TV channel devoted to community

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Argen Duncan Portales is one of a few cities to have its own community cable channel, according to the Comcast cable operations manager. Portales Community Television Channel 19 is available to the approximately 2,500 Comcast customers who use the company’s basic service in Portales, said Comcast Operations Manager Spencer Debord. The channel shows information about […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Report cards, sports stars and the Polish Prince

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. School notes Floyd Municipal School District has a schedule change in January. According to the district website, there will be no school Friday, but students will make up the day Jan. 17. Question of the day Barry Bonds, Brett Favre….Tiger Woods. If you could […]

Empty Stocking donations list

Freedom New Mexico The Salvation Army’s most successful Christmas campaign in the last five years collected $52,034 between Red Kettles and Empty Stocking Funds. The second most successful year was in 2007 when the organization raised $46,501. Empty Stocking donations this year totaled $9,843. The following is a list of Empty Stocking donators furnished by […]

My turn: Hunter outsmarts self

Clarence Plank A lot of things are very important when it comes to hunting, such as transportation and stealth. The trick is to fool the game, not the hunter. Danny Dictson, a ranch owner in Picacho who also sells permits to hunters, gives this example of stealth gone perhaps a bit too far: Dictson said […]

Monday morning briefing: Game time, back to school and Palin’s home

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zaime’s pick for the week. Game: Raskulls Genre: Action puzzle System: Xbox Live Arcade What is it? A simplistic puzzler full of quirky charm. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Web site: n/a Question of the day What […]

Their view: Funeral procession ban extreme measure

Funeral procession ban extreme measure A district attorney in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley is proposing outlawing funeral processions in his county. The Brownsville Herald newspaper opposed the idea in an editorial. Here’s a snippet:

Iraqis ready to take control of own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

CPR classes offered

Freedom New Mexico The American Red Cross has scheduled the following first aid and CPR classes at the Matt 25 building at 1200 N. Thornton St. in Clovis: • Adult CPR: 6 p.m. Wednesday • Child/infant CPR: 6 p.m. Jan. 12 • First Aid: 6 p.m. Jan. 19 • Recertification night: 6 p.m., Jan. 26. […]

Year in review: County projects under way

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Alisa Boswell Big things have happened for Roosevelt County in 2010, according to County Commission Chairman David Sanders and outgoing County Commissioner Gene Creighton, who will finish his second term with the county at the end of this month. “I have appreciated serving the city and the county for the last eight years,” said Creighton. […]

My turn: This year already off to better start

In 2010 I was much luckier than last in driving on Christmas Eve from Portales to Dallas. In 2009 I joined thousands in getting stranded at night on snow-packed I-20. After an eternity of sucking up 18-wheeler fumes, I forced my way on the shoulder around frustrated drivers to a distant exit, backtracked to Abilene, […]

Can’t beat catfish

Several years ago I made a commercial for the Catfish Institute. Their office was in Belzoni, Miss. The commercial concluded, “…just write in care of Miz June. That’s B-E-L-Z-O-N-I. You learned to spell Mississippi in grade school!” I have spent most of my life in the mountain west so trout has been my primary fish […]

First baby of 2011 is couple’s first daughter

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The first baby born in Clovis in 2011 was Clovis residents’ Alex and Anna Barraz’ first daughter. Yvette Barraz was born at 3:50 a.m. Saturday. She weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces. Anna Barraz, 26, said her due date was Jan. 1, but she expected to give birth a week late, as she had with […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor dies

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Kevin Wilson Irvin “I.R.” Butler will be remembered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew him as Grandpa. Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor […]

Jan. 2 — Weekly update

Alisa Boswell Charged teen being evaluated DeAngelo Montoya, the 13-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Angel Vale this summer, is undergoing evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial, Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer said. No court dates are scheduled at this time.

Jan. 2 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Tuesday • A police officer was dispatched to Allsup’s, 120 South Chicago St., at 5:41 p.m. in reference to an automobile burglary. • Officers were dispatched to Allsup’s, 1801 South Avenue I, at 6:01 p.m. in reference to domestic violence in progress. A […]