Floyd’s Chenault recognized

Freedom New Mexico Chet Chenault of Floyd, a member of the University of the Southwest baseball team, was one of 73 USW athletes recognized for helping the Hobbs-based school win its second consecutive Red River Athletic Conference GPA award for the 2010-11 school year. USW’s 160 student-athletes compiled a combined GPA of 3.02 in 2010-11, [...]

Their view: Real problems lie with Congress

Kirby Rowan of Portales writes about the troubles the public faces because of elected politicians:

N.M. still capitalizing on the Kid

Oh, Susana, I think you are onto a hot one. This “Catch the Kid” business, the contest to track down Billy the Kid and win 10,000 bucks? Good move, Gov. Martinez. Last Sunday I saw the full page ad featuring the contest poster: WANTED, BILLY THE KID. $10,000 REWARD. Here’s why that is a timely [...]

Social Security delays only scare tactic

Freedom New Mexico Anxious senior-citizen readers may be worrying that their Social Security checks might be held up by the wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. It’s worth clearing up that misconception and some others. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to line up enough GOP votes to pass a budget [...]

Monday morning briefing: Surplus sale, crime awareness and the makings of war

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Surplus for sale The city of Portales is auctioning off surplus property, including vehicles and fire department equipment, according to its website. The auction is open to the public. Items are available for review at www.publicsurplus.com. Crime awareness The Clovis version of National Night [...]

Realtors: Housing demand strong

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Argen Duncan The local housing market is slower than in the past but doing better than most of the nation, people involved in that market have said. “Compared to the rest of the country, we’ve really been blessed in Curry and Roosevelt counties,” said Wanda Graham of Kiva Realty in Portales. The area has seen [...]

July 31 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Tuesday • An officer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance about 1:40 p.m. in the 800 block of North Avenue I. A 29-year-old woman said she and her boyfriend had argued, and he recorded her with a small video camera. During [...]

My turn: No sense, just real-life experience

One of my columns generated an e-mail from a gentleman who said that I didn’t have a lick of common sense. Apparently, I set him off by not toeing religious, political or fishing lines — or perhaps my tongue-in-cheek lines didn’t hook him. The blue-collar worker clearly wanted to wring my stereotyped collar. He probably [...]

Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

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Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert began teaching as early as her senior year of high school. She began her own [...]

Miracle products lure wife

I’m convinced my wife would be an easy mark for a snake oil salesman. She’s pretty sure miracle products are hitting the store shelves regularly while I’m of the mindset that if what I’ve got is working, I don’t want something new until I actually see someone I know with the new thing. My wife [...]