Burglary arrest made

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police say they have arrested a man believed to be behind burglaries dating back to last September. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said Jesse Aranda, 20, of Portales, confessed to a burglary Jan. 10 in the 100 block of North Main. Berry said Aranda also confessed to committing five other […]

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Recent calls received by Portales dispatch, according to call logs:

ENMU briefs — April 28

Homecoming Changed The date for Homecoming week has been changed to Sept. 20-25. The football game is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 25 against Texas A&M-Commerce.

Military feature: Cannon spouse embraces Census position

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in October of last year, Bethany Mueller finished teaching a semester at a community college and moved to Clovis in January. She said being uprooted from Florida to New Mexico was a challenge for her, but her job with […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Slinging mud and United Way

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Web site of the day The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000169033411 Slinging mud The Fifth annual Mud Volleyball Tournament is Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University starting at 10 a.m. Five courts will be dug behind Lincoln Hall. They also plan to play […]

ENMU raising tuition, fees next year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition and fees at all three of its campuses next year. Regents Randy Harris, Chad Lydick, Marshall Stinnett and Pauline Ponce voted Tuesday for the increases. Student Regent Robert Wachter voted against them. Tuition and fees at […]

Generation Xers had it rough, too

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Those of us in Generation X have it much easier than our parents did. In turn, our children have it even easier. Last week, I wrote that our “having it rough” stories are laughable to our parents and grandparents who walked “miles in the snow.” Perhaps they are not so […]

Playoff beard makes short return

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more […]

Primary caregivers stipend approved

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Primary in-home caregivers to severely wounded veterans of current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be paid a stipend by the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a bill Congress has passed unanimously. The stipend, payable to a spouse, parent, child, friend or even a hired caregiver, will be based on […]

Obamacare will create economic ills

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

Their turn: Republican tax assessor candidate tours experience

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. TEX BELCHER is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County tax assessor. He’s running against KENNER CARRASCO. Here’s what Belcher had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job: “My name is Tex Belcher and I was born and raised in Roosevelt County. I have three […]

State police seize 400 pounds of marijuana from plane crash

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police are investigating a Monday night “controlled crash” of a plane filled with more than 400 pounds of marijuana. NMSP Lt. Cleo Baker said the plane landed in a field south of Tucumcari. The pilot, identified as a 34-year-old man from Louisville, Ky., was traveling to […]

Press Release: Crash landing report turns into drug bust

Over 400 pounds of Marijuana was seized when a fixed wing Piper airplane landed on a farm near Tucumcari last night (Monday). Officers from the Tucumcari State Police office were investigating an alleged plane crash just after 9:00 PM last night when they learned that the pilot was transporting narcotics.

Press Release: Portales man faces child porn charges

On Friday April 23, 2010, Christopher M. Kelley, 40, of Portales was arrested and charged with 35 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Possession, a fourth degree felony, and 17 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Manufacturing, a 2nd degree felony.

It’s their job: Darren Hooker

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Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker works at his desk. He expects to start his second term next January, and he said he likes the ability to affect the law enforcement provided to the citizens of Roosevelt County.

Floyd preschool roundup gives schools chance to interact with each other

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Branding irons and bandannas, marshmallows, glue and clay snakes. All of the above were part of the second annual Preschool Roundup at Floyd Municipal Schools on Monday. Preschool students from Floyd, Dora and Melrose met for a variety of activities and lunch with a Western theme. “I just think […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

Workshop aims to help parents keep up with educating students during break

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Summer break is coming soon, but Portales teachers are hoping the learning won’t take a break. Valencia Elementary is hoping to help parents take up the effort with the “Summer Survivor Skill” program. The “Summer Survivor Skill” is a series of trainings that show parents what they can do […]

ACU rallies to beat Zias

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Shortstop Andi Anti delivered a tie-breaking, two-run double to left-center with two out, capping a three-run fifth which lifted Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 4-2 on Sunday in the finale of their three-game Lone Star Conference softball series. The Wildcats (21-28, 5-9 South) took the series two […]

Hounds’ Draper earns provisional NCAA qualification

Freedom New Mexico TEMPE, Ariz. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Daniel Draper earned a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II track championship in javelin in Arizona State’s Sun Devil Open on Saturday, placing second in the event with a throw of 199 feet, 4 inches. ENMU sophomore Bill Squire, meantime, improved on […]