TRICARE: It takes strength…to quit

By Diane Mayer: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

Friday morning briefing: Census takes and green chili cheeseburgers

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Did you know? In the 2000 census, Portales was reported to have 11,131 people. Of the population 15 years old and older, 50.9 percent were married. Among people age 25 and older, 74 percent had a high school diploma or higher education. Source: U.S. Census […]

ENMU takes women’s title at Western Texas College Rodeo

Freedom New Mexico SNYDER, Texas — Freshman Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad was the all-around champion, helping Eastern New Mexico Unversity take the women’s team title in the Western Texas College Rodeo over the weekend. The Zias finished with 270 team points to 140 for Tarleton State and 120 for West Texas College in a field […]

ACU takes three games from Hounds

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — The first “tripleheader” in Eastern New Mexico University baseball history — actually, a doubleheader plus the completion of a game suspended after three batters on Friday night — didn’t go too well for the Greyhounds. ENMU, which won Friday’s seven-inning Lone Star Conference series opener at Abilene Christian 4-3 […]

Cannon airman takes on stage life

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Senior Airman Anthoney Williams of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron played songs by Louis Armstrong during a New Orleans-themed portion of the show. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections One of Cannon’s own performed in the local performance of Tops In Blue. Senior Airman Marc Hightower is on the last leg […]

Analysis: Budget takes backseat to memorials, whistleblower bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a special session […]

Lubbock Christian takes two more from Zias

Freedom New Mexico LUBBOCK — Freshman third baseman Stephanie Rendon drove in four runs with a pair of doubles, including a go-ahead shot in a four-run fifth, and Lubbock Christian rallied for an 8-5 victory in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday to complete the sweep of a four-game weekend series with Eastern New […]

Business feature: Owner takes on challenge of new business

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Freedom New Mexico Dewayne “Buster” Tucker is the new owner of Shorty’s Dry Cleaning. He purchased it three months ago from former owner Dewayne Vardeman. “It is kind of exciting and new,” Tucker said about going into the dry cleaning business. “I took it on as a challenge to learn something new. I like serving […]

Portales paper takes home awards

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal on Saturday received the E.H. Shaffer General Excellence Award from New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors. The newspaper won the organization’s top award in the division for small dailies for the third year in a row and the seventh time in nine years. Also at […]

Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers’ pockets

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your […]

Family goose takes show for second year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Hooonk! Hooonk! The Bartlett family of Portales showed geese at the Roosevelt County Fair for the second time this year. “The neat thing about waterfowl is not everybody does it,” said Joe Bartlett. Joe’s 10-year-old son, Clayton, won Champion Waterfowl with a 2-year-old female Chinese White goose this year […]

April 12, 2009 Dora news

FFA takes second place in sweepstakes Congratulations are in order for FFA sponsor Kit Pettigrew and the Dora FFA teams, for their placings at State FFA last week.

A look back at the year’s top stories

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By Argen Duncan and Clarence Plank The past year brought achievements, tragedy and changes for Roosevelt County. Below, the Portales News-Tribune takes a look back over 2008. January • Cannon Air Force Base received a delivery of C-130s as part of its transition to a Special Operations Base. • A grass fire burned more than […]

Military feature: Clovis native’s novel takes flight

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The struggles of being a fighter pilot, and being the family of one, form the basis for a new novel by a Clovis native married to a former Cannon Air Force Base F-111 pilot. “The Final Salute: Together We Live On” by Kathleen Rodgers tells the story of fictitious […]

Sexual assault awareness program takes theatrical approach

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is taking a theatrical approach to educating airman about preventing sexual assaults. In a play called “Sex Signals,” actors Kyle Terry and Amber Kelly of Catharsis Productions of Chicago portray common dating situations using stereotypes, lots of humor and audience participation in a partly scripted, […]

Abilene Christian takes Zias in three games

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team entered Lone Star Conference South Division play on a bit of a roll Thursday night, but the Zias couldn’t keep it going. Abilene Christian had its hands full with ENMU most of the way, but the Wildcats rallied from an 18-13 deficit late […]

Oasis takes part in state celebration

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County’s Oasis State Park may just be middle-aged, but that didn’t stop several regular park goers from celebrating the 75th anniversary of New Mexico State Parks with food, friends and fun at the park Saturday night. Hot dogs, and a 75th anniversary birthday cake were served to those […]

Lady Rams infused with youth

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Many fans will recognize several faces as the 2008 Lady Ram volleyball team takes the court this season, but the unit has lost many pieces of the squad that won the New Mexico Class 3A state volleyball championship last November.

Cannon doing its part to conserve fuel

By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Most drivers remember the first time filling up their vehicle cost $50. Drivers of larger vehicles wince when the price at the pump breaks $100. Now imagine filling your tank takes $12.7 billion. That’s what Defense Energy Support Center statistics say the U.S. military spent on fuel costs in 2007, […]