Minimum wage bill flies through Senate

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Moving with a speed that surprised some legislators, the state Senate approved a minimum wage bill 35-7 late Friday, sending it to the House before a House version received a chance to get on track. Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, said she’s fundamentally opposed to a state minimum wage and […]

Q&A: Project manager says core group moving forward

Scott Verhines is the manager of the Ute Water Project. Based in Albuquerque, Verhines and his administrative team provide administrative, technical and program responsibilities for the project. The project, at a current cost of $436 million, would supply water via pipeline from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County for the eight members of the Eastern […]

Manning potshots belie team concept

By Karl Terry He can’t win the big game. That’s the big knock on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. That argument is hogwash and has nothing to do with Manning’s greatness or his team’s chances today in the Super Bowl. Another great quarterback wore the same tag around his neck — even longer than Manning […]

U.S. actions overseas making us no better than our enemies

Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a hillside […]

Spouse’s return negates need for order

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist My husband recently came back from a deployment. I was anxious to welcome him back home, and the days leading up to his arrival were filled with expectations and work. I wanted to accomplish all the things on my to-do list, making everything and everyone appear as far from chaos […]

Hounds and Zias both win on diamond

Freedom Newspapers ALPINE, Texas — Clayton Young went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs and sophomore left-hander Seth Clabaugh earned his first collegiate win Saturday as Eastern New Mexico University rolled over Sul Ross State 9-1 in the first game of a baseball doubleheader. The Greyhounds then completed a sweep of the season-opening four-game set […]

Richards leads Zias to win

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — For a change, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was playing from ahead, and there was no way the Zias were going to let this one slip away. Senior forward Elizabeth Richards posted her 10th double-double of the year with 26 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and […]

Jewelry store robbed

Freedom Newspapers Woody’s Jewelry in Portales was broken into about 9 p.m. Friday, according to Portales Police Chief Lonnie Berry. The thief broke into the front door of the jewelry store on 117 W. Second St., grabbed two cases from the top of the counter. When a security alarm in the store sounded, the thief […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

Food fuels football fun

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Every year, sports fans around the globe gather with friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl, and the communities of Portales and Clovis are no different. In addition to the various decorations, jerseys and drinks, another necessary component of a proper Super Bowl fest is food. Michelle […]