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 […]

Ram track meet, at long last

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s been 10 years since Portales witnessed their Rams and Lady Rams run, jump and throw on their home track, but that silence will be broken this afternoon at the Portales High School track. Portales is hosting district foes Lovington and Dexter today, with track events scheduled to begin […]

Lady Rams land three on South All Stars

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Rams and Lady Rams combined for a total of five selections for the annual state high school All-Star basketball games this summer. The Portales girls placed three seniors on the annual South All-Star team that will face off against the North All-Stars this summer. Shooting guard Briana […]

Zias sweep ACU, improve playoff chances

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s bats were smoking on Sunday, helping the Zias greatly improved their position in the battle for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. ENMU used consecutive big innings to outlast Abilene Christian 13-9 in the opener, then rode a five-hit pitching performance from freshman Kristen Cruickshank to […]

Texans sweep Hounds Sunday

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Phil Clabaugh acknowledged there were good things about Sunday’s Lone Star Conference South Division baseball doubleheader, like solid starting pitching from Evan Courteau and Justin Sergeant. Still, his Eastern New Mexico University baseball team didn’t get what it needed — wins — if the Greyhounds hope to extend season beyond […]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. The birds were often the only meat on a pioneer family’s table in hard times, which never seemed to go away for the plains sodbuster. Experts say the birds nearly met their demise, not […]

Official: Prisoner commits suicide

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers A convicted felon and a defendant involved in unrelated high-profile local criminal cases committed suicide within the last month, officials said. Scott Kirby, 23, of Portales, sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in February for his role in the theft of $600,000 from an armored car service, died March […]

The Mating Game

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A crescent moon shines above the pre-dawn eastern horizon as a passenger van pulls to a stop on a lonely ranch road near Milnesand. Inside are people from various parts of New Mexico and Texas who sacrificed a few hours of sleep to witness one of the stranger wonders […]

Zias earn big split against Abilene Christian

Freedom Newspapers Give the Eastern New Mexico University softball team credit for bouncing back. Abilene Christian rode a nine-run seventh inning to beat the Zias 17-8 the first game of their Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. ENMU rallied behind five RBIs from freshman second baseman Rebecca Quinones and a solid […]

Greyhounds sweep Texans

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds kept their postseason hopes alive, winning the first two games of a four game weekend series against Tarleton State at Greyhound Field Saturday 16-12 and 8-5. But the Hounds had to come from behind in the second game, spotting the visiting Texans a […]

Briefs: La Escalera Art Guild to meet

PNT staff The La Escalera Art Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Eletric Cooperative hospitality room, 121 North Main. Guest artist will be Rich Nichols from Taos. Nichols will be doing a demonstration in oil titled Spanish Mission. Local AARP chapter gathering The Roosevelt County Chapter of AARP (American Association […]