Portales man beaten, robbed

PNT Staff An 88-year-old Portales man was beaten and robbed at his home late Tuesday afternoon. Police said they had no suspects. Nabor Leal, of 724 W. 15th Lane, was unconscious at the scene and transported to Roosevelt General Hospital and then to a Lubbock hospital, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Police believe the […]

ENMU De Baca Hall, targeted for re-opening

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer De Baca Hall has long been the first impression of Eastern New Mexico University for people driving west on First Street — that’s not necessarily a good thing, according to ENMU officials. ENMU administrators have included the De Baca renovation in a capital projects list to the New Mexico […]

County returns to full fire ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer After hearing concerns from local area fire department chiefs at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners special meeting, commissioners voted to return back to January’s proclamation of a complete fire ban for the county. The motion was passed 4-1. County Administrator Charlene Hardin said after the stand-by amendment was […]

Melrose cracking down on vandals

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and several of the town’s emergency units. Parents could be fined up to $500 if their children are unaccompanied by an adult in a public place […]

Gas war rages on North Prince Street in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded gasoline at Town and Country and Allsup’s convenience stores on North Prince Street was priced at $2.29 per gallon Tuesday afternoon, which is 52¢ below the city average and more than 70¢ below […]

Clovis man dies in truck accident near Pleasant Hill

Freedom Newspapers A 48-year-old Clovis man died in a late-night collision Monday at an intersection one mile east of Pleasant Hill, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. George Lopez died at the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman. Bowman said a truck driven by John Folsom, 29, of Milk Transport Services in […]

New state employment laws shouldn’t be used to target Wal-Mart

Editorial A federal judge ruled last week that the state of Maryland can’t use health insurance laws to punish Wal-Mart. The state law in question would have required nongovernmental employers with 10,000 or more workers to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on health care or pay the difference in taxes, according to The […]

Often, you are what you read

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers What you read says a lot about you. Certain magazines indicate a need to be ready for a political debate, with arguments tailored to a particular political ideology. Others keep you up on the world of sports. Still others say that you have unrealistic expectations of the opposite sex. Mine […]

Roosevelt team still in the hunt for title

PNT Staff The Roosevelt 9-10 year old All-Star Little League baseball team came out victorious in both of their Sunday and Monday games in the state tournament in Carlsbad. The wins leave the team in the hunt for a state championship despite their first-round loss. Roosevelt’s assistant coach Alan Roberts said the team “played a […]

Call center plans to add 80 jobs

Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers SEI-CCS LLC plans to add up to 80 jobs by the end of the year to its Clovis bilingual customer care center, nearly tripling the number of employees, according to a company spokesperson. The company received $282,108 in state Job Training Incentive Awards to create 71 of the jobs, according to […]

Dora girl wins New Mexico America Princess crown

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Krystle Siarza: Special to PNT Madison Belcher, 5, of Dora was a stranger to the pageant life until this weekend when she was crowned Miss New Mexico American Coed Princess, Friday in Albuquerque. Kalila Pack, 8, of Clovis finished third in the Sweetheart division. Madison, a student at Elida Elementary, didn’t join the pageant for […]

Portales restaurants trending smoke-free

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Restaurant smoking sections are diminishing throughout the country. Although neither the state nor Portales has any ban disallowing smoking yet, some local restaurant owners are getting a head start on the trend. In May the Wagon Wheel restaurant let customers take a poll on whether to keep or ban […]

Plenty of gadgets for car owners in eastern New Mexico

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Satellite radio, global positioning satellite mapping and DVD screens are hot items on today’s vehicles, according to car accessory dealers. And the more gadgets a vehicle has, the faster it sells, according to Greg Bass, Hamilton Big Country Truck Center manager. Vehicles equipped with satellite radio, global positioning satellite systems, DVD […]

Clovis remembers fallen soldier

Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Their white gloved fingers slid the length of the flag before them, creasing it along the stripes. As the fabric was snapped and pulled by the members of the Cannon Air Force Base honor guard, sniffles and sobs perforated the otherwise silent sanctuary. In a quiet voice, a female […]

Market offers fresh products

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Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Corn, watermelon and tomatoes are just a few of the many fresh fruits and vegetables sought out by Portales residents who gathered at the farmers market on Monday. According to Margie Plummer, manager for the Portales Farmers Market, the market is an age old tradition which has come alive the last […]

Plains Regional receives citations

by Tonya Garner By Tonya Garner CNJ Staff Writer tonya_ garner@link.freedom.com  Plains Regional Medical Center has received 26 citations for violating federal regulations, according to a federal report issued after a May investigation. The extensive investigation was performed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a division of the U.S. Health and Human Services […]

Miss Betty driving students

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Speaking in a soft, soothing voice lightly accented by a slight southern drawl, Betty King-Lowry or “Miss Betty” as her students know her, opens up about the life she’s had and what it’s taken to get to her level of contentment. After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University with […]

Escapees from DeBaca detention center caught

Freedom Newspapers Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Parents visit Clovis site where daughter slain

By Sharna Johnson By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a pink feather boa. It was placed by a mother and father mourning their daughter. Thursday, for the first time, David and Maria Beardmore visited the ditch where the battered […]

Dairyman discusses business

By Tonya Fennell By Tonya Fennell CNJ STAFF WRITER tonya_garner@freedom.link.com Albin Smith is a local dairy owner. Q: How long have you been in the dairy business? A: I came to Portales 30 years ago this month with 28 cows. Q: What does the dairy business mean to you? A: I like the cows, but […]