Campos pushing eastern plains for wind power

By Andy Jackson Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) on wind mills than […]

Biographies can make for great fiction

By Karl Terry Most people who write a lot in their jobs — reporters, college professors, teachers and especially columnists, probably harbor the fantasy of writing a book someday. It was revealed recently that the dream could be easier than some of us thought. Earlier this month on the Web site The Smoking Gun it […]

Mustangs hold off rally to beat Zias

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Senior post Katherine Maples scored 27 points and pulled down 19 rebounds and senior forward Angie Faurot hit a tie-breaking 3-point shot with a half-minute left Saturday night as Midwestern State edged Eastern New Mexico University 81-78 in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s basketball at Greyhound Arena. Katie Robertson […]

Early voting under way in mil levy, polls open Feb. 7

By Tony Parra Some Roosevelt County residents have already made their decision on whether they are in favor of, or opposed to keeping a property tax in place to help the Portales School District. Janet Collins, Roosevelt County Clerk, said as of Friday afternoon 27 people have returned ballots in early voting in the Portales […]

Zias work with transition

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Tracy Jordan has run the gamut with Eastern New Mexico University softball. Recruited before the 2003 season, Jordan has played under a different coach every season. “It’s certainly a challenge, but the team stays pretty much the same with a couple of exceptions,” said Jordan, who is from Rosamond, Calif. […]

l Far-flung football fans prepare to cheer their teams through the Super Bowl

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By Tony Parra Robert Montoya, Jr. a die-hard Pittsburgh Steeler fan from Portales, in a friendly, gesture extended an invitation to John Vestal Jr. an excited Seattle Seahawk fan from Clovis, to watch Super Bowl XL with the Montoya family on Feb. 8. However, Vesal said he’s going to devote Super Bowl Sunday to his […]

Portales pushes win streak to three

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer They were the type of numbers that Roswell should have been happy with heading into the second half. The visiting Lady Coyotes had just four turnovers and held host Portales without a field goal for a 7:20 stretch. The only numbers that mattered, however, belonged to Portales with a […]

Hounds look to sustain recent effort

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With the kind of effort they put forth in Wednesday’s 75-69 loss to visiting Tarleton State, Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Jolen Montoya figures the Greyhounds would win most games. ENMU has been playing better of late and hopes to keep the higher level of play going when it […]

Smith’s trey pushes Dora to win

Freedom Newspapers Late heroics returned to Guy Luscombe Gymnasium Friday night, in the form of sophomore guard Clay Smith. Smith scored 10 points, the final three on a trey with two seconds left to give the Dora Coyotes a 56-54 win in a District 3-1A thriller Friday night. “That was our goal going into the […]

War of wages: Some legislators proposing state minimum wage to combat with state’s poverty

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By Marlena Hartz Judy Crisp spends six days a week inside a cramped cigarette shop on a bumpy Clovis side street. For every hour she spends there, she earns $5.75. That is 60 cents above the federal minimum wage level. The single mother of two teenagers said she can barely afford the apartment where she […]

HUD releases ENMU communications funding

The Department of Housing and Urban Development released funding on a $496,000 Economic Development Initiative grant that will allow Eastern New Mexico University to purchase equipment for its new communications center. The announcement came through press releases from both U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s offices Friday. Domenici, a member of the […]

Clovis teen indicted in death of infant son

By Andy Jackson Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in the death of […]

New MainStreet Web site pushes tourism in Clovis/ Portales area

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis may be off the beaten path as far as tourism, but a new Web site’s goal is to attract more tourists to cities such as Portales and Clovis. The new Web site is http://offtheroad.NM.com and it gives viewers a feel for what attractions there are in places in New […]

Committee shelves bill to speed up tax cuts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]

Committee approves bed tax repeal, shelves tax rebate proposals

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — A House committee endorsed a proposal Thursday to repeal a tax on nursing home care, but it shelved Republican-backed measures that would refund to New Mexicans the money paid because of the tax. The Consumer and Public Affairs Committee gave unanimous approval to a measure that would eliminate the […]

Minimum wage bill moving through Legislature

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A minimum wage hike to $7.50 an hour easily passed a House committee on Thursday and even its opponents acknowledged some increase appears inevitable this year. The House Labor and Human Resources Committee voted 5-2 along party lines — Democrats for and Republicans against — for a bill that […]

Claims totalling $160,000 paid so far after Floyd fire

By Tony Parra Payments have been dispersed for $160,000 in claims to landowners, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials, in connection with the Nov. 30 Floyd fire that wiped out more than 27,000 acres. The cause of the fire, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range, still has not been determined, according to CAFB […]

PHS exchange students setting sights down under

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By Helena Rodriguez Two Portales High School students want to go to the Land Down Under this summer as part of a People to People Student Ambassador Program exchange and they have four months to raise more than $10,000. Cory Baca and Alycia Leal are among 36 area students who have been gathering at regional […]

Arrest made in Clovis shooting

By Rick White A 30-year-old Clovis man already in custody in connection with a Christmas shooting was charged Thursday with an open count of murder for the Jan. 15 slaying of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr., according to the district attorney’s office. Police say Robert Macias fired multiple shots from the front yard of a residence […]