Martinez appoints two local men to state agencies

Freedom New Mexico Two eastern New Mexico men, one from Clovis and one from Portales, were among four appointments announced Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Blake Curtis, senior vice president of management and sales at Curtis & Curtis, a wholesale and retail seed company in Clovis, was appointed to the New Mexico Finance Authority. Curtis […]

Wednesday morning briefing: An author, school photos and a king

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fast fact Michael Blake, the author of “Dances with Wolves” attended Eastern New Mexico University. Website of the day This is a link to a collection of photos of construction projects going on at Clovis Municipal Schools: http://www.cms.k12.nm.us/operations/construction-gallery/Main.html Question of the day Freezing one […]

Weddings — Aug. 8

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Crosby Joanna Pierce of Portales and Blake Crosby of Beardtown, Ill., were married July 18, 2010, in Allenspark, Colo. Rev. Mike Michelon performed the outdoor wedding. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Madeline Pierce of Portales. Her grandparents are deceased. The groom is the son of Rita A. Crosby of Beardstown. His grandmother […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Portales man requests self-representation at trial

PNT Staff Report A man accused of breaking into a Portales home and beating an 82-year-old woman has asked to represent himself at trial. Preston Blake, 25, faces more than 18 years in prison in connection with a 2008 residential burglary at the home of Jo Ann Vickers. At the beginning of testimony on Wednesday, […]

Local students extend support

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty are showing sympathy and support to those affected by last week’s tragedy at Virginia Tech University by signing a giant card to the university. While watching the news, Jeff Blake felt compelled to do something that would show support for the victims […]

ENMU to host Peanut Valley Festival

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Beginning Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University will host the 33rd annual Peanut Valley Festival, with a wide range of crafts, food and entertainment available on campus. “Just name it and we’re going to have it,” said Alex Hamzy, promoter of On the Road Ranch Shows, which is handling publicity […]

ENMU hosts end of semester concert

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University events organizers say they’re going to end the school year with some “Texas Country” music Thursday. The ENMU Associated Students Activities Board is putting together a concert that will feature the Randy Rogers Band in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building. “He’s (Randy Rogers) […]

ENMU’s Spring Fling has sprung

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University’s Spring Fling festivities kicked off Wednesday night with a concert by the band “Raining Jane.” Jeff Blake, director of student activities at ENMU, said it was a packed house inside the Campus Union building’s ballroom. “Spring Fling gets bigger and better each year,” Blake said. “It’s the best […]

Old Saga Motel gets clean up

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Approximately 20 people turned out Saturday morning to participate in a project for Community Action Day, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Organizations at Eastern New Mexico University. Organizers hope their efforts will eventually turn a run-down motel into a place for community outreach. “It went great,” said […]

Gamers: On the LAN

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers It all started with pinball machines and Atari in the mid-1980s. Then Nintendo in the early ’90s. And when he graduated high school, his “addiction” progressed to personal computer games — Noel Hailey was hooked on video games. “My dad got me started when I was four years old playing […]

Nelson coming for May concert

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University officials have announced that country music legend Willie Nelson will be in concert on the ENMU campus six weeks from today. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. on May 11 in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building on the ENMU campus. Tickets will be on sale […]

ENMU in negotiation for Willie Nelson concert

By Tony Parra Country legend Willie Nelson may just be going “On The Road Again” and make his way down to Portales for a concert at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials confirmed that university representatives are in negotiations with the country singer to perform in Portales. “Officially we haven’t released anything,” Jeff Blake, program […]

Blessid Union concert to kick off ENMU fall semester

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University student activities organizers said on Monday the 2004 fall semester will be kicked off with an Aug. 28 concert featuring pop group Blessid Union of Souls. Jeff Blake, program coordinator of Eastern’s Associated Students Activities Board, said he saw the group play at a conference in Cincinnati and […]

Fair week could get boost from ENMU

By Tony Parra Hotel managers in Portales may be salivating once they see the schedule of events planned for the weekend of Aug. 27-29. The hard-hitting opening of the football season for the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds and the soft cotton candy at the Roosevelt County Fair are just a few of the treats for […]

‘Dances with Wolves’ author returns to ENMU

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By Tony Parra He was homeless for a year, lived in a garage for awhile, slept on a lot of friends’ couches. The life of a Hollywood screenwriter is not all glamour. Michael Blake, 58, a former Eastern New Mexico University student best known as the author of “Dances with Wolves,” told his story to […]