Local writer remembered

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from […]

Laptop sparks new interest in technology

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Computers, laptop, PalmPilots, BlackBerry phones, iPods, Mp3— technological devices are everywhere we turn. I am not sure what half of these “toys” can do, or what some of them look like. But I am an enthusiastic shopper. In my hands, technological devices become an opportunity to spend significant amounts of […]

Kidnap victim dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended at the Milk […]

Pornography sting nets ENMU student

PNT Staff Report Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student is among more than 100 arrested in connection with a nationwide child pornography investigation, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler’s office. Matthew Coker, 21, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs […]

Bloopers create infamous days in journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just […]

Bond election cancelled

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday to cancel a bond election proposed for February. After examining the schedules for retirement of previous bonded indebtedness, Superintendent Randy Fowler told the board raising $6.5 million to $7 million wouldn’t be feasible. Instead he said that total amount […]

Senator praises local economy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman told members of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce on Friday that eastern New Mexico has a lot going for it economically these days, but the lawmaker didn’t paint as rosy a picture for the economy nationally. “I think everyone is aware that the economy is […]

Witness: Robber was calm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The man who robbed a Clovis bank on Friday morning calmly walked out after leaving what he claimed was a bomb on the counter, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The device was later determined to be nonexplosive, officials said. The witness, whose identity is being […]

Safety in Iraq is becoming a responsibility U.S. can’t handle

Editorial Was it only two weeks ago that the United States killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, the Iraqi government finally got all its ministers in place, and things seemed to be looking up? It is hardly a surprise that al-Qaida or other insurgents would unleash a wave of violence in […]

Agent testifies in airman hearing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Airman Edward Novak II told emergency responders he found his wife dead in an upstairs bathroom with her head inside the toilet, according to testimony Tuesday from an agent with Cannon Air Force Base’ Office of Special Investigations. Special Agent Kelley Siler also said Novak told emergency responders the toilet […]

Clinton photo-op has its hazards

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I sat down at a meeting across the conference table from my friend Chris Kelsey that day in 2001, I could tell he was excited about something as he asked if I had received his news release. I said no, what’s up? “Bill Clinton’s going to play a […]

Juvenile charged in Clovis baby’s death

By Andy Jackson Editor’s note: The name of the teenager accused in connection with the baby’s death has been included in court documents, but is being withheld at this time by the Clovis News Journal, in part, because he’s been charged as a juvenile. For additional information related to the reason for our decision, please […]

Phone tip leads to arrest

Freedom Newspapers A phone tip to police led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the October 2004 death of an infant left in his care at a Clovis motel, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo surrendered to police at an undisclosed […]

Salas to be tried as adult

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler told Orlando Salas, 15, Friday he would be tried as an adult in connection with last week’s killing of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. Chandler told Salas during his first appearance in district court that if the Clovis teen is convicted of murder, he will […]

Scary stories create memories

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

Divorce expensive for some military members

By Tom Philpott An Army officer’s complaint during a Pentagon “town hall” meeting might breathe new life into an issue Congress has ignored for years: a 1982 law that allows state divorce courts to divide military retirement as marital property, jointly earned. The particular “injustice’’ cited by the officer, whose comments caught Defense Secretary Donald […]

Clovis standoff ends with no one hurt

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Pastor Richard Masterson Jr. said his prayers were answered early Friday morning when a 14-hour standoff near The Restaurant at Fox Run ended without serious injury. Police said Shireen Simon (also known as Shireen Nalley) barricaded herself in a house at 2225 Llano Estacado about 1 p.m. Thursday after firing […]

Month celebrates Hispanics, history does not

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Someone asked me the other day what has been the most exciting story I’ve written during my 15-year journalism career. Without a second thought, I knew it was the story about a forgotten Mexican folk hero in an unmarked grave in Anson, Texas, which I wrote in 2001 for the […]

Learn to be satisfied with what you’re good at

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Sometimes the best advice one can get is the least appreciated. I’m reminded of this observation when I hear of the honest, some would say cruel, comments the English judge Simon makes to mediocre contestants on American Idol. But blunt doesn’t necessarily have to be cruel. I had a nice […]

Man accused of abusing infant

By Tony Parra A pre-trial date of March 14 has been set for a man accused of abusing his infant son. Robert Neely, 24, was indicted on Jan. 18 on first-degree child-abuse charges and is accused of injuring Dezauron S. Neely, who was 3 months old at the time of the incident. The baby was […]