Clovis High School student killed in two-vehicle accident Thursday

By Andy Jackson A Clovis High School senior was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Wilhite Road and Curry Road G. Cory Holcomb, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene, New Mexico State Police Officer Jeffrey Telles said. Traveling east in a 1993 Nissan, Holcomb failed to stop at a stop […]

It’s the size of your heart not your house at Christmas time

By Joann Clayton I love it when all my children and families come home for Christmas. In the wee hours of the night our house becomes strangely quiet and I begin to reminisce. Three little boys who grew up so quickly are back in their beds. The same clock chimes its soothing sounds; blessing me […]

Fascination with nuns may be ‘Nunsense’

By Helena Rodriquez I know of at least one person more organized than me when it comes to Christmas: Sister Margaret. I received my first Christmas card for the season from Sister Margaret the week right after Thanksgiving. I immediately pictured Sister Margaret, in spite of her small frame and kind face, whipping everything into […]

Local Briefs (Dec. 22)

RCRTC offers youth capital tour Roosevelt County Rural Telephone Cooperative is making preparations for the 2006 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 3-7. Letters and applications have been mailed out to area schools. Any student who is a junior in high school and whose parents are RCRTC members (prefixes 273, 274, 253, 276, 477, 478, […]

Phone tip leads to arrest

Freedom Newspapers A phone tip to police led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the October 2004 death of an infant left in his care at a Clovis motel, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo surrendered to police at an undisclosed […]

Live nativity scenes in local area

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Nativity sets are a popular holiday decoration in many homes during the Christmas season. The small, motionless figurines depict the night Jesus was born and can be simply made from paper mache’ or elaborately cut from crystal. The decorative scene features Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three wise men, a shepherd, […]

Empty Stocking Dec. 22

Today’s Focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” receives disability and cane barely afford basic necessities. This year she is not able to purchase extras for the children. Her holiday hopes: To find a way to give her children gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boy’s pant sizes 7 and 16 […]

Obituaries (Dec. 22)

Patsy Ruth Patterson McCleery Services: Have been held. Patsy Ruth Patterson McCleery, 80, of Sun City, Texas, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, in Temple, Texas. She was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Mead, Okla., to Ottis and Irving M. Patterson. She attended Portales public schools, graduating in 1944. She volunteered for the Cadet Nurse Corps […]

Police facing lawsuit after pedestrian’s death

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newpapers A lawyer representing the family of a Clovis woman who died after being struck by a police vehicle last week said he plans to sue the city. Delores Jacks, 71, was struck Dec. 13 by a car driven by Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah while he was on duty. She died […]

Murder suspect waives right to arraignment

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The attorney representing murder suspect James Smith waived his client’s right to an arraignment hearing in district court on Wednesday. The Clovis dentist was arrested Tuesday and charged with killing Laura McNaughton, a single mother of two girls. McNaughton’s nude body was found by hunters on Dec. 10 in a ditch […]

Portales churches to hold Christmas Day services

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales churches are preparing for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and many will be offering worship services with some alterations to normal church schedules. Normally, pastors and priests conduct services on Saturday evening and during the day on Sunday. However, some have made accommodations because Christmas Eve lands on a […]

Restaurant serves free Christmas meal

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Christmas is all about tradition and the Garcia family, which owns the El Rancho Restaurant, is continuing a three-year tradition of offering a free Christmas meal to Portales residents. El Rancho Restaurant is owned by Ruben and Sara Garcia and their son Joe Garcia. “One reason we do this is […]

Seawolves drop Zias

Freedom Newspapers ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Freshman guard Tristan Burnett converted two free throws with eight seconds left Tuesday night, giving Alaska-Anchorage a 62-61 victory over Eastern New Mexico University and a sweep of their two-game women’s basketball series. Burnett, averaging less than eight points and two assists coming into the game, compiled a double-double with […]

Local dentist charged with murder

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Forensic evidence led to the arrest Tuesday morning of a local dentist with Portales ties suspected of killing Clovis resident Laura McNaughton. Police said James Smith, 36, of Clovis, is charged with an open count of murder. McNaughton, 30, was fatally strangled, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

PNT faces changes, community shares miracles

David Stevens: FNNM Editor Cathy and Yak are out. Zits and KidNews are coming to a newspaper near you — this one. We don’t have much of a choice in losing the comic strip Cathy or Yak’s kids’ page from the Portales News-Tribune. Here’s how it happened: The Clovis News Journal, PNT and Quay County […]

Line between military, intelligence blurred president’s surveillance

Freedom Newspaper It was bad enough when the New York Times revealed that since early 2002, under an executive order from President Bush, the National Security Agency has been conducting surveillance inside the United States, almost certainly on U.S. citizens, without any sort of warrant approved by any sort of court. It was doubly disturbing […]

County News (Dec. 21)

Dora News Weather turns cold Someone must have left the gate open wide up north, at least we have had a lot of cold and breezy days. Bible study travels The Dora Baptist ladies Bible class visited with a shut-in member for Bible study time Sunday. Mary Blakeley, Norma Cummings and Charlie Carmichael went down […]

Resident says Smith comes from good family

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Laura McNaughton’s family members told police a dentist had been “weirding” her out. The resulting investigation led to Tuesday’s arrest of Dr. James Smith, a dentist with La Casa de Buena Salud in Clovis and Portales, police records show. Smith is charged with an open count of murder in connection with […]

City approves skatepark site near Recreation Center

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved the north side of the Portales Recreation Center as the new location for the Portales Skatepark during Tuesday’s city council meeting. “We would like to see the park moved from it’s location,” Mary Carvey, a member of the Portales Skatepark Organization, said. “We want to completely […]

Knudson to serve as county attorney

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners approved to contracting with Randy Knudson to serve as the county attorney until the end of the fiscal year (June 30) despite resistance from county commissioner Tom Clark. Commissioners approved 4-1 to renew the contract for Knudson. Clark voted against the measure because he said is dissatisfied […]