Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Getting to know: School employee juggles family life, volunteering

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Dianne Parker works for Portales Municipal Schools. Background: Parker is from Nebraska but has lived in Portales more than 30 years. She and her husband, Scott, moved to Portales so he could take a coaching position here. Both she and her husband attended Eastern New Mexico University. They have two daughters. Job: Parker is a […]

We can all take a stand for righteousness

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Someone has said, “Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.” How true! Each one of us can make a difference in our world. You may think you are only one person and that you cannot possibly make a difference. Wrong! I heard a story about a king who was […]

County inmate recaptured after escape

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Freedom New Mexico A trustee inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped Thursday and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. As a trustee, inmate Oracio Ornelas, 28, was a given extra freedom and minimal supervision to do chores around the facility, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was being held for […]

I’m not paying for beef unless I can eat it

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist The Hindu dairymen, represented by the Hare Krishna (HK) in the United States, have much in common with dairymen from California, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The HK dairy is in West Virginia and is called New Vrinaban. Owners refer to themselves as a cow sanctuary. The big distinction is they never […]

Tourism dead at hands of cartels

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Forty-five years ago it was perfectly fine for young people to cross the border into Mexico in search of fun. In those days the drug cartels’ bloody fights were not a factor. In Juarez we could have our feet measured and order Western riding boots much cheaper than at home. […]

Greenhouse gas legislation satisfies few

Freedom New Mexico In a major blow to the campaign against the presumed threat of global warming, world leaders acknowledge that a legally binding global treaty won’t be approved at next month’s 192-nation climate conference in Copenhagen. The concession significantly delays U.N. efforts to orchestrate a treaty to limit greenhouse gases to replace the Kyoto […]

Roosevelt County inmate escapes, is recaptured

Freedom New Mexico An inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later Thursday afternoon. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was a trustee, meaning he had extra freedom to do chores around the facility. Before he […]

Education column: Clovis education system outstanding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Last week, I met two outstanding fourth grade students. One, a Parkview Elementary student, Fabian Trevino, won a national essay contest; and the other student, Cam Kuykendall, a fourth grade student at Zia Elementary, has progressed to ninth grade math. While these are great achievements by those students, I […]

Business feature: Temp agency connects employers with employees

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Lexie Myers is the owner of Snelling Staffing Services in Clovis and Portales. She moved to Clovis from Fort Sumner in 1985. Snelling Staffing places people into a temporary role with an employer. Myers said times were tough back in the 80s for farmers so her family moved to […]

Portales man injured in collision

PNT staff Police say one person was injured Tuesday when a pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle on Chicago Avenue. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said a 2007 Nissan driven by Barry Vaughn, 34, of Clarksville, Ark., was stopped on Chicago waiting for traffic to clear when he was hit by a southbound 2005 Chevy […]

Greyhound mascots to live in campus apartments

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Eastern New Mexico University’s pair of live mascots will live in a campus apartment with two students and be cared for in the Agriculture Building during the week days. According to a university news release, the greyhounds stay with “Hound Families” when the student caretakers go out of town. […]

Nov. 20 -Nov. 26 What's Happening

Friday Freshmen Showcase — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Admission is $4. Information: 562-2711. The Nutcracker performance — 7 p.m., Marshall Auditorium. Admission is $5. Tickets may be picked up at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista or at the door, pending availability. Information: 769-4435.

Flexibility key to airpower, Space-A

American Forces Press Service SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Have you ever dreamed of climbing the steps of an Egyptian pyramid or schussing down a black diamond ski slope in Bavaria? Or perhaps digging your toes in the sand on a Hawaiian beach is more your speed. Well, there is a perfect way to […]

Officials announce force management measures

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials here announced Nov. 16 measures to meet the fiscal 2010 end strength of 331,700, requiring personnel management actions to reduce the force by approximately 3,700 officers and enlisted members through voluntary and involuntary early separation and […]

Music will ring in holiday season

Cannon Connections file photo Michael Mazzetenta will come from Mesa, Ariz. to direct the public concert during the festival. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer The 17th annual Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival will kick-off the holiday season on Saturday. Event organizer William Wood said the festival is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving […]

Press Release: Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society will mark its 34th Great American Smokeout

Press Release: ENMU greyhounds will live on campus

PORTALES — The two Greyhound dogs being adopted by Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are expected to arrive on campus in early December, and will live in a campus apartment with two student roommates. The roommates, as well as other student “Hound Handlers,” will walk and play with them frequently.

Portales residential rentals dwindling

Cannon Connections file photo Rental residential properties in Portales are “at a historic low,” according to Roosevelt County Economic Development Corp. Director Gregg Fisher. He attributes the shortage to the populations at Eastern New Mexico University and at Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Portales has few vacancies among residential rental properties, […]

Press Release: Senate approves key NM military funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation to fund key construction projects at New Mexico’s military installations.