City drops Community Service Center as provider

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors approved La Casa Family Health Center to provide community services such as primary medical care, family planning, pharmacy, dental, case management and immunizations replacing the Community Services Center in that role. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega was authorized by city council to contract with La Casa Family Health Center in […]

Candidate slate set for three county positions

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s position will be a two-man race with the incumbent Tom Gossett running against county deputy Darren Hooker in the June 6 primaries. Tuesday was the only day candidates could file with the county clerk’s office and three positions will be contested. Since both of them are Republicans and […]

Airman charged in wife’s death

By Marlena Hartz More than 16 months after her death, Air Force officials have charged Kimberly Susan Novak’s husband with murder. Novak, 20, died in her Cannon Air Force Base residence in late October 2004, according to Cannon’s public affair’s office. Her husband, Airman Edward Novak II of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged […]

United Way doles out 2006 funding

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico gave its largest allocations to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Curry County and to the Shelter for Victims of Domestic Abuse in Roosevelt County. Funding for nonprofit programs in Curry County remained near 2005’s level, while Roosevelt County’s rose almost 40 percent […]

Advocates push for more child abuse awareness

By William Thompson An official with the Curry and Roosevelt County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children told commissioners there are currently “more than 44 children” placed in foster care who have been neglected or abused by their parents or primary caregivers in Roosevelt County. Marsha Gilliland, executive director for the Ninth Judicial District’s […]

Criminal investigation begun against DPS special agent in Clovis district

By David Stevens A special agent with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety has been placed on administrative leave with pay while authorities conduct a criminal investigation against her, the agent’s attorney said on Tuesday. Delores Ledezma-Pinon, who works with the Special Investigations Division in Clovis, was placed on leave last week, according to […]

Gardner challenged for state rep

Staff and Wire Reports State Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, will have a challenger for his House seat in the June 6 primary. Lucille B. Tucker, also a Roswell Republican, filed Tuesday to run against the incumbent whose area includes Roosevelt and three other counties. Gardner, who unseated Earlene Roberts for the District 66 seat two […]

Market rewards better safety incentive than government regulation

Editorial Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that government […]

Profit is a dirty word these days

By Tibor Machan As I was channel surfing the other night, I went past one broadcast channel on which I saw and heard the following sentence uttered by a young woman: “He was a businessman so he would do anything to turn a profit.” I caught a glimpse of the name and it was “Law […]

Showers bring relief to Portales

By William P. Thompson In the past six months, some have hoped, some have crossed their fingers and some have called out to the heavens for rain. Sunday evening, many Portales residents finally got their wish as more than half an inch of rain fell between 8 p.m. and midnight. It was the first significant […]

Jamboree helps in many ways

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By William P. Thompson The Floyd Lions Club’s 56th annual Country Jamboree this week features more than 40 musicians and performers. Proceeds from the $5 per person admission will go back into the Floyd community and beyond as Lions Club members have various charitable projects in the works. Dave Nash, a Lions Club member for […]

Rams finish second at Clovis Invitational

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Portales’ top golfers weren’t quite on their game Monday, so leave it to a relative newcomer to pick up the slack for the Rams. Freshman Rick Bergman shot 42-41 — 83 to help Portales slip past host Clovis and into second place in the Wildcats’ invitational golf tournament […]

Lady Rams trounce Eunice

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT Staff Writer When the weather is cold, Lady Rams pitcher Sasha Parker said she keeps her jacket on and tries to continuously move her right arm inbetween innings to keep it warm. Whatever she was doing, it worked. On a 40-degree afternoon, Parker pitched a two-hitter to lead Portales past Eunice […]

Offensive line big focus for ENMU this spring

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With four starters to replace from a year ago, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is trying to sort things out in its offensive line during spring drills. Offensive line coach Draco Miller said the Greyhounds are making progress as they head into the final week of spring work. “Every […]

Cameron sweeps Hounds again

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Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s bats remained silent again on Saturday. In fact, the Greyhounds came dangerously close to getting shut out three times in their four-game series against Cameron, dropping the opener 5-2 and losing the nightcap 3-0 at Greyhound Field. Aggies pitching baffled the Hounds (16-12) all weekend. The Hounds were held […]

Troops get soldier’s welcome

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By Tony Parra On a muggy and cool Saturday morning, Portales residents lined the sidewalks of Second Street to show their support for past and present members of the United States military. The “Welcome Home Troops Parade” meant a lot to Staff Sgt. Brett Bedinger of the 126th Military Police, who recently returned from Iraq. […]

Coach Stockton fondly remembered

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Benny Stockton is remembered as a fierce competitor, a great coach, a practical joker, and a loving father. Stockton died on Thursday. He was 68. He was a boys basketball coach at Dora and Portales High Schools, was the athletic director at PHS for 15 years and, after his retirement in 1990, […]

AHORA looking for tourney help from recreation board

By Tony Parra Ron Jackson, Portales Recreation Board chairman, said he will talk with Association to Help Our Race Advance members from Eastern New Mexico University on the costs of using the Portales Softball Complex to raise money for scholarships. Freddy Bolanos of AHORA said last year AHORA members didn’t have to pay any fees […]

Local officials keeping a wary eye on water situation

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By William P. Thompson Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water is not […]

Obituaries for March 19

Elaine Abeyta Services: 1 p.m. Monday at The Church on The Hill in Fort Sumner Elaine Abeyta, 28, of Fort Sumner died Saturday, March 11, 2006, due to injuries suffered in an auto accident near Encino. She was born March 19, 1977, to Danny Paul Bishop and Bea Northrup in Fort Sumner. She was raised […]