Tough to make adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

DoD launches compensation study

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military compensation is far different today than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked America. As U.S. troops surged into Afghanistan and, 17 months later, invaded Iraq, Congress began pumping a stream of piecemeal improvements into pay and benefits. That continues, though the flow of new initiatives has […]

Timing right for libertarian solutions

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects ours, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Hounds look for spark from newcomers

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Michael Maya had a chance to go Division I coming out of Valley High this spring, but he felt he was ready to play. Maya, the Albuquerque area player of the year and the state leader in scoring and assists in 2009-10, is part of second-year Eastern New Mexico […]

Police blotter — May 26

PNT staff Samplings of calls to the police dispatcher: Saturday • At 12:53 a.m., a caller near North Abilene and Ivy streets reported a possible gunshot. • At 4:44 p.m., an officer requested a case number for fraud. • At 8:34 p.m., a caller in the area of Chicago Avenue and Amazon Street reported a […]

Avoiding ’24’ adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that […]

County conducting poll worker training

PNT staff Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins will conduct poll worker training today and Thursday in the county courthouse courtroom. The public is allowed to observe. Also, early voting ends at 6 p.m. Saturday. Voters may cast ballots from noon to 8 p.m. at the Portales Public Library or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at […]

Police say Pep man produced pornography

Freedom New Mexico A 41-year-old Pep man has been arrested on charges of violating his parole by producing pornographic material, and two women he employed were arrested on charges of prostitution and encouraging parole violation, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Parole violation is a felony, and prostitution is a […]

Lawsuit accuses Tucumcari officers of illegally confiscating cash

By Thom Sharpe: Santa Fe New Mexican Two Kansas residents said in a lawsuit filed in Santa Fe that police in Tucumcari stole $47,000 in cash from them because they were assumed to be Mexican nationals. “We have not received any documents concerning this suit from the State District Court,” said Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye […]

Churches hosting post-graduation celebration

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer University Baptist Church is throwing a “No Regrets” graduation party for Portales High School seniors at 10 p.m. Friday at the church. One of the events scheduled is a trip to Casel-Land Fun Center and then a return to the church for games. “No Regrets” Director Lance Hill said […]

Portales grad headed to Air Force prep school

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Portales High School senior has received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School, from which he could continue to the academy itself. To get the appointment, Timothy Sando had to complete a lengthy Air Force Academy application process that included a medical exam, essays, teacher […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Pioneer parade and vampires

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Get in the parade The annual Pioneer Days Parade is just around the corner — June 5. Community organizations and business are being encouraged to be parade participants this year. Contact the Clovis/Curry County Chamber to sign up and enter a float. Question of the […]

Free advice for high school grads

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist My nieces, Marili and Anisha, will be among the Portales High School graduates on Friday night. As they modeled their graduation gowns recently, I hummed “Pomp and Circumstance.” You know, “Tahn, tahn, tahn, tahn, tahn …” and started on how “Today is the first day of the rest of your […]

At least one ‘small’ tornado spotted in Curry County

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Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County had two tornado warnings during Tuesday’s storms, but no twisters or major damage was reported. “Nothing really developed out of either warning … I think we’re OK right now,” said local Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger. During the afternoon, Milnesand had lightning and a grassfire of less than an acre […]

Lieutenant governor candidates respond with essays

Primary elections are June 1 in New Mexico. The state has three Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor. Five Democrats are seeking the post. We recently invited all to write a 300-word response to the question: How will you make New Mexicans’ lives better as lieutenant governor? Democrats Brian Colon, Lawrence Rael and Gerald Ortiz […]

Press Release: Charges filed in alleged porn bust

It’s their job: Jennifer Johnson

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Portales Municipal Schools band director Jennifer Johnson plays along with Portales High School percussion students as they practice in the school band room. She said it’s exciting to see students from different backgrounds come together and make music.

Words of wisdom: Kindergartners share thoughts on school year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Kindergarten provides the strong foundation for education, a Portales kindergarten teacher said. “That’s where they learn their alphabet so they can read, numbers so that they can count, social skills so that they can be good citizens,” Brown Early Childhood Center teacher Lynne Walker said. Fellow teacher Erin Mitchell […]

Reader-submitted content: Groups spreading DWI message to graduating seniors

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By Marcia M. Brown As part of its ongoing prevention activities, the Portales/Roosevelt County DWI program has initiated graduation activities designed to remind graduates not to drink and drive. Such activities include collaboration with Curry County and De Baca counties to provide continuous DWI messages to graduates and other members of the community throughout the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Graduation parties and The Babe’s last blast

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Joking around: fences around graveyards Website of the day http://newmexico.org/video/index.php Visit a video library featuring scenes from New Mexico. Question of the day What is your favorite snow cone flavor? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Grad party alternative […]