Tucumcari opts out of water project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Tucumcari is the latest entity to drop out of the Ute Water pipeline project. That means the number of members has dwindled from 12 to 8 for the $300-million proposed pipeline. Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield wrote a letter to Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority System Chairman David Lansford […]

Singapore squadron deactivated

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By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 428th Fighter Squadron, comprised of air force members from the Republic of Singapore and Cannon Air Force Base, was deactivated Wednesday after almost seven years of training at the air base. The squadron was comprised of 140 Republic of Singapore Air Force members […]

Route 66 event calendar

Thursday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. — Bluegrass Music and Watermelon Feed at Kvols Park, next to the Chamber. Music provided by the Northeast New Mexico Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association. Admission is free. Friday 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. — Fandango Dinner Party at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Admission is $15 and includes […]

Route 66 Festival kicks off Thursday

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By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Every year, cities along “The Mother Road” embrace the rich history that built Route 66 with festivals focusing on the highway’s past and purpose. This year marks the fifth annual “Best Little Festival on Route 66” happening in Tucumcari on Thursday, Friday and Saturday hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. […]

Cousins prepare for family effort at national rodeo

By Marc Schoder One part of an eastern New Mexico family has taken the life of rodeoing since the age of seven. Cousins Kodi Armitage and Tori Bilberry, both 17 and seniors-to-be at Elida High School will compete along with their first cousins Rana and Payton Terry, both 17 and seniors-to-be at Dora High School. […]

Police: Vehicle mishap results in death

PNT Staff A vehicle mishap late Monday night caused the death of a Portales man. Police believe Roy Parker, 51, was killed when his 1993 Dodge truck pinned him to a building. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said sometime before 11 p.m., Parker attempted to start his truck outside of Goober McCool’s. Parker started his […]

Council holds off on skate park decision

By Tony Parra They came dressed in black, with a mission to save their park. News of the city’s skate park closing brought out teens and parents wearing black shirts with the words “Operation Keep Skate Park” to the city meeting on Tuesday evening. The shirts were similar to the yellow shirts Portales residents wore […]

Cannon supporters unfazed by GAO report

By Marlena Hartz A report recently submitted to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission provides a peek into the 2005 Department of Defense BRAC process. The in-depth analysis, however, left local base supporters generally unfazed. Ret. Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the report, generated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, reflects information previously presented at […]

Sheriff’s department shorthanded

By Tony Parra With one deputy gone to the academy and another deputy injured and currently not on duty, a shortage has forced the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department to request help from the New Mexico State Police Department and the Portales Police Department to cover their night shifts. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Rick Short […]

July 6 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael There was a Hitt-Duncan family reunion in the Dora Community Building last Saturday. Leon Hitt got it all arranged and there were 116 registered for the day. The Wagon Wheel Cafe catering service brought the food out from Portales and served it at noon. Several of those present were raised in the […]