1-23-08 Local Briefs

Candidate deadline approaching Any person who plans to run for political office in the June Primary must make any necessary changes to their voter registration before 5 p.m. Monday, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office. The potential candidate’s voter registration must show their correct address and political party affiliation to […]

1-23-08 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries: Wednesday — John and Mary Lou Kropp Sunday — Heather Buzard Tuesday — Eddie and Janice Lee Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. • There will be school this […]

Novak murder trial to begin at Cannon

Freedom New Mexico Staff The military murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base courthouse. Kimberly S. Novak, 20, was found dead Oct. 28, 2004, in the military housing unit the couple shared […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an air quality permit Tuesday, spokeswoman Stephanie Childs said. The company needed the permit to build a 108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant. Childs said costs of constructing and operating […]

Remembering King’s dream

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In late August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 44 years later and nearly 2,000 miles away, more than 80 Portales residents celebrated the slain civil rights leader’s birthday Monday morning with a […]

Some uncertain economic stimulus package would help

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s still up in the air whether the United States is heading for a recession. Likewise, it’s in the air if rumored stimulus packages would do anything to slow or stop one. President Bush on Friday pushed for an economic stimulus package, consisting of as much as $150 billion […]

United Way extending deadline

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is extending its campaign deadline to reach its campaign goal. On Friday, the organization was about $24,000 short of reaching its goal of $565,000, according to executive director Erinn Burch said. “We were trying to wrap it up by last Friday, but because we were […]

1-22-08 ENMU Briefs

ENMU presenting ‘Perla de Luna’ The Department of Theatre and Dance at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will present “Perla de Luna” at 7 p.m. nightly Wednesday through Saturday in the University Theater Center, Studio. General admission is $4. Directed by Felipe Macias, professor of theatre at ENMU, the play is part of a […]

WT Buffaloes too strong for short handed Hounds

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Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds gave it a run with a short hand Saturday night. Playing with only six players in uniform, the Greyhounds hung with West Texas A&M for much of the first half at Greyhound Arena. The Buffaloes were never able to blow the Hounds out of the water, […]

ENMU Zias fall against Lady Buffs

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s women may have caught nationally-ranked rival West Texas A&M a bit off-guard Saturday night. It only took the Lady Buffs about 3 1/2 minutes to get back on track. WT (12-3, 2-0 South), ranked No. 22 nationally, went on an 18-0 run to wipe out […]

Former Hound coaching Charger running backs

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With the AFC’s top two teams duking it out today, one of the NFL’s best running backs is being coached by a Greyhound. Eastern New Mexico alum Matt Simon, running backs coach for the San Diego Chargers, played linebacker for the Greyhounds before becoming a graduate assistant under then […]

Afghan stability will take more than occupation force

The U.S. plan to send an additional 3,200 Marines into southern Afghanistan at least reflects a dawning understanding that the struggle to neutralize jihadism and jihadists may be going on more directly in Afghanistan and Pakistan than in Iraq — and the struggle is not going especially well. Just in the last few days a […]

Cold, dry weather creates static problem

By Karl Terry It may be cold outside, but at least it’s a dry cold. That little summertime saying can be turned around by those of us in eastern New Mexico to create complete nonsense during the winter — unless you love the charge you get from static electricity. It’s been a really dry winter. […]

Political coverage now more like sports

By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican versus Democrat etc; […]

1-20-08 Letter to the Editor

Attitude disturbingly ethnocentric Last Sunday’s letter from Richard Foster (“Making sanctuary ultimately illegal”) is disturbing, getting uncomfortably close to pure BS with his statement that “… poorly educated illegals are a net loss to our economy.” Whose economy, sir? Further, as to “Why should the rest of the population support people who aren’t legally in […]

Origin of pledge hand salute unknown

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Almost immediately after the Legislature adopted the salute to the New Mexico flag, school children and public meetings immediately began making the pledge part of their day. Most organizations, including public school classrooms, say the pledge with the right hand outstretched and the palm upward. Members of the Ellen […]

Portales Springs important water source on trail

By Ruth White Burns: Special to the PNT Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series of Sunday articles describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. The trail going past Portales Springs, commonly known as “The Portales Road” or the “Fort Sumner Trail,” followed an old Indian trail that […]

1-20-08 Local Briefs

Blood drive planned United Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Portales National Bank, 109 E. Second, Portales. Information or appointment: 356-6601 ext. 251. Lions Jamboree auditions set The Floyd Lions Club Jamboree will hold auditions for the 2008 show at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 in […]

1-20-08 Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the last week. According to the reports: Sunday • At 11:45 p.m. suspicious activity was reported on South Main. Officers responded to the report. Monday • At 4:21 a.m. an alarm at Eddy Hall was activated. Fire units were dispatched. • At […]

1-20-08 Magistrate Court

The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Darrnell Yancey, 24, was found guilty of the charge of resisting/evading/obstructing an officer and was ordered to serve 364 days of supervised probation and to pay all court fines and fees. • Joel Lujan, 21, pleaded guilty to the […]