March 30, 1973

Local student Kenneth Gale was among three New Mexico students who received four-year college scholarships under the Army ROTC scholarship awards program, announced by Congressman Harold Runnels.

March 29, 1965

Collin Columbus Hilliard, 54, died shortly after a sudden

March 28, 1954

Using water from an irrigation well, the Portales Fire Department extinguished a blaze that was consuming a barn “on the old Lloyd Wharton place,” according to the Portales Daily News. A

March 27, 1970

A freshman from Eastern New Mexico University, Lynda Morgan, of Colorado Springs, Colo., climbed the Rotary Park water tower and threatened to jump in front of onlookers. She came down only after a News-Tribune reporter asked for an interview.

March 26, 1964

Five hundred farmers and their wives from the Portales, Clovis and Fort Sumner areas met in Portales for the 30th annual meeting of the Production Credit Association at the ENMU Theatre Building.

Peanut growers vote support for national board

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Members of the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association at their meeting in Portales Wednesday approved a referendum supporting continuation of the National Peanut Board. Leaders among New Mexico and west Texas peanut farmers have said the National Peanut Board, which is up for a reaffirmation vote in April, is […]

Portales man pleads not guilty to poaching charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man accused of poaching deer and antelope has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of unlawful possession of wildlife and two counts of buying additional deer hunting licenses, according to the state Department of Game and Fish. If convicted, 20-year-old Jacob Gaines, who was arrested March 12, could face fines […]

Ticket feature: Killer Tumbleweeds movie comes to Clovis

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Doctors reattach Curry County man’s arm after pig attack

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A week after a 900-pound hog mauled him, Juan Cruz wonders whether he’ll be able to keep his arm, nearly severed in the attack. The 26-year-old Curry County man spoke about his ordeal for the first time Wednesday through an interpreter. Cruz returned home after five days in a […]

Business feature: Pharmacist continues business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Tawnia Gaylor is the owner of CJ’s Pill Box for little over a year since she bought the business from Richard and Vivian Haverland. Gaylor worked for the Haverlands back when she was going to high school. Later, she went to college at University of New Mexico to be […]

Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Ute Water Pipeline project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff […]

Obama handled defeat with style

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist President Obama won style points from veterans’ service organizations last week even as he was forced, under heavy fire, to withdraw his plan to have the Department of Veterans Affairs bill veterans’ health insurance for the cost to VA of treating service-connected medical conditions. “The issue should never have come […]

Lacking context, outrage uneven

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist Cue the outrage — must you even ask why? OK, you must. Barack Obama was on Leno last week. And the topic of Obama’s poor bowling skills came into play, to which the President said his score was on par with the Special Olympics. One of my right-leaning friends was […]

Muslims unfair target of FBI surveillance

Supporters of the Patriot Act and other expansive efforts to fight the “war on

Hounds trounce NMHU

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Freedom New Mexico Senior catcher Freddy Carmona, the Lone Star Conference co-player of the week, continued his hot hitting Tuesday night and Eastern New Mexico University cruised to a 16-1 non-conference victory over New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Field. Carmona, coming off an 8-for-14 series in a four-game LSC split against ninth-ranked Angelo State over […]

Residents taking part in NAACP training institute

Freedom New Mexico Six Clovis residents are taking part in a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People training institute this week. Clovis branch president Selmus Price and five others are attending NAACP Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute Thursday through Saturday in Albuquerque. Price will be joined by Anthony Mahan, first vice president and […]

Two treated for smoke inhalation in house fire

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation Tuesday during an early morning house fire. Paramedics administered oxygen to the homeowner and a Portales police officer as treatment. The Portales Fire Department got the call at 4:22 a.m. to a home at 1312 S. Abilene Street. The fire started in the bathroom near the ceiling heater […]

Jump rope fundraiser promotes active lifestyle

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer An Eastern New Mexico University freshman class teamed up this month with students from several local schools to raise almost $1,800 for the Jump Rope for Heart Foundation. The Freshman Seminar class and local schools competed in raising money for the Jump Rope for Heart Foundation with Jump for […]

Roosevelt farmer still faces death penalty

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

Ute Water Project bill to receive second House vote

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico An omnibus bill including authorization for the $432 million Ute Water Project is receiving another run through the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 22, also known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects — including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. It passed the Senate on a […]