Celebrity chef stops in Portales


A celebrity New York City chef says he could eat raw Valencia peanuts all day. Chef, restaurant owner, culinary teacher and cookbook author Suvir Saran visited the Portales area Wednesday and Thursday on his quest to better understand peanut farming and farmers. Since India is the world’s largest producer, user and importer of chile, the […]

Greyhounds have foreign flavor


Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team is as culturally diverse as some professional soccer teams. There are six Brazilain, two English, one Canadian and one Japanese player on the team’s 30-man roster. Danillo Santos and his older brother Diego Santos came to ENMU from Natal, Brazil, for an education and to […]

ENMU awarded grant for role as Hispanic-serving institution

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Eastern New Mexico University a $2.873 million grant over five years for its role as a Hispanic-serving institution. The four-year college will use the grant to expand opportunities for Hispanic, low-income and other graduate students. Its eligibility for the grant was based on the institution’s percentage of Hispanic […]

Comic changes coming

We know change is hard. But after more than a decade of nearly the same Sunday comics lineup, we believe it is time to introduce some new features. Beginning Sunday, old standards such as Peanuts, Doonesbury, Dennis the Menace and others will be replaced by characters and storylines we think are more relevant to the […]

DoD awards local construction company contract

The Department of Defense has chosen a Clovis construction company to create a 242,000 square foot load apron for the AC-130 aircraft. Nick Griego and Sons Construction has been awarded a $6.1 million construction contract for the apron, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Work will include a concrete pad over […]

Friday morning briefing: Colleges, (Hotel) California and campaign contributors

Welcome to October, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.

Run to God’s wings

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist

My turn: ENMU performances always a delight

I went to Eastern New Mexico University’s “Zombie Circus Extravaganza” on Friday night and, as always, the theater department outdid themselves. I am always impressed with all of ENMU’s performances, whether it is freshmen performing or seniors and staff. There are some really gifted thespians in Portales, be they students or community members, and we […]

Portales police receive grant

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Police Department has received part of a $1.56 million award from the U.S. Department of Justice. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said the department’s $152,844 award will add one officer, bringing the staff to 24. “It basically pays for an officer for three years,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. […]

Meetings watch: Eastern NM water authority

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday morning in Melrose. Here’s a report on the meeting: • John Ryan, a federal consultant for the project, said he is hoping for an appropriation of $2 million to $4 million in the 2011 federal budget, and is hoping to ramp up appropriations and construction with […]