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 […]

July 17 Public Record

The following dispositions were recently filed in district court: Robie Bruffett, 42, pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery and is ordered to serve a nine-year suspended sentence, serve five years of probation, and pay $180 in fines. Mark A. Hernandez, 22, pleaded guilty to a probation violation and was ordered to serve 18 months […]

Texas language has own tweaks

By Bob Huber Today’s lecture will cover the methods employed by airport security officers to recognize dangerous persons and then delay them until their plane has been retired, scrapped, and turned into a fleet of riding lawn mowers. It’s called “profiling,” the evil scourge of the 21st Century. No one is safe from profiling, and […]

Paper clips are free speech, too

By Jim Lee People have been arrested for wearing paper clips. This brings to mind a number of ways a person needing criminal recognition could accomplish this. Did violators simply wear something made of paper clips, thus allowing others to view certain body parts forbidden to public display by glancing between those bent wires? Not […]

July 17 Obituaries

Edna Burnett, 103 Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales. Mrs. Edna E. Burnett, 103, of Portales, died Thursday, July 14, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on April 9, 1902, in Waco, Texas, to Charles and Mary Belle Wortham. She moved to Causey in 1906. She married […]

Shooting death leaves community shocked

By Kevin Wilson Residents of Causey may have felt a little safer with the increased presence of law enforcement in their community, but simultaneously less safe due to the reason law enforcement is there — the shooting death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. Chunn, 71, was discovered July 8 shot in his home in the town […]

Defense Department says it didn’t consider scenario that would keep Cannon open

By Marlena Hartz The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said the department did […]

Defense Department says scenario to keep Cannon open wasn’t considered

By Marlena Hartz The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said the department did […]

Officials look at teen pregnancy rates

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Public health workers for Roosevelt and Curry counties with the help of public school officials and health committees are trying to cut down the teen birth rates, with mixed results. Carol Morgan, nurse manager for the public health office in Portales, will be introducing a […]

No arrest yet in connection to death

By PNT Staff Law enforcement officials said Thursday night no arrests have been made in connection with last week’s death of Bo Chunn, a 71-year-old rancher whose body was found at his home in the village of Causey. Initial investigation revealed Chunn died of a single gunshot wound that came through his window, officials said. […]

Hugs put sparkle in our lives

By Joan Clayton Our July 4 family celebration ended all too soon. Our sons and their families blessed us with their presence for three days. We roasted wieners and toasted marshmallows. Horseshoes, table tennis and baseball brought laughter and I felt someone hugging me many times. We went to bed after midnight and air mattresses […]

School board optimistic on AYP

By Tony Parra Portales School District administrators are optimistic they’ll have better adequate yearly progress results than last year, when none of the schools in the district met AYP. The results will be released Aug. 1. Priscilla Mestas, director of instruction and assistant superintendent, said during a school board meeting the district has already met […]

Learning about more than language

By Helena Rodriguez Hola amigos, from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I’m coming to you from a half continent away, ironically, to learn something I probably could have learned while growing up as a child there in P-Ville. Myself and a group of students from Eastern New Mexico University have said hasta la vista to […]

Roosevelt County wins Little League title

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent CLOVIS — Roosevelt County finished the District 3 12-year-old Little League all-star tournament undefeated, but not without a little last-inning excitement. Andrew Villanueva pitched a complete game to lead Roosevelt County to a 6-3 win over Quay County in Thursday’s title game of the double-elimination tournament. Roosevelt County held a […]

Bowl-ed over: wife tells husband’s story

By Marc Schoder Karen Alexander, a reading specialist from Portales is scheduled to have a short story about her husband, Portales physician Dr. Lonnie Alexander, and his experiences growing up. The book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Creating a Better World” is scheduled to hit bookshelves Aug. 23 according to an e-mail from Bradley Winch, […]

Africanized bees confirmed in Roosevelt County

By Marc Schoder Africanized honey bees have been identified in Roosevelt County, according to a release from the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. “The colony was discovered in the wall of a house in the Causey-Lingo area,” said Bill Moyer, a local beekeeper. The bees attacked residents of the home, Moyer said, in […]

AYP standards could be more flexible

By Marlena Hartz Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing flexibility) because we […]

Child drowns at Clovis pool

Freedom Newspapers A 3-year-old boy drowned Wednesday at Potter Park pool. He was pronounced dead at Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center in the late afternoon. Police were withholding the name of the child pending notification of the mother, police said late Wednesday. Officials said they believe the boy lives in the Dallas area and was […]

McClure looks to keep going

By Marlena Hartz Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, is a first-generation college student — her parents had no college or university experience. In a similar financial predicament as most of the students she now presides over, she once worked 40 hours a week for an insurance company while taking a full load of […]

Tournament set for July 22-24

PNT Staff The Bill Wahlman Classic tennis tournament is set for July 22-24. The tournament will be divided into junior and adult events. Entrants are limited to three events, but juniors who wish to play in adult events can enter up to three events in each division. The tournament entry fees are $10 for each […]