City to kick off holiday with toy drive, tree lighting

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Argen Duncan You may not hear sleigh bells ring, but Christmas is on its way to Portales. The annual Operation: Santa Cop toy drive and distribution is under way, and the Lighting of the Mayor’s Blessing Tree is set for Monday. This year, said Mayor Sharon King, the city is focusing on the Portales Police […]

United Way campaign off to strong start

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico One quarters into its campaign, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising is outperforming last year. At $341,014 for Curry and Roosevelt counties, donations are already about $100,000 above what it was this time last year, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. The campaign, which kicked off in […]

Friday morning briefing: Bright lights, cookies with Santa and inviso-power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bright lights in the big city Registration is under way for the annual Clovis Christmas Light Parade. This year’s illuminating line-up gets started 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Registration forms are now available at the chamber, 105 E. Grand, and Clovis MainStreet office, 621-A Main […]

Best lessons discovered on your own

Jim told me a story of his youth. Of course, it could have happened yesterday knowing cowboys the way I do. Jim was 12. His brothers were two years off, either way. Their dad sent the boys out a’horseback to bring in Bully Boy, one of their herd sires, to the home corrals. Instructions were […]

Hounds need win to stay in LSC North title hunt

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Few people, outside of the participants, saw this coming. Eastern New Mexico University plays at Northeastern State today with potentially a three-way share of the Lone Star Conference North Division title on the line. The Hounds (4-5, 3-2 North) were picked fourth and the RiverHawks (5-4, 4-1) fifth in […]

Women have come long way

In our little country school we had basketball goals on a dirt lot, and girls and boys played together, choosing up teams. In fact, I don’t remember any discussions at all about boys and girls competing together in sports. We all learned not to dribble the basketball in the goatheads and other sticker weeds if […]

Combined Federal Campaign under way

USAF photo: Greg Allen Nicole Luft, the Curry and Roosevelt counties Combined Federal Campaign coordinator, watches Oct. 27 as Col. Stephen Clark, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, signs his donation to the 2010 CFC. By 27th SOW Public Affairs The 2010 Combined Federal Campaign season is under way, and the goal this year for the […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

United Way hoping for better year

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is in campaign mode. The charitable organization that aids non-profits throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties kicked off its fundraising campaign last month, but in the last week has done 10 presentations to area groups with another five scheduled for Wednesday. “We are in it,” Executive […]

Cows prefer to go their own way

You’ve heard the old adage, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” In northern Indiana there’s more than one way to skin a renegade cow. Farmer Dave had rented pasture from a neighbor. It had a big old deserted barn, complete with hay loft, sliding doors and draft horse stalls. Dave hauled 25 […]

ENMU homecoming adds new events

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Argen Duncan Homecoming is lurching its way to Eastern New Mexico University. This year has a zombie theme: “It’s a Thriller.” The homecoming schedule includes the long-standing traditions of the football game, bonfire, parade and tailgate party. The mix also includes new events such as the “Zombie Circus Extravaganza” play and the official re-opening of […]

New trial under way in 2008 Clovis shooting case

Jared Tucker A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court in Portales is expected to […]

My turn: Motorist ends up on YouTube in roundabout way

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I’ve done pretty dumb things behind the wheel of a car in the past. But I have never tried driving through the center of a roundabout, like the guy in this video. A church in Clovis has a camera facing the intersection of Llano Estacado and Norris streets, directly on the roundabout. And personally, I’d […]

Manners sign of respect

Clyde Davis Pulling into the crowded drive-through of a fast food chain restaurant on a Saturday morning, I paid for the iced mocha and began to fold the change back into my wallet. The young woman taking the money at the window looked at me in a way which gives life to the clich

Agencies seek fan donations

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Clarence Plank United Way of Eastern New Mexico and Matt 25 Hope Center are teaming up to help Curry and Roosevelt county residents in need stay cool over the summer. The agencies are asking for donations of fans or air conditioners to beat the heat. “There were a lot of requests for it last year,” […]

Portales past: June 24, 1955

June 24, 1955: Two Oklahoma City men, bicycling their way to California in search of work, passed through eastern New Mexico. One of the men said they’d been averaging 120 miles per day, riding from dawn to dusk.

Portales past: June 18, 1945

June 18, 1945: A 7-year-old Bethel boy was killed when he fell from a tractor he was riding and was struck by the rear wheel. The boy and his brother were on their way home from a neighbor’s when the accident occurred.

Left supports public funding

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It looks like the way the Right despises ACORN, the Left does the Tea Party. It may not even be so much about their political stances, although that is part of it for sure. It is sad, though, that supporters of Obama had no problem with — indeed […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Slinging mud and United Way

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing.Web site of the day The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100000169033411 Slinging mud The Fifth annual Mud Volleyball Tournament is Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University starting at 10 a.m. Five courts will be dug behind Lincoln Hall. They also plan to play […]

Teen program makes way to eastern New Mexico

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Dallas Jessup knew she would be helping her classmates at her Portland Ore., high school when she made a film about self defense. What she didn’t know is that the film would grow into a world-wide non-profit organization now credited for starting a revolution. The film teaches self-defense techniques. Jessup, 18, said when she was […]