Portales native recounts surviving 30-foot fall

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Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of his accident approaches. He fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft. The 25-year-old Clovis resident and Portales native was loading furniture on the lift of a freight elevator for a customer at his grandmother’s antique store […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Two cents, ring a bell and a prelude to seat belts

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Your two cents Here’s your shot to comment on the State Master Plan for Higher Education. The plan is posted on the department’s home page at www.hed.state.nm.us. The deadline for comments is Dec. 10. To comment: E-mail Executive Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary Carlotta […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for children as well as their animals. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales. The “Jingle Bell Classic” is a steer and heifer jackpot. The contest is […]

Clovis produces one champion

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After the opening bell for the third round, but before a punch could be thrown, Elijio Sena of Clovis pointedly looked in the direction of his opponent’s corner and laughed. In Mark Martinez’ corner, his trainer had just told his fighter that he “had been here before.” Sena heard something […]

Education feature: Keeping students fed no easy feat

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By Carrie Pendleton: PNT correspondent The bell rings, and students shuffle into the cafeteria. They pay up, get served and eat. Then it’s back to class just like every other day. What they don’t see is everything that falls into place for these meals to be produced. Many regulations, people and small details are involved […]

Sky-high goodbye

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As the clock reached 5:24 p.m. Friday, the last flights of the 524th Fighter Squadron flew overhead in a final hurrah at Cannon Air Force Base. Two planes from the 524th, known as the “Hounds of Heaven,” touched down moments later to signal the end […]

Several girls compete with the boys at HPJR

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Sugar and spice and everything nice, as the saying goes, are what little girls are made of. But you can’t blame some of the young cowgirls at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals for having a little bit of ingested dirt as part of their composition. That’s especially true […]

Clovis Christian’s Bell wins 1A triple jump

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis Christian Eagles junior Keeson Bell beat his personal best by more than two feet to win Class 1A state boys triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. He barely missed winning in high jump. That performance gave CCS 12 team points after the first […]

West Texas holds on to Wagon Wheel

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Wagon Wheel will remain in Canyon for at least more year and West Texas A&M remains undefeated for at least one more week. Eastern New Mexico outplayed the visiting Buffaloes for one half, turning four West Texas turnovers into a 14-0 half-time lead, but the sixth-ranked team in […]

Hands-on work fits many locally

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Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: The following is a series of profiles of people in the Portales and Clovis area who work with their hands. High schooler considers hat-creasing a form of art Luis Saenz views creasing cowboy hats as an extension of his passion for art. The high school senior said he learned his craft […]