July 10 Obituaries

Jimmy Chunn Services: A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Causey Cemetery. Mr. Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, 71, of Causey died Friday, July 8, 2005, at his home. He was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Pitchfork to Lola and Clovie S. Chunn. His family lived in Bledsoe, Texas, until 1946 when they moved […]

July 10 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: Rodney Smith, 46, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphenalia and is ordered to serve 364-day deferred sentence, serve 364 days of probation, complete the ASPEN program, and pay $242 in fines. Sam Villanueva, 45, pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended drivers license […]

Technology works with the right neighbors

By Jim Lee My abilities in matters of any practical importance have been called into question on more than one occasion. This has recently happened again. Yet I still fail to understand why people doubt my abilities, particularly my amazing versatility and creativity. Why does everyone focus on the negative? OK, a few things have […]

Summer means disorganized sports

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, there was nothing more pleasurable than summer baseball. A friend might ask, “What you want to do today?” and I always replied, “You crazy? Play ball, of course.” I’m not talking about Big League, Little League, or the Abner Doubleday Code of Conduct. I’m talking about a […]

Persistence pays off with success

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Do you ever experience failures? Welcome to the crowd. When I make a mess of things I feel defeated. I have to remind myself I’m not perfect. Human beings do make mistakes but learning from those mistakes enables one to pursue success. I am encouraged when I hear about the […]

At least some good news from Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers I f you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle […]

Daily reminder: This is as good as it gets

By Baxter Black : PNT columnist I am writing this column on my veranda. The heat of the day is dissipating. Shadows are growing longer in the canyon to the south. The bottoms of the clouds are turning pink and the mountains to the east of the valley are glowing purple. Cindy is bustling in […]

Get over it: Blame game only brings shame

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I spent the early part of my adult life playing the blame game. You know how that works. To quote my 3-year-old niece, Marissa, “It’s not my fault!” Now that I’ve entered the 30-something years, tilting closer toward the big 40 in which I’ve been there and done that, and […]

Singapore fighter squadron deactivated

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: A story in Thursday’s paper incorrectly attributed information to Brig Gen. Voon Tse-Chow of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. The information should have been attributed to Brig. Gen. Ng Chee Khern. Following is the story as it should have appeared on Thursday: CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — […]

Hail takes toll on cotton crop

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Hundreds of acres of cotton have been damaged or destroyed by hail damage in West Texas over the last week, according to area cotton farmers. Todd Lingnau said out of the 1,500 acres he has planted, 120 of them will make a decent harvest — that’s because they were in […]

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 […]