Committee recommends large education budget increas

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Teachers and other public school employees would be in line for 6 percent salary increases next year under budget recommendations approved by the House Education Committee. State spending on schools, the Education Department and other educational programs would increase by 10.7 percent, or almost $228 million, under the committee’s […]

Officers say goodbye to fallen member

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Law-enforcement officers throughout the region on Monday mourned the loss of one of their own. Clovis native Matt Myrick, a Texas Department of Public Safety officer stationed in Hereford, Texas, died while on duty Friday in a vehicle accident. He was buried Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in […]

Stewart honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for […]

Tax laws favor military members

By Tom Philpott: Military Update If tax laws mirror a nation’s values, then America clearly values its military personnel, and more so today than a few years ago. Combat-zone tax exclusions, combined with changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child tax credits, have reduced or even wiped out the tax liability of […]

City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]

Jan. 24, 2006 Obituaries

Clarence Kirksey Services: No services are planned. Clarence Truman Kirksey, 95, of Odessa, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006. He was born on Jan. 13, 1911, in Blanket, Texas, to John Edward Kirksey and Sarah Angeline Goates. In 1927, Clarence and his brothers drove a covered wagon from Brownwood, Texas, to Portales. A resident of […]

Portales teams have momentum

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer It’s safe to say that both Portales teams built a little bit of momentum with Friday victories. It’s an even safer bet that neither squad is looking to lose any of the new-found momentum with homecoming only a few days away. Both teams have games later this week against […]

Baseball squad tabbed for fifth

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

Through stained glass

By Helena Rodriquez People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks, nor when they work with stained glass. However, Amelia “Amy” Armenta recommends a good diamond-head grinder to cut through the translucent material. Fortunately for Armenta, she’s never cut herself since she begin creating stained glass art six years ago, although she will admit […]

Saturdays in the shire

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By Kevin Wilson The battle cries come each Saturday afternoon, with players coming from all over the area to turn Rotary Park into a battlefield similar to one seen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. For those few hours, the small stretch of land is known as the Shire of the Shining Dogs, and […]

Elida wind farm has smooth sailing

By Tony Parra The Elida Wind Power Plant operators are completing their first month since flipping the switch sending electricity from the plant to homes in eastern New Mexico, west Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Wind farm operators have been using the Roosevelt and Chavez county winds to generate electricity for the homes of Xcel […]

One arrested following Jan. 13 high speed chase

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was arrested on two separate warrants following a high-speed chase that occurred on Jan. 13 over Roosevelt County roads and Portales city streets, according to Roosevelt County jail officials. Joshua Villalobos, 22, of Portales, was arrested late Friday and charged with various crimes including: assault with intent to cause […]

Wildcats jump out to early lead, beat Hounds

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Cameron Holson’s 3-pointer after just 16 seconds kicked off a game-opening 17-5 run that included five 3-pointers, and Abilene Christian held off Eastern New Mexico University 82-73 on Saturday in Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball. Senior guard Demarquez Rembert scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and senior […]

Meth, drug rehab top local legislators’ lists

By Andy Jackson Local legislators are adamant about two bills they wrote that will hit the Roundhouse in upcoming weeks — separate yet connected propositions for mandatory drug sentencing and rehabilitation initiatives. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he’s introducing a bill that would impose mandatory methamphetamine sentencing, to “get cooks out of the kitchen,” he […]

Zias routed by Abilene, 83-63

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore guard Alex Guiton led five Abilene Christian players in double figures with 20 points on Saturday as the Wildcats posted an 83-63 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Senior guard Kierstan Barbee added 14 points and team highs of 16 rebounds and six […]

Baskett gets ready to go bowling

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett III has a lot of running in front of men with clipboards and stopwatches in his future. The University of New Mexico all-conference receiver will play in the 55th annual Senior Bowl Jan. 28 in Montgomery, Ala., and has accepted an invitation to the […]

Clinton photo-op has its hazards

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I sat down at a meeting across the conference table from my friend Chris Kelsey that day in 2001, I could tell he was excited about something as he asked if I had received his news release. I said no, what’s up? “Bill Clinton’s going to play a […]

Your state legislators on the lighter side

Q. What’s your favorite political joke? Rep. Brian K. Moore, R-Clayton: Where does the word politic come from? Latin for poly, meaning many; and tic, meaning blood-sucking parasite. Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa: President George Bush was at a news conference, he was talking about Iraq, Washington and the economy. A reporter asks him ‘Did […]

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22, 2006

Resident begs to differ on road I read with some interest Tony Parra’ s article about paving State Highway 206 (Jan. 13 PNT). I drive a 13-mile stretch of that road twice daily. My windshield has at least four new cracks to show for it. I am puzzled by a couple of things: First, it […]

Dog owners teaching canines agility course

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, dog agility is an Army obstacle course for man’s best friend. A dog maneuvers the course while its owner leads and instructs. Dogs are […]