Commenatry: Airman’s life celebrated

Courtesy photo U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. George R. Morgan, Jr., 27th Special Operations Support Squadron assistant chief tower controller, passed away Jan. 18 of natural causes. While at Cannon Air Force Base he made a positive impact on the Air Commandos he worked with in the air traffic control tower. By Air Traffic Control: […]

Friday morning briefing: Certified, all about trains and the day the music died

Good morning a welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Certified Curry County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Beni Dampier has earned her certificate as a New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor. Dampier says the program is a lengthy series of classes and study to help her be a better public servant as well as improve her […]

Elida teen dies in one-vehicle rollover

Freedom New Mexico An Elida teenager died Friday afternoon from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle rollover in southern Roosevelt County earlier in the day, according to state police. Brittn’y Mowell, 17, was driving a 2003 Pontiac minivan east on South Roosevelt Road 24 about 11:30 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, according to […]

Shooting victims remembered for kindness

Robin Fornoff Family, friends and acquaintances struggled Saturday with the reality of what investigators are calling the murders of Ramon and Crusita Sena of Clovis by their adopted son, Daniel Sena, who also killed himself. Ramon Sena, 64, died late Friday at a Lubbock Hospital, hours after investigators said they discovered him wounded multiple times […]

Our view: Steve Jobs ranks among top innovators

Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday, surely ranks high among history’s 10 greatest innovators and producers of wealth. Born to a single mother and adopted in 1955, Jobs grew up to liberate the creative class. He freed artists, musicians, composers and writers from the oppression of technology that wasted energy on codes and technical maneuvers that […]

Apple: Steve Jobs has died

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CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. said the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday. He was 56.“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” the company said in a brief statement.“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world […]

Pleasant words restore the soul

I read a fable about a man who was near death and he wanted to make everything right before he died. He went to the king and asked what he must do. The king told him to put a big bag of goose feathers at the doorstep of everyone he had ever harmed with words. […]

Take pride in being an Air Commando

By Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Three amazing men, U.S. Army Green Berets, recently died in an Afghanistan improvised explosive device blast. One I didn’t know, one I knew in passing, and one was someone I playfully called a cross between Eddie Munster and the guy from Twilight (because of his bright […]

Osama bin Laden: Born into privilege, died the face of evil

By Rick Montgomery and Scott Canon: McClatchy Newspapers The tall, lean, rich man’s son could have spent his life lounging about Saudi Arabia in luxury. Instead, Osama bin Laden chose to kill. As a young man, he shot at Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. In middle age, he turned his wrath and far-reaching resources against the […]

Family: Bataan survivor lived life to fullest

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Kevin Wilson Thousands of American troops died during the Bataan Death March. Lee Roach of Clovis survived, and family members said he lived the rest of his life as if he was making up for lost time. Roach, who survived more than three years as a prisoner of war, died Thursday in Farwell of failing […]

Two killed in auto accident

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents died in a roll-over this weekend. Rochelle A. Pettigrew, 33, and Charles J. Paiz, 39, both of Portales, died in a single-vehicle crash on South Roosevelt Road 2 near Roosevelt Road X, according to a news release from the State Police. Glascock said the owner of the property where […]

Elida’s Best signs with Zias

C Reavis Best fulfilled a dream Tuesday when she signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Eastern New Mexico University. The Elida High senior is also keeping a promise she made to her older sister, Heidi Best, who died in 2007 in a motor vehicle accident. “I actually promised her, or it was the deal […]

Longtime educator dedicated life to Portales schools

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Sharna Johnson Longtime Portales educator David Brooks made his mark with tough love and dedication to the school system, the community and his family, according to those who knew him. David Brooks, 75, died of cancer Sunday in Lubbock. “He basically dedicated his life to the Portales educational system,” said Brooks’ son, Davey Brooks. Davey […]

Former teacher left gardening legacy

Don McAlavy A wonderful lady named Jean Scheihing, age 94, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Dec. 6, 2002, of natural causes at her home. She was one of the best ladies I have every known when she lived in Portales. She was born Dec. 4, 1908, in Bonham, Texas, to Jane Read Page and Harry […]

Portales past: June 12, 1945

June 12, 1945: Portales mourned the death of former Eastern New Mexico College student Sgt. Melvin E. Jones. Military officials reported three years earlier that Jones was missing in action while serving with the National Guard on the Philippine Islands. Family members received word this week that Jones had died on July 28, 1942.

Don’t judge a frozen cat owner

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” […]

Portales Past: April 18, 1945

April 18, 1945: A four-engine bomber from Clovis Air Base crashed 40 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas, killing its commander. Ten men parachuted to safety, but Lt. Glenn Erickson of Coffeyville, Kan., died, The Portales Daily News reported.

Woman dies in rollover

Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman died after her vehicle rolled over Tuesday on N.M. 267. She was identified as Leona Johnson, 34. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said she was westbound about 8:15 p.m. when the 1989 Toyota she was driving veered off the north side of the road and up an embankment. Glasscock […]

Officials say it took a week to confirm H1N1 death

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health waited a week to disclose a Roosevelt County baby died of the H1N1 virus because it took that long to confirm through testing, a department spokesman said Friday. Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the agency, said the baby girl died Sept. […]