Fire consumes 70 acres of range land

Freedom New Mexico An estimated 70 acres of range land burned Tuesday from a fire officials say was touched off by sparks from a cutting torch. The Portales Fire Department was called to the fire in the 400 block of Blackwater Road at 10:29 a.m. Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said workers were using the torch […]

Oasis State Park preps for trout derby

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

Food tax vetoed

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a proposed food tax on Wednesday but signed other tax increases that will provide about $170 million next year to help balance the budget. Richardson used his line-item veto powers to reject a proposal that would have reinstated the gross receipts tax on food at […]

Church profile: Southside Church of Christ

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Southside Church of Christ • Location: 221 West 18th Street • Phone: 359-0559 • Services: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. • Description: Spokesperson Pam Stevens said it’s a traditional church and a lot of children from New Mexico Christian Children’s Home attend.

Zias bounce back to gain split

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Their turn: Udall declares ‘new day’ in health care

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during a ceremony at the White House: “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited generations for health insurance reform. With this new law, we establish […]

DoD disability board understaffed

A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael F. LoGrande, president of the […]

Iraq elections wait-and-see situation

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Another four-letter word to avoid

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s sports, or politics, or just finding socks that match, there’s one four-letter word I look to avoid. Fail. The verb has gained traction as a noun, as character-reducing techies have decided “failure” is less forceful. Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum called Sunday’s healthcare bill passage […]

Police blotter — March 24

Recent calls received by Portales dispatch, according to call logs: March 17: • About 6:35 p.m., a caller at a store in the 1600 block of East Spruce Street requested an officer and said a male ran from the store with a lap top computer. • About 7:15 p.m., a caller requested an officer in […]

Not all satisfied with health care legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

Family collects, sends DVDs to airmen overseas

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Goolsbys sent 1,600 movies to airmen overseas last year and their goal is to break that record. Landall Goolsby owns Landall’s Box Office in Portales and his mother Peggy runs it for him. He lives in Los Angeles and works as an actor. The family began sending VHS […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Reading, Red Cross and more snow

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Red Cross benefit A fundraiser at Fat Boys & More Barbecue Thursday from 5-8 p.m. features celebrity guest servers. You’ll have to go to find out what local celebs are waiting on you. Fat Boys says 10 percent of sales get donated to the American red Cross. […]

Highlands roughs up Hounds

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Suffice it to say, nothing Eastern New Mexico University tried on Tuesday worked. The Greyhounds had only six baserunners in a 21-0 loss to New Mexico Highlands, and stranded just one of them. Three were erased on double plays, another on a pickoff and another on a caught-stealing. […]

My turn: Take time to savor life

I recently came across this most appropriate quote by Henry David Thoreau, and in the comics of all places. The timing was right. Lately, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going; sometimes it’s both, at the same time. The quote reads, “The truly efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with […]

Storm spotter’s course scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A pair of storm spotter’s courses will be taught April 6 in Clovis and Portales. The courses, which are identical, are offered from 1:30-4 p.m. at Clovis City Hall and 6-8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Building (300 E. Seventh Street) in Portales. They are both sponsored by the local offices of emergency […]

Portales Past: March 24, 1960

March 24, 1960: Campfire Girls met in Portales’ Presbyterian Church for a seminar on proper use of the telephone. A Mountain States Telephone Co. representative hosted the gathering, which was attended by about 20 girls.

Floyd Jamboree celebrating 60 years of giving

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The annual Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree celebrates 60 years of music Thursday through Sunday at the high school gym. It’s a major fundraiser for the Lions, a group that supports children needing glasses in rural communities, provides scholarships and contributes toward many other community needs. Jamboree Program Director […]

President signs national healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the […]

Portales student places in chicken festival poster contest

Freedom New Mexico Kambrey Blakey, 12, of Portales won in her age category in the 2010 High Plains Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Blakey topped the kindergarten through fifth-grade division to win $50. Lauren Bennet of Corrales took the sixth- […]