Gubernatorial candidate starts campaign early

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Freedom New Mexico Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque, a Republican candidate for state governor, stopped in Clovis on Wednesday, getting an early start on the 2010 campaign. Current Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, is term-limited. Thus far, no others have announced for the position in either party. Zanetti most recently worked as a financial adviser and […]

Portales man killed in rollover accident

Joshua Carrillo, 25, of Portales died in a one-car rollover early Wednesday morning northeast of Roswell, according to the New Mexico State Police. According to a State Police, Carrillo was westbound on U.S. 70 around midnight when his 2005 Ford pickup drifted onto the westbound shoulder near Mile Marker 357, went into a broadside skid […]

Texas native took plea deal in ‘bathtub murder’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico In the early afternoon hours of Saturday, June 19, 1993, concerned neighbors reported hearing a scuffle and a woman’s screams coming from a duplex at 406 S. Avenue B in Portales. Police entered an unlocked front door to find 21-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Kelton dead in a partially filled bathtub, […]

Early warm-up

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Lugene Blue walks her neighborhood almost everyday, but the recent unseasonably warmspell embracing eastern New Mexico has ensured her walks are pleasant. Temperatures in New Mexico have been average 33 percent warmer than normal in December and January, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Blue, who has […]

Birds cause morning power outage

PNT Staff Report Some customers were left in the dark early Saturday after birds flew into power lines, disrupting service for north Portales, said Wes Revees of Xcel Media Relations. He said 870 residents were without power from 6:52 a.m. to 7:49 a.m.

Investigators seek suspects in homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking half a dozen suspects they believe were involved in a home invasion turned homicide that claimed the life of a Honduran national in Texico last week. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera died Nov. 25 from a single gunshot during a robbery at a home in the 500 […]

Emporia State too much for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Emporia State took the suspense away early in Monday’s game at Greyhound Arena. Hitting 15 of your first 21 shots, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, tends to do that. The Hornets opened a 12-2 margin in less than 4 1/2 minutes and never looked back in laying an 87-55 […]

Despised neighbors tumble back onto roadways

By Karl Terry: Local columnist As I drove to Clovis from Portales early Friday morning the prairie was on the move around me. The sand was blowing alright, but more impressively it was the first really good tumbleweed day of the season. Speeding down the highway in a small car it appeared that herds of […]

Election generates discussion, early votes

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer The fact that the nation will either elect the first black president or first woman vice president makes today’s presidential election historic. However, only time will determine if the election will be pivotal, according to Donald Elder, professor of history at Eastern New Mexico University. Elder said the policies […]

Don’t put too much faith in early polls

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Finally it’s here — election week. It seems we’ve been embroiled in this presidential campaign since the last one was over. Actually it all started about two years ago. For eastern New Mexico, it’s one of the most important elections in years if not in my lifetime. We’ll […]

Casting vote on election day only half of job

Freedom New Mexico We get up early, take time off work or set out after we’ve punched the clock. We stand in line. Soon after that — depending on the line, of course — the big moment arrives. But getting to the voting booth is only half the story. Once we’re there, things truly get […]

Saturday last day for early voting

The Roosevelt County Clerk’s office and Portales Public Library will be open for early voting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. This will be the final day of early voting.Information: 356-8562.

Area voters cast ballots early

Freedom New Mexico Close to 25 percent of Roosevelt County’s registered voters have taken advantage of early voting, said Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. “We have had days where more then 100 voters have cast their votes,” Collins said. “We have stayed continuously busy during early voting and expect the same for the last two […]

Early voting available at Library

Early voting begins from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Portales Public Library and continues through Nov. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Enter through the Roosevelt County Literacy Council door after library hours. Information: 356-8562.

Voting machines to be tested

PNT staff Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins will be test voting the early vote, absentee vote and in-person voting machines at 9 a.m. Friday in the courthouse basement. Any interested person may observe.

ENMU runners face early test

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University cross country teams will get an early test today when they open the season in a triangular meet against Texas Tech and Wayland Baptist. Tech will serve as the host of the meet, scheduled to be run in Cloudcroft. “It’ll be a nice deal, I think,” ENMU […]

Founder recalls early days

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Trying to control his horse after missing his target in the steer breakaway roping, Payson Moore knew he had trouble when the rope got near the horses feet. That’s because his horse had previously had a similar incident — but with barbed wire instead. But Moore did get the animal […]

Holiday sizzle starts early

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer They’re lighting the fuse early, but coordinators are expecting a good turn out for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks show and Smokin’ 3rd of July Bash today. The date for the annual Independence Day celebration had to be changed to July 3 due after the Chamber was […]

Early voting now under way

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Portales Country Club Early Bird Ladies Golf Tourney scores

Championship Flight1. Michelle Warnica/Cayley Phillips