E-records open up care to veterans

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist President Obama’s ambitious plan to establish a lifetime electronic record for service members and veterans will improve delivery of benefits, speed processing of claims and, over time, open VA health care to any veteran, regardless of their medical condition or income level. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki first raised the idea […]

Naming state songs waste of officials’ time

Freedom New Mexico As if we need another means to measure how far government has strayed from the narrow intent of our nation’s founders, we give you the current flap in Oklahoma. A collection of conservative lawmakers became outraged that the song “Do You Realize??” by native sons Flaming Lips was poised to become the […]

Field trips teach students about fishing, aquatic life

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Children squeal and shout excitedly as a big catfish thrashes on the line. A mother pulls the fish out of the pond for a moment, but it breaks the line and disappears under the water. After classroom fishing clinics, Valencia Elementary School students took field trips to Willow Bend recently to learn about fishing and […]

April 29 Floyd News

Today • After school program • Elementary track meet, hosted by Dora at Floyd grades 4-6 • FCA coke float sale Thursday • 3 p.m., Junior varsity and varsity baseball, Melrose at Floyd • 6 p.m., Floyd Senior Citizen Center, pot luck and game night at Senior Center • Second and third grade field trips […]

ENMU regents approve room and board rate increase

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a 3-percent increase Tuesday in room and board rates for the next school year. The rate increase was approved on a 3-1 vote, with Student Regent Robert Wachter the lone dissenter. Vice President of Student Affairs Judith Haislett said the […]

Portales man arrested for child abuse

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested a man for felony aggravated battery of a household member and two counts of child abuse Monday night. At 10 p.m., Quarry Ren, 29, who lives at North Avenue I, was seen chasing a vehicle when the officer pulled him over on East Juniper Street and Boston Avenue, according […]

Eastern adds infielder to softball roster

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has signed junior college transfer Samantha Stampley to play next season for the softball squad, according to a university release. Stampley, a junior infielder from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, has a career .342 batting average with 17 doubles, two triples and two home runs.

University introduces new basketball coach

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Andrew Helton on Tuesday stood in front of a crowd at Greyhound Arena. He can’t wait for the next time. “To see these game lights on gets my juices flowing,” said Hleton, introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University. “I wish we were playing […]

Lone Star Conference baseball, softball update

Freedom New Mexico Baseball standings (Regular-season final)

April 28 ENMU Briefs

Annual dinner set for Saturday The annual ENMU Women’s Lovers for Learning dinner and silent auction will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Campus Union Building Sandia Room. Proceeds help fund scholarships. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 at the door. Sodexho will cater a “Little Italy” buffet. Music and silent […]

April 29, 1949

Roosevelt County almost saw oil production within its borders when Magnolia Petroleum Company found petroleum within 1.7 miles of Roosevelt County, south of Milnesand. The test was made after a fire erupted during a drill stem test the day before. The well produced 35 barrels of 47-gravity oil within the first hour and was producing […]

April 28, 1974

Portales Methodists observed the start of their church’s 75th year with

Oliver taking second chance to come to Eastern

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico As an assistant under Harold “Bud” Elliott, Kenneth Oliver had a chance to come to Eastern New Mexico University in 1994 as an assistant football coach. But he was doing master’s courses at Northwest Missouri State, and the timing wasn’t right. Now, 15 years later, a more seasoned Oliver […]

Health officials: Take basic precautions to avoid swine flu

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local health officials are keeping an eye out for swine flu, but aren’t advising any precautions other than basic health tips. After a recent outbreak in Mexico, swine flu has also been confirmed in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Spain, but not in New Mexico. […]

Finance comittee to meet

PNT Staff Report The Finance/Administration Committee of the Portales City Council is set to meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in City Hall. The agenda includes discussion of changes to policy and a fee increase for the Memorial Building, a salary increase for the municipal judge, discussion of senior and Portales Area Transit transportation and recreation […]

Arrest made in nose biting incident

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Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Sunday, charged with biting another man’s nose when he crashed a barbecue last week. Joey Maes is being held on $55,000 bond on aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated battery, according to jail officials. Maes was attending a family barbecue April 19 in the 100 […]

CASA seeking volunteers

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With volunteer numbers dropping in the last five years, Family and Children Support Services is holding an art show and dinner to raise money to recruit and support people to speak for children in foster care. The local Court Appointed Special Advocates organization covers both Roosevelt and Curry counties. […]

It’s their job: Brenda Levacy

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Name: Brenda Levacy Job: Sales associate at Sleep Solutions Background: I was born in Lubbock and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I married a gentleman from Portales and moved here 30 years ago. I have two children and two grandchildren. How long have you been with the company? I have worked for Ashley Furniture […]

Helton chosen as next Greyhound basketball coach

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Andrew Helton has been named the 11th coach in the history of men’s basketball at Eastern New Mexico University. Currently an assistant at Division-I South Alabama, Helton will be introduced in a 9 a.m. Tuesday press conference at Greyhound Arena. The Division-II school, a member of the Lone Star […]

Furniture finish, appliqu

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living