Local lawmakers wary of Richardson health care plan

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

Drug court offers incarceration alternative

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Lawrence Baker knew he needed help to kick his drug habit. He found the structure and incentive he needed through the 9th Judicial Drug Court program. “I had tried to quit on my own before, through N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous),” Baker said. “But the steady regimen of (Drug Court) is what […]

County spellers face off

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Several Roosevelt County youngsters were filled with angst as they competed against each other in the first Roosevelt County youth spelling bee in several years Saturday morning at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium. There is some irony in that the two winning words are contained in the […]

There’s pop at top of Hounds batting order

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh figures if the top five hitters in his batting order are successful, a lot of things could fall into place for the Greyhounds. ENMU opens its 2008 season Friday and Saturday with four games in the UT-Permian Basin Classic. The Hounds […]

Burglary growing concern

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Sheila Hays doesn’t want other Portales business owners to go through what she has been dealing with the last two weeks. About a week-and-a-half ago, Sheila’s Classy to Whimsy specialty store in Portales was broken into and over $10,000 worth of merchandise was pilfered. “(I) feel very violated. It’s […]

Some uncertain economic stimulus package would help

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s still up in the air whether the United States is heading for a recession. Likewise, it’s in the air if rumored stimulus packages would do anything to slow or stop one. President Bush on Friday pushed for an economic stimulus package, consisting of as much as $150 billion […]

Hospital starting stop-smoking program

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital is starting a new tobacco cessation program just in time to help many smokers with their New Year’s resolution. RGH was selected as one of 10 hospitals in New Mexico for the Hospitals Helping program, which is aimed at helping patients as well as those in […]

Area representatives: Health care plan not ready

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Area representatives and senators say Gov. Bill Richardson’s universal health care plan is a good idea, but it’s not ready for implementation and cost remains a question. Richardson wants to extend health coverage to uninsured New Mexicans. A summary of the plan states that the goal of insurance reform […]

Portales to host living nativity

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer There is nothing out of the ordinary about seeing a nativity scene made of plastic or wood on Portales lawns during the Christmas season, but what the Church of God is doing Sunday night is, indeed, out of the ordinary — at least for Portales. The Portales Church of […]

Roping brings father, son closer

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer What started out as a teen in trouble has turned into an incredible success story. Portales High School junior Michael Trujillo is making his annual transition from the Ram football team to the much more profitable sport of team roping on the United States Team Roping Championships. A few […]

Advocate touts Air Force’s strengths

Freedom New Mexico Clovis businessman and long-time Cannon Air Force Base advocate Randy Harris joined a handful of civic leaders from around the country a little more than two weeks ago on a trip to deployed military locations and combat zones. Sponsored by the Air Force Chief of Staff’s office, the Air Force Civic Leaders […]

Pearce discusses water project, farm bill

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Name: Steve Pearce Candidate for: U.S. Senate Education: New Mexico State University with a BA degree in economics, earned an MBA at Eastern New Mexico University. Experience: U.S. Congress, five years, New Mexico House of Representatives four years, owned an oilfield services firm, served as a pilot in Vietnam. […]

Senate candidate states position on hot topics

Compiled by Karl Terry Name: Heather Wilson Candidate for: U.S. Senate Education: Air Force Academy graduate, Rhodes Scholar Experience: U.S. Congress nine years, Cabinet secretary for New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families department, National Security Council Staff at the White House during the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Warsaw Pact, former […]

Hofstetter headed to nationals

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor She admits it was a nerve-wracking way to do it, but Portales native Brittany Hofstetter has made it to the National Finals Rodeo in barrel racing set for next month in Las Vegas, Nev. Hofstetter found out Sunday at the Texas Stampede Rodeo in Dallas, where she was forced […]

Regents adjust project budgets

By Karl Terry In a time of rapidly changing construction costs, Eastern New Mexico University Regents are learning that estimating project budgets for renovation of older buildings is far from an exact science. The Regents met in a special meeting Monday specifically to go over capital projects in Portales. They OK’d two new projects and […]

Rams use bye week to reload for district

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After a slow start, the Portales Rams operated as a well-oiled machine last Friday night to earn their first win of the season in comeback fashion at Tucumcari — now they have nine days to recuperate, recover and fine-tune the machine before hosting Roswell High at Greyhound Stadium Oct. […]

Rockets sure to test Rams tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A sleeping giant. That’s how Portales Ram head football coach Andy Correll and defensive coordinator Mark McAfee both described their Ram football team this season. Both coaches hope their slumbering behemoth (0-4) wakes up tonight at Roswell’s Wool Bowl against the Class 4A Goddard Rockets (3-1). “The biggest thing […]

Rams still fighting for first win of season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales coaching staff believes their team will bounce back after a tough road loss last Saturday as the Rams host Slaton, Texas at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) “If we just try to get better every week, the wins will come eventually,” Ram assistant coach and defensive coordinator Mark […]

Dora educator readies for deployment

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday in the Dora Schools Auditorium to wish high school teacher Joe Fletcher well as he prepares to be deployed overseas. Fletcher, a major in the Army National Guard, has been called to serve a 400-day tour in either Afghanistan or Iraq. He […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats […]