Shooting victim remembered as loving father

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gary Payne traveled to Lubbock on Thursday afternoon to visit his daughter and see her new house. After the visit, he headed home for Melrose, but never arrived. Police said Payne and a Lubbock woman, Melissa Ward, were shot in the head about 11 p.m. Thursday as they drove […]

Two shot to death in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man and a Lubbock woman were shot to death late Thursday night and police continued their hunt for a suspect into Friday. The shootings occurred as the victims traveled near Charlotte Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in west Clovis, police said. The slayings occurred around 11 p.m. Gary […]

New Deal author explains significance of WPA projects

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Compiled by PNT Staff Writer Celena Cordova Kathryn A. Flynn Title: Executive Director, National New Deal Preservation Association and the NMChapter of the NNDPA. Years of experience: I’ve been directly involved with researching the New Deal since 1990. Title of books: The New Deal: “A 75th Anniversary Celebration,” “Treasures on NM Trails: New Deal Art […]

Hospital developing disaster plan

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Staff at Roosevelt General Hospital are working to prepare a county and community disaster plan that will be the model for the state. The Portales-based hospital was chosen in March by the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a Medical Surge Plan that will be used as blueprint […]

Farmers Market: Freshest produce in town

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer This year’s Portales Farmers Market is going well, farmers say, in spite of a few challenges. Market manager Margie Plummer, who grows near Portales, said the season is going well. “We have lots of vendors and lots of customers,” she said. Crops have done well for the farmers who […]

Two escapees arraigned in district court

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Two of four captured Clovis escapees were arraigned Thursday in district court. Javier Zapata, 19, and Raynaldo Jeremy Enriquez, 19, are each facing more than four years imprisonment for their Aug. 24 escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, District Attorney Matt Chandler told judge Robert Orlik at […]

It’s Their Job: Betsy Niece

PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Job: Administrative assistant for Tucker Renovations, Inc. Time on Job: 11 years Background: Niece received an associate degree from Clovis Community College. She has helped her mother run Tucker Renovations and Tuck’s Car Wash since she was 16. What does your job entail? I answer phones, file, pay bills, and other […]

Abilene Christian takes Zias in three games

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team entered Lone Star Conference South Division play on a bit of a roll Thursday night, but the Zias couldn’t keep it going. Abilene Christian had its hands full with ENMU most of the way, but the Wildcats rallied from an 18-13 deficit late […]

Events Calendar Sept. 26

Saturday National Day of Action — City-wide clean-up day, clean up adopted highway miles. Information: 356-6662 or www.portalesnm.org Star gazing — 7:30 p.m. at Oasis State Park. North parking lot. Park entry fee applies. Information: 356-5331 or www.nmparks.com Sunday Altrusa Home Tour — 2-4:30 p.m. Information or tickets: Frankye King, 356-4212, or Dianne Parker, 356-8234. […]

LSC/SSC Soccer and LSC Cross Country Update

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Tucumcari man charged in child’s death

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari man has been charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy, a spokesman for the State Police said. Marcos Martinez, 22, is charged in connection with child’s death on Sept. 19, said State Police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia. He is […]

Editorial: Risk-takers should suffer consequences

The city of Galveston, Texas, has asked Congress for $2.2 billion to repair hurricane damage to the island city’s port, rebuild infrastructure and housing, restore beaches and give grants to small businesses. It has become traditional, of course, for Congress to appear generous in such instances by appropriating large sums of other peoples’ money in […]

Altrusa event features new, remodeled homes

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Organizers say the annual Altrusa Home Tour has become a social event, attracting around 500 people. This year’s tour, scheduled for Sunday, features five homes, some new and some remodeled. “We just have nice people who volunteer their homes,” said Frankye King, home tour co-chair. The main attraction this […]

Fraternity runs to help military families

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Members of the Eastern New Mexico University chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity helped raise $10,000 to support injured military personnel and their families. A total of 120 members from three chapters of the fraternity participated in the three-day, 321-mile run to benefit the national Fisher HouseFoundation. The Fisher […]

Area residents react to bailout discussion

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Residents agree presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain should get to work on a potential solution to the country’s recent economic meltdown. Citizens are divided on whether Sen. McCain should have suspended his campaign to do it. “I think it’s about time for them to both step up […]

Local Briefs Sept. 25

PNT Staff Reports National Day of Action slated The city of Portales is encouraging citizens and local groups particpate in community service projects for National Day of Action on Saturday.

Report: Escaped inmates stole key

CLOVIS — Inmates who escaped from the Curry County jail last month likely took a key left in the lock of a door to an area housing pipes without officers who were working on a plumbing repair noticing, according to a report by the district attorney’s office. District Attorney Matt Chandler previously said authorities were […]

Zias rally for win at home

Freedom New Mexico Freshman Jessica King posted 17 kills and three block solos while senior Nicole Vanderploeg and sophomore Veronica Valdez had double-doubles Tuesday night as Eastern New Mexico University rallied from a 2-1 deficit to upend Wayland Baptist at Greyhound Arena. ENMU (5-11), which lost earlier this month in five games at Wayland, dominated […]

Doctor back at work after arrest

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By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico A Portales doctor is back to practicing medicine following Thursday’s narcotics trafficking arrest in Belen. Patricia Green, 54, was working Tuesday at the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic at 1500 South Ave. D in Portales. She is accused of trafficking a controlled substance, methadone, in Roosevelt County. Green is charged […]

MainStreet seeks city council’s permission for Beer and Nut festival

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council is considering approval of a resolution that will allow a downtown Beer and Nut festival. The topic was discussed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and will come back at the Oct. 7 meeting. The MainStreet Program requested permission to use the Farmers Market property at […]