Nusser relies on leadership skills and 20 years of experience

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position. The superintendent will be announced at Monday’s school board meeting: Melvin Nusser is the Portales High School principal and has been principal for three and a half years. Q: What aspects […]

Hospital receives grant for scanner

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A full-body MRI scan of patients in Portales in time will be a 24-7 option at the Roosevelt General Hospital with the help of a $1.04 million grant and loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman […]

Award nominee survived despite many hardships

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of four stories about Pioneer of the Year Nominees. Ellen Marcus came to Portales in 1928 with her husband F.M. Marcus and the young couple went through the Great Depression as farmers and raised their children at a time when […]

Bulk of BRAC money earmarked for law firm

By Freedom Newspapers Only $350,000 of the $500,000 of taxpayer money pledged to save Cannon Air Force Base has been budgeted so far, Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said on Thursday. Fiscal responsibility is at the heart of decisions being made by the mutual-aid group, Thomas said. “Out of this money that is pledged it […]

ENMU rodeoers scoreless in third-go

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University seniors Dusty Higgins and James Gililland did not score in third-go performances Tuesday night in the College National Finals Rodeo, and now must wait to see how others do to find out if they reach Saturday’s short-go finals. The top 12 finishers through three rounds in […]

Locals compete in Junior PGA event

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Jordan Moore is getting ready for a big change next year. After several seasons in the background, the Clovis High senior-to-be will assume a leadership role in the Wildcats’ golf program with the graduation of five-year standouts Travis Reid and Guillermo Chavez. Moore had a good idea of the difference […]

6/16 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Monster Truck Show — Gates open at 6 p.m. Meet and Greet from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Curry County Fairgrounds. Clovis Juneteenth Extravaganza — 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday at Potter Park. Various activities including gospel music, Miss Juneteenth Pageant, […]

Honoring past, moving on to future

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers For more than 10 years, Clovis has been celebrating Juneteenth, an event that began in Texas to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, according to Candice Tyler, an event coordinator for Clovis’ Juneteenth celebration. “It’s important […]

Base supporters take fight to Washington

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The push to save Cannon Air Force Base moved to Washington this week, as community leaders and paid consultants presented their case to save the air base. Originally scheduled for one hour, the Wednesday meeting with the Base Realignment and Closure staff lasted for more than two hours, said Committee […]

6/16 Obituaries

Abelino Encinias, 68 Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Villanueva. Abelino Encinias, 68, of Sacatosa, died Tuesday, June 14, 2005 in Sacatosa. He was born on Jan. 27, 1937, in San Geronimo, to Manuel and Eumelia Encinias. He was a farmer all his life. He farmed in Portales and […]

Hilliard takes pride in county’s history

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of four stories about the Pioneer of the Year nominees who will be recognized during this year’s Heritage Days. Jane Elizabeth Mauk Hilliard comes from a long line of community volunteers and leaders and not only devotes financial support to […]

Elida mayor resigns after two years

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor After nine years in Elida, some might argue with Gerald Lee’s sentiment that he’s a relative newcomer to the community. One thing that’s not up for argument, though, is the end of his time as the mayor for the village of about 250 people. Lee’s resignation was given during […]

Some communities can’t afford water project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Ute Water pipeline project is in danger of losing another partner. Quay County Manager Terry Turner on Wednesday said the county more than likely will opt out of the project. Turner said county commissioners have been discussing the exit of the project. “Quay County has seen a decline […]

Lyons talks wind in Elida

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor ELIDA — Patrick Lyons says he is proud to have a chance to give back to the area he grew up in. The House rancher and 1972 Clovis High graduate paid a visit to Elida on Wednesday, with the intent of speaking about the incoming Padoma Wind Energy plant, […]

Increasing aid could send wrong message to corrupt officials

Freedom Newspapers The agreement among the world’s economically developed countries, called the G-8 countries, to forgive more than $40 billion in debt owed by some of the world’s poorest countries to international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could be the beginning of a fresh start for those poor countries. But […]

There will never be another Iron Mike Tyson

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Two conversations, 15 years apart, start the same way. “What do you think about Tyson losing Saturday?” Two different reactions ensued, and by all indications we have said an uncomfortable goodbye to boxer Mike Tyson, a man for whom the star label seemed less comfortable with each passing day. […]

No other closure would have its economy hit harder

By Heather Wilson: PNT guest columnist Editor’s note: During her June 3 visit to Clovis to discuss Cannon Air Force Base being on the Base Realignment and Closure list, U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., made the following points about the situation, including what little data the Pentagon had released at the time that supported its […]

News Briefs

Floyd News Transitions Birthdays: Dink Miller, Felecia Harvey. Upcoming events l Seniors will meet Thursday for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6pm and games begin at 7. l The Back Porch Pickers will meet Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Community Building. Please note their will be no meeting on July 3 due […]

Cannon says goodbye to squadron

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For seven years, the Republic of Singapore’s air force shared the eastern New Mexico skies with Cannon Air Force Base. That relationship is coming to an end next month. On July 6, the 428th Singaporean Fighter Squadron will be deactivated. “The decision to move was made by the Republic of […]

Salmonella outbreak linked to state hatchery

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Seventeen cases of salmonella poisoning in the Southwest since April have been linked to a single New Mexico hatchery, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. Department of Health Public Information Officer Deborah Davis declined to release the name of the hatchery or where it is located because she […]