The states can handle issues on their own

Freedom Editorial The Great Dissembler, former president Bill Clinton, was in Denver on Tuesday hawking his hagiography, “My Life,” and he couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few cheap shots at the sitting president. We understand this was all part of the promotion, a way to pump up book sales by making his appearance […]

Back to school coming soon

By Helena Rodriguez I interrupt this long, hot summer for some important breaking news. It’s urgent, more pressing than our current national security code level. It commands your full attention. It’s back-to-school time! Back-to-school time! Back to school! In case you missed it, “School! School! School!” Only 28 shopping days until school starts in Portales […]

Like a cow out of water

By Baxter Black If God intended cows to swim, he’d give them all flippers. You rarely see a mermaid calf or Holstein skinny dippers. But in their battle to survive, I’ve seen cows come unraveled, and to escape the cowboy’s loop they will choose the path less traveled. Now Randy wasn’t brilliant, but he was […]

Storm rips area

By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers An army of rain marched through eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday night, bringing big grins to those who work in agriculture and big frowns from motorists traveling through some of the more waterlogged areas. Portions of three major highways — State Highways 206 and 88 and the […]

Weather expert expected injuries

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By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers A meteorologist said he’s surprised lightning did not cause more injuries on Tuesday night, as the National Weather Service recorded 6,000 lightning strikes in one hour within a 60-mile radius south of Portales. New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell were injured by lightning near New Mexico […]

Summit works to improve Portales’ youth life

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales community members specializing in the quality of living for local youth met on Wednesday to work on one common goal — to develop a plan to improve the youth’s literacy. The meeting took place in the Zia room of the Campus Union Building on the campus of Eastern […]

Strike harms state officers

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at […]

Clovis squad knocked out of nationals

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats were eliminated from national AAU 15-and-under girls basketball competition Tuesday, falling to the Concord Blazers 78-67 in the second round of bracket play. The Lady Wildcats, who had a first-round bye in bracket play, finished 4-2 for the tournament after winning four of their five games in pool […]

Roosevelt team declared winners

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Roosevelt County, victims of a technicality on Monday, have been declared winners of the District 3 Little League 9-10-year-old baseball tournament. Roosevelt County beat the Clovis American All-Stars, 11-1, in Monday’s finals, but had to forfeit after the Clovis team protested. On Tuesday, American League president Sherry Best said she talked […]

County could see deputy shortage

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County may soon have a shortage of sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff’s department Sgt. Richard Short told county commissioners on Tuesday the department is about to lose a couple of deputies to duties with the National Guard. He said one deputy has reported for duty and will be gone until […]