Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A Portales teen was issued two moving violation citations Friday more than two months after police say he hit and killed 71-year-old Gloria Ann Inge as she cross the road. Portales Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Trevor Nuckols, 16, is being cited for careless driving and failure to yield […]

City employees make up for lost time

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With back-to-back three-day weekends, city offices are playing catch up after the holidays. Christmas and New Years Day fell on Friday this year, resulting in three-day weekends for many city workers. Public safety officials were still working or on call but most officials had the extra time to spend […]

United Way short of fundraising goal

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is 26 percent short of its goal with 11 days left in the fundraising cycle, according to a news release. So far, $430,385 has been raised toward the community-wide goal of $580,000, the release said. Deadline for donations is Jan. 20. This year’s goal is […]

Press Release: Jail guard and wife involved in drug case

(Roosevelt County, NM) – On Thursday December 31, 2009, Members of the Region V Drug Task Force made contact with Jesseka Martinez, DOB: 01-14-74, at her residence in the 1700 block of New Mexico Highway 236 following a lengthy undercover operation. In October an undercover agent with the Task Force purchased marijuana through Mrs. Martinez […]

1-9 enmu/northeastern state bkb capsules

Freedom New Mexico MenENMU (5-8) at Northeastern State (7-5), 3 p.m. (MST) today in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Tahlequah, Okla.Radio: none.Last outing: The Greyhounds lost at Central Oklahoma 105-76 on Thursday, while the RiverHawks won at home over West Texas A&M 69-62.Notes: While ENMU has dropped five in a row and eight […]

Perhaps there is hope for wild horses

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist It’s been a long time since I’ve felt anything but sadness for the wild horses. I was a veterinarian in the Idaho-Nevada-Oregon sagebrush country the year that Wild Horse Annie managed to make wild horses a government dependent. Virtually all the dire predictions of the outcome have come true. Lack […]

Individual freedoms core of U.S.

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist On Jan. 3, just after “Meet the Press,” NBC-TV broadcast a radio address by President Obama. While I have become nearly pessimistic, even cynical, about expecting anything uplifting from politicians these days, I think there could be some reasons for hope, and there have been a few. I […]

Public matters shouldn’t be kept private

Freedom New Mexico Some Texas politicians are working to destroy that state’s open government laws. Four Texas cities — none in the Panhandle, thankfully — and more than a dozen individual officeholders have filed suit against the state, seeking to kill part of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit follows the dismissal of a […]

Bronchos hand Hounds 105-76 setback

Freedom New Mexico EDMOND, Okla. — Junior guard Dauntae Williams scored 24 points and added eight assists and seven rebounds Thursday, helping Central Oklahoma pull away to a 105-76 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico. The Bronchos (10-4), winning their sixth game in a row, took the lead for good 23-21 […]

Ag feature: Pecan crops can be found locally

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Peanuts may be important to Roosevelt County, but they aren’t the only nuts in the jar. Pecans aren’t a major crop in the county, but the area is home to several orchards. Local pecan grower Michael Eaton tends an orchard on Roosevelt Road P, along with his family’s second […]

Bronchos blow out Zias early

Freedom New Mexico EDMOND, Okla. — Central Oklahoma took advantage of a frigid start by Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night, and the Bronchos coasted to an 87-75 Lone Star Conference women’s crossover victory over the Zias. UCO (9-3) won its fifth in a row overall and its ninth consecutive home game. The Bronchos opened […]

Friday morning briefing: Cowboys in town

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Video of the day In your backyard – Blackwater Draw Museum. Cowboys in town The Board of Directors of the North American Corriente Association are in Clovis today to scope out the new location for their national annual Convention Show and Roping. They met in the Bank […]

God’s greatness is evident all around us

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Snow makes me happy, and I guess it’s because we don’t see it often. It brings a winter wonderland for me. Gentle snowflakes softly fall and cover the boughs of my evergreen trees. The “picture perfect” postcard is filed in my photo album of many blessings. Underneath this glorious sight, […]

Power outage blamed on weather

Freedom New Mexico For the second time in less than a week, Portales residents found themselves without electrical power. Police said 50 to 60 homes lost power about 5:40 p.m. Thursday for an hour after a lateral fuse blew on a power line on Main and North Abilene streets. Chief Deputy of Police said the […]

New sign signals program growth

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A new and friendly smile greets drivers on West 18th Street. A sign at the corner of South Avenue B reads “Savannah’s Smile” and has a portrait of a young girl smiling. It’s all part of a Christian Children’s Home program, said Charles Anderson, executive director of the organization […]

Councilor withdraws from election

Freedom New Mexico Citing business and personal reasons, City Councilor Shawn Watson confirmed Thursday that he has withdrawn from the March 2 municipal election. Leo Lovett is now the only declared candidate running for Ward C. Watson said Lovett is qualified for the position and feels he will do a good job.

Jan. 8 -Jan. 14 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Friday: Seafood newburg and fried pork chops Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: German cuisine Wednesday: Carved roast beef and chicken cordon bleu Thursday: Salisbury steak and chicken cordon bleu

Jan. 8 -Jan. 14 What's Happening

Friday Heart Link — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Airmen and FAmily Readiness Center. Information: 784-4228. Battle of the Bands — 8 p.m., The Drop Zone. Information: 784-6381. Friday Tournament — 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes. Information: 784-2280. First Friday — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Landing Zone. Features activites and dinner for families.

Decade in review: Community rallied to keep base

File photo Clovis residents cheer and wave flags during the Operation Kept Cannon celebration at the Clovis Civic Center in 2006. By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base had a wild ride in the past few years, as its near closure and new mission became the most far-reaching story of […]

Jan. 8 -Jan. 10 Movie Schedule

Friday 7 p.m. — Ninja Assassin, R