Reader submitted: Portales’ Brown wins taekwon-do gold medal

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Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do competed at the world level for the third time. Audra Brown, Joshua Bullard, Keane Brown, Marv Lutnesky, all of Portales, and Joshua Tredway of Texico all competed in Cheongju, South Korea in the Taekwon-Do World Championships held every other year. This is the equivalent of the Olympics in our style of [...]

Reader submitted: Portales black belts take home gold, silver, bronze medals

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By Steve Blakeley: Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do Black belts from Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do spent part of last week in Philadelphia, Pa., qualifying for the International Taekwon-Do World Championships. This is the equivalent of qualifying for the Olympic games of most sports. On April 24, Master Steve Blakeley, 7th Degree senior instructor of Eastern New [...]

Southwest Cheese takes top honors

Freedom New Mexico Southwest Cheese in Clovis is once again world class. Southwest Cheese took home gold, silver and bronze medals Thursday at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. The first place, or gold medal, was garnered in the colby cheese category. Southwest Cheese also took second in the colby category for [...]

Don’t believe everything you see

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It was an interesting time to be on Twitter the last few days. Not just for the 140-character reflections on the U.S.-Canada gold medal hockey game, or the one-liners about the Oscars. It was great for the stuff that didn’t happen, too. I noticed a lot of Twaffic and [...]

Nov. 7, 1965

Navy Lt. j.g. Jack D. Woodul of Portales received the Air Medal aboard the U.S.S. Independence in the China Sea.

Olympian teaches volleyball at PHS

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer

Honors: Robert Turner

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Robert S. Turner has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for supporting the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while [...]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs [...]

Fakers while reprehensible, harm no one

Editorial: Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of [...]

Flags to be half-staff

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson today issued an executive order directing that flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Damian Garza. Garza was killed Aug. 4 when his vehicle crashed into a river near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. “Our heartfelt sorrow and gratitude go out to [...]