Cheese plant breaks ground

Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson, city and county officials and company officers will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today at the site of the Southwest Cheese Plant at 1141 County Road 4. The Clovis High School drum line also will be present to play for those attending the ceremony. Chamber of Commerce executive […]

House helps curb 135-mile rule cuts

David Arkin Things are looking up — by about $70,000 — for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s most important programs. The House’s budget package, which was approved earlier this week, restores about $400,000 for the 135-mile program. That money would be dispersed among schools that utilize the program. ENMU’s share of that pie would […]

Local senator opposes discrimination bill

David Arkin The House this week approved a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation as part of the state’s Human Rights Act. The bill now goes to the Senate and one local senator said she will not support it. The bill passed the House with a 38-25 vote. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, said she […]

Chili cookoff to raise funds for school

Tony Parra The First Annual Chili Cook-off is ‘in the oven’ and it will be hot and ready by 5 p.m. today at the Portales High School cafeteria. The idea for the event was brewing in an art class room last December, when one of the students made the suggestion. Lou Sikes, a Portales art […]

Col. Yates leaving Cannon

Darrell Maurina Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates, commander of the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, has announced that he will soon be leaving for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Langley is the headquarters of Air Combat Command, the major command of the United States Air Force that includes the 27th Fighter Wing. […]

Proposal won’t hurt Lottery Scholarship

David Arkin The Lottery Scholarship may be saved after all.  The Commission on Higher Education on Wednesday approved taking some of the excess balance from the lottery fund to commit it to need-based financial aid for students.  Eastern New Mexico University President Steve Gamble said the commission agreed during a meeting Wednesday to supply $2 […]

Driver in crash in stable condition

PNT Staff Police are investigating an accident that left one man dead and another seriously injured after the vehicle’s driver ran a stop sign in Rogers late Tuesday night, according to officials with the New Mexico State Police. Juan Nieto, 18, of Chihuahua, Mexico, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Gabriel Melendez Arzate, […]

Blackwater Draw site showcases Clovis people

Michelle Seeber Evidence of Blackwater Draw’s Clovis people was hidden for centuries before Dust Bowl winds revealed their existence 75 years ago. Ridgley Whiteman, a teenager who regularly explored the site in search of those who came before him, is credited with discovery of Clovis Man. In 1929, Whiteman sent three letters, accompanied by a […]

City treasurer to retire this month

Tony Parra The loss of a city official to retirement and the authorization of a $119,467 grant for a 2,000-gallon water tanker for the Portales Fire Department were the main topics for Tuesday’s city council meeting. Reba Robertson, the city treasurer, will be retiring at the end of February, according to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. […]

Area democrats like Kerry; Elida, Floyd pass mill levy

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Roosevelt County democrats on Tuesday selected Sen. John Kerry as the guy they hope to dethrone President Bush, while Floyd and Elida residents voted to tax themselves to help keep their schools in tip-top shape. In the first New Mexico caucus in more than 30 years, […]