Thursday briefing: Win a snake, happy Earth Day and big winds coming

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Stupid pet tricks Pet Parade video shoot is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4-Ever Pets in Portales. The pet store is providing hot dogs, drinks, and chips. They’re also raffling away a snake. Website of the day Follow the progress of Clovis’ Isaac Godwin […]

Ticket feature: Chuck wagon chefs gather for cook-off

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Freedom New Mexico Cooks from across the region will circle the wagons noon Saturday for the third annual Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Boasting 10 of the best chuck wagon cooks, the meal will include chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, gravy, biscuits, peach cobbler, iced tea, milk and coffee. Cooks hail from […]

Students studying Black Plague

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Social studies students at Lindsey Elementary are learning about the Middle Ages and the Bubonic Plague. The students have been making signs as part of the class project to warn other students, teachers and parents as if their classroom was a village in the Middle Ages. Christina Ortiz, 12, […]

My turn: Try different oatmeal variations

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I like oatmeal, and I probably have a bunch of you putting me on your “weird” list because of it. But I think the trick to making it edible is what you put in it. Oatmeal has a lot going for it: • It’s cheap. • It’s warm. • […]

Officials: Source of Cannon water contamination unknown

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department on Wednesday issued a “boil water advisory” for Cannon Air Force Base and Chavez West Housing. The NMED said the advisory only applies to the drinking water at the base and does not extend to any of the other surrounding water systems. Base public […]

Cooks to compete in Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-off.

Freedom New Mexico Cooks from across the region will circle the wagons Saturday for the third annual Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Boasting 10 of the best chuck wagon cooks, the meal will include chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, gravy, biscuits, peach cobbler, iced tea, milk and coffee. Cooks hail from across […]

Church profile: Trinity Episcopal Church

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Trinity Episcopal Church • Location: 1116 West Third St. • Phone: 356-6860 • Services: 10 a.m. Sunday • Description: “We are a small, friendly, intimate church family with traditional Christian values,” said Rev. Larry Mote.

Meetings watch: Hospital board

During the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Tuesday, the board: • Heard the financial report from Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens. The hospital showed a revenue increase of $150,000 for inpatient care in March, but bad debt and accounts receivable also increased. • Approved J.W. Anderson and Associates of Lubbock for a one-year contract […]

Ute project could start as early as 2011

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Construction on the Ute Water Project is projected to begin as early as next year with completion slated by 2019, according to the Eastern New Mexico Water Rural Authority. During a presentation to the Curry County Commission, officials laid out a timeline for the Ute Water Project and set […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Politics, dual credit and the death penalty

It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Politics A couple of things… Republican candidate for governor Doug Turner is in town for a meet-and-greet 9 a.m. today at Dave’s Coffee, 1404 Mabry. Also, Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Military feature: Schools have veterans affairs certification officials

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University have veterans affairs certification officials on staff. James Smith at CCC and Margaret Estrada at ENMU said they enjoy helping veterans navigate the extensive GI Bill. “I feel like each veteran has earned these benefits so it’s an honor for me […]

ENMU briefs — April 21

Employee briefs • Math instructor Kim Luna plans to retire May 15, after beginning at Eastern New Mexico University in 1980. She teaches trigonometry, statistics, college algebra and mathematical discovery. • Olympia Chino, a department division secretary in the Technology Building, plans to retire June 30 after 28 years of employment. • ENMU alumnus Jesse […]

PHS students learn food service first-hand

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Through folding napkins and filling tea glasses, a group of Portales High School students are getting first-hand experience in food service. Students in the ProStart food service class and the extracurricular organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America have been serving meals at various events, including last week […]

Police blotter — April 21

A sample of recent calls received by Portales dispatch: April 17 • At 4:53 p.m., a caller in the 1600 block of South Roosevelt Road 4 requested a deputy as two pit bulls were sitting beside or tied to a fence and appeared to be injured. • At 6:39 p.m., a caller reported a trailer […]

Stepping dance show coming to ENMU

By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer • What: “Raw Footage” dancing show • When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday • Where: ENMU Campus Union Building Ballroom • Cost: Free Slam poetry, modern dance, rap, South African gumboot and other music genres are colliding in a performance an organizer says will make the audience want to tap a […]

Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are certain things I wish would have been different. I wish I had asked that girl out to dinner instead of making small talk. I wish I was riding in the car when (according to police records) a group of four people planned out a bank robbery in […]

Today’s youngsters robbed of hard lessons

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist In some ways, I have it worse than my parents did. Not growing up, of course. Growing up, I had it better than my parents. Mom and Dad often reminded me of this. But I think that as a parent today, I have it worse than my parents did because […]

Cutting doctor’s fees cause for concern

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lawmakers took steps this past week to put military people at ease over how TRICARE benefits will be protected and, for older children, how coverage likely will be expanded as the Obama administration implements the new national health care reform law. But Congress continued to take only clumsy temporary steps […]

Curbing government spending starts at ballot box

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Their view: Denish touts rural economic development plan

Diane Denish, Democratic candidate for governor, has rolled out a small business and rural economic development plan aimed at creating jobs, according to her website, www.dianedenish.com Her plan is aimed at increasing access to capital, cutting administrative red tape and using technology to help small, rural businesses connect with helpful resources, she said. From her […]