Local farmers reap benefits of crops

By Tony Parra Brent Corbin has been farming wheat for 20 years. He said in most years his wheat fields yield about 12 bushels per acre. Bouyed by a wet winter, Corbin’s yields tripled this year to about 35 bushels per acre, he said. Corbin harvested 320 acres of wheat and has wheat fields south […]

Anti-meth bill restricting cold medicines advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine would be restricted under a bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday after lawmakers forged a compromise protecting state prerogatives. The legislation would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine only from behind the pharmacy […]

That wonderful place called home

By Joan Clayton While cleaning out my files I found one of my first articles written many years ago. Imagine my blessing when I received a copy of “The Bible Friend” with this article in it. I don’t remember submitting it but God’s surprises always bless me. Many writing seminars later, I see writing mishaps […]

Mexico: Not just a border; a whole world away

By Helena Rodriguez As I was walking through the streets of Merida, Yucatan, in Mexico recently, my feet blistered, my stomach churning wildly and aching for the tastes and comforts of home, I recalled the now not-so-funny words of comedian George Lopez. “Chicanos belong in the United States!” Those words rang in my ears as […]

Innocence creates wordly beauty

By Baxter Black I remember the first time I ever went to Florida. It was in the cow country around Wachula that I first saw Palmetto. Copses of palm trees, cypress and yellow pine stood like islands in a sea of green grass. Hammocks, the locals called the “islands,” were carpeted with low-lying exotic-looking jagged-leafed plants. From […]

New eatery coming to Clovis

By David Irvin In the last year, Clovis has seen several national chains enter the restaurant market as well as numerous smaller chains and independent firms. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, which will open Monday, according to company officials, is the latest to join a growing group. The casual-themed restaurant features many culinary options, as […]

University provides new home for alligator

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By Tony Parra Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an alligator. They can just travel across the city and the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman crocodylus, a South American alligator, will be living in the Natural History Museum on the […]

Residents asked to put phones on “ICE”

By David Irvin A nationwide initiative is underway to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the heading “ICE.” Emergency personnel can quickly find names […]

BRAC impact more than economic

By Anna Macias Aguayo: The Associated Press CLOVIS — The thought of losing Cannon Air Force Base tugs at the heart of Betty Tiedemann. It would mean a separation from her 20-year-old daughter and the two young grandchildren. Her son-in-law is stationed at the base. “My daughter’s really my best friend,” said Tiedemann, 46, her […]

Former water entities relieved of financial ties

Freedom Newspapers A deadline to end financial responsibility for the four entities officially withdrawn from the Ute pipeline project was established at Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting in Melrose. The four entities that withdrew earlier this year — Quay County, Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon — will not be responsible for any […]

Roosevelt teams compete in state tournament

By Marc Schoder The Roosevelt County Senior League team, comprised of area 15- and 16 year-olds, won Tuesday in Albuquerque verse the Zias 10-5 in District 3 action. Roosevelt County will face Raton today, with the winner of that contest will face the Albuquerque Roadrunners. The Roadrunners defeated Roosevelt in the first round of the […]

Klafka leaving Zias

By Dave Wagner Dustin Klafka, who as acting head coach last season led the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team to a 13-14 record, has accepted an assistant coaching position at a junior college in his hometown of Levelland, Texas. An ENMU graduate, Klafka stepped in last year while head coach Dan Buzard was […]

BRAC addition stays in bill

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Tuesday delayed potential showdowns with the White House over terrorism detainees and closing U.S. military bases after the Republican-run chamber failed to sidetrack amendments on the two contentious issues. The Tennessee Republican’s decision to put off until fall further consideration of the amendments — […]

ENMU intern program ended

By Tony Parra A technology information center internship program at Eastern New Mexico University has been discontinued, according to school and company officials. Kathy White, president of Rural Sourcing Inc., cited not being able to give the interns enough attention and the lack of proximity of Rural Sourcing Inc. technology centers to Portales. “We feel […]

Peanut crop off to promising start

By Marc Schoder Jump-started by an abnormally wet winter, the peanut crop in the Portales area is off to a promising start. “This is one of the best peanut crops that we have had in several years,” said Jimmie Shearer, president of Sunland Peanuts. Shearer said above-average pre-plant moisture has the peanuts in good shape […]

No charges filed in homicide case

PNT Staff Authorities said Tuesday that they are waiting on forensics results and have no set date on any charges being filed in connection with the shooting death earlier this month of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. A warrant obtained in district court indicated that Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was identified as a person […]

“Keep Cannon” reception held

PNT Staff The City of Portales held a reception Tuesday to show appreciation for efforts in “Operation: Keep Cannon” at the Memorial Building. The Portales committee worked with a Clovis committee on promoting the campaign to remove Cannon Air Force Base from the Base Realignment and Closure list. The Portales committee had not met since […]

Short superintendent tenures concern state

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — More than half of the state’s 89 school districts will be led by superintendents who have two years or less in their current positions when classes start this year. In Roosevelt County, two school districts recently parted ways with their superintendents. Fort Sumner and Clovis also have new superintendents. […]

Nomination process necessary elsewhere

By Kevin Wilson We’re about to embark on a political process that will produce sound bites from the left and the right (speaking politically, not dimensionally), drag a 50-year-old man through the proverbial mud and most likely do nothing to stop the appointment of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rarely do people leave […]

Tribal terrorist despise the individual

By Tibor Machan LONDON — The little hotel, Sanctuary House, where I stayed this time was located, unbeknownst to me, just the other side of the New Scotland Yard. So when I arrived Thursday after my flight from New York, I felt some relief. Terrorists probably will not do their vicious deeds in the back […]