Elida voters to decide on gross receipts tax

Freedom New Mexico Elida voters on Tuesday will decide whether to implement an additional gross receipts tax for economic development and municipal infrastructure. The municipal election ballot contains a question about whether to implement the tax of one-sixteenth of 1 percent, or a penny on every $16. If passed, the tax would go into effect […]

Councilor candidate profiles

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Editor’s note: Here are summaries of interviews with candidates for Portales’ Ward B City Council position. Other Portales council races are uncontested.

Portales mayor: Job never ends

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Leading a city, according to Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, is like riding a bicycle: “If you can get on and pedal, you start moving forward,” he said. “But when you stop pedaling, you will eventually fall over. If you’re not pedaling every day as a community, you […]

Pageant contestants sought

Freedom New Mexico The Mrs. New Mexico Pageant is seeking applicants for Mrs. Portales. Pageant Executive State Director Sheree Channel said in a news release that once selected, Mrs. Portales would advance to represent her community in the 2010 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant June 19 in Albuquerque. Local title holders compete for a prize package […]

Greyhounds end season with win over Javelinas

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — There were a few rarities in Saturday’s season finale at Greyhound Arena. Division wins for the Greyhounds are no longer one of them. Reggie Nelson scored a game-high 21 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer to spark a 12-2 run in Saturday’s 70-56 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville. Junior […]

Freedom to emerge from bankruptcy by end of March

Freedom New Mexico Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, should emerge from bankruptcy by the end of March, according to the company’s top executives. Interim Chief Executive Burl Osborne and Chief Financial Officer Mark McEachen said that while some change in the company’s newspapers, magazines […]

Zias close out season with easy victory

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Already eliminated from playoff competition this season, Eastern New Mexico University’s women sought to build some confidence for next season. Mission accomplished. The Zias capitalized on a hot-shooting first half, then rode the inside game of Til-Lois Fifer to hold off Texas A&M-Kingsville 75-61 in Saturday’s season finale at […]

Columnist follows signs, returns to writing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist In August 2008 I wrote what I thought was my last column for Freedom New Mexico. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise … I’m back. I never said I’d never be back. I closed my last column with simply, “That’s it … for now.” There were a number of reasons I stopped […]

CHS holding registration rush

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High School guidance office is hosting a registration rush next week for CHS parents and students, according to a news release. The rush is a time for parents and student to check class credits, review student registration forms, course selections, and graduation requirements, the release said. Guidance and administration office […]

Schools do part to battle childhood obesity

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico First lady Michelle Obama is directing national attention to childhood obesity with her “Let’s Move” campaign. And Clovis and Portales schools are taking the fight straight to the lunchroom as they work to provide healthy meals to local youths. “We are turning towards using more fresh fruits and frozen […]