Youth, lack of size no factor for barrel racer

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Shelby Spielman isn’t one to let her relative lack of size bother her. Nor her age. The 13-year-old from Dalhart, Texas, has shown herself to be one of the top competitors in this weekend’s Double Dash barrel racing competition at Curry County Events Center. Spielman turned in the sixth-best time […]

Thursday morning briefing: Soccer, melting chocolate and Fords

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.Soccer call There are Clovis Youth Soccer Association sign-ups Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Java Loft. The sign-ups are for the fall and spring programs for youth ages 3.5 to 13. New players need to bring their birth certificates. Info: […]

Players sought for kickball tourney

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Recreation Center is taking registration for a co-ed kickball tournament on July 3. The tournament is open to all ages. Also, registration for the youth leagues of tackle football, flag football and soccer begins July 12. Information and registration: Rec center at 356-8598 or Michael Doerr at 505-577-0700.

County teen wins youth hunter education contest

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By Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County teenager beat out almost 60 contestants Saturday to win a statewide hunter education contest. Garrett Lee, 17, scored 2,065 points in the annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Raton, according to the YHEC website. Garrett’s father, Shannon Lee, said 2,400 points were possible. Competitors shoot muzzle loaders, .22-caliber rifles, […]

Military feature: Air Force program promotes youth wellness

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico More than 100 youth are participating in an Air Force wellness program at Cannon Air Force Base. FitFactor is a program that promotes being active and healthy by utilizing a website where participants can log time for activities done and earn points. Participants earn points to earn prizes. The […]

Art program will give at-risk youth chance to paint

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A local non-profit group has plans to help prevent gangs in Clovis and Portales through art. Artists of America of New Mexico is working to launch a new afterschool and weekend program called Windows on the World, which will target middle school and high school age youth who are […]

Friday morning briefing: A youth survey and high winds

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing.

Dora entrepreneurship program teaches students to start business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eight Dora High School students are in business. A youth entrepreneurship training program called Biz-Ed Ventures, which offers a grant to start a new business, offered a seminar on starting a business from the ground up in Dora recently. “You’re learning how to run your own business someday,” Ashley […]

Base youth prepares for lead role in Navy, Air Force youth conference play

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A local girl is walking “a pathway to my dream” as she prepares for the lead role in a play to be performed in front of 600 people. Patricia Romero, the 14-year-old daughter of Cannon Air Force Base Forces Support Squadron Marketing Director Yolanda Romero, is portraying Robin Hood […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Program combats high tobacco use rates among county youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout takes place on Thursday, much attention will be paid to helping people with a bad habit try to quit. In Roosevelt County, Theresa Teti is trying to reach out to those who aren’t quite set in their ways. Teti is […]

Little Wranglers keeps Portales youth busy

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Little Wranglers Junior Association gives children a chance to compete in rodeo style events for fun. Little Wranglers was created 42 years ago for children 6-18 years old from Roosevelt County. Josett Evans said it is a good activity for her daughter. “The beginning, it was so she […]

Teen summit encourages active lifestyle among youth

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Teen Summit, with the theme of “Nothing To Do, Says Who,” may have suffered from the Columbus Day holiday just a little bit on Monday, but participants had positive comments. Only four participants signed up for the event at the Portales Recreation Center and, in fact, were […]

Special needs day gives youth chance to bond

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Halley Manley said her reserved daughter with Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder became outgoing and made physical and emotional improvements, all thanks to horseback riding. “She has self-confidence now and is willing to try anything,” Manley said of her daughter, 9-year-old Emma Purcell. Manley […]

Town reunion brings back memories of youth

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist Last weekend my brother, my husband and I attended a community activity that gave me a reassurance of wonderful people who love God and this country. All three of us at one time lived and grew up in Melrose. The celebration and reunion of those who once lived and loved […]

City recreation programs taking registration

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales is taking registration for its Recreation Center after-school program and for fall youth sports. “Kidz N Motion” after-school program offers structured group activities including play, art and crafs, physical fitness, tutoring and field trips for 6- to 15-year-olds. Flag football is available for kindergarten through second-grade students, and […]

Getting to know: Portales minister reaches out to youth

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Chris Horton is finishing his fourth week as minister of youth and education at First Baptist Church. The Portales native has a bachelor’s in history with a minor in religion from Eastern New Mexico University. Horton and his wife, Amy, have two sons, 7-year-old Brett and 4-year-old Dylan, and a daughter, Ainsley, 8 months. What’s […]

Getting to know: New pastor avid fisherman

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Michael Brunk is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Portales. He moved here from Albuquerque two weeks ago with his family and is still unpacking the boxes in his office. He has been a pastor for 30 years and he was born in Virginia. What got you interested in being a pastor? […]

Getting to know: Portales youth fiddler at fest

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Thirteen-year-old Coby Carter has been