My turn: Sometimes roommates need to shout it out

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About two weeks ago I brought up that my house was like the real world, well, the situation just got real this weekend. Most people have had a roommate in their life, whether it was their sibling growing up, a dorm buddy or whatever the case may be. You have to be willing to set […]

My turn: I’ve met my match

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More new entertainment comes into my office all the time, whether it’s fake fish, rubber cockroaches, hacky sacks or voodoo dolls of my bosses. OK, so maybe I’m the source of most of the sarcasm, toys and childlike behavior that come into the office, but there are worse ways to lighten a work day, right? […]

ENMU students return from fall break

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Alisa Boswell The Eastern New Mexico University campus was alive with activity Wednesday as students returned from Fall Break. Whether they used their four-day weekend for trips or stayed home to do some catching up, busy seemed to be the theme for ENMU students. “We wanted to do something and get out of town and […]

Libertarians embrace all values

Liberty is primarily a libertarian concept. In fact, you could say it is THE libertarian concept. But it is a concept often borrowed and used by others. Just as you are not a chess player if you make up your own rules for playing the game, regardless of whether or not you use the proper […]

My turn: Journal delivers encouragement

This may sound strange but I have recently discovered how much fun it is to encourage others, whether you know them or not. It may not quite fall into the category of entertainment but it’s always fun nonetheless. The mother of a friend of mine who lives out of town was recently battling cancer and […]

TSA needs privatization, not unions

Freedom New Mexico If you think the Transportation Security Administration is pushy and intrusive, just wait until they unionize.Tuesday was the last day 44,000 TSA workers vote on whether they will join a union. The results will be announced today. A ‘yea’ vote widely is expected. Workers also are voting on whether to join the […]

County implementing emergency mass notification system

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Alisa Boswell Whether it’s the weather, or something else, law enforcement wants citizens to know about danger more quickly. The city of Portales and Roosevelt County have joined forces to purchase the Code Red and Code Red Weather Warning systems from the Emergency Communications Network. According to Portales Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger, the county […]

Portales past: March 21, 1962

March 21, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: The firing of all kinds of guns, whether they shoot pellets, darts or real bullets, is illegal in the city limits, Police Chief Keith Rowland reminded residents.

Beer pong put on hold

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Sharna Johnson The question at hand is whether it’s skill or chance that gets the little white ball across the table and into the cup. If you ask beer pong players, they will tell you most definitely skill. But the state of New Mexico isn’t so sure. Thursday the Alcohol and Gaming Division said it […]

ENMU briefs —

The Cake Series Area residents can learn to make visually appealing cakes, whether they’re beginners or experienced in cake decorating. This semester, Eastern New Mexico University is offering the courses Cake Basics, Fondant, Fabulous Cakes and Gum Paste Flowers. Kathleen Donalson, a trained Wilton Cake instructor, teaches all classes. Each course is $30. Information: ENMU […]

Hail to Steinbrenner and other rambling thoughts

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Kevin Wilson Rambling thoughts while debating whether I should antagonize my editor when my baseball team beats his baseball team: • That free credit score website is having a national campaign for viewers to choose the site’s new “spokesband.” I watch and I can’t help but wonder the average credit score of these struggling bands. […]

Press release: Free fishing day Saturday in New Mexico

Whether you’re an old hand at fishing or if you feel like testing the waters for the first time, Saturday, June 5, is the perfect time to get out and make a cast or two at lakes and streams across New Mexico — no license required. June 5, 2010, is National Fishing Day, and to […]

Playoff beard makes short return

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more […]

Another four-letter word to avoid

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s sports, or politics, or just finding socks that match, there’s one four-letter word I look to avoid. Fail. The verb has gained traction as a noun, as character-reducing techies have decided “failure” is less forceful. Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum called Sunday’s healthcare bill passage […]

Base official: Affordable housing needed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base keeps growing. But Cannon officials have concerns about whether affordable housing can keep up. Personnel from the base met with community members and elected officials Tuesday afternoon at the Clovis-Carver Library to talk about the population increase for Cannon — at least 1,500 over the […]

Economy pressuring business promotions to recruit, keep customers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s assurance at the pump, assurance in the laundry room or a few bucks to pad the wallet, businesses are doing what they can to bring in new customers and retain the old ones in a difficult economy. Count First Community Bank among those, with a plastic 5-by-7 […]

Council to vote on Main Street traffic

Freedom New Mexico The Portales City Council is set to vote today on whether to make Main Street two ways between First and Second streets and to recognize and award Water and Wastewater Department employees. The council meets at 7 p.m.

In tribute: Journalist remembered for resiliency

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it was a friend, family, the Dallas Cowboys or Run DMC, Mickey Winfield’s loyalty was unquestioned over his 33 years. Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday in Portales due to heart complications, family members said. Born March 24, 1976, in Oxford, England, Winfield had an abnormal […]

Doctors reattach Curry County man’s arm after pig attack

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A week after a 900-pound hog mauled him, Juan Cruz wonders whether he’ll be able to keep his arm, nearly severed in the attack. The 26-year-old Curry County man spoke about his ordeal for the first time Wednesday through an interpreter. Cruz returned home after five days in a […]

Thoughts on Roker, ‘24,’ Baskett

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Some rambling thoughts I had while wondering whether the Teen Wolf would have played college ball or entered the NBA draft: • One of the stranger aspects of the presidential inauguration was the news coverage. As I watched television coverage Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but see news […]