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Church offers Bible school

Freedom New Mexico First United Methodist Church is offering Vacation Bible School for children pre-school through fifth grade from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 13-17. The bible school is expected to have a depiction of the Roman market place and the underground church, as well as actors playing the apostle Paul, his friends and […]

Former inmate tests positive for TB

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County and New Mexico Department of Health officials are scrambling to trace a Curry County Detention Center inmate’s steps through the facility after he tested positive for tuberculosis July 1. Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said a male former inmate tested positive for infectious tuberculosis after transfer to […]

First person: Painting Portales’ history

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Dale Hamlett of Portales turned his childhood dreams of becoming an artist into a reality. After studying art for several years in Chicago and Albuquerque, he brought his honed talent to Eastern New Mexico University to teach art. While at the college, he decided to make a historical map of Portales from the year 1909. […]

Police believe shooting suspect in Portales

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Carlsbad police are asking for public help to find a suspect in a fatal shooting believed to be hiding in Portales. Fernando Lopez, 36, is wanted on an open count of murder.Carlsbad Sgt. David Gonzales said police have received credible reports Lopez is in Portales, where he is known to reside. “He’s from there and […]

Ticket feature: Clovis High hosting championship band

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis High School is hosting the Santa Clara Vanguard, a championship drum and bugle corps. The Vanguard will stage two free evening performances

Cannon officials advise residents of what to expect during training operations

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Low-flying military planes won’t be a nightly occurrence in Tucumcari or other area communities and, when they are, Cannon Air Force Base officials will try to notify city leaders in advance. But training in unfamiliar areas is important for Cannon pilots, officials told about a dozen area residents on […]

Cannon officials advise residents of what to expect during training operations

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Ray Gobberg, 2nd Lt. public information officer at Cannon Air Force Base, in Clovis, discusses the military fly over that occured the night of June 16 at Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Low-flying military planes won’t be a nightly occurrence in Tucumcari or other area communities and, when […]

Children’s home planning reunion to celebrate anniversary

New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home is celebrating a milestone in helping youth in the state for 90 years. The home is planning an Aug. 1 reunion for former residents. Public Relations Officer Teresa Howard said she does not know how many former children will be coming. “It is usually the ones from the 40s and […]

Officials say low census count not accurate

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]

Kiwanis to host swim meet

PNT Staff Report The Kiwanis annual swim meet is 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Portales City Pool, 320 E. Seventh St. Anyone ages 10-16 is eligible. All participants get ribbons, and money prizes are available in the diving competition. The meet is open to the public with no fee to participate or watch. No pre-registration […]

Benefit barbecue dinner set

PNT Staff Report The Community Services Center’s 10th Annual Barbecue Benefit Dinner is 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at the center’s Senior Meal Site, 1100 Community Way. Plates are $7 for barbecue brisket and sausage, potato salad, coleslaw, beans, a roll, cobbler with ice cream and tea or coffee. All proceeds go to the […]

Business feature: Portales man opening saddle shop

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Ken Nelson got into the saddle-making business in an unusual way. He was raising some horses and needed a saddle. Nelson found a saddle maker who said he would make it for him, if he cut down a tree for him. But by the time he got the tree cut, Nelson said, “Well, he up […]

City council approves two-way Main Street

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer In another step to bring Main Street from a one-way road to one capable of two-way traffic, the Portales City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday during their meeting at City Hall. Tom Howell, interim city manager, said the New Mexico Department of Transportation office in Roswell requested the […]

My version of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist There was an important lesson to be learned from a recent movie night. If not learned, history will repeat itself … even if that history is complete fiction. Last week, I wrote about a movie experience and changed friends’ names to protect the innocent because I didn’t seek their permission […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

Chamber of Commerce fall short of fireworks donation

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Freedom New Mexico The Smokin’ Third fireworks bash could wind up blowing up on the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Two days before the event last week the chamber was $2,500 short of meeting its goal for the fireworks. And right now it’s still $1,900 in the hole and threatening to fizzle next year’s fireworks. […]

Commissioners agree to look into ditch solution

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission has agreed to investigate options for making a deep dip at a county road intersection safer. About 10 residents who live near Roosevelt Roads 6 1/2 and Q 1/2 complained to commissioners Tuesday about teenagers speeding through the dip for thrill rides, a lack of […]

News release: Senators press for drought declaration for seven N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to quickly approve New Mexico’s request for a natural disaster declaration for seven counties due to severe drought and high winds.