Old veterans daunted with current wars

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A small group of U.S. war veterans, the age difference among them as wide as 70 years, gathered this month at American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, Va., for a special event at the annual Veterans Day Community Fair. They had agreed to participate in a “living history,” co-hosted by […]

Obama needs to weigh all troop options

Freedom New Mexico Before leaving on his trip to Asia, President Barack Obama let it be known he is not satisfied with any of the four alternative plans he and his national security team have been considering — involving troop augmentations from zero to 40,000 — to prosecute the next phase of the war in […]

Wednesday morning briefing

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing:

Hounds dominate WNMU in opener

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Josh Megyeri had a shooting debut to remember, and Western New Mexico had a start it would like to forget. Playing in its season debut, and the Eastern New Mexico University coaching debut for Andrew Helton, the Greyhounds held Western to one field goal in the first eight minutes […]

Hospital board interviews administrator finalist

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board interviewed administrator candidate Larry Leaming of Fruita, Colo., Tuesday in a closed session. Board President Terry Cone said the remaining four finalists for the position Administrator James D’Agostino is vacating would be interviewed Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Eva Stevens of Portales, James Faulwell of St. Michael, Minn., […]

City Council selects interim fire chief

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales has selected an interim fire chief to step up when the current chief retires. At the City Council meeting Tuesday, City Manager Tom Howell announced his plans to appoint Portales Battalion Chief and Emergency Medical Services Director Gary Nuckols to serve as interim chief after the Nov. 27 […]

Rental homes dwindling

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By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer Portales has very few vacancies among residential rental properties, which underlines the need for more housing to sustain population growth, the local economic development director says. Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher said he conducted a telephone survey Monday of 581 units, almost 25 percent of those […]

Hestands sets open house

Freedom New Mexico Hestands Floral Holiday Open House 2009 is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the store, 813 W. Second St. The program includes browsing through new inventory, centerpiece demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a presentation on cut-flower care at 11:45 a.m. and live music by local musician Andy Mason at […]

PHS Choir holds variety show

Freedom New Mexico The Portales High School Choral Department has scheduled a variety show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. The show features Portales students ages 8 and up in a number of formats, including singing, dancing, flag twirling and yo-yos. Admission is $5, and children 5 and younger get in free. Tickets are […]

Hospital board to dicsuss election

PNT staff The Roosevelt General Hospital board is to hear about its annual election of officers and recruitment at the hospital-based rural health clinic during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the hospital conference room. The agenda also includes the annual review of policies and procedures dealing with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability […]

Zias drop hoops opener

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With New Mexico Highlands scoring 123 points in its most recent exhibition win over Northern New Mexico, it was a safe assumption the Cowgirls were going to live or die Monday night at the 3-point line. However, Highlands took advantage about five feet closer to the basket, living at […]

Council will consider Sunland reimbursement request

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer A fairly light agenda for the Portales City Council meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall includes two items of business involving possible money for Sunland Inc. City Manager Tom Howell said the business north of Portales is hoping to be partially reimbursed for building a sewer line […]

Program combats high tobacco use rates among county youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout takes place on Thursday, much attention will be paid to helping people with a bad habit try to quit. In Roosevelt County, Theresa Teti is trying to reach out to those who aren’t quite set in their ways. Teti is […]

11-16 ENMU briefs

Holiday lunch buffet set Swing into the Holiday Spirit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Cross Roads Cafe’s annual Holiday Luncheon. The menu includes turkey, ham, barron of beef, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry relish, pie and more. Cost is $4 for staff and faculty, and $7 for student and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Western tunes, basketball

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

ENMU rehires Maguire as volleyball coach

Freedom New Mexico Jeff Geiser didn’t have to leave Eastern New Mexico University’s campus to find its new volleyball coach. But the college’s athletic director doesn’t think he would have found a coach better than Mike Maguire if he searched the country. Maguire, who spent 20 seasons leading the Zia volleyball team, returns to the […]

It’s their job: Portales man went from trucking to towing

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David Welch is owner and operator of A-1 Towing in Portales. Background: Welch grew up in Portales and graduated Portales High School in 1969. He and his wife, Pam, who does the bookkeeping for the business, have three sons and a daughter. Welch started in the trucking business right after high school. “I hauled cattle […]

Portales paper takes home awards

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal on Saturday received the E.H. Shaffer General Excellence Award from New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors. The newspaper won the organization’s top award in the division for small dailies for the third year in a row and the seventh time in nine years. Also at […]

Greyhounds ready to make some strides

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Andrew Helton knows he has a big job, but he’s ready to get to work. Coming off back-to-back 0-12 seasons in the Lone Star Conference South Division, Helton has taken over the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball program. The Greyhounds (4-23 in 2008-09) open their campaign on Tuesday […]