Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, final exams and the first post office

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own Jenna Zamie, whose tireless research is legend. Game: Bastion Genre: Action RPG System: 360, PC What is it? A diverse adventure game with a great deal of flexibility. ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ […]

Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cassie Smith, second from right, sister-in-law of Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr., takes part in a prayer vigil Wednesday for Smith at Central Baptist Church. Smith was critically injured July 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 attended the vigil. Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith […]

Clovis soldier wounded in Afghanistan

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Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith Jr. had only been in Afghanistan about a month when his unit came under attack Friday, and he was critically wounded. Less than a week and several surgeries later, the 1999 Clovis High School graduate remains in critical condition at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in […]

Zias add pair for softball

Freedom New Mexico Outfielder-third baseman Katie Whitten of Riverside, Calif., and pitcher Alberta Medina of Las Cruces have signed letters of intent to play softball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Whitten, a transfer from Midland (Texas) College, helped the Lady Chaps to a 42-17 record last year and a runnerup finish in Region […]

Portales grads look to future

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Argen Duncan The 161 graduates of the Portales High School Class of 2011 walked the stage Friday night amid cheers and whistles at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Portales HS Principal Melvin Nusser said the class, which included 36 honors graduates, was one of the biggest the school had in some time. “They made […]

Padgett adds to soccer recruiting class

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Todd Padgett has added all-state forward Alysia Carrasco of La Cueva to a large recruiting class. Carrasco was La Cueva’s leading scorer in her senior season. “Alysia is very gifted technically and, because of her individual attributes, will fit into the way we […]

ENMU briefs — May 25

Aqua aerobics course on tap Emily Meadows is teaching a morning aqua aerobics course in the Eastern New Mexico University Distance Education and Outreach program this summer. Meadows said the water is a great alternative for those who suffer from back pain or other ailments, and the resistance provided by the pool will improve cardiovascular […]

My turn: Inmates inspiring as graduates

I interviewed students from seven graduating classes this week, all of whom were passionate and excited about their big day. But I think the graduating class where I had the most fun with was the Roosevelt County Detention Center inmates who graduated from their parenting class on Tuesday. I laughed and joked with them and […]

ENMU briefs — May 11

Kids’Zumba class offered The office of Distance Education and Outreach is offering kids’ Zumba classes this summer. Kacy Cash will teach the classes. The 4- to 7-year-old class is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays from June 6 to July 29. The 8- to 12-year-old class is set for 5 p.m. to 5:30 […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez

USAF photo • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Eric Hernandez • Hometown: Libertyville, Ill. • Air Force career field: Aerospace maintenance • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron • Accomplishments: Hernandez is a dedicated maintainer who adapts easily to new situations. He was recognized for outstanding performance as the best in his First Term Airman […]

Civilization dependent on ecosystem

I occasionally, when preparing for class, find myself discovering things that I wish I had not found. I suppose that this is true for other educators, as well. Like the words from Don Henley’s song, “Dirty Laundry,” it’s a matter of “You don’t really want to know what’s goin’ on; you don’t really want to […]

Petite Picassos: Cannon Library hosts art class for toddlers

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Kaia Kerr, 4, gives her lion a lavender mane. Once a month, Cannon Library librarian Loretta Croke teaches toddlers art in a class called Petite Picasso. The subject changes for each class. She has taught art topics such as watercolor and mosaic. On March 24, she taught the toddlers how to […]

Switch to zone helps Elida win Class B crown

Elida wins Class B girls state title

The Elida Tigers rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Grady 60-48 Friday afternoon in the Class B girls state championship game. Magarita Ortiz scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter when Eldia outscored Grady 26-8. Reavis Best led Elida (26-3) with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Amanda Cross-Smith added […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman First Class Joshua-Daniel Keoni Hayworth

USAF photo Airman First Class Joshua-Daniel Keoni Hayworth Name/rank: Airman First Class Joshua-Daniel Keoni Hayworth Hometown: Waianae, Hawaii Air Force career field: Fire protection Squadron: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Accomplishments: Since May 2010, Airman First Class Hayworth has been turning the heads of many supervisors and leaders. As a dedicated Air Commando, he […]

Portales past: March 27, 1944

March 27, 1944: The Portales Daily News: Petty Officer 1st Class Pat Riley of the U.S. Coast Guard is in Causey visiting his parents.

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson

Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson • Name/rank: Airman 1st Class Joshua Johnson • Hometown: Mankato, Minn. • Air Force career field: Airfield management • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Support Squadron • Accomplishments: In 2010 Johnson was selected as Trainee of the Quarter (flight level), Airman of the Quarter (flight level), Airman of the Quarter (squadron […]

ENMU typography students reimagine newspaper for class

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Alisa Boswell Is it time to redesign the Portales News-Tribune? It was for Eastern New Mexico University students in Brad Hamann’s Typography class. Hamann, an ENMU graphic design instructor, decided to give the 16 students in his fall design class a new challenge by having them critique and redesign the local Portales newspaper. “I wanted […]

ENMU adds Clovis’ Hill to fold

Freedom New Mexico Clovis High quarterback Jordan Hill has signed a national letter of intent to play football next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Hill became the 25th signee for the Greyhounds in two days, and the seventh quarterback. As a senior, he garnered second-team Class 5A all-state honors as a defensive back for […]

Air Commando spotlight: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg

USAF photo Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Name: Airman 1st Class Mark Kieweg • Hometown: Park Falls, Wis. • Air Force career field: Vehicle operations • Squadron: 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron • Accomplishments: Kieweg works in vehicle operations and has been stationed at Cannon Air Force Base since 2009. In 2010 he […]