Honduran politics aren’t U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico As foreign dramas go, the so-called coup in Honduras is one mind-twisting ordeal. The military removed President Manuel Zelaya from the presidency after he mandated a national referendum that would, ultimately, allow him to stay in office beyond the constitutionally prescribed term. Zelaya was elected as a moderate-conservative but lately has become […]

Portales students prep for robotics contests

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales High School students are getting their gears whirring and computer programs going for two robotics competitions around the end of the month in Albuquerque. One team of four students plans to participate in the state Math, Engineering and Science Achievement contest April 29, and a separate team is […]

Bailey County woman attacked in home

Freedom New Mexico A 30-year-old Bailey County woman is in a Lubbock hospital recovering from multiple stab wounds after a man invaded her home and attacked her while she slept Friday morning. Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills said Gloria Lisa Estrada was sleeping in her home just north of Enochs on Highway 214, when an […]

Officials investigating cause of fire

An investigator was on scene Saturday looking for clues to what caused a warehouse fire that gutted a warehouse and the Dollar General Store, according to Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee. Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, after an employee at Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware store spotted smoke coming from the […]

Portales Pride forum set

PNT Staff Report The City of Portales has scheduled a Portales Pride public forum at 3 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The forum allows citizens to discuss community beautification and cleanliness. The city is also seeking people who can participate on a committee dealing with such issues. Topics include median sponsorship and design, trash cleanup, […]

Local Briefs Nov. 18

PNT Staff Reports Counterfeit bills in circulation Portales and Clovis have both seen counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in the past week, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.One Portales business on South Chicago called police last week after receiving a fake $50 bill, Berry said. Others refused to accept suspicious bills and then called police […]

Cannon brings theatrics to rape education

By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base is taking a theatrical approach to educating airman about preventing sexual assaults. In a play called “Sex Signals,” actors Kyle Terry and Amber Kelly of Catharsis Productions of Chicago portray common dating situations using stereotypes, lots of humor and audience participation in a partly scripted, partly […]

Death of Doha Round not end of world for trade

Freedom New Mexico The final failure of the so-called Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations last month has been described as a crisis in trade policy and even in the headline to a Wall Street Journal editorial, as “the end of free trade.” There’s no question it was disappointing, but it may be that such […]

‘Eagle Eyes’ reminds us to remain vigilant

Air Force Office of Special Investigations Public Affairs As a result of the 9-11 terrorist attack, the Air Force implemented an antiterrorism program called “Eagle Eyes,”

Intervention sometimes needed in sports

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Once upon a time, in a far, far away land called New England, a group called the Patriots played the game of football very well. They won championship after championship in the National Football League, and almost seemed to anticipate their opponents’ actions in the biggest games. But maybe, […]

Portales FFA Banquet

The Portales FFA annual banquet was called to order at 6:30 p.m. May 6. District President Melissa Fretus gave a speech. The FFA creed was given by Wil Hodnett. The greenhand parlimentary procedure team opened the banquet. Awards given out at the banquet included: • Beef Production — Cayli Sanders • Sheep Production — Kendall […]

Firefighters battle structure fires

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PNT Staff Report Area fire departments were kept busy Monday fighting two major structure fires along with severe weather in southern Roosevelt County.Portales Fire Department personnel were called to a residential structure fire shortly before midnight Monday in south Portales. The fire was quickly contained by firefighters, but it appeared to have caused major damage […]

Police investigate shooting near fraternity

PNT Staff Report Portales Police were called to a report of shots fired in the vicinity of a fraternity house on West First Street early Sunday morning. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said no one was hurt in the incident in which one round was discharged around 3 a.m. Sunday. He said no bullets struck […]

Police catch burglar in local business

Karl Terry Portales Police Department officers nabbed a suspected burglar inside a Portales business early Friday. According to a PPD press release, officers were called to the Hudson CPA office at 712 W. First Street about 12:20 a.m. Friday after neighbors called saying they heard glass breaking and loud voices in the area. Finding a […]

U.S. Senate has right to review Iraq agreement

Editorial Almost beneath the radar, with Congress in recess, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki have signed an agreement for a long-term U.S. occupation of Iraq that commits at least 50,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq indefinitely. And these troops will not simply be called on in rare emergencies, but are charged with, […]

Mobile home catches fire, no one harmed

Freedom New Mexico An unoccupied mobile home suffered excessive damage when it caught fire Friday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Firefighters were called to the home, located at 324 Ewing St. on the west side of Clovis, around 7:30 a.m., Westerman said. “The extinguishment was uneventful,” he said. “The cause of the fire […]

Pastors worthy of honor

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Our pastors are vital to our spiritual well being. Pastors are the first ones called in a time of crisis. They sacrifice their time, often at the expense of their family, in order to minister to others. Just the pastor’s presence brings comfort and relief. They are on call 24/7 […]

Council OKs growth grant

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City officials are hoping a $55,000 grant from the state’s Livability Innovation Fund will be the seed for a new way of approaching growth and zoning in Portales. The grant, which was approved by city council at its regular meeting Tuesday, will allow the city to undertake an effort […]

Cause concerts won’t solve problems

Editorial We didn’t catch much of Al Gore’s “Live Earth” extravaganza last weekend. A Gilligan’s Island marathon was running on TV Land and we couldn’t tear ourselves away. But we weren’t surprised to read that it was a poorly received, and reviewed, dud. Some “cause concerts,” like some causes, are better than others. And while […]

Snowstorm slows few

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With numerous snowfalls under their belts already, another storm on Valentine’s Day was anything but sweet for Roosevelt County residents. Snow began falling Tuesday night and continued to fall off-and-on all day Wednesday. Extremely cold temperatures Wednesday made for slick roads late in the day. The National Weather Service […]