Ticket feature: ENMU alumnus, opera singer returning for homecoming

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Melendez Jared Tucker ENMU alumnus and acclaimed opera singer Manuel Melendez will be in Portales at this year’s homecoming festivities. Manuel Melendez will be attending a breakfast ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated music building at ENMU, and will honor Melendez’s high school and college instructor, George Umberson. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Melendez graduated ENMU in […]

Ex-death row inmate speaks in Portales

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the circumstances […]

Feds shouldn’t be involved with airport security

Freedom Newspapers Singer Patti LuPone was recently barred from a flight in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., because she complained when asked to take off her shirt. Other women have complained that they have been subjected to pat-downs of their breasts and other indignities at airport security checkpoints. Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration […]

Muleshoe man killed in one-vehicle rollover

By Angela Peacock A Muleshoe man and Bailey County employee was killed Thursday in a one-vehicle rollover involving the work truck he was driving. Mario Melendez, 24, was 13 miles south of Muleshoe driving westbound on FM 746 when his right inside rear tire blew out causing him to lose control and roll the Bailey […]