Press release: Cannon AFB to Conduct Exercise Oct. 20 – 29

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.– Cannon will be conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise October 20 through October 29 and residents on or near the installation may notice increased activity, use of the public address system, and may hear sirens and/or simulated explosions. These types of exercises are vital to hone the skills of its Airmen […]

Tucumcari standoff ends in man’s death

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A six-hour standoff with police ended with the death of a Tucumcari man Monday night. Officers initially responded to a domestic dispute report that ended when Daniel Gonzales, 56, prompted the use of deadly force, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police Lt. Eric Garcia. No […]

Zias soccer coach stepping down

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Ray Nause has turned in his resignation at the school, effective at the end of the current season. Nause has been the Zias’ coach since 2008, compiling a record of 21-31 in that time, including 6-21 in the Lone Star Conference. ENMU is 3-11 (0-7) […]

City rec director gives notice

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, councilors: • learned that Recreation Center Director Andi Copenhaver has given two-week’s notice of resignation and center staff member Sharianita Robinson would take over as interim director. Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Thornton said Copenhaver was taking a job in her hometown until her husband […]

Police blotter — Oct. 20

Samplings of recent calls to Portales-area law enforcement, according to police records: Friday About 8:30 p.m. Friday, a 53-year-old man reported he had been battered. The man said another 53-year-old man hired him to work on a house in the area of the 1300 block of North Avenue M Place. While he was drinking beer […]

United Way hoping for better year

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is in campaign mode. The charitable organization that aids non-profits throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties kicked off its fundraising campaign last month, but in the last week has done 10 presentations to area groups with another five scheduled for Wednesday. “We are in it,” Executive […]

My turn: Reporters have sick senses of humor

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist The best Halloween costume party I went to was in 1998, hosted by a fellow newspaper reporter in Hobbs, who instructed us to come as a “news story.” After I describe the news stories we were, you may think we were sick-minded, overworked, underpaid, cynical journalists. You’re right. In our […]

ENMU briefs — Oct. 20

Iranian Cultural presentation A presentation about the culture of Iran is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Campus Union Building Sandia Room. Iran, formerly known internationally as Persia, is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations. Eastern New Mexico University master’s student Rozbeh Moghaddam, an American-born Iranian, is to present the […]

Greyhound adoption agency being honored

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Metaphorically speaking, every day at Eastern New Mexico University is Greyhound day. The school is making the day official Saturday in conjunction with a visit from New Mexico branch of Greyhound Pets of America, the adoption agency that gave ENMU its mascots, Vic and Tory. A meet and greet […]

Elections exist for public’s benefit

Kevin Wilson I care about items in this year’s elections. And I’d benefit from many of the choices I’d make. Pat Sajak thinks that’s enough to keep some people out of the process. The game show host, posting at the Ricochet blog, made the argument against government employees voting last week. “In nearly all private […]

Enhanced concussion rules great step

Freedom Newspapers After a particularly bad weekend for head injuries on the football field, Monday’s announcement by Texas’ University Interscholastic League regarding head injuries seems reasonable. The UIL, which governs extracurricular activities at Texas public schools, announced that any athlete who suffers a head injury cannot return to the activity on the same day, and […]

GI Bill attracting quality recruits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military recruiting commands report “some all-time highs” in the quality of recruits who enlisted in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Acknowledging that the dismal job market is a factor, and that the Post-9/11 GI Bill is becoming a great tool to draw volunteers, the Army, Navy, Air Force […]

Their turn: Child abuse charge hypocritical of police

Kent McManigal of Farwell writes columns for the Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner. Here’s a snippet from a recent effort: Sometimes, The State’s actions seem like the setup for a joke. After a church service in Albuquerque, a man (who happens to be an ex-convict) stabbed a man who was approaching to greet him. Now, when I […]

Reader submitted content: United Daughters dedicate grave marker

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Janelle Foster Ellen W. Jones chapter 1022 of United Daughters of the Confederacy held a grave marking and dedication for Confederate veteran William Beck in the Floyd Cemetery on Saturday. Beck was one of the first burials in the cemetery, having died in 1904. His burial location was found in May, and plans were made […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A sneak peek, sweet business and a Red scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local folks are Joking Around. Kitchen tip of the week Roll out pie crusts between wax paper for easier placement on pie plate. ENMU preview Eastern New Mexico University’s “Green and Silver View” preview day for high school seniors is […]

Charity pageant set for Saturday

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By Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Monarch Formals is kicking off its Mommy and Me pageant Saturday, a modeling event for mothers and daughters. The pageant is 7 p.m. Saturday at Lyceum Theatre, with tickets available for $5 at the door or in advance at the Chamber of Commerce, Body Mystique and the Master’s Center. […]

Commission accepts $1.5 million barn contract

During the Roosevelt County Commission meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, the commission: • accepted a contract of about $1.5 million to have contractor Basic IDIQ move a barn from Colorado to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The vote was unanimous with Commissioner Paul Grider absent. Basic IDIQ Regional Manager Lyndon Brinegar said if everything went […]

Clovis man charged with assault

A 22-year-old Clovis man was arrested Saturday after police say he threatened a Portales man with a gun and beat him. Jonathan Jones is charged with felony aggravated assault and with battery, a petty misdemeanor. According to Portales police records: About 3:20 a.m. Saturday, Portales police officers were called to a residence in the 1600 […]

My turn: Licenses should go quickly

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has 500 late-season elk hunting licenses available on Nov. 3 for sale on the department’s website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunters who didn’t luck out for a license for the 2010-2011 season can purchase these licenses online. Hunters of all ages can get the licenses beginning 10 a.m. Nov. 3. […]

ENMU men seventh, women ninth at WT rodeo

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men took four of the top five spots in team roping and finished seventh in team standings over the weekend in the West Texas A&M rodeo. Junior Clinton Hiett of El Paso and sophomore Christian Pettigrew of Fort Sumner won the event, followed by sophomore […]