Teen thrown from truck, dies

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Freedom New Mexico Police said a 14-year-old girl was killed Wednesday morning when the wind caught a mattress she was sitting on in the bed of a pickup truck and threw her from the vehicle. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said deputies were called to State Road 523 (East 21st Street) between Curry roads E [...]

Juanito’s celebrates 25 years in business

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The year was 1982, and Juan “Juanito” Garza was just another Muleshoe resident in his early 20s, working at a Mexican restaurant. With a family of four to support, he saw an opportunity with an empty building in Clovis. His father-in-law co-signed for the building, and Juan and wife [...]

Kingsville holds on to beat Hounds

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, Texas — Redshirt freshman quarterback David Garza threw for 310 yards and five touchdowns and Texas A&M-Kingsville held on late for a 38-35 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night in a Lone Star Conference South Division football game. The Javelinas (2-7, 1-3 South) ended an 11-game division losing [...]

Lady Rams split with Cats on diamond

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Each team won by a run in the seventh inning, but the reactions were a little different. Portales scored in the top of the seventh to take Thursday’s opener 4-3 at Lady Wildcat Complex, but Clovis rebounded from an early 3-0 deficit and scored the game-winner on Lorena Garza’s RBI single [...]

Community reels in excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It would have been a great enough experience for Juan Garza just to play a bit role in “Believe in Me.” However, when the Clovis and Portales restaurant owner sees himself in a bit part in the movie about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team, he’ll think of the time [...]

Food fuels football fun

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Every year, sports fans around the globe gather with friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl, and the communities of Portales and Clovis are no different. In addition to the various decorations, jerseys and drinks, another necessary component of a proper Super Bowl fest is food. Michelle [...]

Locals express concerns about immigration reform

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By Marlena Hartz This mild-weathered Saturday afternoon, business inside Juanito’s Mexican Food Restaurant is brimming. Customers chat over chips and salsa at tables, while others cluster in the lobby to be seated. The Clovis restaurant is a bright spot on Mabry Drive, with purple porch beams and window trim, a picture of a man in [...]

Muleshoe radio station manager dies in rollover accident

By Andy Jackson Noe Anzaldua wanted all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be together for the holidays. A longtime Muleshoe resident, radio station manager and on-air personality, Anzaldua died in a one-vehicle rollover Thursday night while bringing his family together. Traveling with his wife of 52 years, Viola, Anzaldua had picked up his great-grandchild, [...]

Military deployment causes heartache at holidays

By Marlena Hartz There is a short pause at the end of the answering machine message. And then an outpouring. “Um. Hi Dad,” a child begins. It is the voice of 9-year-old Victoria Garza. “If this is you, we hope that you will be safe. … And, we love you so much,” Victoria says, passing [...]

Flags to be half-staff

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson today issued an executive order directing that flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Damian Garza. Garza was killed Aug. 4 when his vehicle crashed into a river near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. “Our heartfelt sorrow and gratitude go out to [...]