Public meeting to explore traffic options

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales residents will have a chance to look over traffic options and possible relief route alternatives Tuesday at a public meeting of the Portales Transportation Plan steering committee. According to city officials, the meeting seeks to answer the public’s questions and receive input on the various alternatives being looked […]

Regents address noxious odors

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University Regents unanimously approved a resolution Friday addressing noxious odors from outside the campus. The vote, which drew a packed house, clears the way for the university’s administration to speak up on behalf of the school at a New Mexico Environment Department public hearing on a […]

Lecture series will continue

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite the loss of a legend, the 31st annual Jack Williamson Lectureship series will continue on in memory of the Eastern New Mexico University professor and pioneering science fiction author. This year’s lectureship theme will be “From Metal Man to Stonehenge Gate: 79 Years of Science Fiction,” according to […]

Kindergarten enrollment fair starts Monday at Brown

PNT Staff Report Early registrations for kindergarten as well as an expanded state health care coverage plan for children will begin Monday at Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales. The enrollment fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the school, located at 520 W. Fifth St. Screening of […]

Local prairie chickens get unique protection

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sitting in the dark in the middle of nowhere with people I’d just met, everyone in the van was focused on one thing — prairie chickens. Soon, we started hearing them. I grew up around the prairie gobblers but their numbers were never great and I never paid them […]

Abortion likely to become central campaign issue

Editorial On an emotional level it is difficult to be unhappy with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The procedure banned in that law, which involves extracting from the womb most of an intact fetus, 20 weeks or older, then piercing or crushing the skull to make sure the […]

Zias swept by Texas Woman’s

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas — It’s probably fair to say that Texas Woman’s Lindsy Russ-Keller has Eastern New Mexico University’s number. The senior right-hander ended a streak of 149 games of scoring at least one run for the Zias on Friday, pitching the Pioneers to a 1-0 win in the first game of a Lone […]

Portales tennis team dominates Ruidoso

PNT Staff RUIDOSO — The Portales Lady Rams followed a dominating performance against St. Michael’s earlier this week with a similar crushing of Ruidoso in District 4-3A action Friday, beating the Lady Warriors 8-1. “We played very well,” Lady Rams coach Michelle Wallis said. “It was a very valuable win for us.” Portales’ supremacy showed […]

Portales native to take over at Rio Rancho

PNT Staff According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Portales native Michael Worley has been offered and accepted the position of head football coach at Rio Rancho High School. After leaving Portales, Worley served as defensive coordinator at Artesia for 12 years helping the Bulldogs win nine state championships in that period. Worley reportedly beat […]

ENMU axes tennis program

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University opted not to renew women’s tennis coach Christine Blaeser’s contract last week. This week, regents voted to do away with the program completely. Gary Musgrave, vice president for Student Affairs presented a recommendation to end the program to the regents, based on input from the […]

Severe storms predicted for today

Freedom Newspapers Far eastern New Mexico along the Texas border from Clayton to Hobbs could be at risk this afternoon for a significant severe thunderstorm outbreak, according to the National Weather Service. The Storm Prediction Center posted a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today in the eastern New Mexico area, with a moderate risk for […]

Water plan accepted by ISC

Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission has accepted the completed Northeastern New Mexico Regional Water Plan, the commission announced in a news release. The Northeastern New Mexico water planning region (Region 1) includes Union, Harding, Quay, Curry and Roosevelt counties. The plan addresses long-term water supply availability, water quality, water rights, municipal conservation, […]

License reinstated for buffet

Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Environment Department’s Environmental Health Division reinstated the food establishment permit for Fuzhou Buffet in Clovis after determining management corrected all high-risk violations of state food service regulations, according to a news release. Restaurant managers moved the restaurant’s grease trap outdoors, which eliminated the potential contamination of the food supply, the […]

School lockdown ends quickly

By Sharna Johnson and Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A lockdown at Clovis High School was removed around 2 p.m. Friday after officials discovered a suspicious teen reported to police was only a student preparing for after-school baseball practice. “It turned out it was a baseball player,” Clovis Police Lt. Jim Schoeffel said. “Baseball bat; baseball […]

ENMU regents OK tuition hike

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Higher education costs are going up across the state and nation, and Eastern New Mexico University will be no different. The ENMU Board of Regents took care of a lengthy agenda Friday, much of which involved discussion of tuition, fees and boarding increases at the university. The meeting also […]

Making the rounds

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers State lawmakers gave local business and civic leaders a glimpse into the legislative session that ended March 17 at a Friday breakfast. The gathering was organized by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico. ACI is a statewide business advocacy group […]

Tragedy prompts prayer

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

AMUs load up for competition

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coronado, 523rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, uses the fine controls of the MJ-1 to load an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Airman Elliott Sprehe The 27th Maintenance Group held its Proud Falcon and Weapons Load competition at Hangar 133 April 13 to determine which of the three fighter squadrons could best […]

No cowboys at this rodeo

Tech. Sgt. Frank Deguzman uses a stethoscope to check the breathing on a victim while the rest of his team stands by with supplies waiting for the next step in helping to revive the victim. Airman Elliott Sprehe Cannon’s EMTs test their medical abilities against each other Screams filled the air as Cannon medics rushed […]

Martial Arts with heart

Airman Elliott Sprehe Instructor trains mind, body and spirit into a force of one The two opponents cautiously bounce around each other, waiting for the other to make a move. Suddenly one of them steps in for a strike, only to be countered with a bullet of a roundhouse kick to the chest. This is […]