Hatcher named Tucumcari police chief

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has been named Tucumcari’s new police chief. “We’re real excited to have him,” Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland and the City Commission met Thursday evening in a closed session to discuss the position. Hatcher will replace Daniel Lopez who resigned Feb. […]

ENMU students quiz Wilson on politics, policies

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty got the opportunity to quiz U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., on her positions at a Q & A session sponsored by the student senate Monday. Wilson listed for the crowd of close to 100 that packed the Pecos Room at […]

12-2 Letter to the Editor

I have been traveling on U.S. 70 through Portales since 1999. I continue to enjoy the welcoming sign, particularly the “12,000 friendly people, except for 3 or 4 old grouches.” I’ve had the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the staff at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. And more recently, I had the […]

Kircher named county agent

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Patrick Kircher has been named to the position of Roosevelt County agriculture agent by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service officials. Kircher began in his new role on July 1. The job was previously held by Floyd McAlister, who retired in February after more than 22 years in […]

Portales senior runs track ‘Down Under’

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer When 17-year-old Tyler Anderson learned he was one of four New Mexico athletes to secure a trip to Australia as part of the Down Under Sports Program, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Anderson is going into his senior year at Portales High School and […]

Film boot camp provides students with practical experience

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School student Isiah Lucero had the opportunity to spend a week on the University of New Mexico campus attending the Film and Media Bootcamp. “I enjoyed it a lot. Everything was planned out really good,” Lucero said of the boot camp. Lucero, who will be a sophomore […]

Cannon airmen train in Guam

Freedom Newspapers Approximately 400 airmen deployed to Guam from Cannon Air Force Base will be participating in a joint training exercise, according to Cannon officials. The airmen, who arrived May 30 on the island, will be working with members of an F-2 squadron from the Japan Air Defense Force. The exercise will last from Monday […]

Ag Expo considered success

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite the high winds and blowing dirt, exhibitors and officials are calling the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo a success. “I think it was very successful. I’m pleased with it,” said Sharon King, events manager. New to the Expo this year were the dairy seminars offered in English […]

Event puts spotlight on after-school programs

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The second annual Lights on After School celebration in Portales is being held Thursday at the Portales Recreation Center. The national event is being co-sponsored locally by the Youth Opportunity Center and the Portales Recreation Center. The national event was started in 2000 with over 1,000 communities and in […]

Democratic plan calls for even more government control

Editorial They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer a […]

Military Equal Opportunity born out of social strife

Janet Taylor-Birkey The time was the early 1970’s — just a few short years after President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — and race relations were not only affecting society as a whole, but also the military. “The military was going through a large transition at that point with integration […]

Chorale group close to fund-raising goal

By Tony Parra The Portales High School Chorale group is $8,000 short of its goal in getting what some of the students said is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Franklin Smith, PHS chorale director and instructor, said choir students will have their final fund-raiser on Sunday in order to raise enough money so that 35 students can […]

Vendors enjoy turnout for Ag Expo

By Tony Parra The 13th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo organizers and more than 450 vendors said they enjoyed the turnout on Tuesday and Wednesday, which made the opportunity to create and maintain relationships with others involved in the agriculture industry. “We would have liked to have more numbers, but it was still a good […]