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TexAnns beat Zias in four

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Freedom New Mexico Nikki McNorton had 14 kills and nine total blocks (three solos) Thursday night as Tarleton State pulled away to a 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. Stacie Murrah added 10 kills and four block assists for the TexAnns (14-11, 8-5 LSC). […]

ENMU fall sports squads think big

Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team hopes to end Abilene Christian’s long domination of the Lone Star Conference this weekend. ACU has won the last 20 LSC championships, but the Greyhounds are positioned to make a strong run at the Wildcats in Saturday’s league event at San Angelo, Texas. “There’s […]

My turn: Plenty to do over weekend

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I heard a lot of positive things about last weekend’s Peanut Valley Festival. Sadly, I was out of town for the 10th birthday and fourth birthday celebration of two special children. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching children ranging from 2 to 4 years old amped up on sugar. The time with my nieces and […]

Friday morning briefing: Last call, help for college and a big protest

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Last call United Way of Eastern New Mexico needs cardboard tubes for its Zenith Leadership project. It’s the last chance to donate because they must be delivered by 4 p.m. Monday in Portales or 3 p.m. Tuesday in Clovis. Can’t deliver? Call United Way […]

Drought takes its toll on cotton crop

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Farmers across the region say this fall’s cotton crop is bad because of the drought but that’s not the worst news. “The worst thing,” farmer Kendall Devault said Thursday standing alongside 200-acre cotton field outside Farwell, “the bad of it all is underground. There’s no deep moisture left. It’s […]

Your hard work makes you a hero

Are there any real heroes today? Yes and yes! I submit there are many of Americans who are God-fearing people who strive to do right and live by “The Golden Rule.” I am prejudiced because I know more than I can count in Portales. These people are the ones who go to work every day, […]

Hounds turn back Falcons

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Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — It took a while, but the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team continued it dominance against University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Wednesday with a 3-1 win. Despite holding a huge edge in shots on goal, the Hounds (7-3-4) didn’t take the lead until there were eight […]

Thursday morning briefing: Tips for fighting cancer, a feast of sorts and a winner flops

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fighting cancer The Clovis High girls volleyball team is spending Saturday working at Bradley’s Twin Cronnies Drive-In in Clovis, raising money to fight breast cancer. They’ll be taking orders from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and donating all tips to the cause. Feast for […]

ENMU students return from fall break

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Alisa Boswell The Eastern New Mexico University campus was alive with activity Wednesday as students returned from Fall Break. Whether they used their four-day weekend for trips or stayed home to do some catching up, busy seemed to be the theme for ENMU students. “We wanted to do something and get out of town and […]

DairyFest shut down

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Robin Fornoff There won’t be any free ice cream, milk or yogurt because there won’t be a DairyFest in Clovis next summer. Sponsors of the annual event, United Dairy Women, confirmed Wednesday they are shutting down DairyFest for a year, citing a tough economy. “Our industry is hurting,” said Michelle Heavyside, who chairs the UDW […]

Meetings watch: Board of Trustees of Roosevelt General Hospital

At the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting Tuesday in the conference room at Roosevelt General Hospital, board members heard the following: • Eva Stevens, chief financial officer, reported on the financial statements and balance sheet for September 2011. September revenues were above average and profitable. Total revenue for the month […]

My turn: Students learn importance of ‘prairie coal’

I spent an afternoon recently with fifth- and sixth-graders from various local schools who were exploring a dry playa lake bed near Dora. The pasture we were in held cattle all summer. While they had been moved out long before our visit, there was still plenty of evidence they’d been there. Cattle are generous that […]

Fishing report — Oct. 20

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, 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.

Midwestern State rallies past Zias

Freedom New Mexico Miranda Byrd had 16 kills and seven total blocks (three solos) Tuesday night as Midwestern State notched a 25-27, 25-11, 25-21, 25-19 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. Eastern was paced by junior outside hitter Amber Durand, who registered 12 kills and seven digs. Senior […]

Police blotter — Oct. 19

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Oct. 10 • At 1:21 a.m., a woman told an officer she had heard yelling coming from a neighbor’s house. Through the window, the officer heard a female say she wanted to leave and a male voice tell her she wasn’t going to. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Scary stuff, a food distribution and cocaine for cars

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Scary stuff Get prepped for Halloween at the Boy Scouts Fright House 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Matt 25 Hope Center. They’re giving away helmets from the Clovis Fire Department and you can also bring bikes for a free safety inspection. There […]

Playa Festival educates

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in the world. That’s what area fifth-graders are learning as part of the Playa Festivals, which have been held from September to October for the last two years. They are also learning that the playas, desert basins that fill with rain water or spring water […]

Teens arrested for unauthorized graffiti

Three Portales teenagers were arrested Friday and Saturday on multiple counts of unauthorized graffiti, according to Portales police. Portales Sgt. Pat Gallegos took a report of unauthorized graffiti Oct. 11. Officers found 29 locations with graffiti. The charges ranged from three-degree to fourth-degree felonies, police said.

Portales minor arrested for burglaries

A Portales minor was arrested Monday and charged with breaking into five homes in 801 military housing in Portales on Oct. 4, according to Portales police. He’s also charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, police said. He is being held at the juvenile detention center in Clovis.