Lightning strikes spark fires

Freedom New Mexico A late-morning thunderstorm and lightning strikes kept Portales firefighters busy Wednesday. Lightning sparked seven grass fires in parts mostly to the south and east of Portales, according to Fire Chief John Bridges. The biggest was a blaze over approximately 150 to 200 acres south of Arch. All of the fires were extinguished […]

Boy Scouts hold fundraiser

Freedom New Mexico The Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America, which serves Roosevelt and Curry counties, has scheduled its annual Sporting Clay Fun Shoot starting at 8:30 a.m. June 27. Proceeds go toward programs and services of the council. A barbecue lunch is planned after the shoot at noon, and an auction of sporting […]

Habitat searches for future homeowners

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry County is accepting applications from people who want to own the next house built in its home ownership program for lower income families. Families selected as partner families help build their new houses, which they buy by repaying a no-interest loan for only the cost […]

Ticket feature: Musician learned art from father

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Freedom names interim CEO

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, named an interim CEO Wednesday, tapping the former publisher of The Dallas Morning News. Burl Osborne will take over in July for Scott Flanders, who is leaving after 3 1/2 years in the job to […]

Governor hopeful testing waters

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Allen Weh said Tuesday he’s not officially running for governor yet. But he also said he’s made his first campaign promise, and he’s running his exploratory campaign as if he is a candidate — and people can draw their own conclusions. “We’re doing this in a campaign mode,” said […]

Officials investigating ‘suspicious death’

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police found a man dead Tuesday morning after responding to a report of a stabbing in a 14th Street home, records show. Officials had not identified the victim early Tuesday night nor determined the cause of his death. They termed the death “suspicious” but would not say if […]

Game and Fish Department offers reward for poaching information

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is offering a $500 reward for information about a deer poaching southwest of Fort Sumner. The carcass of a mule deer was found dumped off the N.M. 20 bridge over Yeso Creek. Officers believe the buck was killed and dumped sometime during the weekend of […]

State Police look for meth lab

Freedom New Mexico State Police searched unsuccessfully for a methamphetamine lab on North Main Street Tuesday night. Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said officers received information about a meth lab during an investigation. However, when they executed a search warrant at the residence, they found no lab, he said.

CHS class of ’54 reunion set

Freedom New Mexico A reunion of the Clovis High School Class of 1954 is scheduled for July 3-5 in Clovis. The reunion begins at 1 p.m. July 3 at the Fairfield Inn in Clovis. July 4, the event continues from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at K-Bob’s Steakhouse with a sit-down meal 1:30 p.m. A […]

Council honors century mark with new flag

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer Portales officials took a major look at the city’s past while ushering in the future. A council meeting Tuesday marked the first in which members used laptops instead of paper to look over the evening’s agenda. But after regular business items were tended to, the council reconvened outside for […]

Private colleges balk at new G.I. Bill

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Days before a June 15 deadline, 521 private colleges had signed modest-to-grand “Yellow Ribbon” agreements under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit, making these higher-priced schools more affordable to at least some Iraq and Afghanistan war-era veterans who qualify for admission. But more than half of private colleges nationwide apparently […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

Commissioners back off parking issue

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission voted 3-2 today to delay any decisions about Courthouse parking until a stoplight is installed at Main and Second streets. Commissioners Gene Creighton, David Sanders and Paul Grider voted for the motion to delay. Commissioners Jake Lopez and Bill Cathey voted against the it. Recent […]

Heritage Days schedule of events

Heritage Days Schedule Tuesday: • 6 p.m. Portales Flag raising, City Hall. • 6-9 p.m. Centennial Street Fair, Main Street between Second and Fourth Streets. Wednesday: • 10:30 a.m. Hispanic-themed Storytime, Portales Public Library. Thursday: • 5:30 p.m. Buffalo Soldiers, Portales Public Library. Friday: • 5 p.m. Branding Iron Party, Portales Public Library. • 6:30 […]

Library events celebrate Portales’ history

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Hot branding irons and Buffalo Soldiers are making history come alive at Portales Public Library this week. In honor of the Portales Centennial and Heritage Days, the library has scheduled several events. Among other things, Assistant Librarian Danielle Swopes said people are encouraged to bring their family branding irons […]

Juneteenth celebration set for Saturday

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico This year’s Juneteenth celebration won’t actually happen on June 19th in Clovis. But it’ll be close enough for organizers. In the early morning hours of June 20 — this Saturday — the cooking pits will be fired up as ribs, hot links, chicken, hamburgers, brisket and more make their […]

Commission set to vote on downtown parking

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to consider replacing parking spaces along Second Street again, as well as to vote on a Memorandum of Agreement that allows for a new public health office building. The commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. today. “They are still talking about ripping […]

June 16 ENMU Briefs

Tickets for Founders’ Day Picnic available Tickets for the Eastern New Mexico University 75th Anniversary Founders’ Day Picnic on June 28 in front of the Administration Building are available for $6 each until June 24. The cost includes two pieces of fried chicken, white bread, a pickle, corn on the cob, mustard potato salad, a […]