My turn: Family’s remedies questionable

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I’m not going to get sick … I’m not going to get sick … How many times have you tried to talk yourself into this, knowing full well you’re next in line? The inevitable is happening. The more you fight it, the more defenseless you become. I had a miserable bout with the flu this […]

County farmer pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan […]

County chamber executive director resigning

Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King has resigned as Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce executive director. King said she didn’t know when her last day would be because she had committed to help train her replacement. She said she would stay until the chamber board of directors was comfortable with her leaving, but no later […]

Portales man held on burglary charges

PNT staff A Portales man has been arrested in connection with three commercial burglaries, police said. Nasario Maldonado, 28, is charged with three counts of felony burglary, according to a news release Monday from the Portales Police Department. The burglaries include one at a business in the 600 block of West Second Street reported Nov. […]

United Way campaign off to strong start

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico One quarters into its campaign, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising is outperforming last year. At $341,014 for Curry and Roosevelt counties, donations are already about $100,000 above what it was this time last year, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. The campaign, which kicked off in […]

Dora school news — Nov. 23

Wednesday is the last day of school this week. Students will return on Monday. SPORTS • Today — JV and Varsity basketball at San Jon, 4 p.m. • Friday and Saturday — Dora Junior High Boys play at Faith Triumphant Basketball Tournament. • Monday — Dora Junior High teams host Melrose at 4 p.m. PTSO […]

Community Thanksgiving dinner keeps growing

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By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer Elvia Garcia started the Portales community Thanksgiving dinner almost 10 years ago with help from her family and community volunteers. The dinner Thursday at the Memorial Building is free. “My husband and I decided that we needed to do something for the community as a family,” Garcia said. “It […]

Elida school news — Nov. 23

• Tuesday: Lake Arthur — Junior high girls, boys — 3 p.m. Booster Club meeting following boys’ game. • Wednesday: School dismissed at 1 p.m. for the Thanksgiving holiday Basketball season passes may be purchased at the gate or the school office. Season passes are $22 for adults and $17 for students. This does not […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Dora weather, school schedules and a picture of Life

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Website of the day Information from Dora’s weather station is now online as part of the West Texas Mesonet, a meteorological information project collaborating with Texas Tech University. Visit http://www.mesonet.ttu.edu/ Question of the day If you could ask your favorite genius a question, what […]

My Turn: Pay now or pay later

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I was talking to Norm Behr, who works as a circulation assistant for Freedom New Mexico. He told me about this guy he knew who got an itch and decided to just go fishing without a license at a lake in Colorado because he heard the fish were jumping […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Monday morning briefing: Free music, cooking tips and the JFK assassination

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Music, music, music The Eastern New Mexico University Steel Band is set to perform its Fall Concert at 7 p.m. today in the Music Building. The performance, directed by Neil Rutland, features selections from David Rudder, Chuck Mangione, Ken “Professor” Filmore, Andy Narell and […]

Pain part of cowboy life

Baxter Black Joe Camacho is a cage fighter. Can you imagine his mother saying, as he goes off to fight the front line of the Oakland Raiders, “Be careful, Joey, and don’t get hurt.” I caught myself giving that same instruction to my son as he went off to his high school soccer game. As […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls handled by Portales-area law enforcement, according to police reports: Wednesday • About 7:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of domestic battery in the 800 block of East First Street. A 29-year-old woman told them that about 15 days ago, her 38-year-old boyfriend hit her and left a black eye, and […]

Public record — Nov. 21

Cases handled in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: Nov. 15 • Charges of aggravated DWI for refusing a sobriety test, open container, stopped vehicle interfering with traffic and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer against Doris Welch were dismissed without prejudice because the prosecutor declined to prosecute. • Anthony Gallegos entered a […]

Hounds overcame adversity in 2010

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s football team fell short of its goal for a Lone Star Conference North Division title and a winning record. Still, sixth-year coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds accomplished plenty. “I think it was an extraordinary season,” he said of the 5-6 mark, including 3-3 in North play. “I would […]

Weddings — Nov. 21

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Reyes Elizabeth Alonzo of Bovina and Daniel Reyes of Clovis were married Nov. 6, 2010, at Rose Garden Pavilion in Clovis. The ceremony was attended by family and friends. The bride is the daughrter of the late Ron Coffey and Josefina Alonzo-Coffey of Bovina. She is the granddaughter of the late Bernabe Alonzo and Anita […]

Engagements —

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Sites-Head Amy Sites and Marshal Head will be married Dec. 19, 2010, at Muleshoe Methodist Church. The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Deborah Sites of Portales. She is the granddaughter of the late John Sites and his wife, Norma of Roswell; and Carl and Mary Skrobrak of Dalhart, Texas. The prospective groom is […]

Honors — Nov. 21

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Hook [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher T. Hook graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is […]

Birthdays —

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Gonzales [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Eloy Gonzales will celebrate his 75th birthday Nov. 23, 2010. We love you Tata, from Josh, Joseph, Jason, Jordan and Eloise. Have a wonderful 75th birthday. —Submitted by Joshua Castillo