Hounds hope to compete for conference title

Dave Wagner Last year’s Eastern New Mexico University men’s team rode a strong finish to a berth in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament. Coach Andrew Helton said the Greyhounds’ goals have increased as they prepare to hit the meat of the schedule. “Our main goal last year was to get in the conference tournament,” […]

Area officials share new year goals

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Benna Sayyed While today brings the promise of a new year, it also brings a year of new promises. Less eating, spending and complaining. More working out, saving money and helping others. We asked area officials what they hope to hold themselves to for 2012.

My turn: New year won’t change my opinions

New Year’s resolutions that I can’t possibly keep include: • Not yawning when stars are praised excessively for charitable acts — even though it costs them little for the fawning attention. • Not Sunday-morning-quarterbacking pietists who say that the United States was founded on Christian principles — but can’t name any. • Not scoffing at […]

Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of killing a 21-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student. Prosecutors said DeAngelo Montoya broke into Angel Vale’s home multiple times when she was away and ultimately stole a rifle from the home that was […]

McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

Following God’s guidance gives the heart peace

A brand New Year awaits us. Let’s resolve to put zest in it. The past is gone and a new beginning is here. Refuse to let life happen to you. You can happen to life. I am reminded of how a tiny grain of sand in the soft body of an oyster can be a […]

Now is best time to do right

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new gives some people the feeling of a rite of passage. For them it represents a chance to clean the slate; they get to start fresh and try to do better next year than they did last year. Birthdays can provide the same opportunity, […]

Year in review —

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• Country clubbers nabbed Ten people, including Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson and former Roosevelt County Manager Mike Miller on Jan. 20 were charged with petty misdemeanor gambling at Portales Country Club. Officials said the 10 were videotaped playing poker on Dec. 30, 2010, and authorities seized $580 in cash. Charges have since been dismissed, […]

Friday morning briefing: Holiday safety, bluegrass music and about that ball

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Be careful celebrating the New Year. Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk and impaired drivers somewhere in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Most area establishments are participating in the Curry County Sheriff’s Designated Driver Program […]

Year in review: Government

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David Stevens 677 — new homes Cannon Air Force Base expects to see by 2015 in a housing privatization project announced in November. Those three- and four-bedroom homes, plus 361 renovated houses, are expected to have a major impact on regional housing shortages for military personnel.

Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this […]

Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Roping in the New Year and a raisin in the champagne

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lasso the New Year World Series of Team Roping is bringing in the New Year with two-day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Curry County Events Center. Roping starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday . Information: 505-469-4388 Check […]

Year in review —

Freedom New Mexico • Elida won Class B state titles in basketball and volleyball. The Tigers rallied to beat Grady in Marh to win the school’s second basketball title (1995). In November, the Tigers repeated as Class B volleyba, beating Carrizozo in the title match. • ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo was in fired in […]

Their view: Resolutions require making plans

Bryan Golden, a self-development advisor, syndicated columnist and professor, offers these tips on New Year’s resolutions:

Portales biofuel plant to close temporarily

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Alisa Boswell The Portales plant will be one of two Abengoa Bioenergy Corp. plants to be temporarily closed in the new year because of depressed market conditions, according to Abengoa Executive Vice President Chris Standlee. “There’s some really depressed market conditions right now, so we just made the decision to temporarily stop production and begin […]

Train to move to Hillcrest Park parking lot today

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Benna Sayyed The first movements of the 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 were made on Saturday at 3 p.m. “We put the wheels under it and we had it ready to lift and ready to go. We’re just running out of daylight today,” said Joe Bennett, owner of Bennett House Movers. Bennett […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty Stocking Fund effort is slightly lower than its performance from the same time last year. Maj. Rachel Gallop of the Salvation Army said as of 5 p.m. Friday $2,300 had been collected, mostly from kettle donations in front of area […]

Lawmakers paint brighter Legislature picture

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor What a difference a year makes. This time around the tone from lawmakers is radically different than it was just a year ago, as they tune up for a January budgeting session of the Legislature. “Last year we started at $240 million in the hole and were in some […]