BRAC hearing tickets available tonight

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Ticket distribution is tonight in Portales for the Base Realignment and Closure hearing set for Friday in Clovis. The tickets are available at 5:30 tonight in the lobby of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Tickets are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one ticket […]

6/21 ENMU Page

ENMU Briefs By ENMU Communication Services Buses providing rides to BRAC Arrangements have been made for buses to take Eastern New Mexico University employees from Greyhound Arena’s parking lot to Clovis and back again at the conclusion of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing on Friday. Employees need to arrive by 6 a.m. to […]

Officials want to raise TRICARE co-payments and fees

By Tom Philpott : PNT columnist Defense Department officials say it’s time users of military health care pay a greater share of rising medical costs, perhaps through higher co-payments and enrollment fees that haven’t been raised since TRICARE, the military’s managed care program, began a decade ago. In an interview, Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant […]

6/21 Obituaries

William P. Cantrell, 84 Services: Have been held. William P. Cantrell, 84, of Panama City, Fla., died Tuesday, June 14, 2005. He was born on Jan. 9, 1921, in Choteau, Okla. He was a member of St. Andrew Baptist Church. He joined the social sciences faculty at Gulf Coast Community College in 1964. He was […]

Some want base closed

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers “Keep Cannon” signs can be seen just about anywhere in eastern New Mexico, from front yards to business windows to billboards, as residents seek to publicly make known their opinion of the Department of Defense plans to close the Air Force base west of Clovis. But not everyone is in […]

Closure would hurt economy

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales school administrators, business owners and city officials are holding their collective breath until September when the status of Cannon Air Force Base is crystal clear. While the city is not expected to feel the economic difficulties that Clovis anticipates if Cannon is closed as recommended by Department of […]

Call centers praised and criticized

By Staff and wire reports More than two dozen call centers operate in New Mexico from Taos to Las Cruces, and have drawn both praise for creating jobs and criticism for low wages and high turnover. Twenty-seven centers with a combined payroll of $625 million operate in the state, according to a survey 15 months […]

School board selects ex-teacher as superintendent

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A former Portales school teacher was named the district’s superintendent on Monday night. Randy Fowler, a field service agent for the Region 18 Education Services Center in Midland, Texas, the past six years, said he worked for the Portales school district for 19 years — from 1974 to 1993 […]

University construction on hold pending BRAC

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A proposed 270-bed apartment-style building is on hold for now at Eastern New Mexico University. The university’s board of regents said Saturday they want to see what happens with the proposed closing of Cannon Air Force Base before moving ahead with the project. ENMU has partnered with Collegiate Development […]

2005 Heritage Days Results

Here are results from the annual Heritage Days celebration held at City Park in Portales on Saturday: Fiddler’s contest 10-and-under – 1. Colby Carter; 2. Deliss Langley; 3. Seth Bobles 11-16 – 1. Cimarron Shannon; 2. Jordan Hackett; 3. Kelsey Timmons 17-21 – 1. Ellen Bone 22-55 – 1. Cory Williams; 2. Molly Gardner; 3. […]

6/19 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Judicial Court: l Ivey L. Lesley, 45, was found guilty of violating conditions of probation and is ordered to serve 2 years imprisonment with no parole. l Isiah Kazeem Waiters, 25, pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, driving […]

Juneteenth celebration success despite heat

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers With temperatures in the upper 90s, many area neighborhood children were keeping cool at the swimming pool at Potter’s Park as part of the festivities for the Juneteenth Extravaganza in Clovis on Saturday. Juneteenth, normally celebrated on June 19 and known as the day slaves were set free in America, […]

Hilliard has strong, helping presence in community

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Jane Elizabeth Mauk Hilliard was chosen the 2005 Pioneer of the Year on Friday in the Memorial Building. “I’m so very honored to have this beautiful plaque in recognition of the small part I have had in this community,” Hilliard said. “I do want to express my appreciation for […]

Jackson case reminds us of how we define freedom

By Tibor Machan: PNT columnist Before making observations connected to Michael Jackson’s courtroom triumph, let me remind everyone that in Spain, today, in the 21st century, if a 19-year-old guy has sex with a consenting 13-year-old girl, it’s all legal. Is Spain some Neanderthal country? What’s going on here? Many kids who commit crimes in […]

Patriot Act reform a sign of change for the better

Freedom Newspapers In what may be a sign that President Bush is beginning to experience the “second-term blues,” the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 238-187 to prevent appropriated funds from being used to secretly obtain library patrons’ and book shoppers’ records, as allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Although President Bush has […]

Father’s Day, rafting a dangerous duo

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist One memorable Father’s Day my son Glen and I conquered the rapids of the Rio Grande from Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Dam in a four-man rubber life raft. Even now, after all these years, I sometimes wake in the middle of the night shouting, “Hard a-port! No, starboard! EEAAIIIIII! Happy […]

Car purchase an adventure in itself

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Two people with one car can drive a person nuts. What about those times my wife has to use the car? Yes, she can drop me off at work and pick me up when it’s time to go home, but what if she can’t be there? Then I’m forced into […]

6/19 Menus

CSC Mealsite Menu Monday: Beef tips over noodles, peas and carrots, whole wheat roll, cottage cheese and pears Tuesday: Oven fried chicken, stuffing, cranberry salad, green beans, cucumber salad and pumpkin pudding Wednesday: Red chili enchilada, pinto beans, salad and apple cobbler Thursday: Italian breaded pork chops, parmesan potatoes, mixed vegetables, carrot squash-medley, roll and […]

6/19 Local Briefs

Concert scheduled Friday A Christian concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Oasis State Park. The featured band is Remix. The admission is free. The event is sponsored by Agape Fellowship International of Portales and Teambuilders of Clovis. Fair Queen Social coming An informational meeting for all cowgirls ages 6-22 interested in representing Roosevelt […]

6/19 Police Briefs

Teen may face careless-driving charge Prosecutors say a Questa teen who caused a motorcycle crash that left two Colorado men dead last year will not face vehicular homicide or involuntary manslaughter charges, The Associated Press reported. But District Attorney Matthew Chandler, who was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case, said 16-year-old Gerald Bailon […]