Joplin tornado destroys former Portales residents’ home

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Alisa Boswell Past Portales residents and Portales High School graduates Justin and Kari (Thompson) Nevins lost their family home in Joplin, Mo., on Sunday when an EF5 tornado hit the city, destroying multiple homes and killing 125 people. Kari Nevins said her family went into the house cellar after hearing the second tornado siren and […]

Curry, Roosevelt counties receive more than $2 million in grants

Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State Community Development Block Grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico who applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were awarded […]

Make your life easier with slow cooker

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Collen Jaskot Harried schedule or not, you gotta eat. Oh, and probably feed the family, too. The solution to make your life easier? A slow cooker, like the Waring Pro Professional 6.5-quart Slow Cooker. It can be set to cook from two to 12 hours in two-hour increments, and it comes complete with cooking instructions […]

Two fires break out in Roosevelt County

Alisa Boswell The Portales Fire Department is estimating 2,200 to 2,500 acres for the Blackwater Fire that ignited Tuesday on a U.S. 70 median then moved northeast towards New Mexico Highway 202. The New Mexico State Forestry Division said Wednesday the fire has been slowed, but is not yet contained. Another fire broke out on […]

New Mexico fishing report — May 25

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Reader-submitted content: ENMU student starts tornado relief effort

Robin Haislett Lawrence Baker, an Eastern New Mexico University senior communications student from Portales and Dumas, Texas, is spearheading an effort to donate goods to the children impacted by the devastating tornado that decimated Joplin, Mo. Baker lived near Joplin, Mo. for a few years. While watching the news he was shocked “to just see […]

City to start testing tornado sirens

Alisa Boswell Beginning today, Portales will be testing its tornado sirens at noon every first and third Thursday of the month to ensure the city’s mass notification system is fully operational and all Roosevelt County residents are able to hear alerts. “We want to make sure our equipment is functioning and we are doing it […]

The stars shine bright in Bardstown, Ky.: Take the whole family on a great getaway to see Thomas the Tank Engine and more

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Kathy Witt This summer, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt will join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion – and Toto, too – in Bardstown, Ky., a small town known far and wide as “The Bourbon Capital of the World” owing to its preeminent spot on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Liquid gold […]

Memorial Day on a budget: Affordable family fun

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Andrea Pyros Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and it’s increasingly become an occasion for families to spend time together. But with the economy still not fully back on its feet and gas prices climbing past the $4-a-gallon mark, the name of the game is affordable fun. We’ve come up with 10 traditional […]

Better to admit injury than tough out pain

Glenda Price Bud and Kathy ride horses, of course, but they also like to ride mules, especially in rough country. Awhile back they bought a new mule, and Bud was ready to try him out. Kathy knew she couldn’t quite trust the one they already had but she didn’t know the new one at all, […]

My turn: Can’t go wrong with spicy casserole recipe

Argen Duncan My friend Terri Wildman, an Eastern New Mexico University alumna, gave me a favorite, spicy casserole recipe. It’s great to assemble ahead of time. Terri’s recipe is modified from one she received from her mother, who modified a recipe from a friend, who modified a recipe from elsewhere. “And it’s really hard to […]

Their view: Time to end tax breaks for major oil companies

Kate Colarulli is the associate campaign director for Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign. She urges ending tax breaks for oil companies.

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the night watching the remnants of a fire that broke out Tuesday along a median on U.S. Highway 70 near Blackwater Draw Museum and quickly spread east for five miles behind 50 mph winds. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. and estimated […]

Bill makes it easier for U.S. to go to war

Freedom New Mexico The killing of Osama bin Laden has provoked a much-needed reassessment of American defense and security needs. Our country needs to be able to defend itself against mass murderers. Yet we also need to make sure our precious liberties are not infringed in the process. In “America the Beautiful,” we sing of […]

Housing markets tight near bases

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Police blotter —

Recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Friday • An officer was contacted about noon regarding a male having a knife at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School. A six-inch butterfly knife was recovered, and the investigation was ongoing.

ENMU briefs — May 25

Aqua aerobics course on tap Emily Meadows is teaching a morning aqua aerobics course in the Eastern New Mexico University Distance Education and Outreach program this summer. Meadows said the water is a great alternative for those who suffer from back pain or other ailments, and the resistance provided by the pool will improve cardiovascular […]

School officials observe rise in special education students

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Argen Duncan Portales Municipal Schools has seen the number of special education students rise more than the overall enrollment increase, and administrators say they’re doing whatever they need to serve every student. At the May school board meeting, Director of Special Student Services Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns said the number of special education students increased 10.8 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Rodeo time, Allsup’s origins and Star Wars opens

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Ride ‘em cowboy The second annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo starts 1 p.m. Friday at Curry County Events Center and continues through the weekend. Information: 935-7000. Library hours The Dora School Library is scheduled to be open during the summer on Tuesdays from 10 […]

Movies in 3D not worth upcharge

Kevin Wilson I went to my favorite gas station Tuesday. It’s not my favorite because it has the cheapest prices on gas. Actually, the more expensive gas is, the more counterproductive it is to drive to a specific station to save pocket change. It’s because that station is the only place I can find a […]