Proposed bill would help fund transporting inmates

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Department to reimburse counties for […]

Elida goes overtime for district win

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — Elida survived a late Floyd rally — not to mention its own free-throw shooting — to claim a district win Tuesday night. Keisha Chenault scored a team-high 16 points, and Casey Ford hit a key jumper in overtime to give the visiting Lady Tigers a 47-44 win at Floyd High […]

Local reaction to Bush’s State of the Union address

“I thought it was an excellent speech myself. I thought he covered a lot of the things the folks in the United States are concerned about and would like to hear the president’s thoughts on. That’s the best speech I’ve ever seen him give. He used to kind of pause a little bit and fidget […]

Portales couple agitated with city over land sale

Tony Parra A Portales couple denied by the Portales City Council permission to build an apartment on the southwest part of town is upset after learning the city sold land in the same area to an Albuquerque developer planning a similar project. In May, plans submitted by Victor and Linda Baca to build a multi-family […]

Governor delivers State of the State address

David Arkin And … they’re off. Gov. Bill Richardson helped kick off the 30-day legislative session with his State of the State address Tuesday in Santa Fe. The governor touched on a variety of issues during his speech, including DWI legislation, an early childhood education program and cuts to taxes on food and medical services. […]

What’s best for the students is all that counts

Mike Linn Good ole Texas is whipping us at its own game. And for once, we’re not talking about football and red meat. This is about higher education. Texas offers special deals for its border-state neighbors who want to attend Texas universities. It’s called in-state and reduced tuition. While colleges like New Mexico State University […]

Obits Jan 21

Calvin R. Alexander, 84 Calvin R. Alexander, 84, of Portales died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on April 4, 1919, in Honey Grove, Texas, to Ida May and Fletcher Alexander. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II serving as a guard for President Franklin […]

Goddard holds off Rams

By Kevin Wilson Portales’ magic number against the Goddard Rockets was 45. For the Rockets, the magic number turned out to be 86. Visiting Goddard led for just 86 seconds, but it equated into the final 1:26 as the Rockets outlasted Portales 40-39 Monday in a non-district game. The Rams held Goddard under their defensive […]

ENMU supports funding formula

David Arkin While the Christmas season has already passed, the legislative season is just getting under way and officials everywhere, including at Eastern New Mexico University, have filled out their wish lists. Those officials’ version of Santa Claus — Gov. Bill Richardson and his many elves — have sifted through numerous requests for buildings, services […]

Obits Jan. 20

Frank Bayless, 64 Frank Bayless, 64, of Portales, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital. He was born Sept. 2, 1939, in Cowan, Tenn., to Henry Porter and Lena Wiles Bayless. He married Joann Gregory on May 4, 1962, in Nashville. He worked as police officer with the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, where […]

Cannon squadron deploys for training

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Six pilots and about 155 support personnel are on their way to an undisclosed country in the Arabian Gulf for a special training exercise with local Arab air forces. About 3 a.m. Saturday, 10 jets from Cannon’s 522nd Fighter Squadron, including one piloted by base commander Col. […]

City hosts banquet to honor King Day

Tony Parra For Rosalind Curtis, it wasn’t just another mundane Monday. Curtis proclaimed it a day of privilege and inspiration, one small window to honor a man who arouses in her feelings of perseverance. “It’s a day to rejoice in our freedom,” Curtis said. “We are gracious for what Martin Luther King Jr. did and […]

Local democrats meet with presidential campaign officials

Tony Parra The Iowa Caucus has kicked off the 2004 election year and the Roosevelt County Democrats are all in agreement of one thing: No more George W. Bush. About 50 democrats met to hear officials representing the campaigns of Howard Dean and Sen. John Kerry at the Memorial Building on Monday. “I’ve thought a […]

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South team will feature 3 Rams

Kevin Wilson It never really occurred to T.C. Nusser that he’d be following in his brother’s footsteps this summer. Three years after his brother Dusty played in the inaugural North-South 3A All-Star football game, T.C. now has his turn in the annual senior-only game. He’ll represent Ram football one final time and make friends out […]

NMAA hoping to change image

Rick White The state’s governing body for high school athletics has an image problem, according to the organization’s newly elected board president. Clovis Schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall said financial problems, an unpopular realignment plan and an uncompromising attitude by the previous administration has alienated members of the New Mexico Activities Association. Nuttall, elected president of […]

Weather dampens parade

By Tony Parra The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Parade ended as quickly as it started Saturday as the parade slipped through the rain-soaked downtown area in just under 20 minutes. The parade suffered a low turnout in the downtown area, where a woman and her 4-year-old daughter were the only spectators, not including the […]

Zia adjusts to different roles

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University freshman guard Heather Brown expected an adjustment to coming off the bench this season. She had been a starter most of her high school career. The adjustment didn’t last long as the 5-foot-7 Brown found herself thrust into starting lineup again six games ago in place of junior point […]

City seeking funds at upcoming session

By David Arkin Lawmakers in Santa Fe will become very aware of the need for better roads in Roosevelt County during their session, which starts Tuesday. City and county officials are asking the Legislature to approve thousands and thousands of dollars worth of improvements to roads and equipment in the area. The session, which is […]

United Way chapters may merge

By Mike Linn Officials with the Curry and Roosevelt County United Ways are entertaining the idea of merging the two charitable organizations in the near future. Citing difficulties meeting set goals the last two years, RCUW President Rick Hauptmann said his organization could be more effective and raise more money if the merger took place. […]