Officials looking into vehicle fire

PNT staff Portales firefighters and police officers responded to a vehicle fire at 7:44 p.m. Tuesday on Community Way, according to Portales Police Department officials. A Ford Explorer caught fire in a business area, department officials said. Police Detective Colby Morgan said no one was in the vehicle at the time of the fire and […]

My turn: Know any Rosies?

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American Rosie the Riveter Association is looking for a few good stories — stories about the women of World War II who learned to be electricians, welders, riveters and more, keeping the country moving while the men were off fighting. Here’s one of those ordinary, extraordinary stories: Gertrude Lacey was a French-speaking Catholic school girl […]

In search of ponies: Pet rentals great for commitment phobic

Commitment-phobe? Just not ready to take the plunge? Or maybe just looking for a temporary good time… Well, there’s a solution. Rental pets is a new rage sweeping through metropolitan communities and apparently it’s an idea that is really taking off and gaining popularity, particularly in the concrete jungles. I stumbled onto the concept while […]

Horse’s tell in his ears

He was a sorrel, almost 16 hands, and quite healthy-looking. I didn’t have a round pen, so I put him in the woven-wire fenced square pen. I did all the things I’d been taught: tied up his foot, sacked him out, saddled and unsaddled him, leaned over his bare back, picked up his feet. He […]

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

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Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And that’s one of the reasons behind her push to repeal a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico. Martinez spent Wednesday in Clovis, meeting […]

Youth coalition seeks volunteers

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Liliana Castillo The Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection is looking for 1,000 volunteers by the end of July. Some might say that’s a lofty goal and many have expressed that to the chair of the volunteer committee, Christina Martinez-Guajardo, but she’s not phased. “If bigger cities can do it, we can do it. We’re more […]

GOP looking to wean public off government

Freedom New Mexico It isn’t likely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, but the GOP’s proposed spending plan for next year and the next decade is one of the most encouraging signs out of Washington since the Reagan revolution. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., got everyone’s attention Tuesday when he unveiled a GOP proposal to reduce federal […]

McGee: Moonlighting at a funeral home

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was a Sunday morning and I was thumbing through the newspaper, pondering picking up a little more cash to pay some bills faster. Looking over the newspaper’s classifieds I stumbled upon what I thought was the perfect job for someone who works mornings at a radio station, afternoons at […]

Their business probably none of my business

Say you were climbing Mt. Everest with your co-ed bowling team. You cover the last hundred yards to the summit. It takes five hours. After everyone has touched the flag pole they begin looking around and finally spot the official Tibetan Parks & Recreation A-One chemical toilet! “Whew!” says one of the climbers, “I never […]

Thursday morning briefing: Paint the town, holiday stuff and The Great War ends

Good morning, happy Veterans Day and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help needed Your chance to paint the town…literally. Clovis MainStreet is still looking for volunteers to prep and paint buildings a block worth of buildings downtown. It’s from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday. Meet at Patchwork House, 519 Main. For more […]