My turn: Farmer shaves head to show support

Betty Williamson Picture a farm boy, the oldest of a family of rowdy brothers who grew up on the same bumpy school bus route that I did. Always a free thinker, he decided after high school that he didn’t care too much about spending time around scissors or razors. Before long he could be recognized […]

Friday morning briefing: A new building, herding dogs and remembering Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Groundbreaking They’re breaking ground today at Eastern New Mexico University for a new $15.6 million residence hall. It’s at 1:30 p.m. at 17th and K streets in Portales, the former site of the now-demolished Lincoln Hall. It’s open to the public. Thunder road The […]

Child Sense: Tips for helping your child walk home from school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Consider the way your child relates to the world when planning his walk to and from school. Pick a route that is easy for your child to remember even if it may take a little longer. Turning one corner is easier for your child to remember than having to turn five. Find […]

Friday morning briefing: A food drive, Route 66 history and a grisly scene

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Food drive Clovis’ VistaCare Hospice is sponsoring its seventh annual food drive in August. Food collection bags will be distributed through the community with drop-off points at several locations, including Albertsons, S&S Grocery, The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the VistaCare office and other […]

Curry commissioners seek bids for road work

Sharna Johnson By Sharna Johnson Freedom New Mexico sjohnson@cnjonline.com Curry County will gather bids to surface an alternate route around Curry Road R, which lies along Cannon Air Force Base’s western perimeter —temporarily abandoning plans to improve access to the base’s south gate. The decision was reached in a 4-1 vote Tuesday during a Curry […]

Portales past: March 6, 1944

March 6, 1944: The Portales Daily News: The base commandant of Clovis Army Air Base presented to Rayford Young, 15, and Charles K. Young, 12, of White Star Route of Portales the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to their father, Staff Sgt. Frank Young, a tail gunner for a B-24, reported missing in action.

Portales past: Jan. 20, 1959

Jan. 20, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: A postman on his route was bitten by a dog yesterday, and the incident, which occurs on the average of five or six times a year, has prompted Bill Foster, postmaster, to appeal for dog owners’ cooperation.

Clovis part of scenic route

Don McAlavy The route from Fort Worth, Texas to Las Vegas, N.M., is 639.8 miles, and it runs through Clovis, New Mexico. The subject of this Route Book I’ve had for many years is furnished to tourists accurate and reliable information that will aid them in traveling through one of the most picturesque portions of […]

Press Release: First New Mexico Route 66 Motor Tour revs up

It wouldn’t be summer without an old-fashioned trip along the Mother Road and the Route 66 Association of New Mexico aims to please with its first-ever New Mexico Route 66 Motor Tour July 23-25, 2010. Up to 150 vehicles – auto, motorcycle, travel trailer or bicycle, classic to contemporary – will traverse the state from […]

Leave en route policy change benefits airmen

American Forces Press Service SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Some airmen will now have the opportunity to take leave en route within the continental United States when they return home, or redeploy, from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. This change can save airmen significant time and travel-associated costs, as well as provide […]

Aug. 10, 2008 Dora School News

Road work cautionThe administration of Dora Schools would like to caution staff and students to prepare for road work along N.M. 206. Delays along your route to school may require leaving home a little earlier to arrive on time. Athletic practices beginVolleyball and football practice begins Monday. Student athletes must have a sports physical and […]

Beatlemania hits Tucumcari Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Paul McCartney visited an antique shop and restaurant on Thursday, according to customers and store owners. McCartney and a lady friend visited with Ruth Daniel at her shop, Things, on Route 66. Then he moved on to Del’s Restaurant for lunch, also on Route 66, where he ordered a take-out. According to […]

Wilson to stop in Portales

Freedom New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., a candidate for the U.S. Senate will be in Portales on a “Listening Tour” from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Rough Rider Room, First and Abilene, according to a press release. Wilson’s staff said the purpose of the visit is to field questions and discuss issues with residents. […]

Nov. 1, 1996

• Rosalie A Richards was appointed by Gov. Gary Johnson to sit on the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. • Loren Wilson retired after 40 years of civil service with the United States Postal Service. He ran a 125 mile route in the Portales area. Wilson began his postal career on Feb. 27, 1956 as a temporary […]

Transportation Steering Committee names relief route

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Representatives from the Transportation Steering Committee have selected a northwest relief route along an all new alignment as their preferred alternative if a relief route is pursued. Representatives of the group met Tuesday in a work session with Portales City Councilors to present their initial evaluation of alternatives. For […]

Possible bypass prompts questions

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The first large-scale public vetting of the ongoing work on the Portales Transportation Plan drew lots of people Tuesday — most of whom seemed concerned about where a bypass might be located. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of G.C. Engineering, the contract engineers for the study, explained the process […]

Transit system steers toward more business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales city councilor raised questions this week about whether the Portales Area Transit system is being marketed well enough. Councilor Jake Lopez said he knew of a resident who had recently walked to La Casa Health Center with a baby in arms for a doctor’s appointment. When he […]

Chopper crash details

By Sharna Johnson Bryan Kos was planting wheat north of Melrose when the sounds of a low-flying helicopter caught his attention late Monday morning. As he watched, the chopper flew past him before crashing into a nearby maize field, he said. Jumping from his tractor and running toward the cloud of dust and debris, Kos […]

Route 66 Festival kicks off Thursday

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Every year, cities along “The Mother Road” embrace the rich history that built Route 66 with festivals focusing on the highway’s past and purpose. This year marks the fifth annual “Best Little Festival on Route 66” happening in Tucumcari on Thursday, Friday and Saturday hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. […]

Area plans for hearing

By Marlena Hartz Roy Seay, vice president of Clovis National Bank, will not be in his office on June 24. He will be on the streets of Clovis. And so will his employees. The bank will be closed until noon because, for Seay, it is important to replace that morning’s normal activities with flag waving […]