Tucumcari police chief Tasers 14-year-old

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A 14-year-old Tucumcari girl is recovering at an Albuquerque hospital after being shot in the head with a Taser dart by Tucucmari Police Chief Roger Hatcher. Now, her parents say they want the police department to review its policies for using the Taser. The girl was hit in the […]

Clovis Christian names Clayton new superintendent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian School announced Friday it has hired Ladona Clayton as its superintendent to replace Stephen Schultze on the heels of controversy over his involvement with a fugitive. Clayton is the former deputy superintendent for Clovis Municipal Schools. Ben Wright, Clovis Christian school board president, said the school is […]

Palin resigning as Alaska governor

The Associated Press WASILLA, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin surprised supporters Friday and announced she is resigning from office at the end of the month without explaining why she plans to step down — throwing into question whether she would seek a run for the White House in 2012. The news rattles a Republican […]

Another alternative: Don’t spend

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Have you noticed all the newspaper supplements and magazines suddenly printing stories about “saving money,” and coining new words like “staycation” for not traveling someplace for a vacation? I notice they’re using words like “savings” and “spend less.” I wonder what happened to “spend nothing.” After all, if you don’t […]

Despite downturn U.S. keeps going

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Independence Day in the United States of America: the more it changes, the more it stays the same.

American spirit of independence still thrives

Freedom New Mexico Independence Day weekend is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

God blesses me with fireworks year-round

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist The first time I saw him, fireworks ignited and a “pop-pop-pop” went off in my heart. It wasn’t even the Fourth of July then, but rockets exploded anyway. This high school girl had never seen a more tall, dark and handsome man. The English teacher’s assignment required a theme paper […]

Fireworks sales up in Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The recession may have hit many people in their wallets, but they are still going to go out with a bang for the fourth. TNT Fireworks conducted a survey around New Year’s by opening a stand to see how the community reacted. Sales were good. Kelly Fulfer, who operates […]

State facing foster home shortage

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Ten years of being foster parents in Nebraska wasn’t enough for the Stacys. Four months ago, the couple became foster parents again in Clovis, filling a need every community deals with, Marti Stacy said. Stacy said the couple learned from a friend that the area was short on foster […]

Holiday closure list

The following will be closed in observance of July 4th holiday. Trash will be picked up as normal on Friday. Friday • Portales News-Tribune • Portales Public Library • Eastern New Mexico University • Western Bank (Friday and Saturday) • County courthouse • Portales City Hall • Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office • Community Service Center […]

Portales schools schedule pickup set

Freedom New Mexico Portales Municipal Schools back to school schedule for 2009-2010: Students may register at their respective schools beginning Aug. 4, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • First day of school is Aug. 18 for grades 2-12. • Kindergarten and first grade classes will commence Aug. 25. • Open house […]

Former county commissioner announces bid for mayor

Freedom New Mexico Former Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez announced Thursday he plans to run for mayor of Portales. Lopez said he wants to get a jump on his competition by announcing his intentions early for the 2010 election. Current Mayor Orlando Ortega said he has decided not to pursue another term. Lopez served two […]

Getting to know: New pastor avid fisherman

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Michael Brunk is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Portales. He moved here from Albuquerque two weeks ago with his family and is still unpacking the boxes in his office. He has been a pastor for 30 years and he was born in Virginia. What got you interested in being a pastor? […]

Drug probe yields theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man was arrested Wednesday at Oasis State Park, accused of receiving stolen property. Dustin Nelson, 31, of Clovis was taken into custody by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he admitted to stealing items from the Portales Wal-Mart. Deputies were investigating a report Nelson tried soliciting marijuana from an off-duty […]

Business feature: Sodexo caters to variety of tastes

Freedom New Mexico Tracy Kelly is the general manager of Sodexo catering at Eastern New Mexico University. Sodexo not only creates meals for students but also caters to the needs of the surrounding area for weddings, parties or any special occasion. Kelly, who moved to Portales in April, said Sodexo provides a variety of menu […]

Ticket feature: Portales, Clovis July 4th events set

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Freedom New Mexico Portales and Clovis area residents won’t be short on options for celebrating July 4th this year. Clovis festivities at Greene Acres Park begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. Anyone not wanting to wait until July 4 to celebrate can join in with Portales’ Smokin’ 3rd Bash, 3 p.m. Friday. Both events include live […]

Press Release: Smokin’ 3rd fireworks set

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