In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their […]

My turn: Pioneers journey inspires awe

I have followed the progress this week of a couple of 21st century-pioneers, my cousin and her husband, who are relocating to our area from 1,200 miles away. My cousin and I share the same set of grandparents, a hardy couple who came to Roosevelt County 97 years ago. It is impossible to not compare […]

WT cancels final two days of event

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — The final two days of a three-day event hosted by West Texas A&M were canceled due to cold and windy weather conditions. Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team went 2-1 in three games on Friday. The Zias (3-4) were to face Texas-Permian Basin and Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday. […]

Zias fall short in OT

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Dave Wagner One of these days, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team is going to quit knocking on the door and break it down. The Zias played a rugged Lone Star Conference opponent tough at home for the third consecutive game on Saturday, only to fall to Midwestern State 70-67 at Greyhound Arena […]

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

Roosevelt, Curry chambers of commerce to host legislative receptions

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County and Clovis Curry chambers of commerce are giving businesses a chance to lobby during their annual Legislative Days activities prior to the start of the state legislative session. The two chambers will kick off their events by hosting a reception 4 p.m. Jan. 23 at the governor’s mansion in […]

My turn: Christmas 101

Christmas is only four days away. Amidst this last minute hustle and bustle, it’s a fitting time for pageants, posadas and poinsettias to steer us from the commercialism of the holiday and back to Christmas 101. For starters, I didn’t know until I recently attended a Mariachi Christmas production in Hobbs that the poinsettia comes […]

Snow days help with pre-holiday plans

Things to do on a snow day, especially when that snow day comes several weeks before Christmas. • Finish hanging and arranging the Christmas lights you did not get to, which was most of them. Remember that your northeastern native body does not really perceive this weather as unbearably cold, as most in the southwestern […]

City clerk: Early election votes jump to nearly 250

PNT staff report Early voting for Portales Sunday alcohol sales sped up dramatically the last two days, according to Joan Martinez-Terry Portales city clerk. “We got 38 voters on Thursday and that’s good because initially we were averaging 20 voters a day at the beginning,” Martinez-Terry said. Martinez-Terry said 248 residents have voted so far […]

Cooperative efforts help students’ creativity

There are a great many gifts these days, being made in the Clovis Christian High School art and wood arts departments, especially involving joint use of the two classes, which are located across the hall from one another. The focus in this column is on handmade gifts, for those whom one loves, especially those made […]

Can’t pronounce it? Don’t eat it

I watched a cooking show on television a few days ago. It was … interesting. It was a competition, and the four contestants were charged with preparing food someone could actually eat, using totally weird ingredients. Each section had its own basket of ingredients, and the contestants were required to make an appetizer from the […]

Longtime county residents honored at Pioneer Days Festival

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Alisa Boswell Receiving Pioneers of the Year recognition at the annual Pioneer Days breakfast Thursday morning was both a surprise and an honor for Bill and Peggy Prater, according to Bill Prater. Prater, vice president for the Pioneer Board, said the board picks who is the Pioneer of the Year but when his name was […]

Friday morning briefing: Fair warning, fair days and learn to surf

Good Friday morning. The weekend is upon us and it’s time for the morning briefing. Fair warning From 10:30 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday Clovis Police will be conducting a DWI check point within the city. Officers will be targeting drunk and drug-impaired drivers. Roosevelt County Fair Today and Saturday are the last days […]

ENMU welcomes back students with Dawg Days

By Jillian Holbert: PNT corrrespondent Eastern New Mexico University’s 2011 Dawg Days freshman orientation program ended with a splash Tuesday as the university’s freshmen lined up for fun in the sun at a four-piece water park event. Faculty served cotton candy and other treats as students, new and returning alike, participated in wet relays, bungee […]

Monday morning briefing: Video game of the week, rodeo days and Ruby Ridge relived

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Rodeo days La Nina Classic Ranch Rodeo is set for 6:30 p.m. today and Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Fifteen teams compete each night in events including branding, stray gathering, doctoring, trailer loading and bronc riding. Bull riding is Tuesday night only. Admission […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School days, rocket science and the last gold rush

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. School days Just a reminder: Portales Municipal Schools start today. The first day of school in Clovis is Monday. Eastern New Mexico University classes begin Aug. 24. The countdown The Civil Air Patrol is launching model rockets at their Aug. 25 meeting. The launch […]

Monday morning briefing: Fair day, meetings watch and three days of peace and love

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. A fair day Today is opening day for the annual Curry County Fair. Here’s a link to the complete schedule: http://www.cnjonline.com/news/schedule-44535-curry-fair.html Meetings watch The following governing bodies in Roosevelt County meet this week: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Roosevelt County Courthouse. The […]

Border Town Days celebration set

Freedom New Mexico The 45th Border Town Days celebration begins today. The events begin with a decorated bicycle contest at 11 a.m. next to the Texico branch of the Citizens Bank. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners and a girl and boy grand champion will win a new bicycle. At noon, the […]

NWS: Hot days to continue

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Portales has returned to high temperatures and no rain in the last week with temperatures ranging from 96 to 103 degrees. According to National Weather Service forecasters, the usual temperature for the area this time of year is about 90 degrees, placing Portales several degrees above normal each day since July 20. “We’ve seen an […]

Van of Enchantment to make local visit

The New Mexico Van of Enchantment mobile museum will be at the Eastern New Mexico University Blackwater Draw Archaeological site July 30-31, according to a news release. The van is free with admission to the site. The van will be at the site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The Van of Enchantment’s […]