Bike patrol aims to save on fuel costs

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Some Portales police officers are taking to the streets on two wheels this summer. Outfitted in bright yellow shirts along with shorts, the bike patrol officers mostly will patrol parks and business areas, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department. The program was revived this year […]

Portales man sentenced for copper wire theft

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man was sentenced Friday to more than five years for stealing copper wire, according to the district attorney’s office. Pedro “Pete” Galvan, 52, will be required to pay restitution to the victim and serve one year supervised probation when he is released, a press release said. According to the release, […]

Wealthy welfare farmers assured for five more years

Editorial Farm welfare: It’s not just for the poor. While working Americans slave away to pay their taxes, wealthy welfare farmers can rest assured the easy money will keep showing up in the mail for years to come. Even though farmers are thriving as a result of world food prices soaring 43 percent in the […]

Moms shouldn’t feel guilty about personal time

By Anita Doberman I recently made plans to go see a movie with a friend and scheduled a babysitter to watch my five children for a couple of hours. When the time to leave came, I felt terrible because all the kids were crying and seemed so unhappy to see mommy leave. I went anyway, […]

ENMU honors five faculty members

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Five Eastern New Mexico University faculty selected for Presidential Awards represent the university’s best, said ENMU President Steven Gamble. He presented awards during graduation Saturday to Kathy Durand, Donald Elder, Felipe Macias, John Olsen and Suzanne Swift. “They represent different disciplines, but they all do a great job for […]

Firefighters battle blaze west of Portales

PNT Staff Report Just before 4 p.m. Monday fire units from Portales, Floyd and Elida responded to a grass fire eight miles west of Portales that burned 300 acres along U.S. 70. Three fire units from Portales, five from Elida and four from Floyd contained the blaze in two hours, said Mickey Hargrove, Portales Fire […]

Zia basketball signs five players

Freedom New Mexico Five players have signed national letters of intent to play women’s basketball at Eastern New Mexico University in the 2008-09 season. They include guards Chelsea Nichols of Lazbuddie, Alex Ortiz of El Paso and Karen Grant of Lubbock, and forwards Kassie Daugherty of Bridgeport, Texas, and Celeste Belizario of Amarillo. “Overall, it’s […]

Venomous neighbors on the high plains

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There are at least five insects and reptiles in eastern New Mexico that are poisonous to humans, according to a retired Eastern New Mexico University biology professor and wildlife author.

Probate, one commissioner spot contested

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Two of the five races for Roosevelt County offices drew a crowd on filing day Tuesday. In Commissioner’s District 2, Richard (Rick) Leal is challenging incumbent David Sanders. In the probate judge’s race one Republican Mark Paternoster and three Democrats, Lavern Standifer, Barbara George and Mickey Morgan have filed. […]

Novak found not guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death of his wife, Airman Basic Edward Novak II walked out of the Cannon Courthouse on Friday a free man. He was beaming from ear-to-ear, a smile etched on […]

Novak jury recesses for day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Jurors recessed after deliberating for approximately nine hours Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. They will resume deliberations at 8 a.m. today. If a guilty verdict is rendered, the court will move immediately into sentencing. Novak could face […]

ENMU suffers comeback loss to Mines

Freedom New Mexico GOLDEN, Colo. — Two outs away from a four-game series sweep, the roof fell in Sunday on the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Colorado School of Mines erased the last of an 8-2 deficit with a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to salvage a 9-8 win and a […]

Greyhound baseball sweeps Colorado School of Mines

Freedom New Mexico GOLDEN, Colo. — Junior right-hander Ismael Solis pitched a two-hit shutout to lift Eastern New Mexico University past Colorado School of Mines 2-0 Saturday for a sweep of their baseball doubleheader. In the first game, the Greyhounds’ top three hitters combined for 10 hits and 14 runs batted in as ENMU rolled […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Anniversary

Lyndon and Nelma Stephens of Portales celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 4, 2008 at their home. The celebration was hosted by their children, Martha Whitesides, Harold Stephens and Laura Reid. The couple was married Jan. 4, 1948, in Elida. They have five children and five grandchildren. He is a retired farmer. She is a […]

Hounds claim third win

Freedom New Mexico LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior guard Marquis Ruffin scored a season-best 19 points and Eastern New Mexico University overcame a 10-point, first-half deficit to beat New Mexico Highlands 80-65 Monday night in men’s college basketball. ENMU (3-7), which snapped a six-game losing streak, had only seven players in uniform. But all seven […]

Dec. 11, 1953

• Dr. H.T. Brasell, chief of staff at Roosevelt General Hospital was preparing to host 22 area doctors in the Roosevelt-Curry County Medical Society for a chicken fry. Brasell raised and fried the fowl himself. • The Greyhound basketball team was on a five-game slide as they dropped a game to Westminister College in Wilmington, […]

Railroad cars derail at elevators

Freedom New Mexico Five railroad cars carrying grain derailed sometime Sunday morning at Peavey Grain elevators on U.S. 60/84 just west of Clovis. BNSF Railway Director of Public Affairs Joe Faust said there were no injuries and the derailment caused a minimal delay in operations. The grain was headed to the elevators when the derailment […]

Nov. 18, 2007 Briefs

Pep to hold Thanksgiving fest The Pep, Texas, community will hold its 62nd annual Thanksgiving festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) Thursday in the St. Philip Neri Parish Hall. The event features a meal of German sausage and turkey with all the trimmings, as well as a country store filled with handmade crafts, […]

Tweaked farm bill worthy of Bush’s veto

Editorial Democrats took control of Congress vowing to take a fresh look at wasteful programs and spending priorities. The expiration of the federal farm program — it has to be renewed every five years — was a golden opportunity to put some substance behind those promises. Crop prices are high, and farmers are thriving; net […]

Kingsville holds on to beat Hounds

Freedom New Mexico KINGSVILLE, Texas — Redshirt freshman quarterback David Garza threw for 310 yards and five touchdowns and Texas A&M-Kingsville held on late for a 38-35 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night in a Lone Star Conference South Division football game. The Javelinas (2-7, 1-3 South) ended an 11-game division losing […]