Portales woman arrested

Freedom Newspapers A 28-year-old Portales woman was arrested Thursday on multiple felony forgery and embezzlement charges, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Kwana Buras is charged with 10 counts of fraud involving a credit card, seven counts of forgery and 59 counts of embezzlement, the release said. Curry County Sheriff’s […]

Area seniors look forward to graduation

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The final countdown has begun as area seniors prepare for graduation ceremonies that are set to take place over the coming weekend. Originally not a believer of the old adage that time flies …, Elida senior Tanner Burrows has learned that it actually does as he prepares to graduate […]

Portales man gets 18 years

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for sexual assault of a minor and possession of child pornography. William Railing, 37, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault of a minor and 100 counts of possession of electronic child pornography, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District […]

Elida fights hard, but loses in state semi’s

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. In a Class 1A state semifinal, Thursday morning in Los Lunas, Ward inserted reliever Caleb Widner in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team […]

Rams face top seed in 3A semi’s

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams are just hours from the biggest baseball game in their young careers, but if you believe head coach Arturo Ontiveros, the boys are loose and relaxed. “It’s kind of scary, but they seem kind of relaxed,” Ontiveros said. “I always like to see a little bit of urgency but […]

Happiness can’t be found in material things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Go to any bookstore and you will find dozens of “how to” books on being happy. Enticements are everywhere. TV commercials are filled with “things” guaranteed to satisfy. You only need their products to make your life perfect. For some, happiness is attained only when “this or that happens.” Yet, the […]

Children’s lives haven’t always been complicated

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m so out of the loop that I’ve never MySpaced, let alone started a Web page or blog. My idea of chatting is old fashioned, talking face to face with a real person, or on a real cell phone. When we were kids, MySpace.com was my bedroom, I mean our […]

Religious right movement may end with death of Rev. Jerry Falwell

Editorial The passing Tuesday of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at age 73 coincides with what just might be the passing of the influence of the political movement that he helped launch. While the Rev. Falwell struck us as a genuine and decent person, his […]

Rams advance to semifinal

PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — The fifth-seeded Portales Rams thought they were a better team than the fourth-seeded Bloomfield Bobcats and in the Class 3A state baseball quarterfinals Wednesday, they proved it. The Rams came from behind for an 8-7 win to advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year. The Rams were […]

Elida quarterfinal comeback spells defeat for Questa

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a three-run deficit and moved into today’s semis with […]

Age-old activity

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tradition once again returns to Portales as the 78th annual winding of the Maypole is set to take place tonight in the Portales High School Gymnasium. “This is the only school left in the nation that still does it,” said coordinator and PHS teacher Marilyn Stratton. The PHS gym […]

Six Portales students head to nationals

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America have accomplished another milestone during the past year. In April, FCCLA teacher Debbie Stenstrom traveled to Albuquerque with a group of six students, to compete in the state contest. During the competition, all of the students […]

Second hearing begins for Cannon airman

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Cannon Air Force Base homicide victim may have been the mistaken target of retaliation against a witness in an unrelated homicide trial, defense attorneys allege. An Article 32 hearing that began Wednesday at the base is the second in the case against Airman Basic Edward Novak II. He is […]

Clovis group plans protest

Freedom Newspapers The Concerned Citizens for Curry County are sponsoring an anti-ethanol plant rally today outside the venue for the Clovis City Commission meeting. The rally will begin at 5:15 p.m. outside the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, according to a news release from the group. Its purpose is to bring attention to […]

Planning team stresses state’s future

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission members said it’s critical to impress upon lawmakers the military’s importance to the future of the state. Randy Harris, Clovis businessman and committee vice chair, proposed during Tuesday’s quarterly meeting at Clovis Community College the committee sponsor a junket for key state legislators in […]

Special Operations eyeing more for Cannon

Freedom Newspapers Air Force Special Operations Command is considering moving elements from Japan and Britain to Cannon Air Force Base, according to a published report. The move would affect AFSOC units at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and RAF Mildenhall in England, Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley told Stars and Stripes last week. “(Defense) Secretary […]

County wants to increase efforts in RCCD

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners agreed with Roosevelt County Community Development leadership that striking while the iron is hot is a good economic development strategy. Commissioners voted unanimously to increase the county’s membership in the RCCD to two positions at $15,000 per seat as the group reorganized and hired a recruiter. […]

Daycare, educational facility looks to expand

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Councilors, during their regular meeting Tuesday, gave the go-ahead for Eastern Plains Head Start to expand its facility at 501 E. First St. onto adjacent city land currently being used as a park. EPHS plans on placing a modular building on the location and expand parking and […]

Movie industry would benefit from suggestions

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes smoking, […]

In midst of turmoil, Tony Blair exhibits grace, dignity

Editorial British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after weeks of speculation and leaks about when exactly it would come, has announced he is stepping down as leader of the Labor Party and therefore as prime minister — as of June 27. As the longest-serving prime minister besides Margaret Thatcher in recent British history, he leaves behind […]