Our towns: Muleshoe celebrates its heritage

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Muleshoe West City Park is a big highlight in the town, according to city officials. The park includes a water park, a golf course, basketball courts and more. It is one of the main highlights, along with the Muleshoe Heritage Foundation. Alisa Boswell Muleshoe, Texas, was named after Muleshoe Ranch, which […]

My turn: Portales is fabric of my life

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Does the Portales News-Tribune flow through your life like it does through mine? I grew up in Portales, so my scrapbooks are filled with clippings of spelling bees, talent shows, wedding announcements and obituaries. I’ve also lived far away from Portales, and I have fond memories of opening letters to find articles from this paper […]

Retired teacher stays busy

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Clovis resident Martha Hardwick grew up on her family ranch, Lee Hammond Ranch, northwest of Clovis. She lived on the ranch in the summer and in Clovis during school. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1965 and went off to college at Oklahoma State University. Hardwick said she wasn’t planning on coming back. But […]

My turn: Farmer shaves head to show support

Betty Williamson Picture a farm boy, the oldest of a family of rowdy brothers who grew up on the same bumpy school bus route that I did. Always a free thinker, he decided after high school that he didn’t care too much about spending time around scissors or razors. Before long he could be recognized […]

Census: Hispanic population grew 34 percent in Roosevelt County

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Argen Duncan Like the rest of New Mexico, Roosevelt and Curry counties saw a leap in the Hispanic population in the last decade, according to the latest U.S. Census numbers. Roosevelt County’s Hispanic population age 18 and older grew 34.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census. The county’s adult Anglo population, on […]

Eighth-grader advances in Spanish spelling bee

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Alisa Boswell The competition grew in intensity Thursday as it got down to two final contestants — eighth-grade student Alejandro Munoz and fifth-grade student Magaly Najera. The words presented by announcer Antonia Salaz grew in difficulty in the final round of the Portales Municipal Schools’ annual Spanish spelling bee. It ended with Munoz winning, spelling […]

Magician to perform at ENMU

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Kevin Wilson Most kids get asked what they want to do when they grow up. Josh McVicar was doing it before he grew up. “The only thing I’ve ever done in my life was magic,” said the St. Louis-based McVicar, who will perform Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. “It was my first job, doing […]

Friday morning briefing: Clovis man honored, school supplies needed and 21st street blues

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Clovis native honored Dalton (Ga.) State College has honored former president and Clovis native James A. Burran,dedicating the college’s 75-foot bell tower in his name. Burran grew up in Clovis and graduated from Clovis High School in 1968.

Constituents were King’s top priority

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist As I grew up and came of age it seemed Bruce King had always been governor of New Mexico. With three different terms he was in the governor’s chair a long time. It seemed the man, who passed away Friday at 85, truly loved the job of governor and the […]

Getting to know: Pastor comes from family of faithful

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Todd Terry is a pastor at Faith Triumphant Church. Background: People who know him call him Pastor Todd. He was born in Portales in the 1960s and grew up on his grandparent’s (Dave and Juanita Terry) dairy farm. He attended school in Floyd and Portales. Terry’s father, James Terry, founded Faith Triumphant Church in 1980 […]

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Business feature: Hairdresser stays a cut above

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Judy Hallford, a hairdresser in Portales, recently observed the 30th anniversary of her business. Hallford grew up in Floyd and graduated from beauty school in Portales in 1970, before opening “Judy’s Swirl and Curl” in Portales in 1978. On becoming a hair dresser: I did people’s hair off and […]

Baseball’s Griffey still scores with fans

Kevin Wilson The Kid could do no wrong. For baseball fans who grew up in the 1990s, Ken Griffey Jr. was the best baseball player in the world. He homered in his first major league at-bat, and followed with numbers so prolific you wondered when, not if, he’d pass Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. Griffey […]

Domenici: Brain disease leads to retirement

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, New Mexico’s most dominant Republican voice and longest-serving senator, announced Thursday that he is retiring at the end of his sixth term because of a degenerative brain disease. “I come here today, to the site of the school that I attended as a boy, to […]

Friends make deployment tolerable

Tonya Fennell A group of wonderful, but strikingly different women have recently become a big part of my life. We all differ in age, family background and personality. I grew up in Texas, have a house full of kids and can see the age of 40 looming on the horizon. I’m loud (or so my […]

City council addresses racism concerns

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales woman voiced her displeasure for how the north part of Portales is perceived by people and let it be known during the Portales City Meeting on Tuesday. Rachel Randall, a high school graduate from 1960, said there is a public relations problem in Portales. She said the […]

Clovis citizens’ eyes focused on BRAC hearing

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Clovis was silent as federal deliberations over Cannon Air Force Base trudged into the early afternoon Friday. Traffic seem to crawl and faces turned blank as the town awaited the fate of its base, the only link to the Virginia proceedings, for many, television. “This is like Super Bowl Sunday,” […]