Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

Hounds have history of futility with Orediggers

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Phil Clabaugh would like to think his Eastern New Mexico University baseball team can build on last weekend’s season-opening four-game sweep at Sul Ross State. On the other hand, the Greyhounds open their home slate this weekend in a four-game set against Colorado School of Mines, and their history with […]

Why we celebrate with black-eyed peas

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a good […]

Floyd fire probably contains heroes, lessons

Karl Terry: Managing Editor Wednesday was a day a lot of folks in Roosevelt County won’t soon forget. There’s no doubt the grass fire near Floyd was historic; it could have been tragic. As I drove to work Wednesday morning I noticed a strange-looking cloud to the northwest. The wind was starting to blow and […]

Favorite soda pops have unique histories

Jim Lee: Local Columnist I often wonder how and why some things get their names. For example, how do parents dream up some of those monikers for their helpless-to-do-anything-about-it offspring, and why do they afflict their descendants with labels that cause schoolyard fisticuffs and lifelong humiliation? And what about those weird names for planets? Why […]

Rams sophomore gets back in action after heart surgery

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By Dave Wagner Forgive Portales High’s Sean Brown if he doesn’t think of a tweaked ankle or a pulled muscle as a serious problem. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore has just been through something a bit more serious — open-heart surgery. Brown was born with a heart defect, a bicuspid aeortic valve. “It causes your heart […]

Chandler cruises in DA race

By Mike Linn Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties chose youth over experience in electing Matthew Chandler as their new district attorney. Chandler earned roughly 62 percent of the 4,057 votes cast and defeated fellow Republican and incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter in Tuesday’s 9th Judicial District election. “It’s been a long four months, but […]

Couple reminices on Valentine memories

Michelle Seeber Tom and Sandy Simensen of Portales have celebrated 15 Valentine’s Day anniversaries since their marriage on Nov. 19, 1988, in Denver. The Valentine’s Day they remember most, though, was in 1986, when they lived at Windsor Gardens in Denver before they got married. “It was a Roarin’ ‘20s party,” Tom, 68, said last […]

Mailbox vandalism increases

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Mike Linn Roughly three miles south of Portales on New Mexico 206, a cluster of mailboxes look like they had a recent date with a Louisville Slugger. Two of the mailboxes were knocked clear off their post, and a few miles farther to the south one box was shattered to smithereens. Such vandalism to mailboxes […]