Committee committed to local growth

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A local committee formed to address growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission hammered out bylaws and organization framework Wednesday. Comprised of representatives of the cities of Clovis and Portales and Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Local Growth Management Committee also agreed to advertise for members […]

The Crucible comes to town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Based upon the Salem witch trials of 1692, The Crucible performed by the Portales High School theater group will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, in the Performing Arts Center. The play continues Sunday and Monday. Written by Arthur Miller in 1953, the play deals with the repercussions of […]

City of Portales dedicates garden to former employee

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is hoping to honor a long-time employee while promoting water conservation with the dedication of new landscaping at city hall. Last Friday city officials and employees dedicated the new xeriscape garden at city hall in memory of Dan Swopes, who died in 2005. “Dan had […]

House of horrors

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eeriness oozes from the old building — even without all the props and hands that reach toward you from hidden nooks. For Halloween, John Duval has turned the building at 1313 Waldhauser Ave. into a haunted house. He didn’t have to do much. The two-story, gray building was once […]

Public meeting regarding proposed ethanol plant scheduled

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Arguments against the proposed location for an ethanol plant will be given at 7 p.m. today in the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Hosting the public meeting is a group of Clovis residents who oppose locating an ethanol plant at 1327 U.S. Highway 60-84 near Clovis. That location is less […]

One killed in single-vehicle crash

Freedom Newspapers A single-vehicle roll-over Wednesday afternoon in Curry County left one person dead, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. The driver of the vehicle, Wanda Endley, 52, of Melrose, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to deputies. A passenger, 52-year-old Linda Woods, was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Sheriff’s Deputy Sam […]

Lady Buffs toss Dora from tourney

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer MELROSE — The fourth-seeded Melrose Lady Buffaloes are headed to the second round of the District 3-1A tournament after beating fifth-seeded Dora in three games, 25-13, 25-8, 25-20, in the opening round of the tournament Tuesday night at Melrose. Melrose was without two starters Tuesday night. Starting setter Zanessa […]

Zias falter at home

Freedom Newspapers Lubbock Christian spoiled Mike Maguire’s final home match as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach Tuesday night, posting a 30-24, 30-25, 30-21 non-conference victory over the Zias at Greyhound Arena. Maguire has announced that he will end his 20-year run as Zias coach at the conclusion of this season while remaining as the […]

Senior center hosts chili cook-off

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Yum, was the word one judge used to describe the chili that was entered in the fifth annual chili cook-off hosted by the Portales Senior Citizen Center on Tuesday night. The event raises funds for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. With the introduction of the five judges, chosen from […]

Clovis hospital cuts staff

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials. Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18. “Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement […]

Military duties can take personal toll

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens said keeping his emotions in check is the hardest part of acting as a liaison for local families of soldiers who die in the service. As a casualty assistance officer for the New Mexico Army National Guard unit in Clovis, Stevens has been assisting the […]

Q&A with Billy Cathey

Editor’s note: The following is a profile and Q&A with Billy Cathey, Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Commision. He faces Democratic candidate Charles D. Bennett in the November General Election for the seat currently held by Tom Clark. A profile on Bennett will appear in a coming issue of the PNT. Name: Billy B. Cathey […]

Greeting card shopping proves stressful

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Columnist I had to go to a friend’s wedding recently, and it made me evaluate things in my life — such as, do I have decent prospects for a wedding of my own someday, and do I have decent pants to wear for such an event? The answers are no, […]

Ex-spouse law defies efforts for change

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A 1982 law that allows state courts to divide military retirement as marital property in divorce proceedings has grown skin of armor, making it impenetrable to court challenge or legislative change. That, at least, is how it must seem to long-time critics of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act […]

Loss of singing sensation Freddy Fender felt by many

Editorial David Letterman once called his one of the greatest voices in all of music. Baldemar Huerta, known worldwide as Freddy Fender, rose from the humble beginnings of a migrant worker to the summit of fame in the mainstream music industry — and he did it three times. And although he changed his name to […]

Elida taking ownership of water

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners gave approval to a Community Development Block Grant application last week that could complete a water improvement project in Elida if approved. The project will allow Elida to own its own well field and provide infrastructure that will improve the quality of the water, say town […]

Heating safety hot topic

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer According to the National Weather Service this winter is likely to be warmer than the 30-year norm but cooler than last winter. The national weather service anticipates that El Nino should bring a wetter winter as well. So with a cooler winter predicted, is your heater up to snuff? […]

Baptist conference slated

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers First Baptist Church pastor Joel Horne views the 95th Annual Baptist Convention of New Mexico being held in Clovis as an opportunity for him to renew and refresh his beliefs. Horne said the convention, which is rotated to cities around the state, also affords him the opportunity to visit with […]

Air Force part of conference today

Freedom Newspapers Senior leaders of the incoming mission at Cannon Air Force Base plan to attend a conference at Cannon this week, according to Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs officials. The conference begins today and continues through Friday, officials said. Command senior leaders attend such conferences twice a year, according to Command spokesperson […]

Oct. 24, 2006 Local Briefs

Senior Citizen Center holding benefit for holiday charity The Portales Senior Citizen Center will be hosting a chili cook-off, pie-baking contest and pumpkin-carving contest today. All entries need to be turned into the center by 5:30 p.m. Judging will take place at 6 p.m. and food will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the […]