Prisons use inmate’s palates to curb bad behavior

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Adult detention centers in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — just to name a few — are using prisoner palates to curb bad behavior. Now New Mexico can be added to the list. Following a suggestion from the prison kitchen manager, Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine agreed […]

Have you been feeling a little Haggard?

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers He claims he’s just a common man. But yet he is revered as a musical legend by many across the globe. Merle Haggard is not just an Okie from Muskogee, but a man who puts life to music and music to life with songs such as “Mama Tried” and “Everybody’s […]

Communities gathering to celebrate fourth

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County residents will be celebrating the red-white-and-blue traditional holiday throughout the July Fourth weekend. Residents can view the fireworks display sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce via donations from residents and the lodger’s tax fund on Monday. Sharon King, Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce manager, said the […]

Effect Cannon closure will have on local enterprises

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer What kind of effect would Cannon’s closure have on Portales? The majority of business owners, university, public schools and city leaders feel the impact would be to a lesser extent than Clovis, but would still be significant. Susan Wilson, vice president of the Hirst Cordova public relations firm in […]

Portales heat continues to climb

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer It may not be hot enough outside to fry an egg on a sidewalk, but to many in Portales it has felt that way lately. According to the National Weather Service, Portales has only hit the three-digit temperatures a few times this summer and came up short of an […]

BRAC Hearing Transcripts

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6/30 Obituaries

Vernon Bundrant, 85 Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Portales. Mr. Vernon L. Bundrant, 85, of Portales, died Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Sept. 2, 1919, in Caddo, Okla., to Ena Lee and C.A. Bundrant. He graduated from Ropesville High School in 1937. […]

State gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and Wire Reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support […]

City, county task force nets 55 drug arrests since March

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There have been 55 drug-related arrests since early March in Roosevelt County after the formation of a drug task force between county deputies and city police officers. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said the majority of the drug-related arrests have been for methamphetamines, but there have also been arrests […]

Feds aim to combat meth production

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Federal legislation is in the works that could tightly regulate the sale of ingredients used in the production of methamphetamines. However, similar measures on the state, county and city level could be in place well before a national law takes hold. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., cosponsored on Wednesday […]

Local News

Floyd News Upcoming events l The Lion’s Club will meet tonight at 7 in the Community Building. They will not meet the first Wednesday of July due to the holiday weekend. l Seniors will meet Thursday for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. l The Back Porch […]

6/29 Obituaries

John Steelman, 58 Services: 11 a.m. (EDT) Thursday at Klingel Carpenter Mortuary in Huntington, W.Va. John Russell “JR” Steelman, 53, of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at his home. He was born on Oct. 20, 1951, in Huntington, to John “Jack” and Nada Parsons Steelman. He was preceded in death by his father; […]

Officials decline to release autopsy related to Cannon death

Freedom Newspapers The autopsy report for a female military dependent who died at Cannon Air Force Base last year has been completed, officials with the Office of the Medical Investigator said Tuesday. However, eight months after 20-year-old Kimberly Novak died, the investigation is still ongoing, military officials said. And Tuesday, both medical investigators and Air […]

New Mexico Secretary of Health, entourage discuss issues at La Casa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Teen pregnancies, drug use and a lack of local mental health services were major concerns that New Mexico Secretary of Health, Michelle Lujan Grisham and an entourage, discussed at La Casa Family Health Center on Tuesday. The planned visit to Portales, as well as one held at the public […]

Youth summit impresses local teens

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer High school students from eastern New Mexico left a motivational speech from Liz Murray thinking they don’t have it that bad in their lives and they can overcome the obstacles in their way. Murray went from being homeless in the streets of New York City to Harvard University and […]

6/28 Obituaries

Julius Johnson Jr., 73 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis. Mr. Julius Jordan “Jay” Johnson Jr., 73, of Clovis, died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Yeso, to Julius and Vera Johnson. Johnson was a retired captain […]

Wheat yields double yearly average

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers The end of the wheat harvest is still two weeks away and one area elavator is already overflowing. Jimmy Schell, manager of the Friona Wheat Grower’s Grady station, said in an average year yields from the mostly dryland fields in northern Curry County average about 20 bushels per acre. But […]

ENMU News

Music professor awarded grant ENMU Communication Services A number of Eastern New Mexico University faculty have received internal grants from ENMU to further research projects. Dr. Tracy Carr, assistant professor of music, explains what she will do with her grant in the area of oboe and bassoon reed-making. “All serious double reed (oboe and bassoon) […]

Sales start slow, finish with bang

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By Tony Parra and Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Fireworks stands operators are keeping an eye on sales as the July Fourth weekend approaches and fire department officials are keeping an eye on stand operators. “Usually it starts to pick up the closer we get to July Fourth,” Joy Griffith of Portales said. Griffith manages the […]

Eastern New Mexico strikes BRAC

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By David Irvin The arguments to save Cannon Air Force Base were compelling. And the base itself is impressive. So said Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in Clovis on Friday for a regional hearing. But commissioners also had words of caution for Cannon supporters: The nation has many outstanding bases, they said, and the decision […]