My Turn: The ink in my blood hasn’t dried

By Helena Rodriguez: FNM columnist The ink in my blood hasn’t dried, and so I’m back. Before you proceed to the comics, obits or sports page, hold on. I’ve got a few carefully chosen words. Maybe limited space is a good thing. I have just enough space here to continue to share my slice-of-life stories […]

My turn: Not everyone can stomach Thumper

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I got my first taste of country life with my grandfather, Butler Earl “Smitty” Smith. He was a wise and funny old man. Smitty liked to hunt, fish, go four-wheeling and hang out with his buddies at a local diner in Catersville, Ala. He taught me a little about […]

My Turn: How do you like us now?

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor Dear reader, The type is larger and easier to read. The stories are shorter and more personal. We’re trying to generate more local photos, increase the number of local voices, allow for more interaction. This what you had in mind? These are some of the things we heard […]

Police ID Portales crash victims

State police today identified Michael S. Smith, 43, of Portales as the person killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday night outside Portales. According to a New Mexico State Police press release, Smith was traveling west on State Road 202 and failed to yield while trying to make a left turn on U.S. 70 to head […]

Hounds turn back Tigers

Freedom New Mexico Sophomore right-hander Justin Cotten pitched a complete-game five-hitter and Eastern New Mexico University beat East Central 5-2 Saturday in the first game of a scheduled Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. The second game of the twin bill was postponed by rain, and rescheduled for 1 p.m. today. ENMU has […]

Century-old building gets makeover

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A landscape is coming inside, and a rundown Elida boarding house is being transformed into a nostalgic community gathering place. Elida City Councilor Glen Shot plans to turn the North Side Feed Store, once a boarding house, into a gathering place and museum of historical objects. Shot has also […]

Precautions advised when using heatings units

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Lingering cold weather in Curry and Roosevelt counties has prompted residents to turn up the heat. Temperatures have taken a steady dive due to the combination of recent rainfall and overcast conditions. Tuesday’s high in Roosevelt and Curry counties was 45 degrees, according to Annette Mokry, meteorologist with the […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” … you […]

Hounds turn back Javelinas in series opener

Freedom New Mexico A four-run fifth — on only one hit — broke the game open and Eastern New Mexico University went on to a 7-4 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday night in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. Leading 3-2, the Greyhounds (13-8, 7-6 LSC) loaded the […]

Another area biofuel company delays construction

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday. The company was scheduled to start construction this month. Garrity said an increase in the price of animal […]