Tuesday morning briefing: broken pencil and Mexican food for a cause

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.

Tucumcari police chief placed on leave

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher was placed on paid administrative leave Friday morning, according to City Manager Bobbye Rose. Hatcher said he was approached by Rose and City Clerk Christine Dougherty about the option of resigning or being fired. He said after arguing about his employment status, Rose and […]

Editorial: “Green job” push cause for concern

Rather than stimulating the economy, government efforts to create “green jobs” probably have the opposite effect, judging from experiences where the tactic is employed, and numerous studies: Massive taxpayer subsidies are required, higher energy prices result, and existing jobs are lost, according to a new study by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Green Jobs and […]

Fire cause undeterminable

PNT staff reports A New Mexico State Forestry Division investigator has ruled the cause of the grassfire southwest of Causey on April 9 could not be determined, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Hooker said the investigator was able to approximate a point of origin, but couldn’t find the cause. The fire burned 1,300 […]

One house burned in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A grassfire southwest of Causey destroyed one home and a barn and burned 1,300 acres Thursday, while homeowners escaped serious injury despite being caught in the blaze. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said the cause was unknown. He said a State Fire Marshal investigator was coming because Roosevelt County […]

Police wait for fire marshal report to determine cause of fire

The cause of a fire that gutted Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware warehouse and Dollar General store could be determined within a couple of days, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. “We’re still waiting on a report from the Fire Marshall,” Berry said. “I talked to the fire chief, so something maybe coming in […]

Police still determining cause of Big Valley Ford fire

PNT Staff Police said Saturday they are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted the Big Valley Ford dealership in Portales. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said fire investigators have sealed off the building so they can take their time examining the scene. “Some of the guys who were on scene talked […]

Feb. 25, 1981

Thirty Portales residents, mostly elderly, showed up for a Planning Commission meeting to hear a discussion of a request by the Amvets to use a building on South Avenue C as a private club to sell liquor, but were told that the veterans association was reconsidering because of the controversy over the site. Residents complained […]

Religious critics could be biggest benefit to cause

Freedom New Mexico Don’t call it the “Freedom From Religion Foundation.” Instead, go with “Friends Of Religion Foundation.” This mean-spirited group does more to strengthen and promote religion and religious liberty than any religious leader could ever hope to do. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is the group that rented a […]

Oct. 23, 1947

The Portales Daily News attempted to calm sweet potato farmers’ fears, assuring them that the previous night’s freeze, the first of the season, was not harsh enough to cause major damage to the crop, stating that two-thirds of that year’s yield would already be in storage by nightfall.

Weather concerns cause schedule adjustment

The scheduled series between the Eastern New Mexicio University baseball team and West Texa A&M has been adjusted due to inclement weather forecast for the Canyon, Texas area this weekend. The teams will open their series with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. MST Friday and play a second doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Moon was devoted to local VFW cause

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There were two things Duward Moon hated to see — a home appliance that didn’t work and a veteran who didn’t belong to a Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He spent his free time fixing both. The Vietnam veteran and repairman died March 31 at age 61. Born Jan. […]

Neither party in any shape to advance cause of liberty

He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play politics, and decided […]

Woman injured in explosion dies in hospital

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home Wednesday has died in a Lubbock hospital. Clytie Calton, 91, whose family owned and operated Calton Furniture in Portales, died late Saturday morning. Services are pending for Calton with Wheeler Mortuary. Family members smelled natural gas odorant inside the […]

Woman remains hospitalized after house explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A 91-year-old Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home was in serious condition and in an intensive care unit Thursday at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to an e-mail from the family. Family members said Clytie Calton suffered multiple injuries to her legs and ankles. Her son, […]

Official: ‘Super bug’ not new threat

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus areus, otherwise known as MRSA, is here. Actually, it’s been here for years, according to C. Mac Sewell, New Mexico state epidemiologist. Increased public attention has schools and hospitals in Clovis and Portales getting out information on the bacteria. Sewell said MRSA, one of several types of […]

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 […]

Dow Jones passes 13,000

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers The Dow Jones industrial average passed 13,000 Wednesday for the first time in history. Some experts didn’t see the news as all good, though, because many big corporations’ earnings were made overseas, and rising energy costs, a slumping housing market and a possible credit crunch still cause worry. Not all […]

Portales mother’s hearing postponed

PNT Staff A 24-year-old Portales woman charged last week with killing her son will undergo a competency evaluation before going in front of a grand jury, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Teresa K. Gilman was scheduled to appear before a Roosevelt County grand jury Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder or the […]

Clovis police term death as “suspicious”

Freedom Newspapers Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious” after the body of a 36-year-old man was discovered in a Clovis secondhand store Monday afternoon. Emmett Salisbury was found by a friend about 1 p.m. Monday inside E’s Enterprises at 701 E. Grand Ave. Salisbury operated the small thrift store at the corner […]