Rural firefighters hang on after worst fire season in years

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Fueled by strong winds, the Nov. 30 Melrose Bombing Range fire consumed over 27,000 acres of land and kick-started one of the worst wildland fire seasons that this area has seen in years. As it continued into August, the fire season stretched the limits of rural fire department budgets […]

Bow hunters aim to teach

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Recreation, relaxation, concentration, and life values such as patience, discipline and persistence — words that members of the Portales Bow Hunters use to describe their sport of archery, and they’ll have a chance to teach the sport they love to members of the Portales and Clovis community this weekend […]

Political campaigns have history of being dirty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. […]

Lump sum payment may be improvement

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission has examined and rejected a proposal that the VA begin offering veterans with lower-rated disabilities a lump-sum payment instead of lifetime monthly compensation. The 13-member commission reached its decision unanimously last week at a public meeting in Washington, D.C. It did so after being briefed […]

Bond B is worth voter support

Edtorial We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, […]

Halloween tips listed

Compiled by Casey Peacock The PNT spoke with Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department regarding safety on Halloween night. Q. What are the best hours for children to be out trick-or-treating? A. “We would like for them to go about 5:30 p.m. or so, to give the five o’clock traffic time to die […]

Local man sentenced for role in Newman case

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was sentenced Monday on charges filed in connection with the March 3, 2005 murders of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. According to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, Archie Crawford, 26, of Portales has been sentenced to eight years in the New Mexico penitentiary, […]

Hounds feast on Javelinas in big win

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — If Michael Benton was feeling any effects from a mild concussion which knocked him out of the previous game, the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback did a pretty good job of hiding it. Benton caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Logan Capps on ENMU’s opening […]

Elida girls movin’ on up

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers are still living the dream after beating the Fort Sumner Vixens in four games in the District 3-1A tournament championship game Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first game, Elida (21-0) won the final three games to take the crown, and although they are […]

Floyd Broncos end tough season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer The Clovis Christian Eagles soared in a squashing of the Floyd Broncos, 70-12, at Floyd High School Saturday afternoon, and punched their ticket to the New Mexico 8-man football playoffs in the process. The Eagles earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Gateway Christian next weekend in […]

Zias fall in three games at Abilene Christian

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas —Erin Curry had 14 kills and Lauren Leone added 12 as Abilene Christian defeated Eastern New Mexico University 30-18, 30-25, 30-22 on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference South Division finale for both teams. Junior outside hitters Jessie Macknicki and Kari Adkins had eight kills each for the Zias (6-26, 1-9 […]

ENMU adopts mascot to oversee major construction project

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There’s a new dog on campus at Eastern New Mexico University, and indications are he’s going to be one busy pooch. With more than $37 million in construction and improvements planned over the next three years at ENMU, a faculty group decided a mascot image to oversee the construction […]

Kidnap victim dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended at the Milk […]

Police up patrols for Halloween

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Halloween night will see an influx of local law enforcement agencies out on patrol in Portales to ensure the safety of area trick-or-treaters, according to officials. Officers from the Adult Probation and Parole office in Portales will be out during the evening to ensure that children do not visit […]

Altrusa teams up with Habitat for Humanity

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Saturday was National Make a Difference Day. The Portales chapter of Altrusa International, some service members from Cannon Air Force Base, and the community came out to make a difference at a home being built with Habitat for Humanity. Altrusa members were working on landscaping for the front yard […]

Ghost stories scarier when based in reality

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ghost stories, good ghost stories with actual historical characters, are hard to come by and even harder for some of us to remember. I never had a really good one until a few years ago. But the following ghost tale really happened one blustery fall near a historic gravesite. […]

Military families not immune to conflict

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week my husband and I had an argument. Every married couple fights once in a while, but fighting when someone is away, especially during military deployments, makes it all the more difficult. For starters, there is no way to call back. Then, there is the pressure of trying to solve […]

Political contributions should be voluntary

Editorial A fundamental American freedom is being able to spend — or not spend — one’s own money on political campaigns, for persons or initiatives. Money forcibly taken from a person to support a candidate or initiative that the person opposes is a form of tyranny. In early November the U.S. Supreme Court will begin […]

Police respond to shots at business

PNT Staff Portales Police Department officers were called to a report of shots fired shortly before 5 p.m. Friday at the Milk Transport Services yard on Industrial Drive in Portales. According to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry, two people were arrested and a weapon was recovered in an altercation at the site. Berry said police […]

Indictment given for vehicular homicide

Freedom Newspapers A Curry County grand jury indicted a 21-year-old Clovis man of vehicular homicide Friday in connection with the June death of a city teen, according to the district attorney. Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez is charged with homicide by vehicle and reckless driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, 9th Judicial District […]