Fort Sumner greets Air Force officials

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor FORT SUMNER — Air Force Special Operations Command personnel were in Fort Sumner Wednesday for an encore presentation of its public hearing on the Draft Environmental Statement for its proposed move to Cannon Air Force Base. With residents in the Fort Sumner vicinity impacted by changes in the use […]

Portales makes plans to clean

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents can clean up the town and earn prizes during Saturday’s Great American Cleanup. The annual event is an opportunity for citizens to band together and clean up Portales. It is also a good way to show younger generations how much trash can be thrown out, said event […]

Home and Garden Show on horizon

Freedom Newspapers The Home and Garden Show will be held this weekend at the Clovis Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico. More than 70 vendors featuring lawn equipment, landscapers, home furnishings and construction companies will be present at the two-day event, according to Chairman Todd Farrell. […]

Portales rams Ruidoso, sweeps doubleheader

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Ram bats came alive on the way to a District 4-3A doubleheader sweep over Ruidoso Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Baseball Field 7-3 and 10-5. A complete game, six-hitter by senior pitcher Mario Salazar in game one set the tone for the effort. “These guys have been […]

Zias sweep, win fifth straight

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers There’s nothing like a little cushion to make a pitcher feel comfortable. Eastern New Mexico University freshman Kristen Cruickshank was the beneficiary of an early onslaught by the Zias in the first game, then took matters into her own hands in the second. Cruickshank picked up wins in both games […]

Portales wins rare home meet

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Rams and Lady Rams qualified for five more events in the state tournament Tuesday as they strutted their stuff in Portales’ first track meet at home in 10 years beating Lovington and Dexter Tuesday afternoon. “We had a great night,” Lady Ram head track coach Ruth Chavez […]

Sale benefits dairy destroyed by tornado

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Continuing to feel the outpouring of support from the community, Mike and Cindy Mitchell stepped into the sale ring at Portales Livestock for a $136,375 check. The check was the result of a benefit sale sponsored by Portales Livestock owner Randy Bouldin to help the couple. The Mitchell’s business, […]

Dairy owners ask county to take road

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Owners of a Roosevelt County dairy destroyed by a tornado March 23 appealed to Roosevelt County commissioners to take over maintenance of and improve the road that serves the dairy because of safety concerns. Mike and Cindy Mitchell, managing partners of Grande Vida dairy, told commissioners that with the […]

Officials embrace arrival of new mission

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants of Cannon Air Force Base — the Air Force Special Operations Command. Leaders commented in a public hearing held at Clovis Community College. The Air Force hosted the meeting to gather input on the environmental impact of the […]

Tallgrass Broadcasting comes to Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers With a renowned documentarian and a lifelong businessman at the helm, Tallgrass Broadcasting is taking root in Clovis. Owners for Tallgrass held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the building that houses KICA, KKYC and KMUL stations that broadcast to Clovis, Portales and Muleshoe. The station is the ninth outlet purchased […]

Meetings Watch:Roosevelt General Hospital Board

The Roosevelt General Hospital Board held their monthly meeting on Tuesday. The following items were discussed during the meeting: • The hospital showed a profit of $205,000 for the month of March • The hospital is working with other local agencies to provide quick transport for psychiatric patients to the proper facilities for treatment. • […]

Duct tape holds universe in place

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The man looked into my eyes and asked me, “Are you an American citizen?” It wasn’t a deep philosophical question — it was a border patrol agent, and I’d just left El Paso. However, I’ll treat it like one. Yes, I’m an American citizen, and I’m well versed in the […]

Internet should be open forum for political ideas

Editorial An Indiana appellate court this month ruled, rightly in our view, that a verdict reached by a circuit court a year ago unconstitutionally violated a young girl’s freedom of speech. In a time where many of our freedoms are being usurped in the name of national security, we must take the time to treasure […]

Portales prom couple arrived by helicopter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A unique twist was added to the 2007 Portales High School prom as students witnessed the arrival of a helicopter bearing senior Jessica Adkins and her date. Wishing to do something memorable for her prom, Adkins decided arriving by helicopter would be pretty neat. It would also be something […]

Ordinance targets delinquent code fees

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ignoring notices from Portales code enforcement officers could become significantly more expensive under an ordinance revision under review by the Portales City Council. Sgt. Brack Rains and Chief Jeff Gill of the Portales Police Department presented a report detailing the number of actions police had taken recently on code […]

Area colleges have upgraded security measures

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In the wake of shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., experts on security are saying acts of violence on college and school campuses can and do occur in communities of all sizes. Officials at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College said Monday they […]

ENMU students has ties to Blacksburg

PNT Staff Report One Eastern New Mexico University student has connections to Blacksburg, Va., and Virginia Tech University where a gunman killed 32 people Monday. Michael Harman, an ENMU junior history major, admits he spent some tense moments Monday morning until he was able to talk with family members who live in Blacksburg. He said […]

Meetings Watch: Portales school board

At their regular meeting Monday, the Portales Municipal School Board heard from officials and board members of La Casa Family Health Center in Portales regarding their recent discontinuation of services at Portales Schools. The board also heard a presentation of the 2004-2005 audit by Gayland Cowen of Roy Woodard & Associates. In other business the […]

Meetings Watch: Cannon Impact Statement

Freedom Newspapers What: Air Force Environmental Impact meeting When: 6-8 p.m. today Where: Clovis Community College auditorium, Room 154 Background: Air Force Special Operations Command was required by law to complete a draft addressing the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of moving the 16th Special Operation Wings to Cannon Air Force Base. The 16th SOW is […]

Campus massacre: Gunman kills 32, self at Virginia Tech

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By Sue Lindsey; The Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. — A gunman massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history Monday, cutting down his victims in two attacks two hours apart before the university could grasp what was happening and warn students. The bloodbath ended with the gunman committing […]