze list

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A press release from the governor’s office late Monday had local entities scrambling Tuesday, trying to find out which of their own state-funded projects might be delayed due to a freeze called by Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson announced a freeze on capital outlay projects, with the stated goal of […]