Witness takes stand in Macias trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The prosecution’s opening witness testified Wednesday he and homicide defendant Robert “Pelon” Macias shot at a vehicle being driven by Wilfred Salas Jr. in the early morning hours on Jan. 15, 2006, in Clovis. “I shot a round — to this day I can’t tell you why,” Daniel Garcia said. […]

Senator Kernan discusses state legislature

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Editor’s note: As a check on the mood and focus of the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature after its first week, Freedom Newspapers conducted an interview with District 42 Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. Kernan represents Roosevelt and Curry counties. Q. What has the overall mood of this Legislature been so far? A. Everyone is getting […]

Phone users eligible for tax refund

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers As a working mother, Candace Montgomery uses her cell phone frequently to maintain contact with her two teenage daughters. And the teenagers use their phones to talk for hours, text message, and download music and ringtones. “Their cell phones are like an extra appendage,” Montgomery said. “I swear it is […]

Relay for Life teams gear up

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer An informational meeting was hosted by Relay for Life organizers on Tuesday for interested parties who wished to learn more about the upcoming relay that will be held Feb. 16-17 at the Greyhound Arena. Portales Schools Central Office team captain Connie Duran shared a few facts about her team […]

Jan. 25, 1960

The Busy Fingers Club had their latest meeting with Mrs. Delo Stephenson and spent the day in quilting. With nine members and seven visitors present, they almost completed two quilts for the hostess. The visitors were Peggy Morgan, Polly Bigler, Lou Williams, Nell Luce, Blanche Dallas, Mary Hill and Grandma Carlisle. The club is always […]

Partin propels Rams past Cats

PNT Staff Writer LOVINGTON — The Portales Rams began defense of their 2006 District 4-3A championship with a big win on at Lovington Tuesday night. With the score tied at 51, Portales senior Skyler Partin laid the ball in and drew a foul with nine seconds left on the clock as the Portales Rams beat […]

Lady Rams whip Warriors

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers It may have taken awhile to get going, but once the Lady Rams got their feet moving, they couldn’t be stopped. Portales sophomore guard Tara Johnson scored six of her nine total points in the second period, as the Lady Rams outscored Ruidoso 20-4 in the second quarter to take […]

Gross receipts delight city officials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If the measure is gross receipts tax collection — business has been good in Portales for the last six months. Collections have outperformed the amount budgeted by the city of Portales by 23 percent or $244,058. That was a rosy enough figure to prompt city staff to ask for […]

Hospital board addresses expansion

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A proposed Roosevelt General Hospital expansion project would include building a new emergency room and a wing of private rooms. Discussions during Tuesday’s hospital board meeting also included expanding its medical/surgical and intensive care units to be self-contained. Cooper Medical Building representatives spent Tuesday meeting with department heads to […]

Being famous isn’t always good

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The question is simple: Would you rather be rich or famous? The answer is also simple: I’d rather be rich, because you can be famous for the wrong reasons. Now I have proof, because I grew up with somebody who’s now famous … and I’m not sure if it’s a […]

Government poses danger to free market

Editorial You’re ‘free’ to do what the state tells you to do. As Alice, of Wonderland fame, might have put it, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is revealing a curiouser and curiouser understanding of the free market. The one-time follower of free-market champion Milton Friedman is sounding less and less like the man he claimed to […]

Plowing continues through weekend

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A fleet of a dozen road graders worked through the weekend to clear rural roads after a strong winter stormed blanketed Roosevelt County with up to 12 inches of snow. “We’ve just about got it now where people can get out and people can feed,” said Roosevelt County Road […]

County takes fallout from weekend weather

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Winter weather once again hit the area this weekend with 12 inches of snow and blustery winds making for some treacherous conditions in Roosevelt County. Portales Municipal Schools canceled school Monday, citing safety concerns. Superintendent Randy Fowler felt that maintenance personnel needed additional time to clear the snow and […]

Relay for Life meeting set

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer An informational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at the Do Drop Inn for area residents interested in participating in the Relay for Life. The fund-raiser for American Cancer Society is being held Feb. 16-17 at the Greyhound Arena. The Family Career and Community Leaders of America […]

Feds seek local witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The trail of a man accused of abducting a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl recovered Friday in Clovis has gone cold, according to an agent with the FBI in Oklahoma. “We have no idea who this is — we are hoping the public will step forward and (help us find him) — […]

Legal office faces possible closure

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Lucy Lopez has spent 29 years guiding Curry County’s low-income residents through the legal system maze. But now the Clovis paralegal’s job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works is being recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez said. “Some […]

Grubbs makes All-State first team

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Portales senior defensive lineman Erett Grubbs made life difficult for opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks all season. Earlier this month, Grubbs was honored as the only Ram player named to the first team of the Associated Press’ Class 3A all-state squad. According to the Portales coaching staff, opponents routinely had […]

Hounds win third straight game

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By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Fans saw more than a 94-78 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s drubbing of Angelo State on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. They witnessed a Greyhounds team with more smiles, high-fives and highlight-reel dunks. Senior forward Mikal Monette led four Hounds in double figures with 20 points as the Hounds (8-8, […]

Weather delays, cancels schools

Several area schools have announced Monday cancellations or delays because of the weather: • Portales Municipal Schools – Delayed two hours • Clovis Christian Schools – Classes canceled • Clovis Community College – Classes canceled • Clovis Municipal Schools – Classes canceled • Eastern New Mexico University – Classes start at 10am • Farwell ISD […]

Hounds sack Angelo State

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By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Fans saw more than a 94-78 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s drubbing of Angelo State on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. They witnessed a Greyhounds team with more smiles, high-fives and highlight-reel dunks. Senior forward Mikal Monette led four Hounds in double figures with 20 points as the Hounds (8-8, […]