Wristbands create color-coded confusion

By Kevin Wilson I was at a Social Security information seminar today, courtesy of the American Association of Retired Persons. I figured I’d come out with some information about the AARP’s stance, but I also came out with a fashion statement. On my wrist as I type this is a red wristband that says, “I [...]

Bill to provide job protection for family members

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers It was a ladder and a light bulb that most recently reminded Bethany Hiller of the man who is missing in her life — her husband, a Cannon Air Force Base senior airman deployed Kyrgzstan in central Asia. “It’s the little things that you take for granted,” said 22-year-old Hiller, [...]

Teenage driver charged with vehicular homicide

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers A warrant was issued Monday for the teenage driver in Saturday’s fatal car accident north of Clovis. Charles Valero, 16, is being charged with vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence of alcohol, officials said. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said he met with New Mexico State Police officers Monday [...]

State police officer files two discrimination complaints

Staff and Wire Reports State police officer James Brown has filed two Equal Opportunity Commission complaints against his employer for what he describes as a hostile work environment. The 42-year-old state police patrolman stationed in Clovis since August 2003 says he was unable to resolve the problem internally. Brown’s latest complaint, filed with the New [...]

5/3 Obituaries

Nancy Simnacher, 59 Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Nancy Simnacher, 59, of Portales, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. She was born on June 14, 1945, in Clovis, to Dollie and Herman Roberson. She grew up in Farwell. She married Gene Newman in 1960. [...]

VFW honors local veterans

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Frank Pena said that when he returned from the Vietnam War in 1970, he had an extensive network of family and friends that supported him and showed him appreciation. Others weren’t as lucky as Pena, and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is taking this week to show [...]

City budget estimated to have deficit for 2005-06

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The City Finance Committee officials are looking at an estimated $47,891 deficit for the 2005-06 fiscal year, but City Manager Debi Lee hopes a continuation of economic success will make up the difference. City finance committee members held their second budget hearing on Monday and Lee said a final [...]

Local man sentenced to 18 years for child abuse

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced a Portales man to 18 years in the department of corrections for first-degree child abuse. Robert Neely, 24, was ordered to serve 18 years in the department of corrections on Monday afternoon. Neely is currently being held at the Roosevelt County Detention [...]

‘Unsettled weather’ should continue throughout week

PNT Staff Monday’s conditions in Portales were cold and overcast, and weather forecasters predict a week of rain. Monday saw Portales receive just two-hundredths of an inch of rain, but a 40-degree day and overcast weather helped create the “illusion” of more precipitation according to James Kratzer, a meterologist at Cannon Air Force Base’s weather [...]