Investigators seek suspects in homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking half a dozen suspects they believe were involved in a home invasion turned homicide that claimed the life of a Honduran national in Texico last week. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera died Nov. 25 from a single gunshot during a robbery at a home in the 500 […]

Alley Cats to perform holiday music


Freedom New Mexico Doo-wop group The Alley Cats will perform in Clovis on Wednesday at Marshall Auditorium in a holiday performance for the family. The show will feature classic holiday songs and melodies. The Alley Cats have shared the stage with Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys and Jerry Seinfeld. They also open for Jay Leno […]

Hanging of the greens


Angel, 4, of the Christian Children’s Home in Portales frosts a cookie Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University Association of Student Affairs hanging of the greens event at ENMU’s College Union Building. Director of Student Activities and Organization Tracy Henderson said the annual event pairs children from local children’s homes with a sponsor to give […]

Couple arrested on child pornography charges


PNT Staff Report A Portales couple was arrested Tuesday on more than 150 child pornography charges, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to the release: • Michael Gilpin, 57, is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children, 18 counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of children […]

City OKs radio station funding

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales City Council voted to provide about $11,400 to Rooney Moon Broadcasting for expansion and digital conversion. At their meeting Tuesday night in City Hall, councilors unanimously approved a recommendation to that effect from Greg Fisher, director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. City Manager Debra Lee, […]

County official: Local economy going strong

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Roosevelt County is in good economic standing in the midst of the country’s economic difficulties, according to the director of the county’s community development corporation. Greg Fisher told the Roosevelt County Commission the county’s strong milk and peanut production are pluses because in hard economic times, people are consuming […]

Dec. 3 Empty Stocking profile

Today’s focus: Ms. H Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. H” just moved here from Florida and she barely started working. She won’t be able to afford presents for her children. Her holiday hopes: To be able to get her children presents for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 5T and men’s size […]

Floyd News Dec. 3

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries Monday — Leon Nall; Louise Odom 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. Booster Club will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the Community Building. School board will meet at 7 […]

Dec. 3 Local Briefs

PNT Staff Report Church offers toys, clothes The Third and Kilgore Church of Christ is giving away toys and adult and children’s clothing 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The church is taking donations of clean, used toys through Thursday. Information: 356-8088 St. Helen sending goods to Juarez St. Helen Catholic Church is […]

Events Calendar Dec. 3

Friday ENMU Holiday Concert — 6:30 and 8 p.m. — University Theater Center. Admission $5 for ages 18 and up, free for ages under 18 or with ENMU ID. Saturday Christmas Toy Drive — 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wal-Mart. Accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Mayor’s Christmas Toy Drive: Operation Santa Cop. Winter Wine Fest […]

We hold power in our government

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist I read a lot of stuff, including editorials and commentaries in scientific journals. Each time there’s a new administration, many of these publications rev up their lobbying for support from the government for favorite projects. So now, Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is […]

DOD, VA leading record revolution

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Dr. Ross Fletcher, chief of staff of the VA Medical Center in Washington D.C., asked a recent patient, a war veteran, how many times he had been exposed to the blast of an improvised explosive device.

New leadership could cause rift for businesses

Freedom New Mexico “Change” is all the rage these days in Washington. While relative newcomer President-elect Barack Obama popularized the idea, it may be an old-hand who demonstrates it most forcefully. California Rep. Henry Waxman reportedly surprised even many insiders when he was elected by secret ballot of Democrats to head the powerful energy and […]

Miners snap Zias’ winning streak

Freedom New Mexico EL PASO, Texas — Texas-El Paso scored the first eight points and never looked back Monday night, overwhelming Eastern New Mexico University 87-44 in women’s basketball. The Division I Miners (4-3) proved too tough on the defensive end for the Zias (5-2), who had scored 91 or more points four times this […]

Recreation center offers activities for youth


Basketball It is little league basketball season. Both boys and girls have three leagues. Pee Wee is for first- and second-graders, playing on an 8-foot goal at Valencia school. Junior league is for third- and fourth-graders playing on a 10-foot goal at Portales Junior High School. Senior League is for fifth- and sixth-graders playing on […]

Dec. 1 Events Calendar

Saturday Christmas Toy Drive — 10 a.m. -8 p.m. Wal-Mart. Accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Mayor’s Christmas Toy Drive: Operation Santa Cop. Winter Wine Fest — 7 -10 p.m. The Ice House, 208 N. Ave. A. Tickets $25, available in advance at Memorial Building, Doerr & Knudson Law Office, Woody’s Jewelry and City […]

Dec. 1 ENMU Briefs

Annual holiday concert planned for Friday Eastern New Mexico University will hold its annual holiday concert at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m Friday at the University Theater Center on the main stage. Various holiday pieces will be performed under the direction of Dr. Jason Paulk. Tickets are $5; free admission for ages under 18 or […]

It’s their job: Nancy Vargas


Name: Nancy Vargas Job: Manager at Security Finance Background: Vargas grew up in the Portales area and attended school in Dora. Time on job: Two years What does your job entail? We are a loan company, so I approve loans and close out new loans. We also do taxes. What is a typical day like […]

Dec. 1 Empty Stocking profile

Today’s focus: Ms. C Household members: 6 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. C” is a single mother. She is raising her own kids and also her niece and nephew. Her holiday hopes: She wants her children to have a great Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes 6 and 7. Boys pant sizes 6 and 7. […]

Wine Fest slated for Saturday

PNT staff Eat, drink and be merry — and raise money for a good cause. That’s the message from promoters of the Portales MainStreet Winter Wine Fest. The admission price of $25 includes a wine glass, samples of all wines offered, one full glass of wine and gourmet food all evening, said City of Portales […]