Roosevelt blasts Clovis Zias, 16-0

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Paula Chronic: PNT Staff Writer Pitcher Lathan Lieb led the Roosevelt County All-stars to a 16-0 shut-out victory by allowing only one hit and striking out eight batters Wednesday night at Portales Rotary Park. Lieb hit two of the four home runs against the Clovis Zias for a win by the 11- and 12-year-olds out […]

Portales receives its own State Guard unit

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With the recent upgrade of the Clovis unit of the New Mexico State Guard from company status to battalion status, Portales will receive it’s own unit, Company A, which will report to Clovis as will Roswell’s Company B. Right now, there are a handful of Portales troops in the […]

Meth still problem in Curry County

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Behind marijuana, methamphetamine remains the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, according to officials. And the destructive nature of the drug poses a community concern because it feeds crime rates and causes health and family deterioration, they say. Although meth production is down, meth-related use […]

Mondragon tapped by governor for N.M. Partnership

Freedom Newspapers Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR – Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the New Mexico Partnership. A former Clovis police chief and city manager, Mondragon represents Region 4 —Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, Harding and Union counties — for […]

U.S. should stay on sidelines in current Israeli/Palestinian tiff

Editorial A few weeks ago, 19-year-old Gilad Shalit, a corporal in the Israeli Defense Forces, was an individual like the rest of us, with strengths, weaknesses and foibles. Now he has become a symbol. And whatever faint hopes might have existed for a relatively peaceful end to the armed standoff between Israelis and Palestinians have […]

Congress should butt out on movie ratings

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Mid-term elections are still about four months away, but I’ve got all the advice you’ll ever need. Elect them all back. Elect them all back because it’s evident that every major problem facing the United States today has been solved. Wait, what’s that you say? Your problems still exist? My […]

Portales readies blast for Independence Day

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Honor and entertainment are the themes for tonight’s $8,000 fireworks display at Eastern New Mexico University’s football practice field. More than a thousand explosive shells will be fired into the air, so officials are making sure that utmost safety precautions are taken. The Portales fireworks display has been run […]

Homicide, pop culture get ENMU classes

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Two classes added to Eastern New Mexico University’s summer schedule and a new degree program added to the fall schedule may allow students to gain a better understanding of real-life situations and some hands-on experience. “Popular Culture” and “Homicide” will be available for students during the second session of […]

One dies in crash

PNT Staff Report A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, […]

Residents meet Special Ops crew

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer Lt. Col. Bob Monroe maneuvers through the dark chambers of the monstrous aircraft as if he were in the living room of his home. Resting an arm against the seat he sits in to pilot the AC-130U gunship, he tries to demystify the aircraft — its snaking wires, its multiple […]