Monday morning briefing: New faces, a teen challenge and one big bomb

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. New face Put in a new face for fall with Fabulous Fall Faces — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday at the Women’s Medical Center. It includes makeovers, demonstrations, refreshments, previews of new products, special offers and giveaways. Space is limited so call for reservations. Information: […]

Rural bookmobile faces staffing shortage

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Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Marjorie Simonton can’t wait for the bookmobile to stop in Grady each month. With staffing shortage issues, she may be waiting as long as two months for the next batch of books to appease her need to read. The bookmobile won’t be able to make its previously scheduled trip around […]

Teen convicted of murder faces eight-year sentence

Sharna Johnson Convicted of second-degree murder at 13 years old, DeAngelo Montoya faces a maximum of eight years in state custody; less than a quarter of the time an adult would face for the same acts. And his time will most likely be spent at a facility designed to rehabilitate youth, rather than just incarcerate […]

Hobbs woman arrested for possession of meth

Freedom New Mexico A Hobbs woman faces drug charges after Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies said they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her wrecked vehicle, said Chief Deputy Malin Parker. According to Parker: • A silver Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Candace Glasspoole, 37, flipped just after 8 a.m. Nov. 3 on N.M. 206 at Mile […]

Casillas trial breaks until next week

The prosecution and defense finished presenting evidence Friday in the Anthony Casillas murder trial in Portales District Court. Judge Robert Orlik agreed to let the jury break until next week. Closing arguments begin 8:30 a.m. Monday. Casillas, 23, is accused of shooting and killing two people Sept. 25, 2008, in Clovis. If convicted, Casillas faces […]

Bar owner faces felony allegation

Argen Duncan A Portales bar owner faces a felony allegation that she removed surveillance video requested by a state investigator. Court records show the investigator was looking into charges an underage clerk sold liquor to an intoxicated customer. Records show Susan Hamilton-Dick, owner of Goober McCool’s Saloon and Spirits, pleaded not guilty to obstruction of […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

It’s their job: School advisor faces new challenges

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Name: Tracy Henderson Job: International Advisor at Eastern New Mexico University Background: Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree at ENMU and majored in public relations. After that, she continued on to get her master’s degree from ENMU. When she finished her studies, she went to Texas. She came back to Portales about three years ago and […]

Roosevelt farmer still faces death penalty

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

Obama transfer of power faces new troubles

Freedom New Mexico If you’ve ever wondered why some TV networks choose to air romance marathons on Super Bowl Sunday, it’s something the entertainment industry calls counter-programming. The idea involves offering the public a clear alternative — and let’s face it, there can be no fewer than 180 degrees between the Vince Lombardi trophy and […]

Hounds stocked with new faces

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan figured he’d get his almost all-new team ready for the upcoming season with a couple of tough tests — a scrimmage at defending NJCAA champion South Plains College, where Scanlan used to coach, and Division I Northern Arizona in Flagstaff […]

Official: AC-130 faces adjustments at Cannon

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The operations officer for an AC-130 gunship squadron said last week the unit will have to adjust its training profile to operate at Cannon Air Force Base due to the base’s elevation, temperature and air density. The 16th Special Operations Squadron and its fleet of AC-130 Spectre gunships are […]

Hounds gear up for No. 4 WT

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Mark Ribaudo has no illusions about what his squad faces tonight. Eastern New Mexico University’s football team, currently on a four-game losing streak, has the unenviable task of taking on rival and fourth-ranked West Texas A&M in a 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Divison clash. “They’re No. 4 […]

Man convicted in infant’s death

A Clovis jury deliberated for approximately two hours Friday before returning a guilty verdict against Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo for the 2004 death of a 9-month-old Clovis baby, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. The baby, Cristyan Ibarra, died on Oct. 15, 2004, in a Lubbock hospital from extensive hemorrhaging of the […]

Veterans deserve our respect

Anita Doberman Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, he decided […]

Heroes should always be remembered

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the […]

Pre-trial hearings delayed

PNT Staff Pre-trials for Clifford Baca and Richard Baca were delayed by 9th Judicial Court officials to accomodate judges’ schedules with New Mexico legislators on Monday. The pre-trials were originally scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday for Clifford Baca and 11 a.m. Monday for Richard Baca on Monday. Instead, Clifford Baca’s pre-trail will be at 10 […]