Unmanned aerial vehicle takes flight

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight in the sun. No pilot guides elusive No. 05-134, but the unmanned aerial vehicle glides obediently to the end of its pre-programmed flight. The plane is snagged out of […]

Dendahl seeking governor’s post

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers John Dendahl is the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. He is running against incumbent Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M. Biography: Dendahl is a fourth-generation Santa Fean. He is married and has five daughters. He and his wife, Jackie, have nine grandchildren. He is a graduate of Sante Fe’s public […]

United Way sets event

What: United Way of Eastern New Mexico Day of Caring When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Greene Acres Park Why: To provide local organizations with volunteer assistance while promoting the spirit of caring throughout the community. Overview: United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the Big Brothers Big […]

Bloopers create infamous days in journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Reality shows starring animals could be next big hit

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist In our effort to plumb the depths of humiliation and bad taste, television producers have now invented a reality show based on pitting races against each other. They have chosen whites vs. blacks vs. Asian vs. Latinos, leaving out the obvious — cowboys vs. Indians vs. French vs. cows. I […]

Same freedoms should apply to all Americans

Editorial A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any moment, state […]

Man pleads guilty to embezzlement

PNT Staff Report A 23-year-old Portales man signed a plea agreement last week in connection with the theft in March of more than $600,000 from an armored car service that employed him, according to court documents filed in 9th Judicial District Court in Portales. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler, Scott Kirby agreed […]

Q&A: Domestic violence

Editors note: October is domestic violence month and the Domestic Violence Coalition of Roosevelt and Curry County is hoping to raise public awareness of the domestic violence problem in our community. In 2005 there were 26,940 domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in New Mexico. Forty nine percent of adult victims that seek help […]

Water members seek local support

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The communities of eastern New Mexico took a mobilized, aggressive approach in keeping Cannon Air Force Base alive. Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority are starting to feel they’ll need a similar effort for the proposed Ute Water Project. As a bill to authorize the […]

Hounds squander halftime lead

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The ENMU men’s soccer team was in a position to secure the program’s first playoff berth after building a 2-0 halftime lead against rival West Texas A&M. However, playoff-bound West Texas A&M scored four unanswered second-half goals en route to a 4-2 win Wednesday which put ENMU’s playoff hopes […]

Lady Rams rolling

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer As the November postseason approaches, the defending class 3A state volleyball champs are headed for familiar territory. The Portales Lady Rams clinched the top seed in the District 4-3A volleyball tournament by beating Ruidoso in four games at Portales Tuesday evening, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20. Portales head coach Ruth […]

Concussion forces Jackson off pitch

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers Much to his chagrin, Eastern New Mexico University junior Donnell Jackson will have to be an assistant coach today when the Greyhounds end their Southwest Soccer Conference and regular-season schedule against rival West Texas A&M at the ENMU pitch. One of several players remaining from the original ENMU squad in […]

Zias fall to Lady Buffs

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs got 16 kills and four aces from senior outside hitter Jessica Scherr Tuesday night and cruised to their 19th consecutive victory, a 30-16, 30-21, 30-21 Lone Star Conference South Division decision over Eastern New Mexico University. WT (24-3, 6-0 South), ranked 23rd in NCAA […]

Zias shoot for attendance record

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — When the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team hosts Lone Star Conference South Divisin foe Texas A&M-Kingsville on Thursday night, the Zias are shooting for the moon. ENMU athletiec director and volleyball coach Mike Maguire said a cookout is planned outside the arena at 6 p.m., with the match starting at […]

Pair key ENMU rodeo

Freedom Newspapers VERNON, Texas — Senior Stetson Herrera tied for third in bareback riding and junior Cody Heck tied for fourth in steer wrestling, helping Eastern New Mexico University men’s team to a sixth-place finish with 143 1/3 points in last weekends Vernon College Rodeo. Herrera scored 148 points, including 73 in the short-go and […]

Governor’s tax proposal pleases local residents

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson that would offer income tax breaks to military members and retirees is good news to some area residents. Active-duty military personnel who are New Mexico residents, under the proposal, would not be required to pay state income tax on their federal salaries, and retirees […]

Hospital shows profit despite patient drop

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital announced a drop in patient activity for the month of September, but showed an increase in profit, according to administration officials. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens reported at Tuesday’s board meeting that patient care for the month had dropped over the previous month, for both inpatient […]

Council sets rules for area parks

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new skatepark earlier this year got the ball rolling and Portales city councilors took things a step further Tuesday, formally setting in place rules and policies for all parks and recreation facilities in the city. A 16-page-long packet gave councilors the specifics on everything from park hours (6 […]

County commission assembles project list

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners pulled together their list of capital project priorities to be submitted to the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature at Tuesday’s board meeting. Roads were the top priority, as they have been in years past, and at County Administrator Charlene Hardin’s request, commissioners said they would work […]

Suspects in Clovis homicide arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with Monday’s shooting death of a Clovis teen, according to police. John T. Cameron, identified by police as the alleged shooter, was arrested about 3 a.m. Tuesday and charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence, […]