Experience shades expectations

It has not exactly been a year when cross country, or back country for that matter, skiers could pick and choose their time and place for recreation. In fact, by this time last year enough snow had fallen in the Curry County area for a number of skiing outings, but this year, even a trip […]

Ten charged with gambling at country club

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Portales city councilor and former Roosevelt County manager have been charged with illegal gambling in connection with a Dec. 30 undercover investigation at the Portales Country Club. Councilman Oscar Robinson and former County Manager Michael Miller were among a group of 10 charged with petty misdemeanor gambling, according […]

Tunisians face uncertain future after ousting

Freedom New Mexico It is still somewhat uncertain just how events will shake out in the Northern African country of Tunisia, with a “national unity” government designed to hold things together until elections can be held and beset by resignations and continuing protests. What is certain, however, is that Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, a dictator […]

Country club cited for gambling

Freedom New Mexico State officials have cited the Portales County Club for gambling and a Department of Public Safety spokesman said Wednesday that investigators plan to meet with the district attorney to determine if criminal charges will be filed. State Police Lt. Eric Garcia said a DPS Special Investigations Division agent issued the citation after […]

My turn: Christmas displays all right with me

The Portales News-Tribune (online and printed) ran numerous comments about the Nativity scene on the Portales courthouse lawn. Some think that it violates separation of church and state. Others believe it represents Christian principles they say the country was founded on. (I’ve never grasped the difference between these principles and just being a good person. […]

ENMU men seventh in regional cross country

Freedom New Mexico WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Junior Mohammed Noor finished 13th with a time of 32 minutes, 16.13 seconds over 10 kilometers Saturday, leading Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a seventh-place team finish in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional cross country meet, hosted by Central Missouri. The host Mules took the team […]

Time to lift sanctions on Myanmar

The release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the house arrest to which she has been subject since 2003 is rightfully celebrated as a small step toward a freer and more open society in Burma. The Southeast Asian country was renamed Myanmar by the military junta that has ruled the country ruthlessly since […]

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Students to honor vets Elida students and staff will honor area veterans for their service to our country on Wednesday. A brief program followed by lunch will take place in the school cafeteria beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Hounds 2nd, Zias 4th in LSC cross country

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams recorded the highest finishes in the programs history in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference meet, hosted by Abilene Christian. Junior Mohammed Noor finished second individually in a time of 24 minutes, 28.86 seconds over eight kilometers, leading the ENMU men to second place […]

Women have come long way

In our little country school we had basketball goals on a dirt lot, and girls and boys played together, choosing up teams. In fact, I don’t remember any discussions at all about boys and girls competing together in sports. We all learned not to dribble the basketball in the goatheads and other sticker weeds if […]

Weekly LSC volleyball, soccer, cross country update

Volleyball standings All Times MDT Conf. All W-L W-L Abilene Christian 7-0 18-3 West Texas A&M 7-0 14-7 Angelo State 6-1 10-10 Central Oklahoma 5-3 16-7 Midwestern State 4-3 11-8 Incarnate Word 4-3 7-8 Texas Woman’s 4-3 7-13 Texas- A&M-Kingsville 4-4 9-10 Tarleton State 3-4 16-7 Eastern New Mexico 3-4 11-10 Cameron 2-5 7-13 SE […]

Weekly LSC soccer, cross country update 9/30

Freedom New Mexico Soccer standings All Times MDT Men

Security efforts must not erode our freedoms

As we remember Sept. 11, 2001, a new report suggests our country’s officials pay too little attention to the threats of terrorist attacks from within. The report deserves attention, but it should not be used to justify the further curtailment of individual rights. Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group, comprising former heads of the […]

Concert mix of country, rock ‘n’ roll performances

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Liliana Castillo Brian Hyland had more than 2,000 people on back up when he sang his 1960’s hit “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” Friday at the Clovis Music Festival. Organizers said about 2,200 fans came out to see Portales native Will Banister and the Mulberry Band, Hyland, Bobby Richards’ Coasters and Bobby […]

McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

‘Unintended’ consequences from health care reform no surprise

Freedom Newspapers During the debates on federalized health care, there was no shortage of people projecting the negative consequences of such a policy. Those consequences are beginning to be realized. Two of the country’s largest insurance providers, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, already have stopped issuing new coverage for children and other plans. The […]

Peterson fifth in 15-16 Sun Country Junior PGA event

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s Ethan Peterson shot a second-round 78 Tuesday to finish fifth at 9-over 155 in the boys 15-16 division of the 2010 Sun Country Junior PGA Championship at Four Hills Country Club. Portales’ Paige Hartman, meantime, finished eighth in the girls 15-16 division, shooting a 96 on Tuesday for […]

U.S. citizenship precious to all

Baxter Black What a country! July Fourth, Independence Day 2010 — as dissent and malaise fill the headlines, and bitter diatribe and blame mongering flood the airwaves, the question we should each ask each ourselves is, “Where would we rather be?” Would I have a happier life if I took my family and moved to […]

I’m blessed to live in America

Let this Fourth of July be a renewal of respect, courage and dedication for this great country. I don’t know about you, but I get just a little weary of continual controversy over issues that would adversely affect this nation. Excuse me, but I love our country. I love the red, white and blue, and […]

Cover of darkness no refuge from angry cow

Baxter Black Late-night calls are usually not good news. Especially if it is the police calling to tell you a car has hit a cow on the highway. Jack got the call at 11:15 p.m. on a Friday night. The local police all have his number because he knows the country, all the ranches and […]