Water outlook bleak for Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Charlie Wilson, a geohydrologist hired by the city of Portales, said the High Plains (Ogallala)aquifer is being depleted at a rate of two to six feet per year as part of his annual water conservation and use report. “The use exceeds the supply,” Wilson said. “It’s not being recharged […]

Commissioners extend fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners decided to err on the side of caution where the fire ban is concerned as they voted to leave in place the ban that was passed by proclamation in January. “We’re in no better situation than when we enacted the ban,” Commissioner Tom Clark said in […]

County commissioners balk on road access dispute

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners fielded a complaint concerning access along Roosevelt Road T from landowner Charles May at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The discussion ended in a failed split vote on a motion to officially notify adjacent property owner David Stone to remove obstructions from the county roadway. The item came […]

Clovis soldier killed in Afghanistan fighting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan was helping to rebuild communities in the war-torn country, his father said. Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near Larzab in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, Army officials said. He was killed when his platoon was attacked by small-arms fire while on patrol, according to […]

RGH shows profitable month

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer At the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Tuesday Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens informed board members revenues were up for inpatient care which is above average for the months of June and July. Stevens said outpatient totals were down from previous months but still up considerably over the […]

Turnover of province of Muthanna a small sign of hope in Iraq

Editorial A small hopeful sign emerged in Iraq last week. While it came amid increasing violence in the capital city of Baghdad, it is still worth noting. The still-emerging Iraqi government on Thursday was given full control of Muthanna, in the southern portion of the country, one of Iraq’s 18 recognized provinces. Iraqi prime minister […]

Karate and diplomacy do mix

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The Group of Eight, or G-8, conference this week in Russia has shown the United States, Russia and the world a valuable lesson, thanks to George W. Bush. It’s not the easy lesson from Monday that showed us it’s not a good idea to curse when you’re munching on a […]

CAFB robot saves time in detecting bombs

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Tonya Garner: Freedom Writer Like a scene from a science fiction movie, a robot rolled into the Hilltop branch of the New Mexico Bank & Trust on Friday. The robot — the REMOTECH F6 Remote Control Transport, or RCT — was brought onto the bank robbery scene to determine if the suspicious package left behind […]

ENMU Football predicted to finish last

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping recent history repeats itself in the Lone Star Conference South Division. The Greyhounds were picked for last place in the seven-team South’s preseason poll, released on Monday by the conference office. Last year, West Texas A&M was chosen for […]

Clovis American scores 14 runs to beat Roosevelt

PNT Staff The Clovis American team beat the Roosevelt team Sunday evening in the 13-14 year old bracket of the district’s Little League baseball all-star tournament. Rachel Kia, the president of the Little League Board, said the final score was 14-4. Roosevelt was eliminated from the tournament due to the loss. “It was just one […]

Portales Adkins wins MVP in All-Star game

Paula Chronic Chris Adkins scored 23 points and ultimately led the South to their 92-87 triumph over the North, winning the MVP for his performance during the Class 3A North-South All-Star basketball game Friday at Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. The win marks the South’s second victory in a row over the North All-Stars […]

Portales airport will have new fuel farm access road

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Airport will be getting a new fuel farm access road as part of the airport expansion. City councilors recently accepted a $301,651 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The grant will fund reconstruction and paving of the fuel farm access road, paving of the parking lot […]

Clovis bank robber remains at large

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Writer Surveillance footage from Friday’s Clovis bank robbery did not produce a viable image of the suspect, according to Bill Elwell, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque office. Lt. Roger Grah of the Clovis Police Department also said no new information surfaced over the weekend to draw officials […]

Quay County rallies to beat Roosevelt, 8-7

PNT Staff The Quay County All-Stars rallied from a 6-1 deficit to defeat the Roosevelt County All-Stars 8-7 Saturday evening at Portales High School Ram Baseball Field in the 13-14 year-old division. The loss meant the Roosevelt County All-Stars must win today against Clovis American or they will be eliminated. Their game against Clovis American […]

Roosevelt teams ready for state

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer The Little League All-star district tournaments are now over, leaving two teams from Roosevelt county and one team from Clovis ready for state competition in the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age brackets. The Roosevelt County All-stars won the 9-10 age bracket in a powerful return. Their first game was […]

Teens fly in new skatepark

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Skateboarders, roller bladers and bikers alike were radiant with victory Saturday evening as the new skatepark in Portales held its grand opening. “It’s been a long hard fight,” said Lorenzo Baca, the vice president of the Portales Skate Park Organization. The organization, which was started by youths using the […]

Special Operations vital to foreign internal defense

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Jerome Klingaman was a young combat aviation advisor, thrown into the jungles of Laos, when he stumbled upon a major void in the U.S. military. The last 13 years of his life, he has spent crafting a remedy. Klingaman was part of a haphazard team of […]

Committee will look at six traffic alternative options

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Members of a steering committee charged with studying the future of Portales transportation agreed on researching six alternatives to decide if a bypass would be a viable option without losing revenue to Portales businesses. Scott Verhines, engineer with GC Engineering Inc. of Albuquerque, presented the six alternatives Friday afternoon […]

City wants better handle on trash

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By Tony Parra Portales residents are leaving appliances, sheet rock materials, scattered garbage and furniture items next to dumpsters and it’s causing a problem, say city officials. City staff members want these items placed in the city’s convenience center instead of the alleys. City officials said heavy appliances, sheet rock and other trash items are […]

Hurlburt: We’re full

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Picture a full parking lot with nary an empty space. That is Hurlburt Field, current home of Air Force Special Operations Command and its 16th Wing in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. On this steamy July day, the ramp at Hurlburt is at 30 percent capacity, according […]