CIA cancels terror lecture

Mike Linn A lecture and two other events featuring a Central Intelligence Agency officer were canceled on Wednesday after a local newspaper editor refused to withhold the agent’s name in a planned story. A CIA public affairs officer said printing the CIA officer’s name in the newspaper could put his life in danger. Freedom Newspapers […]

Portales community full of characters

MIke Linn For the past year I have lived and worked in Portales, a community of characters galore, funny folk and, as the sign reads, a few old grouches. But because of my transfer to the Clovis office of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico I will no longer work in Portales. Needless to say, I’ll […]

Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of […]

Spanish professor shaken by Madrid terrorist attacks

Helena Rodriguez Diana Cordova has a black bow pinned to a flag of Spain inside of her office in Multicultural Affairs, located in the basement of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. For Cordova, the black bow is a constant reminder to the deadly act of terrorism committed against her native country […]

Viewers should demand more from TV viewers

Jim Lee Well, here we are at the end of March. Another month has passed without the world going to Helena in a handcart — the good people of Montana must feel relieved. Putting such silliness aside, I need to bring up this week’s topic: Mongolian ant farms. However, a brief spasm of research advises […]

PNT staff awarded at press contest

Freedom Newspapers PNT staff AMARILLO — The (Texas) Panhandle Press Association on Saturday awarded five honors to Portales News-Tribune staff members at its annual awards banquet. PNT photographer Lisa Sonnenschein captured a first-place award for feature photography. PNT Managing Editor Mike Linn, staff writer Kevin Wilson and columnist Helena Rodriguez also captured awards in the PPA’s […]

A chance to become health aware at fair

Michelle Seeber A father, Casey Najera of Clovis, held his baby in his arms as he listened to information about parenting. He was at the Health Fair held by the Clovis News Journal on Saturday at 21st and Prince Street, where more than 50 groups represented health awareness. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff today […]

CNJ sues county over pay records

Jack King Curry County’s attorney is using an inaccurate interpretation of the New Mexico Public Records Act to justify withholding county pay records, an attorney for the Clovis News Journal said on Monday. The paper filed a lawsuit against the county Monday in 9th Judicial District Court, asking the court to order the county to […]

We must accept the truth of the Scriptures

Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (PNT Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — is […]

Stinnett sells Muleshoe Journal

Michelle Seeber The owner of the Muleshoe Journal has sold the newspaper for an undisclosed amount to Chris Bradford of Dimmitt, Texas. Former owner Scot Stinnett of Fort Sumner said he closed the sale on Monday after “discussing it off and on for the last three or four years.” Stinnett still owns two other publications […]

News gathering will always have its detractors

Mike Linn Sunday’s story on an Eastern New Mexico University group that calls itself pagans has spurred a few interesting e-mails and one phone call. I’d like to reinforce that the group has chosen to use “pagans” as an acronym meaning “people achieving goodness and nurturing spirituality.” The dictionary’s definition of pagan is one who […]

PNT wins award for investigative reporting

The Portales News-Tribune has won the New Mexico Press Association’s second place investigative reporting award for newspapers under 10,000 circulation. Staff members Tony Farkas, Mike Linn, Gary Mitchell, and Kevin Wilson received their award for the paper’s coverage of a conflict between the Portales police department and the Portales municipal judge. During the association’s Saturday […]

Strong opinions are worth fighting for

We’ve heard from a number of readers over the past few months who expressed anxiety and concern about what might happen to the views on these pages if our parent company, Freedom Communications, were sold. We hope they are as pleased as we are at the news Tuesday that Freedom will remain in family control. […]

Freedom agrees to partnership

By MARY ANN MILBOURN Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with two East Coast investment firms to raise funds to allow shareholders who want out of the family-owned company to cash […]

It’s time to thank your bosses, past ans present

Helena Rodriguez In case you haven’t checked your calendar, next Thursday is National Sarcastic Columnist Writers of America Appreciation Day. Forward flowers, candy, large cash donations and cases of imported wine to me, in care of this newspaper. Wait … sorry folks … I looked at my calendar wrong. Next Thursday is actually National Boss […]

Freedom board meets

Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — The board of Freedom Communications Inc. met all day Wednesday to discuss bids from potential buyers but did not decide what to recommend to the shareholders for a vote, the company said in a statement. Irvine, California-based Freedom, parent of the Portales News-Tribune, said the board told its investment […]

Newspapers sponsor cooking class

Jack King You might call it a new taste of the old. Holly Glenn, events coordinator for Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, said a cooking school the news group will co-sponsor in October will focus on fast, easy and original ways to prepare dishes that appeal to those who love good, home-cooked, comfort food. The […]

Dora School News

Charlie Carmichael New Staff The new special education teacher is Goldie Rains and the aide is Laurie Perry. Mrs. Tulle is returning as the music-drama teacher this year. The new Librarian is Patsy Ward. There will be some change in the school board soon since there have been some families leaving our midst. There will […]

Summer Boredom Can Be Good For Children

Helena Rodriguez I don’t know how many times this summer my daughter Laura has called me at work with breaking news. The kind that warrants, in her mind, a press conference with a blue curtain in the background, a cluster of information-starved news reporters, a crawl line on CNN and the whole shebang. At least, […]

Floyd News, August 6

By Jennifer Essary Friends and family: Dusty and Dearil Looney’s baby shower was Sunday at the Wells Fargo hospitality room. They are expecting a baby boy in early September. Hostesses were Kwana Buras, Cryste Todd, Joyce Fogg, Delores Hardt, and Kim Neece. Dusty is the daughter of Dottie and Ronny Tipton. Meetings: There will be […]