Teens’ summer work spruces up city

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer For the next six weeks the streets of Portales will have young teens with orange vests floating around picking up trash and painting over graffiti as part of a city summer work program. “I enjoy working with people I know,” Andrew Seales, 14, of Portales, said. “I took this […]

City OKs bonds for $84 million

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Two major million-dollar projects regarding a new housing development for Eastern New Mexico University and expansion of the DairiConcepts plant took center stage at Thursday’s city meeting. Portales city councilors authorized the issuance of student housing revenue bonds in the amount of $14 million to finance the project. The […]

Roosevelt shuts out American

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Thursday night’s Little League game between the Roosevelt County All-stars and the Clovis American all-stars ended with a mercy rule call in Roosevelt’s favor, 10-0. The game kept even at no-score for the first two innings. Roosevelt pulled ahead in the third, scoring seven. They scored three in the […]

Officials from 16th Special Operations Wing to visit

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A cross section of individuals from the Air Force 16th Special Operations Wing will visit eastern New Mexico in late July, chiefly to experience the resources of the region, according to local officials. Twenty to 30 members of the 16th Wing will visit with area officials July 20-21, according […]

ENMU prof pens ghost stories

By Ezra Paul Mann: ENMU Communication Services Some of the best stories come about when they are left to write themselves, according to Stephen King, one of the most successful horror writers of all time. Antony Oldknow, professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University, has the same belief. He hopes that the method will […]

Bringing live music to eastern New Mexico

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Located between Clovis and Portales, The Hole is a small music venue for high school- and college-age students to hear local and out-of-state bands. Promoter Jonathan LeBlanc said being compelled to provide live rock music is why he helped create The Hole, celebrating its first anniversary at its current location […]

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 […]

ENMU Upward Bound giving students an opportunity

Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Forty-nine high-school students with college-bound minds are attending Eastern New Mexico University’s six-week Upward Bound program. The academic program gears students from low-income families for higher education. The students live in ENMU residence halls while taking a variety of courses, tour nearby college campuses and take educational trips around the […]

Portales seeing more cocaine arrests

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales police officers have seen increases in cocaine-related arrests and a decline of meth-related arrests, but Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said city and county police officers will continue to work together to combat the narcotics problem — no matter what drug it is. Portales Police Department Chief Jeff […]

Keeping Cannon tale all about persistence

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Dressed in cowboy boots and blue jeans, a man from Clovis appeared on a doorstep to see the commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Michael Wooley. His name was Randy Harris. The story of his resolve to secure a mission for Cannon Air Force Base was told […]

A Special Celebration

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Thousands of residents, young and old, assembled at Saturday’s event at the Clovis Civic Center to celebrate the new Special Operations mission for Cannon Air Force Base. As numerous American flags waved in the light breeze, residents sought shade under awnings to enjoy free refreshments and live music. The patriotic […]