Ticket feature: New Year’s Eve ranch rodeo coming to Curry events center

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Freedom New Mexico Hammer Down Rodeo Company is hosting the first New Year’s Eve Steven Watson Memorial Ranch Rodeo beginning 1 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Curry County Events Center. Hammer Down Rodeo Company owner Layton Belcher said he wanted to host a rodeo in honor of his friend, Steven Watson of Causey, who died […]

Restaurant preps for annual community dinner

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The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every year he starts preparation for the next Christmas dinner the day after the big event, using the latest head count and factoring in other projections to ensure there is plenty of […]

ENMU closing for winter break

Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled to close for winter break at 5 p.m. today and reopen at its normal time Jan. 3, according to information from the university. The spring semester begins Jan. 18. Currently enrolled students can register any time at www.enmu.edu. Campus information: 562-1011.

My turn: Chocolate blessing too

I like Christmas. I try to remember the holiday really is about a loving God stooping to our level, becoming human, to save us from our own shortcomings. At the same time, I enjoy family, presents, the decorated tree and other things about the season. When I stop and look, I see the love and […]

School board candidate list

The following individuals filed as candidates for school board for the Feb. 1 elections, according to the Roosevelt County Clerk’s Office:

Christmas wishes may not happen

Kevin Wilson I’m hard to shop for, so I like to build wish lists. Here are a couple of things that don’t fit on standard wish lists, though. • I wish people would actually do what they promise when they run for election, and the recent compromise between President Obama and Republicans on extending the […]

My turn: Christmas card tradition continues

Helena Rodriguez My Christmas cards will be late this year, but after a joyfully chaotic move during Advent, I was determined not to let die in my household this holiday tradition which requires pen and ink, not a keyboard, and actual stamps, not merely a “send” button. On Sunday night, my dining room table was […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

Immigration enforcement not police’s job

With the 82nd Texas Legislature just a couple of weeks away, pre-filed anti-immigration bills already are piling up. Let’s hope that reason wins out and bad legislation is shuttled to the dustbin where it belongs. One such bill, filed last month by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, would require law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration […]

Empty stocking fund: Miss M.

Today’s focus: Miss M. Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Miss M. is a single mother. Due to the health issues that she is experiencing, she has missed a lot of days at work, meaning less money to pay bills. Her holiday hope: Wants to have a good Christmas and feel well. Clothing needs: […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records:

Toy drive community effort

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Alisa Boswell Baby dolls, Tonka trunks, Nerf guns and basketballs were just a few of the toys scattered around the a back room of the Portales Police Department Tuesday afternoon, as various department employees took shifts packing boxes of toys for families in need. The annual tradition is the Portales Police Department’s Operation Santa Cop, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Saving a life and a killer clown

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Learn a lifesaving skill The American Red Cross has scheduled a class on adult CPR for 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Matt 25 building, 1200 Thornton St. Registration: 1-800-560-2302 Information and registration: 575-318-4161 Question of the day How often do you go over […]

Fishing report – Dec. 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC. 21, 2010: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT

Press Release: Cannon’s Turner promoted to AFSOC command chief

The 27th Special Operations Wing is very pleased to announce that Chief Master Sergeant William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been selected as the next Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Empty stock fund — Dec. 21

z Today’s Focus: Mrs. S • Household members: 4 • Children: 1 • Special circumstance: She is not working at the present time but is looking for a job and unemployment ran out two weeks ago. • Her holiday hope: To have a good Christmas. • Clothing needs: Pants and shirt size 14/16 girls. • […]

Bronchos bust Hounds

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By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico correspondent Fortunately personnel at Eastern New Mexico University will have the long holiday break for maintenance at Greyhound Arena — they’ll need it to replace the lights after the University of Central Oklahoma shot them out in a 103-85 win over the Greyhounds. The 13th-ranked Bronchos (11-1) shot 59 […]

Zias can’t overcome slow start

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Dave Wagner It took Eastern New Mexico University’s women more than five minutes to get on the board Monday night. It was nearly eight minutes before the Zias had their first field goal. In the end, the painfully slow start was too much to overcome and Central Oklahoma cruised to a 75-54 Lone Star Conference […]

Lizard that lives in county could be added to endangered list

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A lizard that lives in southern Roosevelt County may become federally listed as an endangered species, limiting the use of the land included in its habitat. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service proposed the dunes sagebrush lizard, also known as the sand dunes lizard, be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study revealed at least one bit of information — four-plus hours is not enough time to hammer out everything. The technical and policy committees for the JLUS will meet again — chair Sid Strebeck said sometime […]