County says no to 20-year deputy retirement plan

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer In a meeting Tuesday morning, the Roosevelt County Commissioners did not pass a motion for a 20-year retirement plan for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies. Instead the deputies will still have a 25-year retirement plan. County Commissioner Dennis Lopez made a motion to grant the sheriff’s department a […]

Commissioners to vote on gross receipts tax increase

By Kent Graves: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Commissioners will vote June 21 on an ordinance that, if approved, will increase the county gross receipts tax and raise county revenues by an estimated $115,000 a year. A public hearing was held on Ordinance 05-03 yesterday in the Commissioner’s meeting room at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

Husband rescues

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A Portales man saved his wife from a fire which destroyed the interior of their house in the early morning hours Tuesday. Bill Machen, 62, and Faye Machen, 58, of Portales, escaped the fire which destroyed the interior of their house at 317 E. Kaywood. According to Portales Fire […]

Storm drops golf-ball-size hail on county

PNT Staff Monday night’s hailstorm caused some damage in Roosevelt County, but the storm was small compared to some from years past. “There were some golf-ball-sized (pieces of hail) here in Dora,” said Becky Fraze, a secretary for the Dora Fire Department. “We pruned the trees around here. The damage to the wheat crop maybe […]

DA seeks death penalty, Chandler says decision not easy

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office will seek the death penalty against two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple earlier this year. Jerry Fuller and Stanley Bedford are accused of kidnapping and killing Odis, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, earlier this year in Portales. The bodies of the […]

Support from neighbors, Amarillo mayor and mayor-elect rally with Portales, Clovis to keep Cannon open

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Not only are Clovis and Portales trying to keep Cannon Air Force Base open, but other parts of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas are contributing their support. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford traveled to Amarillo Monday to talk about the Keep Cannon Open effort. […]

Technology nothing to be afraid of

By Kevin Wilson And so the conversation went on my phone one evening, as I spoke with a friend I hadn’t talked to for about two months. “So,” she queried, “do you have a girlfriend right now?” I answered, “No, I have something better.” “Fiancee?” she blurted out, with a combination of happiness and anger […]

Moore named third-team All-American

By Dave Wagner Despite a .413 batting average that was just short of the school single-season record, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bryan Moore maintains he wasn’t anticipating a lot in the way of postseason accolades. Despite that, the senior second baseman and leadoff man from Woolforth, Texas, was a first-team choice on the All-Lone Star […]

Two named to academic team for Zias

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Junior second baseman Tracy Jordan and sophomore outfielder-designated player Danielle Flores represented Eastern New Mexico University on the 2005 Lone Star Conference South Division All-Academic softball team, released this week by the league office. Jordan, a physical education major from Rosamond, Calif., with a 4.0 grade point average, made the […]

Military provides help for soldiers severely injured in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Service members and veterans severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan have inspired two new initiatives to help them and their families through difficult times. The first is a call center, with its title and phone number hard to memorize but worth the effort: The Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations […]