Ticket feature: Nelson twins to perform tribute show

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Freedom New Mexico Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson will be trying out a different genre of music during their performance at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Gunnar Nelson said he and his brother will be performing a rockabilly show called Ricky Nelson Remembered in memory of their father who died in an airplane crash […]

Business feature: Sisters start business in memory of father

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Freedom New Mexico Debbie Strong and her sister Viki Crawford got into Curves for Women after their father died of cancer. They started getting interested in their health and their brother James Russell was looking for something that he could do at that time. “Russell had a job he was tired of, which is pretty […]

Escapee attempting to negotiate surrender

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jail escapee Michael England is trying to negotiate a surrender, but meanwhile, he may be hiding in the Clovis area disguised as a woman, according to law enforcement officials. District Attorney Matt Chandler said England contacted investigators this week via an attorney and said he would turn himself in […]

Third brother sentenced in shooting

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Tears flowed freely in District Judge Teddy Hartley’s courtroom Tuesday as child killer Edward Salas was sentenced to prison for at least 68 years. “Ultimately, it’s senseless — the most senseless thing I’ve seen in the time I’ve been on this bench. … When I learned that you guys […]

Closing arguments next in Salas trial

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Lawyers will deliver closing arguments this morning in the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, accused in the 2005 shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon, and the defense followed suit after nearly three hours of testimony in a Curry County courtroom […]

Edward Salas trial begins in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the intended target of the shooting that took his 10-year-old brother’s life, was the first witness to take the stand Monday in the first-degree murder trial of a Clovis man. He detailed the events of Sept. 14, 2005, the day leading […]

Third Salas brother set to go on trial in Clovis for murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for a third brother charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy is set to begin Monday in Clovis. Edward Salas, 23, faces life in prison if convicted. The trial is scheduled for five days. Depending on how long jury […]

Castro resigns presidency

The Associated Press HAVANA — An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday. The end of Castro’s rule — the longest in the world for a head of government — frees his 76-year-old brother Raul […]

Eli takes center stage

By Eddie Pells, The Associated Press PHOENIX — Baby brothers across America know hardship. They grow up playing “permanent center” while the bigger kids get to be quarterbacks and wide receivers. They lose every game of Monopoly and Risk, every wrestling match and household power struggle until their 15th birthday — if they’re lucky. And […]

Jury hears closing arguments

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jurors will begin deliberating this morning after nearly six hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men. While defense attorneys argued evidence was insufficient against their clients, prosecutor Matt Chandler asked jurors to weigh the partnership of five individuals he said planned and […]

Salas: Younger brother responsible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Demetrio Salas took the stand in his defense Tuesday and told jurors he was at home asleep when his younger brother accidentally shot and killed Carlos Perez. Salas testified he didn’t tell law enforcement his story about the night of the shooting because he didn’t want his little brother, […]

With or without education, military service highest goal

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist What is the purpose of an education? And more specifically, an elite education? I ask this question in light of an editorial written by a young college student attending Columbia University (my alma mater) and published in the Columbia Spectator, the college newspaper. I encourage you to read it at […]

Couple completes degrees

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer John and Betty Ellis ironically met in a marriage and family class at Eastern New Mexico University in 1986. They had differing views on marriage, yet they tied the knot and put their education on hold. Twenty years later, following a 17-year hiatus from college, careers in restaurant management, […]

Clippers make a hairy situation

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Their electric buzz brings back childhood nightmares I thought I had put behind me. The dreaded hair clippers were out again at mom’s house last weekend. Like an enlistee in the armed services, my niece’s newly acquired husband surrendered himself to the barber’s stool in the dining room. His […]

Spring fancy turns to baseball

By Karl Terry My earliest memories of playing baseball have to do with my cousins and my brother and I playing ball on Sunday afternoon in my grandparents’ front yard. We used a huge wooden bat and a great big mushy oversized softball, which could be bare-handed without doing too much damage to your fingers. […]

Brother claims baby’s death was an accident

By Andy Jackson The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the death was an accident. Officials allege Benito Valdez, 16, shook his 4-month-old son before he died Saturday and then lied to police about the incident, court records show. Officials also allege the teen was responsible for a […]

Obituaries (Dec. 20)

Erineo Morris Gallegos Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church, Mora Erineo Morris Gallegos, 33, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at his home. He was born on Jan. 17, 1972, to Jimmy Gallegos and Nora Arguello Gallegos in Portales. He lived in Mora for most of his childhood until moving to Portales. There […]

Family defends ENMU bomb scare suspect

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The sister of an Eastern New Mexico University student charged in connection with a Nov. 2 campus bomb scare says authorities have an innocent man in custody. Joshua Gilpin, 28, was arrested hours after school officials evacuated an ENMU science building and recovered chemicals that — if combined — could be […]

Rodriguez Obituary (Oct. 27)

Adriana Rodriguez Services: 11 a.m. Friday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Adriana L. Rodriguez, 20, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1985, to Diana (Baca) and Arthur Rodriguez. She graduated from Portales High School in May 2003. Family members said she enjoyed music, […]

Third Salas brother charged with homicide

Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Two brothers already in custody were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with last week’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said evidence gathered during witness interviews and forensic testing led to the murder charges against Orlando Salas, 15, and Demetrio Salas, 19. Both […]