Roosevelt County names jail administrator

Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County hired David Casanova to fill the administrator position at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to a news release the county sent Wednesday. He is scheduled to start Dec. 21 for a salary of $52,000 per year. Casanova has been in corrections since 2002 and currently […]

Press Release: Xcel names Hill CEO of Southwestern Public Service Co.

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy today named Riley Hill, chief operating officer of its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) subsidiary, to succeed David Eves as president and CEO of SPS. Eves, who has served in his role since late 2006, has been named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), an […]

Contest will determine ENMU mascot names

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Will the new ENMU live mascots next season be Loyal and True or will it be Vic-Tory whenever the greyhounds make an appearance? The public will decide as Eastern New Mexico University is staging a mascot-naming contest through Nov. 24. Five sets of names for the male and female […]

Clovis Christian names Clayton new superintendent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian School announced Friday it has hired Ladona Clayton as its superintendent to replace Stephen Schultze on the heels of controversy over his involvement with a fugitive. Clayton is the former deputy superintendent for Clovis Municipal Schools. Ben Wright, Clovis Christian school board president, said the school is […]

Freedom names interim CEO

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, named an interim CEO Wednesday, tapping the former publisher of The Dallas Morning News. Burl Osborne will take over in July for Scott Flanders, who is leaving after 3 1/2 years in the job to […]

Local United Way names new board members

United Way of Eastern New Mexico has announced five new

Editorial: Legislation names can be deceiving

The fine art of giving official names to pieces of legislation is usually an exercise in propaganda and often enough verges on deception. But few legislative proposals bear as Orwellian a moniker as the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA) also known as “card check,” whose transparent purpose is to undermine free choice. And that […]

NM investment lawsuit names former governor aide

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former state investment officer claims Gov. Bill Richardson’s former chief of staff pressured board members to support $90 million in failed investments because of political considerations. Frank Foy on Tuesday identified David Contarino as the previously undisclosed “John Doe 2” in his lawsuit. Contarino later issued […]

Coach recalls 1988 Rams championship

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By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Throw out names like Bob Crane and Roger Moore and people might think you’re talking about an early 1970s star-filled movie. In Portales, those names have an entirely different connotation to some residents. And for those, fond memories are bound to pop up. As the football team at Portales High […]

Team names should be connected to location

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico I root for a pair of trousers. I’m not that much different from other sports fans, whether they like the New York Knicks or some other team. It’s all laundry by the time you’re done. Players come and players go. Owners buy and sell teams. Stadiums are built, and […]

Piece of history

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The steady clanging of mallets hitting metal stakes and voices shouting “level” and “hold it, hold it!” mingled with the low roar of the wind this morning as the Clovis High School football team labored to erect panels bearing the names of Vietnam casualties. They were working in the […]

Street stories

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Streets are the veins of a city. They run throughout the city, dictating where and how the city’s traffic will flow. Though the names of Clovis and Portales’ streets are decided by the contractors who divide up a subdivision, the people who made these cities what they are have […]

Hyena pair receives names

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Their native land is now their name. Meet Sere ‘N’ Geti (pronounced “Sarah ‘N’ Geti”), hyenas who recently moved into the Hillcrest Park Zoo. Last month, the Clovis News Journal and city zoo co-sponsored a community-wide contest to name the pair. Local veterinarian Dr. Leslie Morrow submitted the winning […]

Wall of honor finally standing

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two years of hard work is coming to fruition with the soon to be dedication of the “Wall of Honor” that recognizes Eastern New Mexico University students who have served in the armed forces. The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. Monday on the ENMU campus near the […]

Operation Santa Claus under way

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Santa Claus will come by mode of police car for many Roosevelt County children this year. Holiday spirit is in full swing at the Portales Police Department as officers collect toys and cash donations for its eighth annual Operation Santa Claus. In addition to toys, canned foods will also be […]

Mayor’s tree shines bright

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By Casey Peacock A medley of Christmas carols filled Portales city council chambers as members of the community gathered for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree that took place Tuesday night. “It’s a great event, tonight is the kickoff for the holiday season for the community,” said Mayor Orlando Ortega. “It gives us […]

There’s a lot in baby’s name

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers “Marsha” may not exactly be at the top of the list of popular Hispanic baby girl names, like Arianna, Marissa, Aaliyah and Olivia, but maybe “Masa” is. My friend Marsha Salazar doesn’t know why her mom named her Marsha, maybe after the Brady Bunch show. As the saying goes, “It’s […]

Local News Brief (Dec. 2)

Names left on Mayor’s Christmas Tree There are still 121 names left on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Portales City Hall as of Thursday afternoon, according to Veda Urioste, an organizer of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. She said there were 244 names of children in Roosevelt County on the tree originally. People can take names […]

Seven arrested for meth trafficking

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Seven area residents were arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges of methamphetamine trafficking in a series of raids throughout Clovis. Dubbed “Generation Ice Takedown,” the raids resulted from long-term federal, state and local police investigations, a Clovis police press release said. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the arrests will make […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name change now official

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer If a hill located near Lingo is ever mentioned in a federal map from now on, it shall be called Buffalo Soldier Hill honoring African-American members of the United States Cavalry. Buffalo Soldier Hill is located in Lingo, a town 40 miles southeast of Portales near the Texas border. Bob […]