Inmate may face additional charges after escape attempt

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PNT staff report A Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate who tried to escape whille seeking medical treatment will most likely face additional charges, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Cody Chandler, 22, of Washington, attempted to escape Saturday from custody while being treated for illness at Roosevelt General Hospital. Parker said […]

Educators disheartened by proposed retirement changes

Staff and wire reports Some local teachers and administrators are disheartened by a new retirement proposal that may soon be forwarded to the Legislature by the state Educational Retirement Board. Pension plans for public employees are likely to see dramatic changes after the New Mexico Legislature’s upcoming session, say lawmakers working to keep the retirement […]

Portales past: Dec. 4, 1956

Dec. 4, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Two strange explosions over Portales in recent days were likely “sonic booms” resulting from jet aircraft cracking the sound barrier.

Republican Burton likely to take commission seat

Elida-area resident Republican Scott Burton is the likely successor to two-term Democrat Roosevelt County Commissioner Gene Creighton. Burton won a three-person race in Roosevelt County’s District 4 Republican primary Tuesday, garnering 144 votes to nearest challenger Nancy Gentry’s 117. David Craig tallied 57 votes. With no one filed on the Democrat primary ballot in the […]

Portales Past: May 15, 1950

May 15, 1950: Portales police had arrested a man who claimed he molested a 7-year-old girl in a city park. But officials had been unable to locate a victim. Sheriff J.N. McCall said the transient likely fabricated the story.

Cannon water advisory still in effect

Freedom New Mexico State environmental officials will likely keep a boil water order in place for Cannon Air Force Base through the weekend. NMED spokeswoman Marissa Bardino said Friday the order will probably be lifted Monday. In the meantime, residents of Cannon and Chavez Manor housing are still advised to boil water for five minutes […]

GOP carrying substantial fight into November

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The attorneys general of at least 14 states have filed challenges to various provisions of the massive health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the president. It is unclear yet […]

Snowfall hits area again

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Freedom New Mexico Rain greeted early morning travelers Wednesday but gave way to snow about 11 a.m. across the region. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Shoemake in Albuquerque said the snow was expected to continue overnight. He said by noon today the clouds and storm will most likely break up and move to the east. […]

United Way director: Companies ‘bread and butter’ of fundraising campaign

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Anyone who works in a Clovis or Portales office with more than a dozen people is likely aware that “‘tis the season” for United Way fund drives. After all, it’s companies with several employees that Erinn Burch, executive director of the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, calls the […]

Scaled-back health care bill most likely

Freedom New Mexico The past few weeks, as Slate.com writer Christopher Beam has put it, “have amounted to a long, cold shower for Democratic health care proposals.” First came the report from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, which showed that all the current Democratic proposals being considered in various committees not only […]

Journalist’s release from prison long overdue

Freedom New Mexico It is welcome news that Iranian-American journalist and former beauty queen Roxana Saberi has had her harsh eight-year sentence from the Iranian government quashed and that she is likely to be allowed to return to the United States soon. Unfortunately, the new verdict doesn’t suggest that anything resembling dispassionate justice is on […]

Political drama likely guest of honor in Santa Fe

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican You have a lame-duck governor who was supposed to be leaving but then announced an abrupt change of plans, and an ambitious lieutenant governor, who was supposed to take the reigns but now has to be content presiding over the Senate. You have a leadership struggle brewing […]

Playoff chances look slim in Baskett’s best season

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By Jon Marks: FNM Correspondent Helplessly, Hank Baskett watched the Philadelphia Eagles season likely unravel this past Sunday. Unable to do a thing to prevent it, he witnessed the potential thrill of victory and a

AP source: Richardson likely Commerce pick

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson had emerged as a likely pick as Commerce Secretary, according to officials. Richardson was a rival of Obama’s for the Democratic presidential nomination last winter. He dropped out after the early contests, though, and soon threw his support behind the eventual winner. It was not […]

Election impact likely to take time

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Tuesday’s election of the nation’s first black president likely will have an impact on the nation, but local professors say the change isn’t likely to be immediate. The historic legacy of a Barack Obama presidency could be that race ceases to be a defining characteristic, said Don Elder, professor […]

Religious belief influences voting choices

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Religious belief likely plays a part in the way people vote, area religious leaders say. And though church leaders say they don’t endorse candidates, they encourage their congregations to vote based on Biblical principles. Allen McAlister, senior pastor of Central Baptist Church in Clovis, said church leaders encourage the […]

Edwards likely won’t recover political career

Editorial It has been a few days since John Edwards went on national television to admit an extramarital affair. While the passage of time has calmed some of the tumult surrounding this latest sex scandal, North Carolina’s former senator has yet to emerge on the other side of this dark cloud of controversy. In fact, […]

Watchers threaten notion of freedom

Freedom New Mexico How do you behave when you are being watched by a police officer? Certainly, you would be less likely to misbehave, but you would also be less likely to behave in an ordinary and carefree way. People who are closely watched by authorities tend to avoid anything that might create attention, even […]

Fighter jets staple of younger years

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Like many who grew up on the eastern plains of New Mexico, I can’t remember a time when there weren’t fighter jets in the sky above me. Monday that chapter of history closed at Cannon Air Force Base and a new one opened. It’s bittersweet for some of us […]

Jury selection continues in Clovis trial

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jury selection began Monday in the case of two Clovis men charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy while he slept. “We are still in the process of jury selection,” 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said by phone late Monday. Chandler said 52 jurors […]