Extended hours for CDC, youth center

27th SOW Public Affairs The Child Development Centers and Youth Center will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the upcoming exercise. Duty-related childcare requirements outside these hours will be handled through Extended Duty Child Care contract. Jim Hernandez, Family Child Care coordinator, will make arrangements with a provider based […]

SOEMS to begin semiannual inventory

27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron will conduct its semiannual 100 percent munitions inventory March 3-5. All issues for custody assets must be complied with by Feb. 26. During the inventory only emergency requests will be processed. These requests must be submitted in writing and approved by the maintenance group […]

Endorsements worth more than gold

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Watching USA women’s downhill skier Lindsey Vonn and snowboarder Shaun White during the Winter Olympics I had to wonder a little about motives. You want to believe their quest is all about national pride but in the back of the mind you think about just how much a gold medal […]

Letters to the editor: Voters have many issues to consider

Voters have many issues to consider With the city election March 2, there are serious issues voters might want to discuss with their candidates: • City revenues are running below last year’s by more than 10 percent. How would the candidate cover these losses? By cutting costs? If so, cutting what and how much? By […]

Olympic athletes live up to hype

Freedom New Mexico Every couple of years leading up to the Olympics, NBC cranks up the hype machine and inundates us with imagery and stories of athletes it deems are either talented enough or telegenic enough — and in some cases, both — to serve as bait to lure passive sports fans to tune in […]

Analysis: Budget takes backseat to memorials, whistleblower bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a special session […]

Homer in 12th lifts Zias to win

Freedom New Mexico OKLAHOMA CITY — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team managed only one win in three games on Saturday at Del City High School, but it was one to remember. Senior Kristen Cruickshank belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the top of the 12th inning to lift the Zias to a 13-9 […]

Angelo pulls away late from Hounds

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard LaMarshall Corbett led a balanced attack with 19 points and Angelo State pulled away down the stretch to beat Eastern New Mexico University 84-72 Saturday night in Lone Star Conference men’s basketball. The win keeps the Rams (16-9, 7-3 South) entrenched in third place in the […]

Vendors in place for Ag Expo

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By Karl Terry: PNT Correspondent Organizers of the 18th annual New Mexico Ag Expo hope the two-day event will give agriculture producers a chance to put thoughts of economic recession aside in favor of learning ways to improve their operations. The Ag Expo runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the […]

Closing arguments in Watson trial set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments in the slaying trial of William “Billy Joe” Watson are scheduled for Monday morning. Watson, a Roosevelt County farmer, is accused of hiring low-ranking Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor to kill rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn in 2005. The trial began more than two weeks ago. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said […]

Local experts: Wet winter will pay off

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, agriculture experts say. “The winter has been very helpful,” said Patrick Kircher, the Roosevelt County Extension Office agricultural agent. “The precipitation has been more than it has been in […]

Rambelles overcome deficit to beat Zias

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Camille Perkins scored 23 points and Angelo State rallied from a 10-point deficit late in the first half to beat Eastern New Mexico University 69-57 Saturday night in Lone Star Conference women’s basketball. The win keeps the Rambelles (12-12, 5-5 South) in the hunt for one […]

Legislative Q&As

Area legislators on the recent 30-day session:

Lawmakers describe session as unusual

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Different, unusual, fatalistic Those are some of the words used by area legislators to describe the tone of this year’s 30-day legislative session. Pending elections, the strain of having no money to work with, little guidance from the executive branch and a growing moderate platform are some of the […]

Hounds split twin bill, series at Cameron

Freedom New Mexico LAWTON, Okla. — First baseman Mitch Wolfe drove in a pair of runs and Eastern New Mexico University pitching worked around nine walks and six hits Saturday to beat Cameron 5-2 for a split of their Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. In the opener, Logan Grimes pitched a seven-inning complete game to […]

Flower care featured topic on program

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on making a four-diamond roman shade, caring for flowers and learning how to cope will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Terrell Sundermann is going to demonstrate making a “four diamond roman shade,” which she says is the most-requested design she […]

Feb. 21 Blotter

A sampling of calls received by Portales dispatchers Feb. 11 through Feb. 18 according to call logs:

Judge rules Isler can coach rest of season

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Calling allegations against Clovis High School’s boys’ basketball coach J.D. Isler “unsubstantiated assumptions,” a federal judge has reinstated him as coach for the remainder of the year — including post-season play. In a decision letter issued Friday night, Federal Judge Martha Vasquez said she believed allowing Isler’s suspension and termination to continue could cause irreparable […]

Hamilton Big Country closes Tucumcari dealership

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Hamilton Big Country Ford in Tucumcari closed its doors Friday morning after 12 years of servicing Quay County, according to the manager. “The word came in at 9 a.m. that we were closing,” said Larry Birch, a manager and salesperson alone at the office Friday night waiting for drivers […]

Radio purchased complete

Freedom New Mexico Zia Broadcasting Inc. has completed the purchase of the KTQM and KWKA radio stations from Curry County Broadcasting Inc. Rick Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting, said Bob Coker has been appointed as station manager for KTQM/KWKA. He was formerly the general manager for Curry County Broadcasting. Zia Broadcasting also owns KCLV […]