Orlik selected for district judge slot

Freedom Newspapers The call Robert Orlik had been waiting for years to receive came unexpectedly on Tuesday evening. Gov. Bill Richardson was on the other end of the line, and he told the local attorney he’d just been appointed as the new district judge in the 9th Judicial District. “When I got the governor, I […]

Fair set for Aug. 24 opening

By Marc Schoder The countdown is under way for one of New Mexico oldest fairs, the Roosevelt County Fair. The fair is just about a month away, as it starts off Aug. 22 with setups for vendors and fair entrants and concludes on Aug. 27. “Most everything that was at the fair last year will […]

Funds set aside for Cannon construction

Freedom Newspapers A bill working its way through the U.S. Senate includes $13.2 million earmarked for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The sum will remain in the bill despite the fact Cannon has been targeted for closure by the Pentagon. Domenici recommended the […]

Convicted poacher receives sentence

By David Irvin By David Irvin CNJ STAFF WRITER david_irvin@link.freedom.com The Clovis man charged with killing and beheading five deer last year has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and slapped with a $1,000 fine. Darin Hunt, 22, was convicted of five counts of unlawful hunting, five of waste of game and five of […]

July 21 Obituaries

James W. Nutt, 75 Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Elida Cemetery. James W. Nutt, 75, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at his home west of Portales. He was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Broken Bow, Okla., to Elizabeth and Robert N. Nutt. He grew up on a family farm near Erick, Okla. He […]

Meth control central focus for council

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By Tony Parra City councilors are in favor of passing an ordinance to place restrictions on the sale of nasal decongestants are used to create methamphetamine. City Manager Debi Lee is anticipating to have the notice of intent on the agenda of the next meeting, set for Aug. 2. She said more than likely, a […]

Commissioners favor ordinance

By Tony Parra A Roosevelt County ordinance placing stricter restrictions on the sale of certain decongestants used in the production of methamphetamines could be in place as soon as late August. Roosevelt County commissioners unanimously passed a notice of intent for an ordinance restricting the sale of drugs containing pseudoephedrine during Tuesday’s county meeting. The […]

BRAC list additions spur cautious optimism for Cannon supporters

By Marlena Hartz Cannon Air Force Base supporters expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday as Base Realignment and Closure commissioners added military installations to the possible closure list. “I am very encouraged, not only that they chose to put about nine additional bases on the list, but that the Commission is independent in their thinking,” said […]

Funds pending for local entities

By Marc Schoder Both Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales MainStreet program could stand to benefit from potential funding from Congress. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) announced Tuesday that a key Senate subcommittee has provided funding to purchase science equipment for Eastern New Mexico University and Economic Development Initiative (EDI) funds for the City […]

Richardson plans meeting with pair of commissioners

Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when Gov. Bill Richardson will complete his mission to meet with all nine Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners on Thursday when he meets with Chairman Anthony Principi and Commissioner Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton in Washington, a […]

ENMU track gains 14 recruits

By Dave Wagner Amber Parmer admits she has a little trouble separating which sport she likes best — volleyball, basketball or track. After signing recently to run on the Eastern New Mexico University track team, the recent Texico High School graduate thinks she’s made the right choice. “I’ve always wanted to do something (in sports),” […]

Putting my geekdom to the test

By Kevin Wilson There are many problems in the world that I could talk to you about today. A scan of recent headlines could tell you: • A few White House staff members are being accused of leaking the identity of an undercover agent, and each party insists it’s nothing more than a smear campaign […]

Divorce expensive for some military members

By Tom Philpott An Army officer’s complaint during a Pentagon “town hall” meeting might breathe new life into an issue Congress has ignored for years: a 1982 law that allows state divorce courts to divide military retirement as marital property, jointly earned. The particular “injustice’’ cited by the officer, whose comments caught Defense Secretary Donald […]

Vacations still continue despite rising gas prices

By: Jeannine Aversa WASHINGTON — Vacationers coping with surging energy prices this summer could take shorter trips or pass up that extra souvenir or fancy dinner. But most people do not seem to be cutting back dramatically on their spending or skipping holiday travel altogether. That helps explain why the tourism business in the United […]

Pentagon says Cannon has little to offer Air Force

By Marlena Hartz Pentagon officials on Monday painted Cannon Air Force Base as one with little to offer in the way of nearby air and testing range space. They said Melrose Bombing Range is “rudimentary” and “basic.” The range, according to Pentagon testimony, holds little joint-use opportunities and could not accommodate live ordnance. Defense Department […]

Area youth earn berth in national karate tournament

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Learning the ins and outs of karate is a serious task. But excelling at it can lead to some serious fun, too — as several area youngsters learned this summer. Seven karate students qualified for the AAU national karate championships, held June 27 through July 3 in Lakeland, Fla. The […]

Police: Arrest not related to homicide

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County officials investigating the death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn have arrested — on an unrelated charge — a man they believe was in the vicinity of Chunn’s home about the time he died, court records show. Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was arrested for a probation violation on July 8, the same […]

Suggested meth ordinance has critics

By David Irvin Phyllis Roberts is worried she might be pegged as a meth producer. Some of the signs are there: She buys cold medicine in bulk quantities and lives on a reclusive ranch six miles outside Elida. What else could she be doing out there? Well, sneezing and sniffling a lot, the city of […]

Fowler catching up as superintendent

By Tony Parra Randy Fowler’s glad to be back in Portales as he begins his tenure as a superintendent in eastern New Mexico. Fowler started his tenure on July 5 and has met with staff members. The Portales School District administrators and principals have been getting together with Fuller to inform him of several projects […]

Recusals put legitimacy of BRAC process in doubt

Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers are said […]