Diddle teaches in Texico

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — After three decades of coaching men’s basketball, Earl Diddle is transitioning to the women’s game. The former Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach is directing his third annual Texico USA Boys and Girls Basketball Camp, one of several that he does over the summer months. The 55-year -old Ohio native […]

Group trying to make pitch for fast-pitch

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]

Deputy arrested on alleged sex charge

By Kevin Wilson A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday following accusations he took a prisoner out of the Roosevelt County Detention Center and had sex with her. Gary Adkins faces a second-degree charge of criminal sexual penetration. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said Adkins could face a maximum sentence of nine years […]

Pair of BRAC commissioners to abstain from vote on Cannon

By David Irvin Two Base Realignment and Closure Commissioners who attended a regional hearing last month in Clovis will abstain from a vote on the future of Cannon Air Force Base. Former Reps. James Bilbray of Nevada and James Hansen of Utah will recuse themselves from a vote on Cannon, reducing the number of participating […]

Texico weighing water options

Freedom Newspapers Texico city officials said Tuesday they are taking a closer look at its involvement in the Ute Water pipeline project in light of Tucumcari’s recent departure from the project. Officials said no decision has been made by the city council on their future participation in the project, which would pump water from Ute […]

July 13 Letters to the Editor

Once again, the president delivered a well-crafted speech in support of our actions in Iraq, and once again the truth was masked with 9/11 patriotic justifications. Dishonestly or not, they were wrong about weapons of mass destruction, mostly wrong about Americans as liberators and wrong and disingenuously misleading about Iraq as the source of international […]

July 13 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Toni Whitecotton; Tice Love. Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7. • The Back Porch Pickers will meet Sunday at the Floyd Community Building Sunday at 2 p.m. Everyone […]

July 13 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael More stormy, electrical, windy clouds keep coming through this area. Some light rain and a smithering of tiny hail in some areas. I don’t know of any crops in our area that have been damaged. However over the Texas line all along farmers have had their crops damaged, some of them completely […]

July 13 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There has been more rain from showers in this area and on to the Texas line than farther north. The most I’ve heard about was in the Richland and Garrison area, one inch and up to one-and-a-half inches. Causey concerns All of this area, but especially the Causey residents are really concerned […]

The young and the wireless

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Inside 16-year-old Kristin Smothermon’s purse is a flip-top Motorola cellular phone. The Albuquerque teen takes it with her most places she goes — school, weekend trips, basketball and track practice. The palm-sized phone has even become a bed-time companion. “I talk to my boyfriend for hours at night,” said Smothermon, […]

Investigation continues in rancher’s death

By Freedom Newspapers The investigation into who shot Jimmy “Bo” Chunn continued Monday, as sheriff officials continued interviews and state police concluded the on-scene investigation. As of Monday, no one had been arrested in the death of the 71-year-old rancher, whose body was found Friday at his home in the village of Causey in Roosevelt […]

Bicyclists raise awareness for disabilities

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By Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer The Journey of Hope bicycle tour made its annual stop in Portales on Monday on its way from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. “The Journey of Hope is a cross-country cycling event that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities,” said John James, Project Manager for the South […]

Amazing Portales turnout

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer While Hillary Boerio of Portales was singing “Amazing Graze” at the downtown square, there were interviews being conducted for “The Amazing Race” CBS show at Big Valley Auto. The Portales Fire Department held a water cannon competition to go with the Christian music, water volleyball, balloons and snow cones […]

Causey rocked by shooting death

By Marlena Hartz The shooting death of longtime rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn has rocked the eastern New Mexico village of Causey. Chunn, 71, was found dead Friday morning in his home in downtown Causey, a town of about 50 sandwiched between Dora and the Texas state line. He died of a single gunshot wound fired […]

Local business cleaning up

By Marc Schoder What’s the best way to milk a cow? That’s up for debate, but Shannon and Kenneth Valentine of Portales have the answer for how to clean a cow. The southern Californian natives have built a business on cloth towels and support from dairies across Roosevelt and Curry counties. Their business — Udderly […]

Court rules in favor of dealership

By Tony Parra A U.S. district court has ruled in favor of a Portales auto dealership and its owner in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Portales resident Marla Segovia and three other women. Alva Carter, owner of Big Valley Auto, was named […]

Weapon loaders put to the test

By Tony Parra Weapon loaders at Cannon Air Force Base have a motto when it comes to their job — without weapons an F-16 fighter jet is just part of another airline. A trio of three-man teams battled for the title of “The Best Weapons Load Crew” on Friday during the 27th Fighter Wing’s quarterly […]

CCC president among finalists

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure is one of five finalists to lead the newly created Higher Education Department, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The other four finalists for Higher Education Secretary position are: • James Fries, former president, College of Santa Fe • Carmen Gonzales, […]

Little Leaguers battle elements and each other

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Lightning and rain put District 3 Little League 12-year-old winners bracket final on hold Saturday night at Dickenson Field, but not before Roosevelt County unleashed some thunder of its own. Travis Stobb’s two-run homer put Roosevelt County ahead 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth. The game was delayed for lightning […]

Hoopla includes variety for fans and players

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent =Casual observers, as well as players who were in-between contests, had a variety of choices of games to watch Saturday at the Three-on-Three Hoopla Streetball Tour in Clovis. From grown men to little boys, it seemed everyone had a chance to shoot baskets in the parking lot at North Plains […]