High Plains Junior Rodeo closes

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By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent CLOVIS — Figuring out the overall champ for the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association season can be quite a chore — even after all the competition is over. That was especially true for the boys in Saturday’s short-go of the 13-15 calf roping at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. The […]

Automobile crash kills local man

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle accident east of Portales, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials. Isabel Ornelas, 51 lost control of his vehicle around 1:15 p.m. on N.M. 467 (Airbase Highway) between Milepost 2 and 3. The vehicle overturned, pinning the man underneath, according to Chief Deputy […]

June 1, 1969

• “Play Dirty” starring Michael Caine, was showing at the Tower. Admission prices were $1.00 for adults, 75 cents for students and 40 cents for children. • Wiley Cox, well known for his barbed wire collection, added the crowning specimen to his collection. The short length of “Rod Wire”, was manufactured around 1857 in Holly […]

Greyhounds take ninth in rodeo

Freedom Newspapers Cousins Clay Kozba and Stetson Herrera accounted for all of Eastern New Mexico University’s scoring, leading the Greyhounds to a ninth-place finish with 155 points in the school’s College Daze Rodeo over the weekend at Lewis Cooper Arena. Kozba, a junior from Brighton, Colo., was third in calf-roping, scoring 70 points, while Herrera, […]

Clippers make a hairy situation

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Their electric buzz brings back childhood nightmares I thought I had put behind me. The dreaded hair clippers were out again at mom’s house last weekend. Like an enlistee in the armed services, my niece’s newly acquired husband surrendered himself to the barber’s stool in the dining room. His […]

Jail bonds hit snag

By William Thompson County commissioners tabled a vote on an ordinance Tuesday that would allow for the issue of a 20-year gross receipts tax revenue bond for a projected $3.3 million addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners will meet again today at 4 p.m. to vote on the bond. The bond was […]

Commissioners name Knudson temporary attorney

By Karl Terry Roosevelt County once again has a county attorney — at least temporarily. County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 to hire Portales attorney Randy Knudson as temporary attorney for the county and in the same motion ratified payments for his services they had already approved previously. At their Oct. 18 meeting commissioners discovered that […]

Sheriff’s department shorthanded

By Tony Parra With one deputy gone to the academy and another deputy injured and currently not on duty, a shortage has forced the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department to request help from the New Mexico State Police Department and the Portales Police Department to cover their night shifts. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Rick Short […]

ENMU riders fall short of rodeo finals

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins and sophomore Brittany Bennett came up just a little short of reaching Saturday’s short-go finals in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Higgins finished 13th in bull riding — the top 12 go to the finals — with his […]

Trio set to compete in CNFR

By Dave Wagner Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo program have made their way to Casper, Wyo., this weekend for the College National Finals Rodeo. Competition begins today and wraps up Saturday. Seniors Dusty Higgins of Roswell and James Gililland of Tularosa and sophomore Brittany Bennett of Portales will represent ENMU in […]

Sheriff’s department adds deputy

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Department Sergeant Rick Short announced during Tuesday’s county commission meeting that the department will be adding another deputy, leaving only one vacancy. Sheriff Tom Gossett has previously said that a fully-staffed sheriff’s department would have 10 deputies, Gossett and Short. Short said there have been times in which the […]

Commission opts against horse racing ban

By Tony Parra Rick Short, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant, said the department has been busy working on drug bust operations and answering calls to disturbances from horse races on private property. “We’ve been very busy in the month of March,” Short said. “We (Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department) were involved in […]

ENMU women finish fifth, men share seventh in rodeo

PNT Staff SNYDER, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University finished fifth in women’s competition and tied for seventh on the men’s side over the weekend in the West Texas College Rodeo. The Zias tallied 85 points while the Greyhounds finished with 50. Tarleton State swept to both team championships. “Both teams are doing very well,” […]

ENMU men win rodeo in Texas

PNT Staff WEATHERFORD, Texas — Senior Dusty Higgins won bull riding and was named All-Around Cowboy as he led the Eastern New Mexico University men’s rodeo squad to the team championship March 10-12 at the Weatherford College Rodeo. The Eastern men scored 235 points, 120 from Higgins, to edge Texas Tech (220 points) for the […]

Deputy situation updated at county meeting

PNT Staff Law enforcement updated county commissioners on the inmate counts and continued search of deputies during Tuesday’s meeting. County Sheriff Sergeant Rick Short said the department is operating shorthanded and continues to search for deputies to fill the vacancies. Short said he has 10 applicants and is setting up a test date for them, […]

Roosevelt sheriff’s office seeking funds to recruit officers

By Tony Parra Discussions over a $3 hour increase in the pay for Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies came to a halt because of a lack of funds. Officials at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department said during Tuesday’s county commission meeting that there is little interest in an opening for a deputy’s position, and the […]

Checkpoints coming this month

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Rick Short updated the Roosevelt County commissioners about cracking down on drunk drivers in the late part of August and into September in Tuesday’s county commission meeting. It’s part of a national crackdown campaign on drunk driving which is called “You Drink and Drive. You Lose.”, according […]

Rash of robberies hits county

By Tony Parra A rash of robberies in Roosevelt County involving televisions, VCRs and, in one robbery, guns, have tainted the summer for county residents. Richard Short of the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department said the related robberies happen within the span of June and July. He said there have been nine related robberies similar to […]

Lady Rams rely on Self to defend title

ALBUQERUQUE — Things didn’t look good for the Portales Lady Rams tennis team Saturday morning. But it’s amazing how a prayer can turn things around. Portales’ Rachelle Self had just dropped the second set — a set she could have won — to Sandia Prep’s Kathryn Short during the 1A-3A girls tennis team championships at […]

Standing up for the vertically challenged

By Helena Rodriguez “Hellooooooo!” “Down here!” “Excuse me sir, but …” “I … I … ouch! You stepped on my toe!” “What? Not even an ‘Excuse me, ma’am?” It’s like I’m not there at all. If you’re vertically challenged like me, this is a typical day shopping. You know what I’m talking about. Being shoved […]