ACU beats Zias for 22nd time in row

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — No matter the records, there’s something about seeing those Abilene Christian uniforms that seems to do in Eastern New Mexico University’s women. With the Wildcats struggling to stay out of the Lone Star Conference cellar and ENMU fighting to make the conference’s postseason tournament, ACU erased an early 3-0 […]

My turn: Have ties to all of Oak Ridge Boys

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Thanks to three generous co-workers (they are modest, so email me for names), Portales residents Steve and Betsy Chaves and I received complimentary fourth-row tickets to celebrate Steve’s latest 29th birthday at the Oak Ridge Boys concert in Clovis. Since the Chaves’ original plans included karaoke, I tried talking Steve into crashing the stage and […]

Zias win 17th in row over OPSU

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team may be struggling this season, but the Zias still know how to beat Panhandle State. Senior middle blocker Jessica King had 10 kills and two total blocks and junior outside hitter Amber Durand collected nine kills, 14 digs and two aces as ENMU (5-15) swatted the […]

Business owners expect brisk sales during tax-free weekend

Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department website, the tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and […]

Reunions —

[image #1, align=center, size=abox] The Portales High School Class of 1966 gathered July 1 and 2, 2011, for their 45th class reunion. Classmates pictured are, front row, from left, David Dehtan, Gloria (Domiquez) Aguilar, Robin Pendergraft, Zale Woodward, Bruce Kitts, Randy Johns, Kay (Hutchins) Jilek, Jerry Hammond. Second row, from left, David Weems, Judy (Roberson) […]

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 […]

American Legion to honor Bataan Death March survivors

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Argen Duncan For the 64th year in a row, the local American Legion is honoring those who have served with their annual Veterans Day service. The event is open to the public. American Legion Post 31 and Auxiliary Unit 31 make a special effort to honor the area’s two surviving Bataan Death March survivors and […]

Thursday morning briefing: A concert, Border Town Days and a front row seat

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Shameless self-promotion Cnjonline.com is holding a drawing each week in August for our newsletter subscribers. Check out the newsletter for a form to enter. The prizes are: • Aug 2-8: $20 gift certificate to Weinerschnitzel • Aug 9-15: $20 gift card to S&S Supermarket • Aug 16-22: […]

Annual charity ball set for Saturday

Freedom New Mexico Sold out for the fifth year in a row, the Milk Lover’s Ball will take place Saturday night in Clovis. Michelle Heavyside, President of the United Dairy Women, said the ball is a fundraiser to help three local children’s homes. More than 500 tickets have been sold, she said. In its fifth […]

1-13 ENMU/Abilene Christian basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico Men Abilene Christian (7-8) at ENMU (5-9), 8 p.m. today in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last outing: ENMU lost on Saturday at Northeastern State 72-60. Abilene Christian posted its first road win of the season (1-4) with an 86-79 victory […]

Senators hear from former death-row inmate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican About six weeks before he was to be executed by the state of Illinois, Randy Steidl’s mother went to a cemetery and purchased a burial plot for him. “That’s something a mother should never have to do,” Steidl told a reporter Friday. Steidl came to Santa Fe to try […]

Roosevelt All-stars headed to Deming

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For some of the players it will be the third year in a row to participate at a state Little League all-star tournament. For Coach Sammy Villanueva, it’s his fifth consecutive year. Villanueva is hoping all that experience will serve this year’s Roosevelt County 10-11 year-old all-stars well at […]

Death row rare, lengthy

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection to the March 3, 2005, deaths […]

Death row survivor speaks out

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the […]

Congress, courts need to take action in death penalty cases

Editorial R obert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to rule […]

Libero usage may vary

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Kevin Wilson: Managing Editor The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. The libero is […]