Ron Paul’s message makes him favorable

Ron Paul almost certainly won’t get the GOP presidential nomination, and Mitt Romney probably will. Alas, Romney won’t have anywhere near the passionate support that Paul brings to the race. The difference between Paul and the rest is his message. Paul defends the individual and promotes freedom. It’s irresistible to men and women who would […]

We all lose during election time

I can give you a prediction about the next presidential election almost a year before it happens. Ready? The U.S. government will win and America will lose. The status quo will be elected once more. There isn’t a bit of difference between any of the candidates who will end up on the ballot in the […]

Horse’s tell in his ears

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

My turn: Facebook makes me hungry

I recently found and was added to a new group on Facebook. Some former residents put together a group dedicated to old Portales memories.The group quickly grew and now has almost 500 members. Many of them are past graduates and people who have moved away over the years. Some of them report to have been […]

Their view: Congressman witness to White House celebration

Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., joined the celebration at the White House on Sunday night, and composed the following reflection: Just arriving in D.C. from New Mexico at about 10:30 p.m., I almost missed the announcement that bin Laden was dead. My Blackberry was buzzing with the news of the impending presidential message. I was frustrated, […]

Educational choices best left to parents

Freedom New Mexico Hurray for Colorado, a state of school choice in which parents may open-enroll their children in almost any school they choose. If education is the future, Colorado’s future is bright. State money follows each student, so schools compete for the favor of parents. In trying to win the hearts of parents, schools […]

In search of ponies: Barn smells become comforting

Sharna Johnson It was a wafting, almost ambient kind of odor. Sniff sniff sniff… “Urine… stale urine,” I identified, looking around and dismissing it, figuring there was a dirty baby diaper somewhere in the restaurant. The next time we ate at that restaurant weeks later, we were seated in the same booth. It was faint […]

Food Bank meets money match for refrigeration space

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Liliana Castillo Small individual donations and a few hefty ones helped the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico match a near $150,000 donation almost two weeks before their deadline. A total of $270,000 will be used to build a large refrigerator and freezer with an attached garage area at the back of the bank’s building […]

Police blotter — Oct. 10

Samplings of recent calls received by Portales-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Tuesday An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of North Avenue E at almost 3 p.m. for a report of possible child abuse. When he arrived, a woman told him her niece said the adult responsible for her had kicked her […]

Portales past: Aug. 12, 1945

Aug. 12, 1945: Commercial revolving shelf units for kitchen cabinets (Lazy Susans) were being made by almost all the manufacturers, according to Veda Strong, home management specialist with the New Mexico Extension Service.

It’s their job: Dusty Looney

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Cosmetologist Dusty Looney of Creative Images salon gives a manicure Monday. She does hair and nails, and has worked at Creative Images almost 10 years. Looney said she likes the work environment where everyone gets along, and the people she meets.

My turn: Rain can be too much of a good thing

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A little rain sounds good about now, but be careful what you wish for. Portales had maybe too much of a good thing in the spring, summer and fall of 1941. Records show the city received almost 43 inches of rain from March through October — more than double its annual average and a record […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fireworks, a trade show and one fast horse

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.Hunting down The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish received almost 30,000 fewer hunting applications for the coming hunting season compared to the previous year. The declines included almost 15,000 fewer applicants for deer licenses and about 10,000 for elk licenses.Website of the day […]

Portales police investigating vandalism

Freedom New Mexico Portales police are investigating a string of almost a dozen broken windows in vehicles and homes they believe may be related. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said last week the reports picked up intensity for about four or five days but have since tapered off. “We probably took about 10 or […]

Opposition needs to flex their power

Freedom New Mexico The regime in Tehran celebrated the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution last week with large-scale demonstrations in support of the theocratic state. Ordinarily such demonstrations, featuring people given the day off work, bused to demonstration sites and sometimes paid, simply celebrate the regime. Since the disputed (almost certainly rigged) election […]

Empty Stocking Fund surpasses last year’s total

Freedom New Mexico As of noon Friday, the Empty Stocking Fund had collected almost $900 more than last season’s drive. Officials said donations thus far total $8,998.91. Last year donations to the fund totaled $8,100.

Milk prices make slow climb

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Milk prices are rebounding but dairy owners expect it will take years for them to recover from almost a year of prices so low that they couldn’t break even. Last month, Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said, net prices were a little more than $12 per 100 pounds […]

Landmarks languish in limbo

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The excitement is almost tangible when some locals talk about rebuilding the oldest, grandest hotels in Clovis and Portales. But if hope puts gleam in the eyes, reality often provides the floaters. Still, those with the dream press on. “I’m not concerned,” said Robyne Beaubien, executive director of Clovis […]

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

Biologists: Foxes not uncommon in area

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Foxes are shy, smart, and silent creatures who hunt a variety of animals and insects. There are four species of foxes in New Mexico; red, gray, kit and swift fox. Eastern New Mexico University Wildlife biologists Zach Jones and Tony Gennaro say foxes can be found almost anywhere. Gennaro […]