Sheriff’s office investigating burglaries

PNT Staff Reports Roosevelt County has seen several burglaries in the past month and a half, and deputies suspect the motive is drug money, said Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Parker estimated there have been four to five incidents. Someone stole copper wire and scrap metal from private individuals, and a green 2009 […]

Police blotter — Dec. 29

PNT Staff Reports Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Thursday Two officers were sent to the 1700 block of 18th Street about 7:20 p.m. to handle a report of a dog being shot with a pellet gun. An officer spoke with a 20-year-old woman who said she returned home […]

Year in review: Transportation industry expanded in Portales

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PNT Staff Reports In 2010, growth in the local trucking business promised about 100 new jobs for the Portales area, on top of other advances in the local business scene. In February, Greatwide Logistics Inc. began to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America. The company hired dozens […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Ag biz, civic duty and what creeps you out

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Showtime The 2011 New Mexico Ag Expo trade show is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 18th annual expo is expected to include 200 booths, workshops and seminars on agriculture-related issues. Information: Call 356-8541 or 800-635-8036, […]

Fishing report – Dec. 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC. 28, 2010: NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Dairy barn damaged in fire

PNT staff reports A fire destroyed about 500 tons of hay and damaged a barn Sunday at Westra Dairy in Portales. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said Portales and Arch firefighters battled the blaze from just after 11 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. He said they provided protection for dairy workers to use fork […]

Year in review: 2010 was year of improvement projects

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Alisa Boswell Portales became a city of change in 2010 with various renovation projects to improve the city’s appearance and the flow of highway traffic. According to Mayor Sharon King and City Manager Tom Howell, Portales hopes to bring even more positive changes with the new year. One of the big projects in 2010 was […]

Year in Review: Portales consolidates schools

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PNT staff report Consolidating Lindsey Elementary and Steiner Elementary into one school was one of many changes in education in 2010. The Lindsey and Steiner buildings were in the top 10 of the state education department’s list of schools in need of renovations. Superintendent Randy Fowler said refurbishing both buildings would cost $26 million, but […]

My turn: Winter means ice fishing

It is officially winter, so that means ice fishing. Some people might say ice fishing in New Mexico, really? Actually, there are three state lakes in the northern part of the state where temperatures can get cold enough to freeze lakes. Dan Williams, public information officer for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Video games, sunshine and the first hit movie

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week The perfect video game to kick off the new year, recommended by our own Jenna Zamie. Game: Back to the Future: The Game — Episode 1 Genre: Action adventure System: PC, PS3, Mac What is it? Cult time travel […]

Reader-submitted content: Hunt yeilds ‘giantest ever’ goat

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Rod McDermid I bought an antelope permit from a local rancher. My grandsons Paden, 8, and Connor McDermid, 6, and I decided to go hunt. The day before the hunt Paden got sick and had to stay home. That left Connor and me to fend for ourselves. That evening we discussed the hunt. A 6-year-old […]

Public record —

The recent case in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: Dec. 21 Tim Southard, born in 1964, pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reduced from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon dismissed as per a plea agreement. Southard […]

Their view: Richardson lauds Recovery Act results

Gov. Bill Richardson today highlighted a new report that shows billions of federal stimulus dollars have supported New Mexico’s economy and provided for more than 24,000 jobs through June 30, 2010. Another 23,000 jobs will be supported through June 30, 2011, according to a report by University of New Mexico economists. New Mexico workers will […]

Police blotter — Dec. 26

Samplings of recent calls to Portales police, according to police records: Monday • A man reported a white 2001 Dodge pickup stolen about 3 p.m. at a business in the 600 block of East Lime Street. Tuesday • An officer took a report of stolen property about 11:05 a.m. in the 500 block of East […]

Martin endures through the years

Baxter Black I can’t remember how many songs Martin wrote, probably half of my notebook full of livin’ room hits. I guess nobody knew me as well as Martin. All those sad love songs, honky tonk songs, funny ones, bluegrass, country, cowboy, even the occasional gospel song, he heard first. I was better at the […]

My turn: Christmas displays all right with me

The Portales News-Tribune (online and printed) ran numerous comments about the Nativity scene on the Portales courthouse lawn. Some think that it violates separation of church and state. Others believe it represents Christian principles they say the country was founded on. (I’ve never grasped the difference between these principles and just being a good person. […]

Christmas dinner community tradition

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Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many to be with family, friends and enjoy a hot meal. The event saw 164 people in just the first two hours. The four-hour event usually draws 300-400 people each year and a final count will be announced […]

Six Hounds honored by publication

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University junior placekicker Taylor Cannon has been chosen to the second-team Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region IV football squad. Cannon, from Los Lunas, finished third in the Lone Star Conference in scoring with 84 points, making 45-of-46 extra points and 13-of-18 field goals. He was also third in […]

Weddings — Dec. 26

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Palmer Heather Risdon and Brian Palmer of Bosque Farm were married Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. in Belen. The bride is the daughter of Keith and Lisa Risdon of Clovis and the granddaughter of Gordon and Darrell Spies of Clovis. The groom is the son of Robert and Geri Palmer of Albuquerque and the grandson […]

Anniversaries —

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White [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Pat and Wessie White of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Clovis. They were married Dec. 31, 1950, in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. Their children and spouses are Nancy and Tommy […]