Zias win on late 3-pointer

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The basketball gods don’t give many breaks to a 5-foot-4 player. So Vanessa O’Neal’s got to make her own. The Zias senior did just that Monday, making small plays throughout and the biggest play at the end — an assist to Cat Clay for a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds […]

Salvation Army receives more gold donations

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure to say hello, goodbye and “Merry Christmas” to everyone — whether they put anything in the Salvation Army kettle or just walk on by. “I’m a people person,” Mendoza said. “I like interacting with the people.” But she […]

Commerce topples Hounds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Standing 6-foot-6 with a mohawk and a booming voice, Ronnie Morgan is tough to miss on the court. Much to Eastern New Mexico’s chagrin, he was even harder to miss on the stat sheet. Morgan scored six of his career-high 24 points during a 17-6 run that turned the […]

Zias fall on buzzer-beater

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Texas A&M-Commerce lived by the three. But Ashley Murphy made sure the Zias died by the two. Murphy scored on a point-blank bucket as time expired, lifting the Lions to a 68-67 in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game Saturday at Greyhound Arena. The Lions (3-4) led for […]

Community menu

Monday: Taco, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, Spanish rice, salsa, corn and gelatin. Tuesday: Baked ham, broccoli and cheese, roll, margarine and pineapple upside down cake. Wednesday: Chicken and noodles, peas, beets, biscuit and brownie. Thursday: Closed. Friday: Closed.

Anheuser-Busch offers free theme park admission

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A tribute program that has provided free admission to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for more than 4 million members of U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families has been extended through 2010. “Here’s to the Heroes,” a program sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, was launched in […]

On the shelves/Library Programs

• Books and Babies is a short storytime for infants ages 0 to 3 and is held bimonthly on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. This week’s theme is “Santa Baby.” Join us for stories, songs, and fun. • It’s The Polar Express! 4 p.m. Tuesday. The library will host a program based on this favorite holiday […]

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, […]