Salvation Army fund drive closes Dec. 31

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Local Salvation Army officials said they helped 958 children with Christmas gifts, food and clothing this year, compared to 723 a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the local office, through Friday, had collected $5,277.27 in cash donations to the Empty Stocking Fund this Christmas season — about $9,000 less than was needed [...]

Cheese plant, Cannon expansion and Ute Water Project are big stories early in year

Editor’s note: The following is a brief look at the stories that made news locally in 2006. The PNT will run the year-in-review in each of the coming issues through at least Jan. 1. January 2, 2005 • Bradley sees big things for cheese plant — Former Lt. Gov. and Clovis native Walter Bradley was [...]

Miracles: Area residents recount unexplainable events

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By Marlena Hartz The night was dark and the highway seemingly empty. Two men inside a truck had the radio on and the windows rolled up, the vents of the vehicle pumping out a stream of cool air. From behind a bank, a woman in red appeared. She yelled “stop.” The men heard her, and [...]

Clovis man sentenced in 2003 carjacking

A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from an October 2003 incident during which Marvin Holt [...]

ENMU looking to conservation for savings

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University students will see some changes in the way they shower, drink water and flush their toilets resulting in thousands of dollars saved next year. ENMU officials received approval from the ENMU Board of Regents to get bids for construction work to implement a cost saving program involving water [...]

Holiday shopping a little slow

By Tonya Garner The parking lot at North Plains Mall was nowhere near filled to capacity Friday. Inside, the mall was sparsely populated with seemingly relaxed shoppers browsing available merchandise. Mall employee Brandi Chambers said she believes gross receipts are down from previous years because consumers are choosing to shop online. Chambers, who was operating [...]

Muleshoe radio station manager dies in rollover accident

By Andy Jackson Noe Anzaldua wanted all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be together for the holidays. A longtime Muleshoe resident, radio station manager and on-air personality, Anzaldua died in a one-vehicle rollover Thursday night while bringing his family together. Traveling with his wife of 52 years, Viola, Anzaldua had picked up his great-grandchild, [...]

Moody Planetarium hosts holiday shows

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Compiled by Karl Terry Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family. A little science mixed [...]

Ortega announces candidacy for second term

By Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega made his announcement to run for re-election on Thursday feeling there is still some unfinished business in the office of the mayor. “I want to start by thanking the citizens of this community for allowing me to serve as mayor for the last four years,” Ortega said. “I [...]

Video stores, movies offer relief from holiday rush

By Helena Rodriguez Once Santa has made his deliveries, the chestnuts have been roasted on an open fire and the yuletide carols have been sung, that usually means it’s movie time. As people begin settling down from the holiday rush and realize they have time on their hands, many families will flock to the video [...]