Tuesday morning briefing: School stuff, flat bacon and kissing the bricks

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Going to market Tops on the agenda for the Clovis school board today is a resolution approving the bond issue to fund a new middle school and renovations at existing buildings. It’s the final paperwork before heading to market with this multi-million dollar bond […]

Weather information good to have

Thank the powers that control cable TV for the weather channel. No, I am serious. Because of those powers, whoever they may be, we know how to plan our post Thanksgiving weekend. As I type this, it is a chilly 33 degrees outside and I have been dreading the concept of hanging the lights tomorrow. […]

My turn: ENMU events fun to cover

Alisa Boswell This week was fun covering the events going on at ENMU for International Week. Hopefully, my readers don’t think I am using my column as an advertising agent for all things ENMU, but their events have been some of the most fun to cover. I like seeing the excitement of the students and […]

Portales past: Nov. 6, 1942

Nov. 6, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Plans were going forward for a blackout and simulated air raid Nov. 25, closing date for the November Drive, which the American Legion sponsored.

Region going green with proposed renewable energy projects

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico is going green with several new projects planned in Clovis and Portales to take advantage or solar and wind energy. Eastern New Mexico has been identified as one of the richest areas for green energy in the U.S., according to Frank Barbera of Tres Amigas, LLC in Santa Fe. Barbera […]

My turn: Cooler weather makes hiking more appealing

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer With the days getting cooler around New Mexico, going hiking might not be such a bad idea. It’s a chance to explore nature and see the changing of the seasons. There are a couple of Web sites that list places of interest where hikers can enjoy the beauty of […]

Our People: Going the distance

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Clovis Community College Executive Vice President Becky Rowley’s parents grew up in Clovis and her grandparents grew up in Clovis. Her nieces always tell her that she knows everyone when they go out. Rowley remembers saying the same thing to her dad.

Grant McGee: Friend more like brother than pal

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

Crying not sign of weakness

Clyde Davis Popular enough, on Facebook and other social networking sites, are those questionnaires that reveal categorical details about who you are, by insight into certain categories-favorite food, best movie you ever saw, and so on. I am going to propose one I have never seen, which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, and as […]

Weekly update — July 25

Mascots going to Dawg Days Eastern New Mexico University’s live mascots, Vic and Tory, spent the summer on campus and are scheduled to make their fall debut during Dawg Days, said Director of Publications Janice Morrow. The dogs have been coming to the Office of Communications with their roommate Dallas Ellsworth, who works there, and […]

Gotta love thy neighbors

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico Kicking back in the yard the other day I noticed there was some sort of busy-ness going on in a neighbor’s backyard. It caught my eye because the neighbor is kind of old yet was running around his backyard like a kid. I watched for a while and came […]

Portales Past: May 29, 1945

May 29, 1945: Military and civilian personnel at Clovis Army Air Field were cutting back on cigarettes. A more-stringent War Department system was going into effect that would cut the cigarette supply in half.

Our People: Still going strong

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Rabbits have good thing going

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist That new movie “Alice in Wonderland” has been showing at theaters here on the High Plains. I overheard someone talking about it the other day, talking about Alice’s adventures “down the rabbit hole.” I’d like to trudge on down the rabbit hole we have out back of The Stucco Hacienda. […]

Texas tour full of memories, friends

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I made the trip to Texas this fall and was able to revisit a couple of monumental memories, just to see if they were real. When I was going to veterinary school in Colorado I worked summers in the feedlots managed by Diamond A Cattle Co. The second year I […]

Press release: More than $18 million in CRP payments going to New Mexico farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Salomon Ramirez, State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico today announced that USDA has almost completed issuing over $18 million in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) payments to eligible producers in New Mexico. More than $1.7 billion in CRP payments are being made on 31 million acres across the country. […]

God, persistence keep us going

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Do you ever have a time when problems seem insurmountable? Is it a time when “quit” looks good? Sometimes we grow weary in the fight. Our strength wanes, and our hope diminishes. The dark cloud of depression obscures our vision and steals our peace. “Joy,” the fruit of the Spirit, […]

House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole […]

Ex-Portales resident going strong at 107

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By Ann Work: Wichita Falls Times Record News WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Optimistic, check. Nonsmoker, check. Socially active, check. Effie Caffee, who spent most of her childhood in Portales, exhibits many of the trademark signs of centenarians. But if you ask for her secrets to living to be 107, she will tell you she has […]

Shorthanded Hounds host No. 13 Tarleton

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University, already at 2-5, is going into today’s game at Greyhound Stadium without record-setting quarterback J.J. Harp or its No. 2 receiver. And the No. 13 team in Division II is coming into town. The situation has all the signs of a trap game — or […]