Clovis police ask for help finding suspect

Freedom New Mexico Police are asking for help finding a man accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s parked car while her child was sitting inside. Narcizo Soto Jr., 34, is charged with two counts of assault against a household member, shooting from or into a motor vehicle, abuse of a child, felon in possession of […]

Reader-submitted content: Habitat for Humanity receives computers

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Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a self-help, hand-up model that has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties is part of this global effort. Since 1999, Habitat RCC has built, rehabbed or repaired 14 houses, and is currently […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

Monday morning briefing: Help a kid, a free movie and a dialing up

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. A little help from friends Eastern New Mexico….fifth-grader Linda Mariana of Napa, Calif., needs your help to complete a school project. She’s putting together a PowerPoint report on New Mexico and needs pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs and the like from the region. A nice letter couldn’t hurt […]

Put your trust in the Lord

Nothing quenches the peace and joy of life faster than problems, finances, health, strife or problems in relationships. Our faith wanes while depression and frustration disturbs our lives. I believe the following five steps will help us find peace and joy in hard times: 1. Trust in the Lord. Take this verse literally. Give everything […]

Restrictions on prescriptions unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico Fallout from our panic-driven war on drugs includes the demonization of medications that has reached irrational levels. Abuse by some has made many drugs unavailable to people who really need them, or driven some to live with their medical condition rather than endure the trouble of getting treatment. Virtually all drugs, including […]

Their view: State Bar aims to help legal professionals

State Bar aims to help legal professionals Jill Anne Yeagley, program administrator for the New Mexico Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, talks about substance abuse among legal professionals:

Winter weather compensations offered

Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. According to the release: • Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service for repairs. […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Thursday morning briefing: Paper routes, school’s out and a deadly crash near the White House

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help needed Extra! Extra! Calling all former newsboys and newsgirls. If you ever had a paper route — delivered newspapers for the Clovis News Journal or Portales News-Tribune, we want to hear from you. The goal here is to make your story part of […]

Online comments changing format

Freedom New Mexico Web sites are converting to a Facebook application to help readers interact with newsroom staff and each other. The change, from a platform called “Pluck,” is scheduled to take place this week at the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun Web sites. “The idea is to make it easier […]

Gambling could serve as source of revenue

Freedom New Mexico Gambling proponents once again are hoping that this will be the year Texas lawmakers finally allow gambling enterprises to establish themselves in the state. The issue could help reveal just what kind of “reform-minded” candidates were elected to the legislature in November. Expanded gambling opportunities (limited pari-mutuel betting already is allowed in […]

Friday morning briefing: Life saving, free wishes and a little help from his friends

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Save a life Child and infant CPR classes are being offered

Thursday morning briefing: Raising the roof and statehood for N.M.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help build a home Volunteers are needed for a Habitat for Humanity workday starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, 310 E. Kaywood St., Portales. They need to raise trusses for a shed and install exterior sheathing on a

Their view: Thanks offered for community’s help

Thanks offered for community’s help James Salgado of Portales took time to thank those who helped him attend a baseball camp in Florida during the holiday break: Christmas gifts come in many packages. Mine came in the form of a great opportunity. During Christmas break I went to a baseball camp in Bradenton, Fla, called […]

My turn: Hunter outsmarts self

Clarence Plank A lot of things are very important when it comes to hunting, such as transportation and stealth. The trick is to fool the game, not the hunter. Danny Dictson, a ranch owner in Picacho who also sells permits to hunters, gives this example of stealth gone perhaps a bit too far: Dictson said […]

Friday morning briefing: Say cheese, donuts for dollars and the worst car ever

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Shop with a cop Heads up…mark your calendars for the annual Dollars for Donuts fundraiser is 6:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at Daylight Donuts in Clovis. Proceeds help Clovis Police and Watson Motor Co. provide Christmas for a whole lot of deserving kids in the […]

Social media seminar set

Freedom New Mexico A free Comcast Corporation seminar Dec. 15 is designed to help non-profit organizations in maximizing the benefits of social media. Scheduled for 9 a.m. at Eastern New Mexico University, the seminar will teach local nonprofit groups in effectively using social media to “improve the success of events, creating brand perception, increasing donations […]

Thursday morning briefing: Call for help, free hot chocolate and a scandal

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Parade needs help Clovis MainStreet still needs volunteers to help ensure everything runs smoothly Saturday at the Clovis Christmas Light Parade. Volunteers are needed for one hour intervals beginning at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Information: Robyne Beaubien @ 575-309-8370 Question […]

Community Thanksgiving dinner keeps growing

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Elvia Garcia started the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner almost 10 years ago with help from her family and community volunteers. The dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building is free. “My husband and I decided that we needed to do something for the community as a family,” Garcia said. “It […]