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 […]