City officials invited to Africa

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Alisa Boswell Portales city leaders may be headed for Zambia, Africa, next summer for further meetings with Zambian kings Nzamane and Mukunis. The kings have offered to pay all costs except for flights to and from Zambia. “Next July, we would like to expect some people to come to Zambia,” said Patrick Mapalo, an ambassador […]

Their view: Bingaman welcomes increase in Social Security benefits

Press releases Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., issued this week on a boost in Social Security benefits and President Obama’s announcement of the end of the war in Iraq:

Moammar Gadhafi’s death won’t be mourned

Freedom New Mexico We’re certainly not lamenting the death of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Before being kicked out of power this summer by NATO-backed rebels, he tyrannized and terrorized his people for 42 years. He also engaged in acts of international terrorism, such as the 1986 bombing of a Berlin discotheque that killed three […]

My turn: Green Tea Party encourages green-thumbs

I’m running for president on the Green Tea Party ticket. Under our platform, adults can grow 150 pounds of medicinal marijuana — and sell leftovers to unfortunate Texans missing green-thumbs. Back when Three Dog Night was considered heavy, I tried growing grass in east Texas. Despite the fertile land, success was elusive. I planted skunk […]

Police blotter — Oct. 23

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Alisa Boswell Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Oct. 16 • At 2:17 a.m., two officers were dispatched to West Second Street in reference to a noise complaint and fight in progress. When officers arrived, there were five subjects standing in the yard. Two ran away, one went inside […]

ENMU wins LSC men’s cross country title

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year reign as Lone Star Conference cross country champions on Saturday, as Marv Albert might say, “with authority.” Led by individual winner Isaiah Samoei, ENMU because the league’s first men’s cross country team champion not named ACU since 1990, placing […]

Church honoring religious figure

Freedom New Mexico Immanuel Lutheran Church will join thousands of congregations Sunday in honoring the bicentennial of the birth of Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther during 10:30 a.m. services at the church, located at 1021 N. Prince Street. Born Oct. 25, 1811, in Saxony, Germany, Walther migrated to America in search of religious freedom. He helped […]

Authorities seek vandals

Freedom New Mexico Authorities are searching for whoever drove through two New Mexico pumpkin patches and caused $4,500 in damages just weeks before Halloween. Curry County deputies say someone drove through a fence Tuesday night in Curry County and damaged the pumpkin patch and corn maze at Davis Farms. Two nights later, someone did the […]

In search of ponies: Animals capable of humanistic traits

The mare’s struggle quickly turned to quiet relief the moment she nuzzled her newborn foal on the ground beside her. In that one instant, she changed and the change was as real as the fragile creature next to her, her focus switching from centered on self, to being centered on her offspring. As I watched […]

McGee: Harvester ants possess remarkable work ethic

While riding my bicycle along one of our county roads, I stopped to contemplate a harvester ant colony. I should tell you I’m an admirer of harvester ants. These ants are those big ones that make low, wide ant hills. I like them for their pure work ethic, because they seem to know just what […]

Fundraiser aims to help Clovis family

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Alisa Boswell Funds from the third annual Oktober-Feast fundraiser will help build a new home for a Clovis family in a dire living situation, according to Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Joyce Davis. Davis said the next family on the Habitat for Humanity waiting list is sleeping on the floor at their current home because […]

Zias clinch program’s second LSC soccer tournament bid

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University wrapped up its second Lone Star Conference tournament berth in the nine-year history of the program on Friday, erupting for three second-half goals in a 4-1 victory over Incarnate Word at the ENMU soccer pitch. The Zias (7-5-3, 5-3-3 LSC) moved into third place in the conference, pending […]

Prep football scoreboard — Oct. 21

Area Clovis 23, Carlsbad 15 Lovington 37, Portales 7 Texico 28, Tucumcari 7 Fort Sumner 46, Cloudcroft 18 6-man Clovis Christian 43, Roy 37 Dora 51, Elida 0 8-man Melrose 36, Gateway Christian 34 Tatum 59, Floyd 6 Texas Farwell 41, Nazareth 6 Muleshoe 49, Littlefield 42 New Mexico Alamogordo 35, Onate 34 Animas 54, […]

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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 […]

Fishing report — Oct. 21

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.

Day trip: Santa Fe Children’s Museum

Gabriel Monte Place: Santa Fe Children’s Museum Location: 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe What activities can you enjoy at this location: The Children’s Museum provides an educational setting where all types of informal learning occur. What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages Admission prices? New Mexico residents with ID: $6; all […]

Behind the scenes: Fueling the flight

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Dalton, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels apprentice, grips a hose, also called a “dead man” hose, used to initiate and halt refueling of aircraft on the flightline on Oct. 18 at Cannon Air Force Base. The refueling process varies in […]

A flying tribute

Tony Heiman, left, admires the flag collection at 213 E. 11th St. that he and his longtime friend Paul Ulibarri began building six months ago. They want the flags to unify Clovis. Benna Sayyed Tony Heiman hopes the collection of flags flying in his front yard in Clovis can inspire a sense of harmony and […]