Portales man indicted for embezzlement

By Tony Parra A Portales man faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on charges he embezzled more than $600,000 from the armored car service that employed him. Scott Kirby, 22, was indicted Wednesday. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he expects additional arrests in the case, but would not elaborate. Portales […]

Rams prepare for second-seeded Grants

By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — Needing only one win to clinch a spot in the Class 3A state tournament finals, Portales coach Mark Gallegos said he’s glad the team had Thursday off. “It’s nice to have a day off,” Gallegos said. “We’re going to go back to Bernalillo and work out. You get a chance […]

Hounds look to sustain recent effort

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With the kind of effort they put forth in Wednesday’s 75-69 loss to visiting Tarleton State, Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Jolen Montoya figures the Greyhounds would win most games. ENMU has been playing better of late and hopes to keep the higher level of play going when it […]

Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session. The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial. But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is […]

Cannon AFB receiving contradicting reports

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A candidate mission for Cannon Air Force Base has not been identified, despite contrary indications, a newly appointed Air Force assistant secretary said Wednesday. “When there is an emotional issue, as this is, people often times read into statements,” William Anderson said Wednesday before he toured Cannon. Local Cannon supporters […]

Police facing lawsuit after pedestrian’s death

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newpapers A lawyer representing the family of a Clovis woman who died after being struck by a police vehicle last week said he plans to sue the city. Delores Jacks, 71, was struck Dec. 13 by a car driven by Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah while he was on duty. She died […]

Rumors cloud recent slaying

David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Rumors about the region’s most recent homicide are frustrating law-enforcement officers as they attempt to verify or dispel them, Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said on Wednesday. “We’re just getting lots of phone calls … we’re having to make contacts to see who these people are spreading these rumors and it’s […]

Cold front heats up emergencies

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Area residents awoke Wednesday morning to single-digit temperatures and found their yards and vehicles covered with a fine, white layer of frost from a blast of Arctic air off the Rockies. Temperatures remained in the teens Wednesday with 15 to 24 mph winds making it seem even colder, according to the […]

Floyd fire probably contains heroes, lessons

Karl Terry: Managing Editor Wednesday was a day a lot of folks in Roosevelt County won’t soon forget. There’s no doubt the grass fire near Floyd was historic; it could have been tragic. As I drove to work Wednesday morning I noticed a strange-looking cloud to the northwest. The wind was starting to blow and […]

Portales fire fighters reflect

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer In an area referred to as the kitchen, the Portales Fire Department has something more akin to a family living area with a small kitchen, numerous chairs and tables and a television. A good day for the members of the department is when there is no reason to leave the […]

Area prepares for fire season

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Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales Fire Chief Darwin Chenault said Wednesday’s massive grass fire that swept through the Melrose Bombing Range and south towards Floyd should serve as a reminder to control outdoor burning. Fire conditions have become critical in the past month, say fire experts, with a wet summer that provided lots of fuel […]

Family loses home to fire

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — “You could fit everything in two half-gallon buckets.” That’s how L.A. Davis of Floyd summarized his family’s loss following a devastating fire that swept across his property on Wednesday. Davis said their three-bedroom home burned to the ground, leaving only a foundation. “It was just ashes,” he said. […]

Officials: Blaze began at bombing range

Staff Reports Air Force officials said Thursday that training was taking place at the Melrose Bombing Range when a monstrous grass fire broke out, but they said the cause of the blaze has still not been determined. A news release from Cannon Air Force Base reported the range was “being used for normal training sorties […]

Local News Brief (Dec. 2)

Names left on Mayor’s Christmas Tree There are still 121 names left on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Portales City Hall as of Thursday afternoon, according to Veda Urioste, an organizer of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. She said there were 244 names of children in Roosevelt County on the tree originally. People can take names […]

Daytime inferno relentless

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Dozens of Roosevelt County residents were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday as a grass fire swept across the Melrose Bombing Range then south to Floyd, destroying an estimated 35,000 acres, officials said. There were no reports of major injuries, though at least one individual was treated for respiratory problems. […]

Wednesday’s Lottery Numbers

Powerball: 9, 12, 24, 25, 27, Powerball 33, Power Play 4. Texas Lotto: 6, 20, 21, 29, 35, Bonus Ball 34.

Fort Sumner recall complete, outcome up in air

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — De Baca County voters recalled Sheriff Gary Graves from office on Wednesday, but a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 22 may ultimately decide the law officer’s fate. Fifty-two percent of De Baca County’s registered voters cast ballots: 576 voted to recall Graves from office, while 150 voted that […]

Base closure list approved, Cannon looks for mission

Staff Report The Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s recommendations for reshaping the Defense Department’s infrastructure and force structure officially took effect Wednesday as expected, Air Force Press Service reported. The nine-member BRAC panel delivered its final report to President Bush on Sept. 8, and he, in turn, sent it to Congress for legislative review Sept. […]

ENMU student arrested in bomb scare

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Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University chemistry student was arrested by Portales police at his home Wednesday night, hours after officials evacuated the ENMU chemistry building following a bomb scare. No injuries were reported, but law enforcement officials said explosive chemicals were removed from the building. Joshua Gilpin, 28, an ENMU graduate […]

Oct. 23 Week Menus

Portales Schools Breakfast Monday: Parent/Teacher Conference – No School Tuesday: Breakfast Pizza, Fresh Fruit and Milk Wednesday: Scrambled Eggs, Ham, Chilled Fruit and Milk Thursday: Ham and Cheese Pocket, Fresh Fruit and Milk Friday: Cold Cereal, Toast with Jelly, Juice and Milk Lunch Monday: Parent/Teacher Conference – No School Tuesday: Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes and […]