Anniversaries honor trials of early settlers

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The second weekend of September, 2009, stands out in my mind as one of those “not to be forgotten” times. I had been one of a group to hike up Pike’s Peak — or rather, hike halfway up Pike’s Peak, to turn around and hike back down from the halfway […]

Washburn top Zias for third in WT tourney

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Washburn rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to top Eastern New Mexico University 7-4 in the third-place game of the four-team Lady Buff Invitational softball tournament, hosted by West Texas A&M. First baseman Alex Zordel, who homered twice in a 7-5 loss to […]

Elida menu

Breakfast • Monday: Cinnamon roll, juice, milk, cereal • Tuesday: Waffle sticks, sausage, Juice, milk, cereal • Wednesday: Muffins, juice, milk, cereal • Thursday: Sausage & biscuits, juice, milk, cereal Lunch • Monday: Corndogs, corn on cob, salad, cookie, milk • Tuesday: Soft tacos, beans, salad, pears, milk • Wednesday: Chicken strips, gravy, potatoes, salad, […]

Students use music to draw out artwork

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Paint intertwines with the sound of a wind symphony in a collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University and Melrose Municipal Schools. Kate Karr, Melrose school music director and ENMU voice instructor, has instituted the Art-2-Music project. ENMU artists Christopher Calderon and Heather Hancock taught Melrose third- through sixth-graders painting […]

Locals make their Oscar picks

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local movie fans are conceding “Avatar” is going to do well in Sunday’s Academy Awards. But they wouldn’t be surprised — and some would be hopeful — to see Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” take Best Picture. The two films are part of a 10-picture field up for this […]

Richardson signs Ute Water Project legislation

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority […]

My Turn: How do you like us now?

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Dear reader, The type is larger and easier to read. The stories are shorter and more personal. We’re trying to generate more local photos, increase the number of local voices, allow for more interaction. This what you had in mind? These are some of the things we heard […]

Volunteers: Vern Witten

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Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University math professor Volunteer work: He’s served with the Wesley Foundation at ENMU for 40 years, including time on the board of directors. He’s also tutored elementary-aged through college students at no charge; and served with Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties on the board of […]

Our people: Literary legacy

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, who died in 2006 at age 98. The annual Williamson Lectureship has attracted science fiction […]

Music remains in his soul

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ most famous actor is still acting. But that’s not all Ronny Cox is doing these days. “There’s an old saying that there’s dozens of dollars to be made in folk music,” Cox said Thursday in a telephone interview from his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Eastern New […]

SOCOM Chaplain to speak at Prayer Breakfast

27th SOW Public Affairs Chaplain Thomas Slohjem, chaplain for the United States Special Operations Command, will be the guest speaker at a Prayer Breakfast March 12 at The Landing Zone. The breakfast is free and for more information, call 784-2507.

Portales Past: March 7, 1955

March 7, 1955: Portales’ Rotarians were observing their 20th year. The club received its charter on Feb. 24, 1935, with 25 members. The group still had eight original members, 75 in all.

Portales Past: March 6, 1945

March 6, 1945: The Portales Daily News published a letter from Pvt. Kirby Widener, who wrote about life in the Philippines, where he was stationed. “People here live to a ripe old age,” he reported in the letter addressed to his dad, J.E. Widener, a local resident. “One man I met was 105 years old […]

Woman sustains minor injuries after collision

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Freedom New Mexico A 30-year-old woman suffered minor injuries Friday when the sport-utility vehicle she was driving smashed into the rear of a semitrailer on U.S. 70 near the Curry-Roosevelt county line, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. The sheriff said the woman, Marie McClure, told officers she was talking on a cellular phone […]

Yard sales also social events

By Grant Mcgee: Local columnist We went to our first yard sale of 2010 last week and picked up a fridge for 40 bucks. It seems yard sale season has begun. These sales just seem to flow and go with the seasons. In the winter there are few if any sales. As spring gets closer, […]

ENMU students bring ‘space’ Nazis to life

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Hot glue, fiberglass and “sanding, sanding, sanding,” followed by paint are what it takes to make a helmet. Combine that with about 20 people, more than 300 hours, many, many sleepless nights, chopped up roller blades, Worcestershire sauce, paint, toy guns and countless other odds and ends and the […]

Zias drop pair in WT event

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Junior Kaitlyn Witte hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh, lifting host West Texas A&M past Eastern New Mexico University 8-7 on Friday in the Lady Buff Invitational softball tournament. The Zias (5-13), who lost earlier in the day to Central Oklahoma 5-1, tied the score […]

Clovis woman charged with trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Freedom New Mexico A 23-year-old Clovis woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into the Curry County jail faces multiple felony charges. Jessica Barton is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to bring contraband into jail, possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said investigators learned Barton was involved in […]

Governor will be in Clovis to sign bill

Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be in Clovis on Saturday to sign legislation creating a water authority for the Ute Water Project. The ceremony is 11:30 a.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The bill changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority from a joint powers agreement to a […]

No injuries in house fire

PNT staff No one was injured in a fire Friday that destroyed a home in the 500 block of South Roosevelt Road V, according to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill. Hill said the call came in about 8 a.m. He said the house was a total loss and investigators are still trying to […]