Officials come together today for Cannon expansion meeting

Freedom Newspapers What: Federal officials from the Office of Economic Development will meet with local officials. When: Today at 9 a.m. in the Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St. Why: The meeting is being held to discuss potential growth issues with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, officials said. “Fundamentally, this is […]

District attorneys’ offices moving

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The staff of the 9th Judicial District Attorney in Roosevelt and Curry counties will experience a change of scenery by the end of this year, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. The district attorney’s offices in both Portales and Clovis are moving from […]

Civilian now director of commisaries

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columist After 140 years, the tradition of a career military officer being in charge of commissary stores, and how groceries are stocked and sold on base, is over. Patrick B. Nixon, a career grocer and a senior civilian executive of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) since its formation 15 years ago, […]

Beliefs based on individual choice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers Another way of titling this column could be “hazards of determinism.” But my specific focus is ethnicity, following a monthlong visit to Europe and many discussions about just how much one’s ethnic or national origins matter. One favorite way of attempting to understand people is by reference to their ethnicity: […]

Feds employee too many, pay to much

Editorial Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2005, […]

Portales National Bank marks century of service

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When James (Jim) Polk Stone came to Portales in 1885, before New Mexico was a state, all he had was a fifth-grade education, the shirt on his back and the horse between his legs, according to family. Nevertheless, he went on to establish the Bank of Portales in 1902, […]

Clovis funeral protest fails to materialize

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Solemnly they stood, forming a tableau that stretched from a corner in Clovis, to Melrose, to Fort Sumner. “We are here to support the family of the fallen soldier,” said Byron Cross, near a Clovis church entrance, his motorcycle behind him. A legion of supporters — most of whom […]

Rains continue in area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area residents are expressing joy after receiving more much needed rain Sunday night. The rain has been a big boost to the area, according to local farmers. Floyd area farmer Jeff Essary reported a half-inch of rain at his farm, which lies six miles south of Floyd. He also […]

Portales school board breaks down AYP

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Improving student success while closing the achievement gap is Portales Schools’ mission and Priscilla Hernandez, director of instruction for the Portales School District, said at Monday’s school board meeting that is exactly what the district did. Even though Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results showed Portales schools failed to meet […]

Speaker says ‘moral intelligence’ vital to youth

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Michelle Borba said she tells parents, teachers and community leaders she doesn’t care what they stand for as long as they stand for something. The internationally recognized educational consultant pounded that and other concepts home to teachers and community members Friday in what she calls building moral intelligence in […]

‘New’ RGH marks fifth anniversary

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Having reached many milestones on its journey to re-establish healthcare services in the community, Roosevelt General Hospital will be celebrating another one on Friday. The hospital will open its doors to the community to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the hospital. Roosevelt General Hospital is a short-term acute-care hospital, […]

Church to protest at Clovis funeral

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers They spread a message of hate and condemnation without apology. In fact, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., embrace the national animosity they have received and use it as fuel to push their message all the more. Church members announced last week they plan to picket Monday’s funeral […]

Leaving teaches lessons in saying goodbye

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist Goodbye is a powerful word. By saying it we close a chapter, a relationship, and move on to something else. It’s great if we are the one who really wants to say it; not so wonderful if we are left behind. I have a long list of goodbyes in my life. […]

School bells bring back fond memories

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor OK, I’ll admit the song refrain to the right was popular quite a few years before my school days. But thanks to my music teacher at L..L Brown Elementary, Mrs. Brasell, who taught us all the old songs, this one popped into my head 40 years later, as Portales schools […]

Church protesters should be ignored by community

Editorial Hate disguised as righteousness is nothing but the seeds of evil. Evil like this should be understood and ignored. On Monday in Clovis, we will have the chance to do so. An evil group will profanely display itself at the funeral of an Army soldier who died during wartime. Members of Westboro Baptist Church […]

Conservationists believe Ogallala Aquifer recharged through playa lakes

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Birds dart toward the edge of the great saucer-shaped depression and disappear in a patch of yellowed grass. John Wood stands in the middle of his concave field, and observes the flurry, amused. Some seasons, his field fills with water. This summer, a drought has caked the root-beer dirt, driven […]

Portales feed mill changes hands

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Garvey Processing’s feed mill operation in Portales was sold Aug. 1 to a California company that specializes in dairy feed plants. J.D. Heiskell & Co., headquartered in Tulare, Calif., announced its acquisition of the Portales operation late this week in a news release. The purchase was made from Garvey’s […]

Controversial group plans protest at soldier’s funeral

By Sharna Johnson: Freedpom Newspapers A controversial group known for protesting at the funerals of U.S. soldiers has planned an appearance Monday in Clovis. Those attending services for Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr. will see members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., holding signs bearing messages of morality, according to Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of […]

Market offers fresh fruits, veggies

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Farmers Market celebrates the peak of harvest with a grand opening today to introduce the season’s yield. There will be demonstrations, chili roasting, samples and recipes, according to Denny Wymore, manager. What: The Clovis Farmers Market grand opening Who: Farmers within a 60-mile radius of Clovis who have […]

Linebackers back and better

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jeremy Mullins and Tony Johnson were part of an Eastern New Mexico University defense which struggled mightily at times last season, giving up 30 points and just over 380 yards a game. As two of nine regulars returning on that side of the ball, though, the Greyhounds’ inside linebackers are […]