Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local residents who will compete in the annual events, the eastern New Mexico dry weather has definitely had an impact on their plant and animal life. Roosevelt […]

Hounds to face Aggies in exhibition contest

Freedom New Mexico For the second consecutive year, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team will play New Mexico State in a preseason exhibition game at Las Cruces. The Greyhounds visited the Aggies early last November and were handed a 98-72 setback. ENMU finished 13-14 last season, including 8-6 in the Lone Star Conference […]

Zias add pair for softball

Freedom New Mexico Outfielder-third baseman Katie Whitten of Riverside, Calif., and pitcher Alberta Medina of Las Cruces have signed letters of intent to play softball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Whitten, a transfer from Midland (Texas) College, helped the Lady Chaps to a 42-17 record last year and a runnerup finish in Region […]

New manager for Wester Dairy Transport

Marty Lewis is the new operations manager in New Mexico for Western Dairy Transport LLC, according to a news release from WDT. Lewis, who has worked for the company for 17 years, came from the position of assistant terminal manager after holding several other supervisory roles with WDT. Lewis replaces Kelly Sanders, who left to […]

Hounds playing exhibition at UTEP

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will visit the University of Texas-El Paso for an exhibition contest Nov. 3 at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners defeated the Greyhounds 80-76 in last year’s exhibition meeting. UTEP advanced to the National Invitational Tournament last season.

Friday morning briefing: About rain, the price of gas and a pop classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact The rainiest year in Clovis’ history was 1941 with 46.91 inches falling. To date, Clovis has received 1.71 inches this year. Price of gas AAA New Mexico reported Thursday the statewide average price for a gallon of gas is 11 cents below […]

Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

Custom Classic A to Z

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Kevin Wilson The Custom Classic entered its 28th year in Clovis this weekend, drawing players, teams and themes from A to Z. A stands for “Amistad Pavilion, with picnic tables and shade. Tournament director Roger Jackson said it translates to “Friends Pavillion,” and the group that donated the supplies and labor to build it asked […]

My turn: Father known to embrace life

The last Father’s Day I visited my father was June 17, 1990. After a four-year battle with asbestosis — caused by being a steel-mill carpenter — he died 13 days later at 71. While healthy, Guy Sloan embraced life. For decades, he and buddies car-pooled 40 miles from Mt. Vernon to Lone Star Steel Company […]

Portales man, 76, faces battery charge

A 76-year-old Portales man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony, and extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth degree felony. Officers took Josephus Daniel into custody Wednesday after investigating an incident at his residence on June 11. According to police: On June 11, officers were dispatched to […]

Our view: Forest clearing necessary to prevent fires

Forest fires rage out of control this time each year, as Arizona reminds us, because we manage our federal forests poorly. Scientists say we’ve created the “monster fire” era. It has become so common the public is almost numb to it. A fire gets out of control, luxury homes burn, and when it’s over the […]

City officials give budget breakdown

The city of Portales 2011-2012 fiscal year budget involves about $8.12 million in expenditures and about $228,000 for a year-end balance. “Basically our budget this year was not much different than last year’s budget,” City Manager Tom Howell said. A 30-cents-an-hour pay raise for employees and increased fuel costs were the biggest increases, he said. […]

County burn bans include fireworks

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Sharna Johnson With ongoing drought and high fire risk, only the professionals get to play with fireworks in Eastern New Mexico this year. Burn bans are active in Curry and Roosevelt counties this year with officials going a step further to pass restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks out of fear of fire. […]

Hertiage Days features music, games

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PNT staff This year’s Heritage Days features old-fashioned games, the Roosevelt County Fair Queen contest and recognition of the Pioneers of the Year. The annual community event is set for June 17-19, with most activities taking place in City Park. There is no admission charge for any event, although vendors will offer items for sale. […]

Dora school news — June 7

Alumni committee meets today There will be a meeting of the Dora School Alumni Committee 2:30 p.m. today at the school. Anyone interested in helping with this year’s All School Reunion is welcome to attend.

Teen put in state’s custody for murder conviction

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The 13-year-old convicted in the July 2010 shooting death of 21-year-old Angel Vale has received the maximum sentence under New Mexico law. DeAngelo Montoya, convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, has been committed to the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department until age 21. […]

Clovis man pleads gulity in deadly shooting

Freedom New Mexico A 63-year-old man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis woman. James Fitzpatrick faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Sandra Bousquet, 36, died March 3, 2010, one month after she was shot in the neck at her Clovis residence in the […]

Local farmer favors cotton

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Argen Duncan Despite the drought and wind, a cotton farmer says the crop is a good option in Roosevelt County this year. Farmer Colin Chandler said producers are planting only irrigated cotton now, compared to last year, when 30 percent to 40 percent was dryland. “I wouldn’t say our acreage is going to be down […]

Texico senior wins milk scholarship

Freedom New Mexico Texico High School senior Fallon Scanlan won a 2011 Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Award, according to a news release. The award comes with a $7,500 college scholarship. Each year, the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign and USA Today recognizes 25 outstanding high school senior student athletes who represent […]

Shoutouts — May 29

Grandson returns from Afghanistan Bob and Mary Trujillo of San Diego Calif., have lived in Clovis for the last eight years. They are the very proud grandparents of 20-year-old Seaman Zachairah Trujillo, also from San Diego. He is the third generation serving in the armed forces. Zachairah is a medic attached to the Marine Corp. […]