Feb. 25 Floyd News

School news • District Basketball Tournament, Feb. 25 -Feb. 28 • No school on Friday • Booster Club Meeting at 5:30 p.m. March 2 in the Home Ec. room. Birthday • Jeff Essary Feb. 27

Police investigating auto thefts

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is investigating a string of thefts from unlocked vehicles, according to police. The thefts happened in residential areas from Sunday until the early Monday morning and right now, they don’t have any suspects, Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. “The biggest thing is lock the vehicles,” Berry said. “Always […]

Couple spins wool the old-fashioned way

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A $1,500 men’s three-piece wool suits contains $15 worth of wool, a Corona sheep rancher says. Lloyd Maness and his wife, Sue, talked about wool as part of the New Mexico Wool Growers Association during the first day of the 17th annual Ag Expo Tuesday at the Roosevelt County […]

Apology owed to Sooner fans, coach

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Some rambling thoughts while wondering if somehow “Star Wars” and “The Wire” could be combined: • First things first: I was wrong. In my column last week, I criticized Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops for attending the Duke-North Carolina basketball game when his home school was ranked higher and playing […]

Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Canada trade deal needs to be protected

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s visit to Canada was notable for the ever-so-slight undercurrents of uneasiness between two countries that have enjoyed generally amicable relations over the sometimes touchy issue of trade. Obama made foolish comments during the presidential campaign (in the heart of a Rust Belt filled with people and union leaders eager to […]

Bills would make government more transparent

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The public would have better access to and could gain more understanding of the state government under several bills making progress this session. Certain committees that are now closed would be open while government documents would become public sooner under the measures originating in the House. The House Appropriations […]

Two men report robbery, assault

PNT Staff Report Two men were assaulted and robbed Saturday in the 800 block of University Drive near Eastern New Mexico University, according to Portales police. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said James Williams of Clovis and Robert Powell of Portales were accosted about 10 p.m. by two males. The victims told police they were […]

Officials stress high fire danger

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson With wind, dry conditions and warm weather, the area’s wildfire danger is high, fire officials say. “There is a great chance, if everybody is not careful, that we could have a big grassfire again,” Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said. Rangeland has a lot of grass from […]

Array of events on tap for Ag Expo

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Cowboys riding … longhorn steers? You gotta be kidding. No, the 17th annual Ag Expo features just that and more 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Event manager Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, said the expo’s […]

House considering creation of two cabinet-level departments

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]

Feb. 24 ENMU Briefs

• Dr. Manuel Varela, professor of biology, and his research personnel have had a paper accepted for publication by the refereed Journal of Membrane Biology.

Police: False robbery call made with pre-paid cell phone

PNT Staff Report A Portales police spokesman said a phone call reporting an armed robbery at a local bank on Friday that turned out to be a false alarm was made using a pre-paid phone. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police were unable to determine an exact location from where the call was made or […]

It’s their job: Vicki Aguilar

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Name: Vicki Aguilar Job: Roosevelt County indigent administrator and loss prevention coordinator Background: Aguilar grew up all over New Mexico and graduated from Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Time on job: 22 years What does your job entail?: I help individuals out with their […]

Workshop demolished by fire

PNT Staff Report A cutting torch set off a fire Sunday afternoon that destroyed a 15-by-20 foot workshop in Roosevelt County. The fire started about 3:30 p.m. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the men working on the small barn at 1684 South Roosevelt Road 6 were unable to contain the fire. Firefighters […]

Savage Storm complete sweep over Hounds

Freedom New Mexico DURANT, Okla. — Second baseman Scott Hancock’s first home run of the season, a three-run shot, capped a five-run Southeastern Oklahoma sixth and the Savage Storm went on to a 15-7 victory over Easter New Mexico University on Saturday, completing a sweep of their four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series. The Savage […]

Hunter education classes start Friday

The first of two hunter education classes starts Friday in Clovis. The classes are conducted by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and are held at Patriot Outdoors, 1250 County Road 16. Each class consists of three-day sessions and completion is required for anyone under 18 who wants to purchase a state hunting license. […]

City manager has long-standing career in public service

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Debi Lee has more than 25 years as a city manager, the last five in Portales. And despite long hours and sometimes heavy stress — she enjoys what she does. Lee originally wanted to be a physical education teacher. But she has built a career of public service and […]

Portales woman glad to greet

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer “Welcome to Wal-Mart, buddy! Have a grand day!” Sound familiar? Then you’ve met Tabby Taylor. The 31-year-old Portales Wal-Mart greeter has a style like no one else and an abundance of enthusiasm in her job, not to mention her volunteer work with five organizations around town. Forty hours a […]