Pandemic preparations under way locally

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Health officials in Portales and across the state have begun preparing for a flu pandemic that officials say could devastate communities with its rapid spread. In May, Portales city officials received a briefing book from the New Mexico Department of Health outlining precautionary measures the city must take for […]

McFadden called to pulpit of FBC

1151647183-30.jpg

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The First Baptist Church of Portales has been without a pastor for the last 20 months but that will all change this Sunday with the church’s first service by their new pastor, David McFadden. McFadden recently moved to Portales from Kerrville, Texas, where he pastored at the First Baptist Church […]

Prairie dogs wreaking havoc in area grasslands

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in Grady. Nonetheless, Grau said, the rodents are irksome, and he wishes them gone. “I fight them constantly,” said Grau, who prefers to keep […]

Obituaries for June 30, 2006

Charles M. Griffin Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. Charles M. Griffin, 57, of Portales died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Born Sept. 9, 1948, in Crockett, Texas, to Gladys and Melvin Griffin, he moved to Portales in the early 1970s following a brief time in the Army. […]

It may be too late for Republicans to save sinking ship

Editorial It may be too late for Republicans to restore their lost luster as the party of fiscal responsibility, at least in time to prevent a drubbing in the coming elections. But at least some of them are trying. A few senators are pushing the SOS bill, the Stop Overspending Act of 2006, which attempts […]

It makes cents to save our penny

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes our government does something outrageous and oversteps its bounds. Ok, this has been happening more frequently lately. But we know things have really gotten bad when the feds go after our precious penny. There has been a movement in recent years to get rid of our copper-faced Abe Lincolns […]

Give thanks for our country and for Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist America has come through many conflicts to preserve her freedom. Many have given their lives to keep this nation free. Let us not take this for granted. Is that not why we celebrate July 4th? We want freedom and independence. No other place can replace the United States of […]

U.S. special ops commander outlines future

By Mladen Rudman: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: Mladen Rudman is a staff writer for the Northwest Daily News, a Freedom Newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — One of the keys to taming insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan is ensuring that each country has a military that can handle itself, said the […]

Roosevelt County now has 911 cell phone tracking system

1151562381-6-29-Cell-Phone-2web.jpg

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County 911 dispatchers now have a new system using global positioning satellite technology (GPS) which allows dispatchers to pinpoint the exact location of a cell phone caller. Before, Roosevelt County was phase one compliant, which means they were only able to track a caller by the cell tower […]

Independence Day’s is going to be a blast

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Explosions of color will flood the skies this July Fourth in celebration of the nation’s 230th year of independence. Lucky for locals, they won’t have to travel far to see them. Clovis, Portales, Elida, Ute Lake and Sumner Lake will all hold events for this year’s Independence Day holiday. Clovis […]

Obituaries for June 29, 2006

A memorial service for Mattye McKnight Bobbitt, who died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Artesia, will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Obituaries for June 27, 2006

William Trammell Services: 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church, Eunice. William (Bill) Bryan Trammell, 78, of Eunice died Friday, June 23, 2006, at the VistaCare Hospice Center in Albuquerque. He had lung cancer. He was born in 1928 in Arch, the last of seven children. He graduated from high school at Portales in […]

Obituary for June 25, 2006

Milton Eady Wakefield Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at LaGrone Funeral Chapel Milton Eady Wakefield, 87, of Roswell, died Friday, June 23, 2006. He was born July 9, 1918 in Mexia, Texas, to Grady and Blanche Wakefield. He was raised in Portales. He graduated from Portales High School, Amarillo Barber College and attended Eastern New Mexico […]

Residents lodge odor complaints at public meeting

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Brian Bonebright, vice president of operations for Dairi Concepts, summed up his company’s position when he said “Our intent is to fix the problem (odor).” However, whether or not residents living near the plant believe him is a different story. Some of the residents said they have heard that […]

27th still has work to be done

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter […]

Charter school sought

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Portales residents are proposing a charter school for the 2007-08 school year to focus on math, science, technology, and college preparation. Joan Brown, one of the organizers, submitted a proposal Thursday afternoon to the Portales school district for the Horace Mann charter school. The school would be an […]

ENMU sign waiting for bricks

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Construction for the new Eastern New Mexico University sign being built on the corner of South Avenue K and West Second Street will resume after almost a month of being delayed because of a problem with obtaining the correct bricks. According to Scott Smart, vice president of business affairs […]

Renewed sense of economic security returns to local area

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping the benefits of Clovis resident’s renewed sense of economic security. In the week since the announcement of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, Hall said he has had an influx of customers looking to upgrade vehicles. Hall, who has been […]

Richard Baca trial going through more delays

Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna […]

Young teens targets for Internet predators

1151389293-6-27-Myspace-web.jpg

By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Tiffany Kendrick and Ashlee Banister said they’ve received messages from older men on their MySpace.com Web site asking for more pictures of them or their phone numbers. “Sometimes there’s creepy older guys that want to talk to you,” said Kendrick, 14. They said when contacted by someone they don’t know, […]