Volunteers join cleanup efforts

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The sound of backhoes pushing mountains of rubble and voices shouting to one another filled the air of a neighborhood south of Brady Avenue on Monday afternoon as hundreds of volunteers cleaned up decimated homes and debris-cluttered streets in the aftermath of Friday’s tornado. The most damaging tornado in Curry […]

Roosevelt County dodges major storm damage

PNT Staff Report Portales and Roosevelt County mostly escaped the kind of major damage caused in Clovis by the Friday storm which produced a tornado with winds up to 125 mph, according to Roosevelt County Undersheriff Malon Parker. “The sheriff’s office spent all day (Sunday) searching for possible victims of the storm,” Parker said. “Some […]

Clovis shelter harboring animals displaced by storm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Devastation wrought by Friday’s tornado didn’t just affect human residents. Dozens of pets found themselves on their own when fences blew down and homes were ripped apart. Animal control officers have been in the hardest hit areas trying to remove animals that are injured or are showing signs of aggression, […]

Board of regents reorganizes

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents held their regular meeting at the Ruidoso Campus on Friday. Reorganization of the board was the main focus of the meeting with the election of officers and introduction of new student regent Charles Britton. Officers elected were: • President — Jay Gurley • Vice President — […]

Hospital hires new director of patient care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gayle Richerson has been hired as the new Director of Patient Care at Roosevelt General Hospital. The announcement was made during the monthly meeting of the board that was held on Friday. “I’m not just directing nurses, but making sure every patient gets the maximum care possible,” Richerson said. […]

March 26, 1974

Miss Letha Mae Franse, senior engineer with Howard Hughes Company, in California, arrived in New Mexico Saturday to spend a few days with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Franse, and Sunday was occasion for a family gathering at the Franse home. Mrs. Leon LaGrone, Clarence Franse, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Franse, with sons Nelson […]

Community reaches out to storm victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Standing watch at one of several entry points to the devastated area south of Clovis, Sgts. Danny Nunez and James Montgomery of the Clovis National Guard unit said they never expected to serve their community in a disaster like the one that struck Friday. Three hours into their duties, Nunez […]

Clovis tornado measures EF2 on scale

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque are using an “Enhanced Fujita Scale,” or the EF, to categorize the strength of Friday’s tornadoes. The scale ranges from EF0 — winds 65 mph to 85 mph — to EF5, or winds in excess of 200 mph. Officials estimated Friday’s Clovis […]

Storm spotters alert area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Storm spotters performed well on Friday night, according to local emergency preparedness personnel. Though the storm moved quickly through Roosevelt and Curry counties, a warning time of 15 to 20 minutes was available to the communities in its path. Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger said spotters include […]

Local dairy destroyed

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Clovis wasn’t the only community sustaining major damage from Friday’s storms. Grande Vida Dairy, located off of NM 202 in Roosevelt County, was among regional businesses hit hard, said former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher, who flew over the area Saturday. A flurry of activity was evident at the […]

Residents staggered by enormity of damage

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer CLOVIS — Throngs of Clovis residents waded through tatters of their lives Saturday as officials plodded to piece together a broken town. Casey and Alanda LeClear stood with their hands clasped in their Brady Avenue yard. Behind them, family members heaved wooden beams, insulation and shingles from their […]

Defunct local hotel up for sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Two steps forward and one step back would describe economic development plans in Portales lately. Officials say they’re still making headway though. The former Portales Inn building had been under contract to local developer Larry Combs, but according to city and Portales MainStreet officials, that deal fell through late […]

St. Mike’s tennis forfeits to Portales

PNT Staff Report After defeating St. Mike’s 5-4 in the morning, the Portales Lady Rams were handed their own tournament championship late Saturday night after the Lady Horsemen played all day for the rematch before forfeiting the title game. According to Portales coach Michelle Wallis the St. Mike’s girls were upset about having to play […]

Tornado coverage made for long night

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I rolled down my street, east of Portales a little after 6 a.m. Saturday, the sky was getting bright to the east with just a hint of a cloud line on the horizon. The last time I had looked toward Clovis, about 3 a.m., the sky was dark […]

Zias split twin-bill with West Texas

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Freshman catcher Michelle Anderson belted a grand slam Saturday as Eastern New Mexico University routed West Texas A&M 12-1 to gain a split of its Lone Star Conference South Division softball doubleheader. Freshman right-hander Kristen Cruickshank blanked the Lady Buffs until the bottom of the fifth, allowing six singles and […]

Happiness requires more than positive thinking

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Apparently there is a secret being revealed to the world through a book, appropriately titled “The Secret.” In it, philosophers, Reiki masters, speakers and authors describe how they got all the great things they wanted, such as wealth, good health, great jobs and perfect relationships, by simply wishing for them. The […]

Hounds sweep East Central 14-7, twice

Freedom Newspapers ADA, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team has struggled mightily over the past three weekends. On Saturday, the Greyhounds found somebody perhaps struggling a bit more than they were. Freshman catcher Paden Vendrely keyed a nine-run second in the opener with a grand slam and the Hounds, who came in having […]

Internet may help pave way to world freedom

Editorial In an authoritarian nation, individual freedom is subordinate to the state’s authority. Dissenters risk their lives and personal fortunes. In the People’s Republic of China, those risks are ongoing. As the U.S. State Department noted for 2006, China’s “human-rights record remained poor, and, in certain areas, deteriorated. There were an increased number of high-profile […]

Current Greyhounds defeat alumni

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Youth must be served, and Saturday afternoon the current Eastern New Mexico Greyhound gridders survived a scare at the hands of Greyhound alumni players 28-20 in the first annual ENMU alumni game at Greyhound Stadium. “It was a little closer than I expected,” ENMU head coach Mark Ribaudo said. […]

Portales residents asked to conserve water, in wake of tornado

PNT Staff Report Portales residents are being asked to conserve water after a tornado snapped poles and cut off electricity to most of the city’s well field east of town, according to a press release from the Portales Police Department. The tornado, apparently the same one that struck Clovis, passed through the well field located […]