Moisture coming at right time for parched crops

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer The flash increase of rain in recent weeks has farmers in the region pleased, but it still isn’t enough to compensate for the drought plaguing the normally arid climate, according to agriculture officials. “It has been an extremely difficult year,” said Jimmy Shearer, the manager of Sunland Peanuts Inc. […]

Hurlburt personnel feel uneasy about move to Cannon

Freedom Newspapers A fine alabaster sand cradles the edges of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where teal pockets of shallow ocean give way to deep, navy expanses. In this paradise in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, tourism and the military have jockeyed for space. “Fort Walton is bound on the south by coastal waters, bound on the […]

Roosevelt rebounds to beat Zia

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The second match-up between the 9-and 10-year-old Roosevelt County All-stars and Clovis Zias produced a different outcome than the first with Roosevelt County coming out on top with an 11-1 win last night at Rotary Park in Portales. The Zia’s struck first, stealing home in the top of the […]

Supreme Court in transition stage, rulings reflect that

Editorial The case that will be remembered from the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court told President Bush that he couldn’t simply create military commissions — especially commissions authorized to deliberate and render decisions with the defendant not even present — without authorization from Congress […]

We can do without films, cells, stats

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s no real need to give a long introduction to this one. There are things I encounter in my life that just need to go, and I’ll tell you why: • Computer-animated films: I’ll admit it, I loved “Toy Story,” made at a time when Pixar was pretty much alone […]

Bike journey passes through Portales

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Bryant Million The Journey of Hope’s annual fund-raising bike ride across the nation stopped Monday in Portales. The journey is held by Push America, an organization founded by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity in 1977 in order to commit themselves to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Nineteen cyclists arrived at City Hall to […]

Unmanned aircraft will be tested at base bombing range

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Perched on the front lawn of the Clovis Community College, the spy plane looked strikingly similar to a praying mantis. Produced by Boeing, the unmanned aerial vehicle known as the ScanEagle was brought to Clovis in preparation for training classes scheduled to begin today at the college. Boeing, the world’s leading […]

Let North Korea’s neighbors play tough guy this time around

Editorial North Korea’s pitiful regime no doubt intended to get Washington’s attention by testing six missiles on July 4, beginning a few minutes after the launch of the space shuttle Discovery. It may turn out to have been a severe miscalculation, as is often the case when a government operates on bravado and testosterone rather […]

Deals missed by drive-by garage-salers

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor You’ve heard of drive-by shootings. My wife is the master of drive-by garage-sale shopping. She wants to go to garage sales but the whole process of walking up to each house, pawing through the stuff and making a deal is too much for her sensibilities. The idea of a […]

Bonem House set to open

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A new youth shelter facility opening in Portales this month will give children who are out of options a safe place to live. The new Bonem House will open July 18 in Portales as an eight-bed treatment facility for children between the ages of 7 and 12. The just-completed […]

Blood donors in short supply

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A shortage of blood donors recently hasn’t left local hospitals lacking yet but the trend has area blood service providers concerned enough to step up their efforts. United Blood Services of Lubbock which provides blood to Portales, Clovis, Hobbs and parts of West Texas has recently gone on critical […]

Air Force selects units likely to come to CAFB

Freedom Newspapers The 16th Special Operations Wing bound for Cannon Air Force Base will be formed from existing units and new squadrons, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley told the Air Force Times in an article published in the July edition. A representative of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office forwarded the Air Force Times article Friday to […]

New ethanol plant will boost local economy

Freedom Newspapers A 105 million-gallon per year ethanol plant will be online in Clovis by 2007. Construction will begin in October. The plant is a joint venture of ConAgra Trade Group and the Carlyle/Riverstone Renewable Energy. It will be located at ConAgra’s Peavey grain elevator property on U.S. 60/84. This is ConAgra’s first ethanol venture, […]

Clovis Zia edges Roosevelt in wild district title game

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers First, the Roosevelt County All-Stars had the game in hand. Then, it was Clovis Zia. Then Roosevelt County. Zia struck the final blow, however, rallying on Peyton Lott’s two-run, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the sixth for a 16-15 victory on Saturday night in the 9-10 division winners […]

Baskett gets set for Eagles training camp

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Hank Baskett III knows his work is cut out trying to make it as a free agent rookie wide receiver in the NFL. The former Clovis High and University of New Mexico football standout is preparing for the start of training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles this month. “Nothing’s guaranteed,” […]

Hands-on work fits many locally

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Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: The following is a series of profiles of people in the Portales and Clovis area who work with their hands. High schooler considers hat-creasing a form of art Luis Saenz views creasing cowboy hats as an extension of his passion for art. The high school senior said he learned his craft […]

U.S. 70 accident claims life

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Freedom Newspapers A 62-year-old Hobbs man died in a one-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. 70 south of Clovis, according to a New Mexico State Police accident report. Lee R. Gaylor was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Gaylor was traveling south on U.S. 70 in the outside lane at about 3:45 p.m. when he […]

Daytrip: Waterparks a source of summer fun

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Waterparks are a keen and cool way to spend a day’s vacation in the sizzling summer. There are three waterparks reachable for a day trip from Portales and Clovis: White’s City Resort in Carlsbad, Splash Amarillo and Texas Water Rampage in Lubbock. Splash Amarillo The shaded park includes many water slides, a lazy river, wave […]

Assault, drug charges net long sentence

Freedom Newspapers A 33-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in prison for drug possession and assaulting a police officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Lopez was found guilty by a jury in May of possession of methamphetamine, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest […]

July 8, 2006 Briefs

Area leaders plan to meet regarding growth challenges Eastern New Mexico leaders will meet with a federal agency next month to discuss growth challenges that may emerge with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a joint press release from the cities of Clovis and Portales and the counties of Roosevelt and […]