Wednesday weather closures

Area agencies and institutions being impacted by the cold weather have begun announcing early closures for Wednesday and hours for Thursday. • Eastern New Mexico University will conclude classes at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will close the campus at 5 p.m. The campus will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday with classes resuming at 11 a.m. […]

Power outages plague Portales

Argen Duncan Power outages hit the same portion of Portales for several hours two mornings in a row this week. “We are aware of the problem, and we are working on a long-term solution so we avoid this particular problem,” said Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “And we do appreciate the patience of our customers […]

Force Support Squadron responds to customer comments

27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron The 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron recently conducted a survey to determine customer satisfaction with its hours of operation. More than 400 responded, and we appreciate those who took the time to complete the survey. In addition to information about our hours, we also received a few Comments […]

It's their business: Chillers

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Chillers employee Tesha Middleton, left, and store owner Lisa Thalleen make a smoothie for a customer. The store has been open since 2009. Chillers Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday; Open daily in the summer. Location: 4024 N. Prince […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Art, no school and a frigid turn

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday/Thanksgiving Eve briefing. Student art An Eastern New Mexico University student art exhibition is set to show Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in the Golden Library Runnels Gallery. The exhibition is open during library hours. A closing reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2. For […]

In Search of Ponies: Gift horses tether to Grandpa

Sharna Johnson The childhood memories are many and vivid. There were the sweets; sugared mulberries and raspberries on top of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, the nectar from honey suckle blossoms, boxes of oranges and grapefruits at Christmas and thin ribbon candy. And the countless hours I spent at Grandpa’s house, sitting in the branches […]

My turn: Grandson’s birth emotional

Helena Rodriguez Less than three hours before my 43rd birthday last Wednesday, I became a grandma. In witnessing my grandson, Giovanni’s birth, Scriptures came to mind, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5) and “I have called you by name” (Isaiah 43). I prayed for my daughter Laura to have […]

It’s their job: Tish Gossett

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Tish Gossett, 19, of Portales works as an administrative assistant at Western Dairy Transport LLC. She said what she likes best about the job is that WDT works around her school hours. Gossett is studying graphic design at Eastern New Mexico University.

Forum will focus on area housing needs

Freedom New Mexico The Regional Growth Planning Office is putting together the first of what it hopes are many housing forums on Thursday. The 7:30 a.m. forum at the Clovis Civic Center is expected to take four hours and includes what RGPO Manager Rick Draker said is a good cross-section of locals in the know […]

Udall staff member holding office hours

A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will be holding office hours for the Roosevelt, Curry and Quay County area residents needing help with the federal government Wednesday through Friday. David Williams of Udall’s office will be available: • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall • 1 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver […]

Day trip: Cultural works on display

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Place: Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian Location: 9151 I-40 East in Amarillo, Texas. It is about two-and-a-half hours from Cannon. What is it? The museum gives visitors a look into the cultures of the people of the pueblos and plains. The museum displays fine paintings, bronzes fine old beadwork and material culture items. What […]

Day trip: JoyLand offers evening of family fun

Place: JoyLand Amusement Park Location: Lubbock. Take U.S. 70/84 east to Lubbock. When you arrive in Lubbock at intersection of U.S. 84 and Avenue Q, turn left to Fourth/U.S. 82, which turns into Parkway Drive. Look for brown signs directing to amusement park. Travel time from base: About two hours. What is it? An amusement […]

Day trip: Ranch offers taste of ‘old west’

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Brad Cooper: Grindstone Graphics and Marketing A mock gunfight begins at the Flying J Ranch in Alto. The act is part of a nightly event which includes a chuckwagon supper and live music from the Flying J Wranglers. Place: Flying J Ranch Location: 6 Flying J Road in Alto. Take U.S. 70 towards Roswell, then […]

Slice of life: Surviving the teen years

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Time to do the Dance of Joy, and not a moment too soon. My daughter, Laura, has less than 24 hours left of being an official “teenager.” Tomorrow Laura turns 20. Was it that bad? Well, put it this way, if I can survive seven years […]

Day trip: Historical family’s home turned into museum

Courtesy of Texas Historical Commission The Magoffin Home State Historic Site was home to the Magoffin family for over 100 years. The adobe structure is a museum with a collection of artifacts from the Magoffin family. Place: Magoffin Home State Historic Site Location: 1120 Magoffin Avenue in El Paso, Texas, is 317 miles or 5 […]

Municipal court closed for training

The Portales Municipal Court will be closed Monday through Thursday for a training conference, according to a release from the court. Normal business hours are set to resume June 28. People who have a court appearance scheduled won’t be penalized for not appearing when the court is closed, according to the release. In case of […]

Power outage hours changed

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The hours for the planned power outage on Sunday will now be from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to allow base civil engineers the opportunity to upgrade the power substation. The original schedule called for the outage to last until 2 p.m., but the remainder of the upgrade […]

Food at life speed: Cooking can be quite an adventure

I love good food, but I have neither the time nor the patience to spend a jillion hours in the kitchen. I also want to be able to eat good food without it going straight to my hips, but I think moderate indulgence has its place. And that is the basis of this column. Before […]

Post office not extending hours on tax day

Freedom New Mexico This is it. Today’s the deadline for filing federal and state income taxes. You have until midnight. Local post offices are not extending hours Thursday for tax day but will stamp anything received in boxes located outside facilities before midnight Thursday with the required April 15 postmark. Closing hours: Portales’ West First […]

Weather delays area schools

Inclement weather has delayed the start of school on Tuesday in the following districts: * Clovis schools are delayed two hours. * Clovis Christian school delayed two hours. * Clovis Community College will start at 10 a.m. * Eastern New Mexico University will start at 11 a.m. * Portales delayed two hours. * Farwell schools […]