Zias edge Highlands in exhibition

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Paola Loya broke a scoreless tie midway through the second half and Eastern New Mexico University held on for a 1-0 win over New Mexico Highlands in an exhibition game Thursday afternoon at the ENMU soccer field. A freshman forward from Albuquerque, Loya scored in the 68th minute off a […]

Beef show gives youths ranching experience

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Argen Duncan The Breeding Beef Show teaches participants what ranchers deal with every day, the show superintendent said. In the show at the Roosevelt County Fair, youth exhibited heifers — females that haven’t had a calf — and one cow with a calf, while the judge evaluated their physical appearance and movement. Superintendent Jim Duncan […]

Tucumcari man facing charges for assault on probation officer

PNT reports Portales police say a Tucumcari man was arrested after he struck a probation officer with a car door as he sped away in the vehicle to avoid arrest. Brandon Owen, 26, is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies; resisting an officer, […]

Their view: Slow down, turn off technology

Loni Newby is a Clovis mom, married to the Air Force who writes a weekly column for Cannon Connections, our base newspaper. This is her latest effort:

Libertarianism starts with respect

I sometimes hear people make the claim that libertarianism is “Utopian,” just like communism, because “It sounds good on paper, but it will never work in the real world.” Ridiculous! Communism requires the impossible — omniscient central planners — in order to work. Libertarianism only needs you to not steal or attack; it places no […]

Economy more pressing issue at hand

Freedom New Mexico Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to have an old-fashioned hankering to stamp out illicit drugs, to keep pushing for a solution to yet another problem that’s already well on the road to solving itself. The problem: illegal immigration. Gov. Scott told The Associated Press he hopes the […]

My turn: Pioneer Day highlight of county fair

Alisa Boswell I got to enjoy the Roosevelt County Fair for the first time this week both personally and professionally. It was fun being able to ride the ferris wheel, tease the Portales firefighters at their display trailer and eat a good burger. But I think the biggest highlight for me was covering the Pioneer […]

Longtime county residents honored at Pioneer Days Festival

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Alisa Boswell Receiving Pioneers of the Year recognition at the annual Pioneer Days breakfast Thursday morning was both a surprise and an honor for Bill and Peggy Prater, according to Bill Prater. Prater, vice president for the Pioneer Board, said the board picks who is the Pioneer of the Year but when his name was […]

High school football fans eager for start of season

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Sharna Johnson Bill Parson is known as Portales Rams’ greatest fan. Whether he’s sitting with the band during football games — he’s been named an honorary band member — marching with them in a parade, or breaking out across the field to wave a flag in celebration of a scored touchdown, Parson has become a […]

Friday morning briefing: Fair warning, fair days and learn to surf

Good Friday morning. The weekend is upon us and it’s time for the morning briefing. Fair warning From 10:30 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday Clovis Police will be conducting a DWI check point within the city. Officers will be targeting drunk and drug-impaired drivers. Roosevelt County Fair Today and Saturday are the last days […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

Goat show entries up

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Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Fair goat shows are growing, and participants say it’s fun, hard work and a learning experience. The fair features several goat shows, and Superintendent Rod Savage said entries were up a little compared to last year. With the goat project being only 6 or 7 years old in the county, […]

Fishing report — Aug. 23

New Mexico report 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. Northwest Animas River — The flow is 201 cfs. […]

Zias seek to mount title run

Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University women’s team has made it to the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament just once in its eight-year history. The Zias finished 11th in the then-12-team LSC last season, and were picked for last in the revised eight-team league this year. First-year coach Todd Padgett, though, thinks the sky’s […]

Ticket feature: ‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under the Stars of New Mexico event Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner Murphy said the event honor’s the Navajo and Apache nations, who were […]

Police investigating cause of fatal collision

Freedom New Mexico Investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine what caused a Monday two-vehicle accident on U.S. 70, which killed an Oklahoma couple. Cassandra Horton, 67, and her husband Claude Horton, 84, of Elk City, Okla., died when their Ford Explorer collided into the back of a privately owned garbage truck near the […]

Back on the beat: College students, faculty, staff get in gear for fall semester

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Sharna Johnson and Alisa Bowell College students converged on the area’s three higher learning institutions this week —

Season always open for feral hog hunting

Glenda Price Here’s a wonderful deal for you hunters who didn’t get drawn this year or who didn’t manage to bag a deer, or elk, or antelope. How about a feral hog? They are classified as “nuisance animals,” so there’s no actual season. You can come shoot any time. Just have a license and permission […]

My turn: Recipe puts summer zucchini to use

If you’re looking for a way to use summer zucchini, here’s an idea for you: Cook it with pork chops. This recipe comes from www.tasteofhome.com, and we have permission to use it.

Thursday morning briefing: Changes at Marshall, bird hunts and following the yellow brick road

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Changes at Marshall Due to construction, Marshall Middle School will be closing the access road between the front of the school and Citizens Bank each day from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. School officials say it’s necessary for the […]