Fugitive escapes PRMC on bike in hospital gown

Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Clovis man wanted on a bench warrant was arrested Thursday after he fled Plains Regional Medical Center wearing a hospital gown and boxer shorts, according to police. Alfred Sena was located by police about 20 minutes later pedaling a small, light blue girl’s bicycle on Dartmouth Street. A bench warrant was […]

Wind farm powering region with electricity

By Tony Parra, Freedom Newspapers Some aspects of operating the 120-megawatt wind farm can be as easy as doing it from a personal computer at home, that is if you are authorized and have a password from Edison Mission Group. Members of the Edison Mission Group held an open house at the San Juan Mesa […]

CCC women’s conference focuses on empowerment

By Marlena Hartz , Freedom Newspapers She settled into a seat in the front, hugging her oversized sweater closer in the chilly, air-conditioned classroom. Practical, with steady, dark brown eyes, Denita Wilson is planning for her future, so the topic of discussion in the chilly classroom, “Understanding your Finances,” fit. The finance session was one […]

‘Unconfirmed’ reports of mumps reported in N.M.

By William P. Thompson, Freedom Newspapers A mumps outbreak that has blazed through the Midwest may be knocking on New Mexico’s door. The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a release stating that two “possible” mumps cases have recently been discovered in New Mexico, although the release is quick to add that New Mexico […]

Legacy of change continues with Cannon Smart Operations 21

Staff Sgt. Christopher Craig, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, checks an M61A1 20mm gun. Cannon has implemented the Golden Gun maintenance operations which decreases downtime for aircraft. Col. Robert West During my 24 years of service, I have witnessed people wearing the blue uniform adapt to numerous changes in our Air Force. Simple changes that ranged […]

Felines find friends, sanctuary in Clovis shelter

Janet Taylor-Birkey When an unfortunate accident took the life of his cat, Sundance, Doug Johnson promised he was not going to watch another cat needlessly die. That was four years and more than 8,156 cats ago. Since then, Mr. Johnson has turned his attention to making better lives for homeless cats by building a home […]

Wall of Heroes inductee recounts Korea’s ‘Frozen Chosin’

Retired Marine 1st Sgt. Robert Simmons, who was inducted into the Wall of Heroes April 14, recalls his experiences during his 20-year career in the military which included service in the Korean War. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Every structure requires a firm, steadfast foundation and each piece of that structure relies on the foundation to […]

Lack of wind fails to faze kite fans

Janet Taylor-Birkey (Editor’s note: Due to a production problem in last week’s Mach Meter, the article did not correctly appear. It is being printed in its entirety with an additional photograph.) It has been said the wind always blows in this part of New Mexico. Unless the wind is needed for Cannon’s 3rd Annual Kite […]

Cannon chaplains meet spiritual, social needs

Janet Taylor-Birkey Most people think of church as a place to hear a sermon, sing songs and offer prayers. While Cannon’s chapel offers all of those things to worshipers, it also exceeds the parameters of regularly scheduled weekend and weekday services. Seeking to address quality of life issues for Cannon Airmen and their families, the […]

Warrior Week a response to what is being asked

1st Lt. James Nichols Holy Schnikey’s!! That was the thought that ran through my head as I sat through the convoy briefing during last week’s Warrior Week. This was in response to the realization of what our country was asking of today’s Airmen. This thought would repeatedly run through my mind as I continued my […]

ENMU employees to get 5.5 percent raise

By William P. Thompson, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University employees and faculty will earn at least 5.5 percent more for the 2006-2007 school year. The board of regents approved adding at least 1 percent to a state-funded 4.5 percent pay raise for ENMU faculty and made the 5.5 percent total raise effective for […]

Portales choirs rate high at district

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Choir director Franklyn Smith said he was happy with the performances from the Portales High School and Portales Junior High choir students this week at district competitions, but it is the “journey” which makes him most proud. “It was a very good showing for Portales students,” Smith said. “My […]

What Supreme Court ignores tells as much as what it addresses

Editorial Sometimes the cases the U.S. Supreme Court does not agree to review tells as much about the high court’s mood as those cases it decides to hear. That’s the situation this week as the high court continued to proceed with a caution that is becoming familiar in the weeks since a new member and […]

Zias need three wins in final series

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team hasn’t been playing that badly of late, just quite well enough. Still, the Zias control their own destiny as they prepare to end the regular season with noon Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheaders today and Saturday against Angelo State at Zia Softball […]

Yankee coach and Elida baseball great Acosta killed

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Dan Howard of Elida lost a lifelong friend when Elida High School graduate and New York Yankees minor league manager Oscar Acosta, 49, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Howard and Acosta played baseball together at Elida High. Acosta was a star pitcher in […]

Obituary for April 21, 2006

Richard M. Snell Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton St., Clovis. Richard M. Snell, 71, of Clovis, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 2, 1934, to Marion Matthew and Bertha Ann Martin Snell in Clovis. He was an attorney and practiced law for […]

Test your luck and live dangerously

By Helena Rodriquez, Freedom Newspapers I walked under a ladder on purpose the other day to prove a point. Some men were climbing onto a roof at Eastern New Mexico University and one of them forewarned me not to as I boldly walked right under the ladder with a sarcastic smile on my face. “You’re […]

Obituaries for April 20, 2006

Mary Lou Combs Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Portales Cemetery Mary Lou Combs, 66, of Lake Charles, La., died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at her residence. She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Chickasha, Okla. She grew up in Portales and made her home here until 1992, when she moved to Cameron, La. She recently […]

Floyd hammers Grady, 14-4

Floyd hammers Grady, 14-4 The Floyd Broncos varsity baseball team blasted the Grady Bronchos, 14-4, in five innings on Wednesday. Because of the 10-run rule, the game ended in five innings. The 10-run rule is invoked if a team is up by 10 or more runs after five innings. Floyd improved to 3-7 and now […]

Cleanup planned for Saturday

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer April is Keep New Mexico Beautiful month and Portales residents will be doing their part by cleaning and picking up trash on Saturday. The Keep Portales Beautiful event will start at 9 a.m. Veda Urioste, deputy clerk for the city of Portales, is one of the organizers of the event. […]