Commissioners ‘impressed’ by tour of Cannon

By Marlena Hartz and David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Four members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, including Chairman Anthony Principi, toured Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday. Officials said the commissioners, who will ultimately decide the fate of the base targeted for closure by the Department of Defense, spent about three hours at Cannon […]

Survey says: Close skate park

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By Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer Portales residents have spoken and they want the Portales Skate Park at Rotary Park to be closed because it’s a safety hazard. The Portales Recreational Board recommended the closure of the skate park after receiving results of nearly 500 surveys. Many of those surveys, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said, […]

Welcome: You’re about to become part of U.S. history

Freedom Newspapers Welcome, everyone, to the first of two days of regional history that many will recall far into the distant decades of our lives. Welcome to the members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and their staff. You are the leading players in a unique ritual of freedom: a national hearing conducted in […]

Base closure was punch that sent Selma’s economy to mat

By Mike Linn: Freedom Newspapers SELMA, Ala. — For-sale signs and empty parking spaces are the norm on this city’s historic Water Avenue, where rotted wood hangs from second-story balconies and paint flakes from the buildings of long-forgotten businesses. It didn’t used to be that way, but much has changed in Selma since 1976, the […]

Commission to look at data, hard facts

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers When Base Realignment and Closure commissioners sit down face to face with the community on Friday, it will be strictly business. According to BRAC staff and some of New Mexico’s congressional delegates, the Commission will be acting like umpires, looking for violations of the BRAC criteria as laid out by […]

Skeleton crews expected during BRAC hearing

Freedom Newspapers Essential public services will be available during the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing on Friday, but many public offices will operate on skeleton crews and others will be shut so employees can participate in the rally and events. “We have so many people who are just essential people, that we can’t let […]

Crowds sparse for BRAC tickets

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Officials expected crowds throughout Wednesday night at the ticket giveaway for Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing. They left the Roosevelt County Courthouse with about 75 percent of the tickets unclaimed — with less than 50 tickets still available for the auditorium where the hearing will take place. Portales […]

6/23 Ticket calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp meeting — Through Saturday. Begins with fellowship at 5 p.m.followed by free supper, sermon and music. Information: 762-3237. Badlands Rally Kick Start Party — 7 p.m. Elks Lodge on Sycamore. Free and open to public. All you can eat hamburgers and hotdogs for $6. Information: 769-1000. Badlands […]

Bad …to the bone

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Kay Stanton is not your typical biker chick. She’s 52 and has been a school teacher in Farwell for 25 years. She’s been riding for almost 10 years after getting into the sport with her husband, Joe. With he on his Harley and she on her bright yellow Honda trike, […]

Touchstone earns place on academic team

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s Ty Touchstone has been named to the ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America men’s track/cross country team, chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Touchstone, a business administration and computer information systems major from Lubbock, recently completed his bachelor’s degree at ENMU. He had […]

Ecological project needs rain barrel, not pork barrel

Freedom Newspapers What a hopeful and collegial photo-op it made: There they were, the governors of Colorado and Arizona, Bill Owens and Janet Napolitano, a Republican and a Democrat, signing a pact creating the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes. It happened earlier this month at a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Breckenridge, Colo. The […]

Movie makers needs to get a clue

By Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The 24-hour news cycle gives us a lot of recurring themes, and one undeniable theme is the decline of the American moviegoer. I saw it myself recently when I took in a matinee of the new disappointment called Star Wars and was joined by about seven people in a […]

6/22 Letters to the Editor

Thank Bush for BRAC situation On behalf of the hundreds of businesses and the thousands of residents whose economic future are now at risk due to the Base Realignment and Closure process, I want to thank those Curry and Roosevelt county citizens who voted for George W. Bush. It’s really working out well for our […]

Governors, senators, lawmakers to attend hearing

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers While Bill Richardson is usually the center of attention when he visits eastern New Mexico, the state’s governor will be just another face in the crowd of well-known dignitaries at Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Clovis’ Marshall Junior High. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Nevada Gov. Kenny […]

County approves gross receipts tax increase

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County residents will see an additional tax on their gross receipts beginning Jan. 1 after county commissioners approved a 1/16 gross receipts tax ordinance on Tuesday. Commissioners held a public hearing for the ordinance on June 7 and no members of the public appeared. The gross receipts tax […]

Council, judge spar over duties

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members verbally sparred with Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold on Tuesday over the judge position’s salary and office hours. Councilors discussed increasing the judge’s annual salary from $15,000 to $20,000, but wanted language in the agreement that would require a minimum number of hours for the […]

6/22 Local News

Dora News Some of our wheat farmers have their crop combined and very little if any damaging hail. I have not heard of anyone losing wheat or young crops because of hail, only to homes and buildings mostly in the Redlake area, out west of Dora. There has been no rain or anything the past […]

Clovis cleans up for commissioners

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico’s highway department has been mowing grass and trimming trees along U.S. Highway 60/84 between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base the last few days. State Highway 523 between Clovis and the municipal airport is also receiving a cleanup. State officials said the cleanup is routine — and the […]

BRAC Briefs

Amarillo Chamber to visit Clovis Representatives of the city of Amarillo, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and the Amarillo Economic Development Council will visit Clovis on Thursday, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce press release. The representatives will host a press conference at 4 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex, and […]

BRAC radio, television schedule

Freedom Newspapers Anyone unable to attend Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing at Marshall Junior High need not despair. The hearing will be broadcast live on TV and radio as well as streamlined over the Internet, according to KENW-TV representative Rena Garrett. Broadcasts will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Garrett said Clovis and […]