My turn: Youth on right track

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating […]

My turn: Hoping youthful ambition stays strong

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Covering the Roosevelt County regional spelling bee this weekend made me feel like a proud parent. Every time a child spelled a word correctly, I wanted to golf clap in my chair. Every time a child was knocked out of a round, I wanted to let them know that they were extraordinary for even participating […]

Edward Salas added to U.S. Marshalls 15 Most Wanted List

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Freedom New Mexico Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Sarah Drew talks about her pregnancy and plans to be a working mom

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Carolyn Robertson With her first trimester behind her, actress Sarah Drew is immersed in all things baby these days, shopping for maternity clothes, preparing a birth plan and debating baby names with her professor husband Peter Lanfer. In an exclusive interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, the 30-year-old “Grey’s Anatomy” star talks pregnancy and parenting tips […]

Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

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Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert began teaching as early as her senior year of high school. She began her own […]

Mustang adoptions begin

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Sharna Johnson The sorrel filly with the flax mane and tail was the one he wanted as soon as he set eyes on her. “She caught my eye as soon as I came down the steps,” Jerry Williams said. Williams and his wife Elizabeth were among the first wave of adopters to attend a wild […]

Herding Squirrels: Greetings from a super villain

Traci Arbios As a young lass, I never wanted the “typical” dream of growing up and getting married and having 2.5 kids and settling down into the 3-bed, 2-bath home with the picket fence. Partial lie — I wanted the picket fence, but mostly I just wanted my parents to build a picket fence around […]

Grant: Yard project never ending

When I asked The Lady of the House what she wanted for Mother’s Day she said, “A chocolate cake and an afternoon of yard work.” There’s always plenty of yard work to be done around the Stucco Hacienda. You see, The Lady of the House always has projects on her “honey-do” list: Things to be […]

Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, […]

Sandwich shop to reopen

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Argen Duncan Do Drop In sandwich shop is reopening with a culinary school graduate and a military family at the helm. The restaurant on Avenue A closed Dec. 12. Previous owner Joann Rackler said she wanted more time, especially since her grandchildren are in Albuquerque. New owner Kamille Mountjoy said her family always wanted such […]

Grant Mcgee: Insurance job was ‘divine’ calling

Grant McGee The Lord wanted me to have a job one time. Let me explain. Years ago I needed more money for my growing family. So I moseyed on down to the state employment commission to find a job that would bring in wheelbarrows full of cash. “The Lord said you were coming. He has […]

In search of ponies: Easy living comes at cost

Sharna Johnson He wanted to be with us. It was one of those bizarre instances that feeds theories — perhaps he sought refuge with us because of hunting season, or maybe he was a lost pet — but the answer was never known. He flew into the yard a short distance away then waddled to […]

Masons honor emergency responders

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Argen Duncan Members of the Portales Masonic Lodge thanked local emergency services personnel and recognized long-standing Masons at a dinner Monday night at the lodge. The Masons invited Portales and Roosevelt County firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers. The evening also included presentations about different branches and charitable projects of the Free Masons. […]

Horses have their hangups

The owner told Warren that Della had a reputation of being hard to shoe. She was an 18-year-old mare whose foals were sought after for the cutting genes she passed down. He had been offered $50,000 for her but declined. He wanted her shod. Since Warren did the shoeing, he was chosen to confront her. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Poached fish and the Van of Enchantment

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Tell the world Here’s a chance to tell the world about your charitable organization or non-profit and maybe get some help. United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s HOME meeting is 9 a.m. Thursday at the

Woman’s ENMU tenure spans more than 40 years

By Jared Tucker: PNT Staff Writer When the registrar wanted a word with her, Sherrye Burleson was concerned her graduation application was in trouble. It wasn’t. Turns out, she’d already lined up a job. Burleson is currently the assistant to the media librarian in the Golden Library, and has been since 1997. But her education […]

Avoiding ’24’ adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that […]

Friend’s spirit still lingers

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Dear Norm, I just wanted you to know we’re still punchin’ cows here on the S X. Not much has changed. The Beacon well is working again. It’s opened up the west side for us. We’re trying to get the stragglers all into the Kline pasture to finish branding. This […]

Young bucks

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Krystal Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the 15-year-old from Lubbock was one of a kind among her junior bullriding peers as the group of nine kids prepared to ride mini-bulls. […]