Portales residents face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents are facing felony drug charges. Tuesday, Daisy Ornelas, 23, was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, after officers from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of South Avenue E, according to […]

Chandler vows to prosecute state corruption cases

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Surrounded by his family, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he intends to do the job Attorney General Gary King has failed to do. Chandler, a Republican and Clovis native, announced his bid for attorney general Wednesday in Santa Fe but a similar gathering in Clovis was postponed until […]

We are fearfully, wonderfully made

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist

Friday morning briefing: Mesa School cashes in and strike up the local bands

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day In your backyard: the Miles Mineral Museum at Eastern New Mexico University. Five large from Mesa Students at Mesa Elementary School in Clovis, New Mexico have raised nearly $5,000 for Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts. Principal Jan Cox and students of […]

Opening arguments in murder trial begin

Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments began Thursday in the slaying trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson. Watson is accused of hiring Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor, a Rogers native, to kill Causey rancher Jimmy Bo Chunn, 71, in July 2005 in exchange for providing anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture. Taylor has pleaded […]

Annual charity ball set for Saturday

Freedom New Mexico Sold out for the fifth year in a row, the Milk Lover’s Ball will take place Saturday night in Clovis. Michelle Heavyside, President of the United Dairy Women, said the ball is a fundraiser to help three local children’s homes. More than 500 tickets have been sold, she said. In its fifth […]

Free hearing screenings scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Speech and Hearing Clinic is set to conduct free hearing screenings for children and adults during February, March and April. Sessions are by appointment. Information and appointments: 562-2156.

Press Release: Winter storm warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST THURSDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…EXPECT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 8 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE NORTHEAST PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO…PARTICULARLY HARDING […]

Thursday school closings, delays

Some area schools have announced plans to start late Thursday due to inclement weather.

Hounds beat WT in overtime

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jimmie Marshall scored the last four points of overtime and Eastern New Mexico University beat West Texas A&M 61-58 Wednesday in a Lone Star Conference South men’s game at Greyhound Arena. Reggie Nelson scored 19 points and Tyler Jefferson added 18 points, including a layup that sent the game into […]

Thursday morning briefing: mascots and music

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

Hank Baskett online: Links to stories about Clovis native eyeing Super Bowl

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Hank Baskett will be the first Clovis native to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday if he steps on the playing field as a member of the Indianapolis Colts Baskett’s played in 11 games for the Colts this season after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles in September. The wide receiver, who wears No. […]

Racial slur focus of ENMU gathering

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This story contains material that may be offensive to some readers. Eastern New Mexico University students and employees debated the use of a racial slur on Wednesday night, part of the Black History Month celebration. A panel and group of more than two dozen people talked about […]

Strong second half start pushes WT past Zias

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By Karl Terry: Freedom correspondent The West Texas A&M University Lady Buffs overcame a slow first half to humble the Eastern New Mexico University Zias 75-57 Wednesday at Greyhound Arena. The Lady Buffs (21-2, 5-1 LSC) took advantage of a 21-point night from junior Joni Unruh and 28 turnovers to hand the Zias (6-15, 1-6) […]

Delayed reporting for non-essential Cannon personnel

27th SOW Public Affairs Late reporting of 9 a.m. for non-essential personnel Thursday. Mission essential personnel will report as normal.

Bills seek to cushion interlock fund

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A pair of lawmakers are working this session to make sure the state can continue to help low-income New Mexicans who are convicted of DWI get access to ignition interlock devices. The work by Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, and House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, would define […]

Bill seeks to cancel pit waste rule

The Santa Fe New Mexican A Republican legislator from northwestern New Mexico’s oil-and-gas-rich San Juan Basin is sponsoring a bill to rescind a controversial rule by the state Oil Conservation Division that tightened pit waste regulations. Waste products produced during the drilling and pumping process are stored in pits. The OCD claims unlined pits have […]

Senate passes protection bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The state Senate once again has passed a bill designed to protect government employees from retaliation for reporting official wrongdoing — something backers said Wednesday is long overdue in New Mexico. Sen. Sue Wilson-Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsor of Senate Bill 96, told fellow senators that had the bill been […]

Legislative tidbits: Finding the missing

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 14

Malfunction caused drone crash

Freedom New Mexico An accident investigation board has concluded the failure of an electrical control device caused the crash of an MQ-1 Predator unmanned drone from Cannon Air Force Base last year, according to the Air Force Times. Greg Allen of Cannon Public Affairs said the Predator crashed in Afghanistan in September but he did […]