DA concerned about Smith’s witness contact

By Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler asked a judge Thursday to stop all communications between a former Clovis dentist and potential state witnesses involved in James Smith’s murder case. Chandler said the conversations could compromise the testimony in Smith’s trial. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Joe Parker said he will make a ruling on […]

Hospital adding new MRI

By William P. Thompson Patient care at Roosevelt General Hospital will get a boost in the near future as the hospital district’s board recently approved setting aside $1.1 million in grant and loan money toward the purchase of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine and a Computerized Tomography(CT) machine. The hospital’s administrator, James D’Agostino, said […]

United Way lauds volunteers, donors, sets goals at banquet

Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico hopes to raise almost $43,000 more than in 2005. United Way officials on Thursday announced their 2006 fund-raising goal is $525,000, an 8 percent increase over last year’s total of $482,005 The agency announced its hopes at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base during its […]

Federal agency says PRMC was out of compliance with Medicare and Medicaid

By Marlena Hartz Plains Regional Medical Center was out of compliance with Medicare’s conditions of participation during a state inspection conducted in February, a spokesperson from the federal agency that regulates Medicare and Medicaid programs said this week. When the Department of Health visited PRMC last month, it was there to investigate a complaint, said […]

Anti-Wal-Mart campaign hurting poor

Editorial Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of our […]

Dreams in photos inspire us all

By Helena Rodriquez My friend Bernard likes to look at Chevy porn. When I queried him recently about a stack of magazines piling up in his closet, he referred to these car magazines as his “Chevy porn.” It’s no secret he is into Chevys. He even has pinups of his beloved Chevys all over his […]

Being happy today takes care of tomorrow

By Joan Clayton Do you live in the yesterdays of regrets? Do you ever wish you could go back and remove that hasty remark or that loss of temper? I have, and I’ve learned many lessons. I’ve had to ask forgiveness again and again. Maybe it was a result of teaching school for 31 years. […]

Portales girls finish third, boys fourth at Carlsbad meet

PNT Staff Report CARLSBAD — In a highly competitive meet, the Portales boys and girls had a productive day and qualified for state competition in several events. The boys finished fourth, and the girls third out of five teams in Carlsbad on Thursday. Portales girls coach Ruth Chavez said Kandace Bergsieker, who placed first in […]

Rosin up the bow, it’s jamboree time

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By Jesse Wolfersberger The 56th annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree begins today and this year’s event will rely on the same formula that has made it popular for the past half century: Good food, a little comedy, and talented country musicians. At 81-years-old, Panny Bigler is the oldest member of the Floyd Lions Club and […]

Snow surprises Portales

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PNT Staff Reports Portales schoolchildren got to do something yesterday they haven’t been able to do within the city limits for about a year—they had snowball fights. Their fun could be short-lived, however, as snow flurries were expected to end by early this morning and temperatures today are expected to rise into the 40’s. Priscilla […]

DA to seek death penalty against dentist

By Andy Jackson District Attorney Matt Chandler plans to pursue the death penalty against a former Clovis dentist accused of bludgeoning a woman to death. Chandler said he will seek the death penalty against James Smith, 37, based on state statute and because New Mexico’s sentencing system does not include life without parole. Smith is […]

Local weather prognosticator says spring will be active

By Marlena Hartz Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising from a bonfire told him so. It blew eastward across the cloudy, morning sky, then trailed westward and disappeared. Crim, 70, has […]

Library hosts one-woman show for Women’s History Month

By William P. Thompson A southern belle will come to life at noon Friday inside the Portales Public Library when performance artist VanAnn Moore brings her one-woman show from Belen. It’s all part of the library’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Moore, who has created 20 characters for herself over the past two decades, said […]

ENMU searching for new Zia coach

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University has begun the process of finding a women’s basketball coach after announcing last week that Dan Buzard’s contract would not be renewed for next season. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday that a selection committee is being put together. He said several applications have already been received, and […]

Lady Rams sweep Roswell

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PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams got back to .500 Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader against Roswell 5-4, 6-3 at the Portales softball park. “It feels good,” coach Robbie Crowley said. “With the girls back from basketball it’s good to kind of get a rotation I feel comfortable with.” In game one, the Lady Rams […]

Rams earn split in home opener

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PNT Staff Report Although his team took only one out of two games against Lubbock Christian, Portales coach Arturo Ontiveros said he is glad his team’s bats got some use. “The one thing we noticed is — we hit the ball,” Ontiveros said. “We’ve been struggling. The majority of the lineup came up with some […]

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 […]