Roosevelt County inmate escapes, is recaptured

Freedom New Mexico An inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later Thursday afternoon. Oracio Ornelas, 28, was missing from the detention center, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was a trustee, meaning he had extra freedom to do chores around the facility. Before he […]

Heavy rainfall soaks city; causes power outages

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Storms dropped about an inch of rain around Roosevelt and Curry counties and caused lightning-related power outages in the region Tuesday night. Chuck Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said 1 inch of rain at Cannon Air Force Base and 1.05 inches at Dora were reported […]

FTC attempt to control Web unlikely

Freedom New Mexico In a major blow to freedom on the Internet, the Federal Trade Commission voted 4-0 to establish new rules in an attempt to regulate freedom of speech on the Web for bloggers and social media users. If you blog, tweet, or occasionally prognosticate on Facebook, you soon might have federal agents at […]

Legal training programs taking applications soon

By Capt. Afsana Ahmed: Chief of Recruiting, Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps BOLLING AFB, D.C. — Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted from Jan. 1 to March 1, 2010. The FLEP, which is a paid legal studies program for active-duty Air Force commissioned officers, is an […]

Cannon inspection coming soon

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Unit Compliance Inspections are conducted every three years and Air Commandos here will soon have an opportunity to show inspectors that the 27th Special Operations Wing is healthy and mission capable. From June 15-26, Air Force Special Operations Command inspectors will visit Cannon for the base’s UCI. UCIs are assessments […]

Zia softball coach resigning

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University softball team will soon be searching for its program’s sixth coach. Amber Daniel, who has spent the last two years as head coach, announced her resignation, effective May 31. “Over the past five seasons, I feel I have learned a great deal about intercollegiate athletics, and most […]

Earmarks not going away anytime soon

Freedom New Mexico During his hot-blooded adolescence, while grappling with the urgency of conversion and the pleasures of the flesh, St. Augustine, of the famous “Confessions,” is said to have prayed: “Lord, grant me chastity and self-control — but not just yet.” President Obama may have uttered something similar to himself last week, as he […]

Editorial: Emissions cap will cost more than offer help

The Environmental Protection Agency soon will determine whether greenhouse gases endanger humanity and, if so, begin regulating their emission. We suspect it’s a foregone conclusion. President Barack Obama, in last week’s address to Congress, reiterated his campaign promise to impose greenhouse gas regulations that effectively would shut down coal-powered energy plants, conceding that “electricity rates […]

Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Nov. 30, 1967

The Floyd school building was to be fully heated by natural gas for the first time by evening, tapping into the new $1.25 million inter-community gas system. Melrose and Ft. Sumner were soon to follow.

Local Briefs Nov. 9

PNT Staff Reports Elk licenses available soon A total of 565 cow elk licenses will be available online at 10 a.m. Nov. 18, to hunters who did not already hold an elk license this season.Licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only on the state Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us […]

Grassfire mostly contained

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PNT Staff Report Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. Bridges said the fire burned about 2,000 acres of grassland and some firefighters remained on the scene watching for hot spots. The suspected cause of the blaze […]

Voters deserve real life scenarios

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When Barack Obama was in his neighborhood, plumber Joe Wurzelbacher said he wanted to buy a business, and it could be subject to a tax increase should Obama be president. He asked why Obama wanted to tax him, and Obama answered the question. Soon after, Obama and John McCain debated, […]

Signs are there, withdrawl in Iraq should begin soon

Editorial It couldn’t come soon enough. President Bush agreed with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday to a “general time horizon” to have Iraqis take control of their own security, and thus reduce U.S. forces in Iraq. President Bush finally responded days after the initial overture by the prime minister, who let it be […]

School lets out today

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Almost as soon as school bells ring for the final time today — signaling the official beginning of summer vacation in Portales — gates to the city swimming pool open to the public. According to Shelly McConnell, head of the city Recreation Department, general admission prices at the swimming […]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, we’re not raising animals, […]

Press malfunction delays deliveries, limits color

Ray Sullivan: Publisher To our readers: Early this morning , major press problems occurred just as the night crew was printing today’s Portales and Clovis papers. It was soon followed by another mechanical problem, so we printed the papers in black and white for today. We apologize to our customers whose papers were delivered late, […]

Minister’s miniatures

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Jeff and Eloise Symonds say Portales and the First United Methodist Church, where he recently became the minister, are an ideal size. He calls both small enough to be really friendly, but large enough to provide conveniences and help do the work of the church and make life enjoyable. […]

Nov. 10 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Nov. 1 was an eventful day at Milnesand. There was a fire department meeting that afternoon and all was going well until Barbara and Wiley Teel were getting around for the meeting. Barbara was not feeling well so Wiley left to go on the meeting and she was to follow (at least […]

Oct. 20 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael These cool days are a good reminder that winder is on its way. The ice on Johnny Piaz’s car top Thursday morning was thick enough that he said he could not just wipe it off. Farmers are thankful it didn’t seem to stop the milo from maturing, but it served as a […]