EPCOG director: Lunch meeting with county commissioners focused on EPCOG services

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A quorum of Curry County commissioners discussed Eastern Plains Council of Governments services at a private lunch on Tuesday, according to EPCOG’s interim executive director. EPCOG’s Richard Arguello said he had lunch with three commissioners after Tuesday’s County Commission meeting so he could acquaint them with what’s been going […]

ENMU alumnus to be honored at Rose Parade

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University alumnus Manuel A. Sandoval is set to be recognized in the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade, his sister-in-law Susan Nagel said. Donate Life promotes organ, eye and tissue donation. Sandoval, 46, died of an aneurysm last November and was an organ donor, according to the Donate […]

Friday morning briefing: Blackwater Draw and Hispanic population

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s morning briefing.

Recent road work deteriorating rapidly

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The road leans one way, then another, has bumps and cracks in spots. A stretch of N.M. 206 has been the object of some debate over the past four years. And while the road’s been worked on several times to fix problems, David Groves is not happy with the […]

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Getting to know: School employee juggles family life, volunteering

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Dianne Parker works for Portales Municipal Schools. Background: Parker is from Nebraska but has lived in Portales more than 30 years. She and her husband, Scott, moved to Portales so he could take a coaching position here. Both she and her husband attended Eastern New Mexico University. They have two daughters. Job: Parker is a […]

We can all take a stand for righteousness

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Someone has said, “Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.” How true! Each one of us can make a difference in our world. You may think you are only one person and that you cannot possibly make a difference. Wrong! I heard a story about a king who was […]

County inmate recaptured after escape

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Freedom New Mexico A trustee inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped Thursday and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. As a trustee, inmate Oracio Ornelas, 28, was a given extra freedom and minimal supervision to do chores around the facility, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was being held for […]

I’m not paying for beef unless I can eat it

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The Hindu dairymen, represented by the Hare Krishna (HK) in the United States, have much in common with dairymen from California, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The HK dairy is in West Virginia and is called New Vrinaban. Owners refer to themselves as a cow sanctuary. The big distinction is they never […]

Tourism dead at hands of cartels

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Forty-five years ago it was perfectly fine for young people to cross the border into Mexico in search of fun. In those days the drug cartels’ bloody fights were not a factor. In Juarez we could have our feet measured and order Western riding boots much cheaper than at home. […]

Greenhouse gas legislation satisfies few

Freedom New Mexico In a major blow to the campaign against the presumed threat of global warming, world leaders acknowledge that a legally binding global treaty won’t be approved at next month’s 192-nation climate conference in Copenhagen. The concession significantly delays U.N. efforts to orchestrate a treaty to limit greenhouse gases to replace the Kyoto […]

Roosevelt County inmate escapes, is recaptured

Freedom New Mexico An inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later Thursday afternoon. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was a trustee, meaning he had extra freedom to do chores around the facility. Before he […]

Education column: Clovis education system outstanding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Last week, I met two outstanding fourth grade students. One, a Parkview Elementary student, Fabian Trevino, won a national essay contest; and the other student, Cam Kuykendall, a fourth grade student at Zia Elementary, has progressed to ninth grade math. While these are great achievements by those students, I […]

Business feature: Temp agency connects employers with employees

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Lexie Myers is the owner of Snelling Staffing Services in Clovis and Portales. She moved to Clovis from Fort Sumner in 1985. Snelling Staffing places people into a temporary role with an employer. Myers said times were tough back in the 80s for farmers so her family moved to […]

Portales man injured in collision

PNT staff Police say one person was injured Tuesday when a pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle on Chicago Avenue. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said a 2007 Nissan driven by Barry Vaughn, 34, of Clarksville, Ark., was stopped on Chicago waiting for traffic to clear when he was hit by a southbound 2005 Chevy […]

Greyhound mascots to live in campus apartments

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Eastern New Mexico University’s pair of live mascots will live in a campus apartment with two students and be cared for in the Agriculture Building during the week days. According to a university news release, the greyhounds stay with “Hound Families” when the student caretakers go out of town. […]

Press Release: Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society will mark its 34th Great American Smokeout

Press Release: ENMU greyhounds will live on campus

PORTALES — The two Greyhound dogs being adopted by Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are expected to arrive on campus in early December, and will live in a campus apartment with two student roommates. The roommates, as well as other student “Hound Handlers,” will walk and play with them frequently.

Press Release: Senate approves key NM military funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation to fund key construction projects at New Mexico’s military installations.

Wilson Rule would net improvement

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist The mantra is that rules are made to be broken. I disagree. Rules are made to be replaced by better rules. I was reminded of this while at a not-so-close volleyball match at the state tournament last weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center (rejected slogan: “We’re not the casino, […]