Household tradition ever changing

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist We have a Christmas tradition at the Terry home that I hate. Each year we toss aside the previous year’s decorations in favor of new ones. My wife has always felt the desire to decorate in a different theme or motif for Christmas every year. Weeks before Thanksgiving she has […]

National final rodeo not for timid

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Pressuring banks to lend more initial problem

Freedom New Mexico Those of us who had anticipated the possibility of a de facto nationalization of the banking and finance sector of the economy after the meltdown last fall and the government’s bailout reaction, may have to rethink our scenarios and happily so. With the announcement that Citigroup will pay back $20 billion in […]

Dec. 20 Public Record

The following cases were closed in the Roosevelt County Magistrate court on Dec. 14.

No break for school teachers

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico While the students head out to play during the winter break, it is business as usual for area high school teachers. When the last bell sounds, high school students have a few weeks to leave behind the books and homework. But for area teachers, the winter break is a […]

New organization working to clean up community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A new community organization at Eastern New Mexico University is working to clean and help Portales move toward recycling. The Neighborhood, which is a group of students, ENMU graduates and some Portales residents have one goal in mind — a clean and recycle-friendly Portales. James Pearson is an anthropology […]

Dec. 20 Police Blotter

A sampling of call received by Portales dispatchers from Dec. 1-18, according to police call logs:

Fruitful Spirit Ministries saved

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Fruitful Spirit Ministries has been saved. The non-profit reduced-price grocery program was on the verge of closing its doors when the Matt 25 Hope Center stepped in. Center Executive Director Steve Reshetar said a proposal to take over the program was brought in front of the board of directors […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for children as well as their animals. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is a steer and heifer jackpot. The contest is […]

Coach wins court order

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A district judge granted an order Friday reinstating Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler. The order hits the pause button on his year-long suspension by the New Mexico Activities Association, and subsequent termination as a coach by Clovis Municipal Schools. He is expected to coach at tonight’s game […]

12-18 enmu men’s, women’s basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico Men Texas A&M-Commerce (8-1) at ENMU (5-4), 8 p.m. today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last outing: The Hounds built a 20-point, second-half lead and held off Southwestern Oklahoma 82-71 on Monday at Weatherford, Okla., snapping a three-game losing streak. Notes: Monday’s win ended […]

Jury finds Barela guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Brandon Barela’s facial expression didn’t change as the guilty verdict was read Thursday afternoon. After less than two hours of deliberations, a Curry County jury found the 25-year-old guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence. He faces a maximum sentence of life […]

Luddites obstruct our food choices

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The anti-progress Luddites have taken some serious blows in the last six months. A British study shows that animals and crops raised under strict organic parameters, have no nutritional or health benefits over animals and crops grown with FDA/USDA approved insecticides, pesticides, parasitacides, antibiotics, chemical disinfectants and growth stimulants. Then, […]

Emergencies worse when misused

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist There are fewer fallacies as widely circulated as those captured by the saying, “Hard cases make bad law.” This includes all the types mentioned by those who would sanction the systematic violation of individual rights just because they can imagine or maybe find some instance in which strict […]

Congress setting debt limit pointless

Freedom New Mexico It’s almost enough to make you wonder why Congress, in a show of ersatz fiscal responsibility, bothers to set a limit to the national debt at all. But back in more innocent days — 1917, with the passage of a second war bonds act — Congress had the na

Zias close out Cowgirls

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Eastern New Mexico University Zias scored the last 10 points of the game to beat New Mexico Highlands 85-76 Thursday in a non-conference game. Cat Clay led a huge effort off the bench with a team-high 15 points as the Zias (4-6) won their third straight game. […]

Friday morning briefing: Acts of kindness and basketball

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

Colors of Christmas point to Messiah

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Black was the night when Mary and Joseph arrived. Throngs of people lined the streets of Bethlehem. Who would have thought the darkness of the world would soon be penetrated with a light so bright? The “Light” would forever change the course of human events. (Luke 2:7) The Light still […]

Filing date for municipal elections near

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer With the Portales mayor’s position, four city council seats and the municipal judges position up for election March, the day for hopefuls to make their candidacy official is less than a month away. The only declared candidate filing day is scheduled for Jan. 5. Candidates wishing to declare can […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. F

Today’s focus: Ms. F Household members: 7 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. F” spent all her Christmas money on her mom’s burial. “Ms. F” lost her job and is currently looking for a new one. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes medium, 8 and 6. […]