Beauty pageant to feature local airmen

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Holly Calkins, right, and her mother Erica Calkins look through dresses Saturday at Monarch Formals. Holly Calkins needed a dress for a father daughter ball held at Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections The contestants in the womanless beauty pageant don’t have to sing or dance but […]

Cannon airman returns from devastated Haiti

Courtesy photo: Airman 1st Class Mike Cooksey Children look for a place to sleep following a devastating earthquake. Airman 1st Class Mike Cooksey returned to Cannon Air Force Base on Jan. 17 from Haiti where he had gone on leave to help a friend who was there on a mission. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW […]

Thursday morning briefing: Hitting the green chile cheeseburger trail

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Cheeseburger, cheeseburger Turns out Taco Box in Clovis and Portales has some hot stuff going with its local version of green chile cheeseburgers. The stores are among 48 restaurants selected by the state for its first Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail, celebrating the state’s iconic burger. […]

Free smoking cessation class set at RGH

Roosevelt General Hospital has scheduled a free Smoking Cessation Class starting 5-7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the hospital conference room. The class is open to the public. Anyone interested can call Laura at 359-1800, extension 435.

Tarleton State pulls away from Zias in second half

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS — Tarleton State opened the second half with a 10-0 run and pulled away for a 55-43 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference South women’s game Wednesday at Wisdom Gym. For the first 20 minutes of play, the Zias had things going their way, grabbing […]

ENMU raising funds for Haiti relief efforts

Eastern New Mexico University is raising funds for Haiti earthquake relief, according to a news release from the university. The Associated Students Activities Board is accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays in the Campus Union Building through Jan. 29. After that, collected funds will be donated to one of the charities working […]

Cement distibutor to create three to six jobs in Elida

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A cement distribution facility expected to employ three to six local residents is moving to Elida. The terminal is to distribute bulk cement products around eastern New Mexico and west Texas for GCC America Inc., a subsidiary of cement company Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, according to a news release […]

Ticket feature: Roping association expanding to New Mexico

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Freedom New Mexico Amarillo-based Original Team Roping Association is starting off the year by expanding to New Mexico. The group will be holding a team roping event Saturday and Feb. 13 at the Curry County Special Events Center. Whitney McCright, business manager for the association, said the association organizes team-roping events in Texas and Oklahoma. […]

Business feature: Owners bought restaurant to build legacy

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PNT staff Kelly and Sheryl McClary bought Pat’s Twin Cronnie 10 years ago as something their children could take over when they retired. “When we bought it, our oldest daughter was married and the youngest was still at home,” Sheryl McClary said. McClary said being able to own a business and work with their children […]

Record-breaking Greyhounds QB dismissed from team

Freedom New Mexico Record-breaking sophomore quarterback Eastern New Mexico University J.J. Harp has been dismissed from the football team, according to Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo. Ribaudo declined to discuss the reason Harp was dismissed. He said he was let go Tuesday. ENMU sports information director Adam Pitterman said Harp was dismissed for violating university policy. […]

New hospital administrator discusses goals

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer New Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming spoke about his goals of improving the financial situation at the hospital during the RGH board meeting Tuesday. Leaming was hired in December to replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino. He said RGH is an adolescent that needs to look up and figure […]

City council supports formation of new regional water authority

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer The Portales City Council voted Tuesday to support the formation of a new regional water authority, under certain conditions. The council approved a resolution supporting House Bill 15, in its current state, which would establish an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority to manage the Ute Water Pipeline […]

Everyone loses in NBC shakeup

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I had two major thoughts this week, neither long enough for its own column, but combined enough to be way longer than necessary. Sorry. ••• As a long-time fan of late-night television, it’s troubling to see the mismanagement decimating the tradition of “The Tonight Show.” But nobody at NBC is […]

Veterans cautious of health reform

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist As House and Senate Democrats negotiate a final compromise national health care reform bill, military people across the nation — and their advocates in Washington D.C. — remain vigilant for side effects. The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders have tried to reassure military members, retirees and veterans that national […]

Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Hot chickens and calling all writers

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Hot chicken Who knew prairie chickens were such a hot item? Turns out all 100 spots to watch the birds’ annual courtship dances have already sold out for the April 16-18 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. Heck, they just announced tickets three weeks ago — at $95 […]

Legislative tidbits — Jan. 19

Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 29

ENMU earns state emergency certification

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cplank@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University is the first university in the state to earn a National Incident Management System compliance certification. It means the university is prepared to handle a variety of emergencies, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble, who confirmed the award Tuesday. “We will be better prepared to handle things that are out […]

Mail newspaper deliveries change

Due to the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act and its required implementation locally by the U.S. Postal Service, the Portales and Clovis post offices no longer can provide same-day mailed service of the Portales News-Tribune and the Clovis News Journal. We were told that since the local post offices are not 24-hour business mail entry units, the […]

United Way still taking donations

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico While the official deadline for donations has passed, it’s not too late to donate to the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. United Way officials hope area residents continue to donate to help close the gap between current donations and the organization’s goal. Donations are at 76 percent of […]