Portales women face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales women face felony drug charges after police say one of them tried running down an officer during a drug “Buy and Bust” operation. Both women were arrested Wednesday near 16th Lane and Avenue E. by officers from the Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, said Portales Deputy Chief […]

Storm causes 2 deaths, outages, damage

Freedom New Mexico Wind gusts of more than 60 mph Tuesday downed power lines and damaged several buildings in Clovis. But unlike deadly consequences in other parts of New Mexico, no injuries were reported in the region. The storm, packing powerful winds, was blamed for two traffic-related deaths on Monday and damage to White Sands […]

ENMU officials project record enrollment

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University officials say it’s preliminary, but a projected enrollment increase this fall will set a record. ENMU is seeing an overall enrollment increase of 10.7 percent to more than 4,550 students. According to a news release from ENMU, the previous record enrollment was 4,342 in fall […]

Pledge protest moot point

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Any protest of a proposed state rule change allowing public school students to choose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag is pointless because legal precedence permitting such a option has existed for decades, the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education president said at the […]

Clovis man arrested in drive-by shooting

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. Police said Albert Lopez was upset from an earlier confrontation with officers. Lopez is being held in lieu of a $97,000 bond, jail officials said. […]

Officials say low census count not accurate

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]

Fuel economy legislation costly for consumer

Freedom Communications T he late economist Milton Friedman used to say the insights offered by the discipline of economics can be summed up in a simple phrase: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. The eternal desire of politicians is to disprove this simple maxim by trying to offer free lunches through the […]

Local dealerships unsure of Chrysler bankruptcy effect

Freedom New Mexico Local Chrysler dealerships say they don’t know what, if any, effect the corporation’s bankruptcy filing will have. Chrysler, the nation’s third-largest car manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday after a group of creditors defied government pressure to wipe out the automaker’s debt. The company plans to emerge in as little as 30 […]

Police: Nose biting victime subdued partycrasher

Freedom New Mexico Police say it now appears a 34-year-old Curry County man whose nose was bitten off in a fight was actually trying to subdue a party crasher wielding a knife. Police originally had information that identified Gilbert Aburto as the person with the knife. They now say another man had the knife and […]

Contest open to design city’s first flag

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales will soon have its own flag flying over the community, city officials say. The City of Portales is inviting artists of all ages and occupations to enter a contest to design the first city flag. The winner will be announced in a press release May 11, and the […]

Records bill changes rile backers

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Open-government and press advocates say proposed new exemptions to the state’s public records law have made a good government bill turn bad. House Bill 507, sponsored by House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, aimed to speed up the response time for getting public records, as well as make clear […]

Singer remembered as friend, inspiration

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Those who knew Kacee Lovato best say she was an inspiration to family and friends, a spirit who could take away another person’s pain with just a smile. To Kevin Gardells, Lovato could light up a room when she walked in the door. When she sang, he said, “Angels […]

Police say DWI lower this year

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County law enforcement officers say they see few incidents of DWI and other violations of alcohol-related laws New Year’s Eve. Detective David Meeks of the Portales Police Department said city police handled one DWI case this New Year’s Eve compared to two last year. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said reported […]

Prosecutors claim no ‘unfairness’

Freedom New Mexico Prosecutors say they made no attempt to “glean unfair insight into and through the written notes of jurors” following a mistrial last month, according to court records filed Friday. The defense for accused child molester Larry Hatcher made the allegation Thursday and asked District Judge Stephen Quinn to dismiss the case. Quinn […]

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 […]

Quilt show set for weekend

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Anyone who enjoys quilts will likely find something of interest at the third annual High Plains Quilt Festival. Organizers say nearly 200 quilts will be on display Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Building. Classes and seminars will be offered, and several vendors will offer fabric and other quilt-related […]

Realtors: Local housing market in holding pattern

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales Realtors are starting to see the housing market improve from a dismal first-quarter but say it’s still sluggish compared to last year. But they are optimistic Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a Special Operation’s Wing will bolster the area housing markets. Aces Realty owner Benny […]

Communities show appreciation

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Col. Timothy Leahy spoke to the attendees about the importance of knowing the community they live in. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Cannon Appreciation Day is a day for the Clovis and Curry County communities to say thanks to Cannon’s military members for their service. Unity Park on Cannon Air […]

Foods can speak volumes about us

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Foods and the way we eat them may say a lot about us. Lately they’ve been screaming a lot about me from just above my belt.

Racino could benefit region

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Area residents said while having a racetrack and casino in Tucumcari would draw more people and money to this part of the state, some say the risks could outweigh the benefits. During Thursday’s hearing at the Tucumcari Convention Center, proponents of the Coronado Park Race Track and Casino, said […]