My turn: Don’t need snow for sled

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I have been looking at lots of ads for the upcoming holiday. I have been amazed at the amounts and types of toys that are offered. I do not remember having things like that when I was a kid. I also think that the best toys were the ones we made. I had always wanted […]

Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

Inside the raid that killed bin Laden

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen. The location was a fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani town two hours outside Islamabad. The target was […]

My turn: Let’s all be truthful

Valentine cards should be more realistic. Here are some suggestions for the front and inside: • “I found the perfect card…Wish you were.” • “I loved you at first sight…Turns out I was nearsighted.” • “I love your sense of humor…Especially the restraining order.” • “I can’t wait to see you…In court.” • “My feelings […]

My turn: This year already off to better start

In 2010 I was much luckier than last in driving on Christmas Eve from Portales to Dallas. In 2009 I joined thousands in getting stranded at night on snow-packed I-20. After an eternity of sucking up 18-wheeler fumes, I forced my way on the shoulder around frustrated drivers to a distant exit, backtracked to Abilene, […]

Workshop demolished by fire

PNT Staff Report A cutting torch set off a fire Sunday afternoon that destroyed a 15-by-20 foot workshop in Roosevelt County. The fire started about 3:30 p.m. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the men working on the small barn at 1684 South Roosevelt Road 6 were unable to contain the fire. Firefighters […]

Van stolen and recovered

PNT staff Thieves took a van with the keys inside about 4 p.m. Monday, but later left the vehicle a few blocks away, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. A 54-year-old Portales man had parked the 1995 Dodge van in front of a business on South Avenue A and left the keys inside when he […]

Texas Women’s zaps Zias by 20

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s women had matchup problems Thursday night. Big-time. Concerned with Texas Woman’s inside game, led by 6-foot junior post Renee Renz, the Zias opted for a 2-3 zone defense. The Pioneers, shooting just under 30 percent for the season from long range, torched it with 12-of-21 […]

House rocked by explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor BAn explosion rocked a south Portales neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in serious injury to an elderly woman, police said. Police were notified of a loud explosion and a home with major structural damage at 2113 S. Ave. I Place with at least one injured person inside, […]

Police catch burglar in local business

Karl Terry Portales Police Department officers nabbed a suspected burglar inside a Portales business early Friday. According to a PPD press release, officers were called to the Hudson CPA office at 712 W. First Street about 12:20 a.m. Friday after neighbors called saying they heard glass breaking and loud voices in the area. Finding a […]

Three-hour standoff ends peacefully

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An armed Clovis man surrendered to police Saturday after a standoff that lasted almost three hours and encompassed multiple locations on Clovis’ west side. The 34-year-old pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his glove compartment, pointed it at his head and drove away when police asked for a driver’s license […]

Melon growers think inside the box

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If you meet Ed Hitson on the streets of Portales, don’t buy square watermelon seeds from him. They don’t exist any more than magical bean seeds do. Hitson and his neighbor Tom Hebert can show you a square watermelon, however. Actually it’s rectangular to be exact — and they […]

Center offers mind-blowing entertainment

The “most comprehensive collection of historic windmills in the world” awaits visitors at the American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, according to the center’s Web site. Coy Harris, the center’s executive director, said 92 windmills dating back to the 1870’s are housed inside a large building on the property and 50 windmills stand on property […]

Police release new information about kidnapping

Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI released […]

Nativity collector celebrates year-round

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By Helena Rodriquez: PNT Staff Writer Christmas is a daily event inside of the home and office of Margie Tarango. The avid nativity collector has the most famous scene from “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on year-round display. “This is the true meaning of Christmas,” Tarango said, pointing to a shelf full of nativities adorning […]

Man charged in connection to stabbing

Freedom Newspapers A 36-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday and charged with stabbing another man during a fight, according to police. Teodulo Sanchez is charged with aggravated battery and is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond, officials said. Carlos Fernandez, 29, suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to […]

ENMU building burglarized

Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Campus Police are investigating a burglary at the university’s Administration Building that occurred between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. According to campus police, $35.35 was taken from a petty cash drawer in the cashiers office. The payroll office in the building was also broken into. Access to […]

First-graders have ‘eggs-tra’ fun with science project

By William P. Thompson Steiner Elementary students spent Thursday morning watching eggs being tossed to the ground from a cherry picker about 90 feet up in the air. Unanimously, the students agreed it was a fun way to learn elementary physics. Thursday’s “Egg Drop” was the fifth annual for the school. Teacher Diane Maez said […]

Rams open homestand against NMMI

By Kevin Wilson If anything, New Mexico Military Institute has served as proof that nothing is for sure in District 4-3A. Except, the Portales Rams hope, homecourt advantage. After starting the season 4-11, NMMI has won its first two games in district and hold the lead coming into tonight’s game at Portales. “It’s one of […]

Clovis cruises past Portales

By Rick White CLOVIS — Portales had no answer for Clovis’ inside attack. Twin posts Brittany Blackmon and Monique Walker combined for 34 points and 11 rebounds as Clovis manhandle the smaller Lady Rams in the paint en route to a 57-39 win Wednesday in the championship game of the Plateau Classic at Rock Staubus […]