Making the grade

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could be used to make a limited number of items because the quality was poor. But farmers these days are celebrating a higher quality product, according to many in the industry. Regionally grown cotton, once used […]

Police briefing from Dec. 16

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation into the homicide of 30 year-old Laura McNaughton. To further update the media, please be advised that approximately four additional search warrants were served in Curry County today. This makes approximately twenty search warrants that have been served throughout […]

Police briefing from Dec. 12

On Saturday, December 10, 2005, at about 2:24 pm hunters reported locating the body of Laura McNaughton, age 30, from Clovis, in the bar ditch on the west side of County Road C, approximately two miles south of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department. Additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Upgrade keeps pace with AF mission statement

Capt. Scott Crabtree, 522nd Fighter Squadron, taxis his jet into position after landing here Dec. 9. The jet was returning from an avionics upgrade at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Airman Thomas Trower With the Air Force taking on a new mission in cyberspace, its equipment is keeping up with it. Air Force F-16 block […]

America teams up to defeat deadly crime

Airman Thomas Trower Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Nationally, more than 17,000 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2003. Every 30 minutes, nearly 50 times a day, someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

What happens to 1st time offenders?

Drivers receive a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New Mexico if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or higher. First Offense DWI is Punishable With: — Jail: Up to 90 days in jail. If the first offense is an aggravated DWI, refusing to submit to a blood or breath test, a minimum of […]

Commander's Action Line

Q:I’m a base employee with a concern about POV traffic inflow around 6 a.m. weekdays. It seems there are certain days when traffic inflow is backed up over the bridge and there’s only one inflow gate open. We spent so much to improve the gate but it doesn’t seem like we’re using it like we […]

Thunderbirds seeking new team members

Mach Meter staff report The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, scheduled to perform at Cannon Air Force Base May 27, is looking for professionals to join an elite team known for precision flying and community involvement. Volunteers are needed in eight career fields: avionics, crew chief, egress, fuels, electro/environmental, structures, public affairs, graphic […]

Portales clobbers Goddard

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Shooting 60 percent in high school basketball is a lot like deodorant. When you have that, a lot of other things don’t stink. Portales did that in the first half and stayed close to that mark throughout the game, and a 19-0 run through the first and second quarters […]

United Way hosts Blessing Tree

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer United Way members are striving for one final push during the holiday season to raise money for programs and they want to do it through a “Blessing Tree” at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico helps fund programs which help youth, domestic violence victims and […]

Portales chooses new fire chief

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The City of Portales will have a new fire chief starting Jan. 9 after city officials selected Raul Muniz from the Raton Fire Department to succeed retired chief Jesse Mowrer, according to a press relase from the City of Portales. Muniz is currently serving the City of Raton as a […]

No arrests made in McNaughton homicide case

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Officials investigating Laura McNaughton’s homicide held their first press conference on Thursday, but released little additional information. McNaughton’s body was found Saturday in a ditch in the Pleasant Hill community north of Clovis. Officials said no arrests have been made and they refused again to release the cause of her death. […]

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Clovis High bands to hold winter concert

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff writer Clovis High music students are getting set to take what they’ve learned over the last few months and say goodbye to the fall semester and hello to the Christmas season. The annual winter concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium, with holiday-themed music played by the symphonic […]

Obits (Dec. 15)

Carol Barela Services: 7 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Carol Barela, 41, of Portales, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Portales, to Aurelia and Frank Barela. She grew up in Portales and graduated from high school in 1982. She worked […]

Local News Briefs (Dec. 15)

Commodities distributed today Commodity distributions are from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Memorial Building in Portales. Residents asked to help fire victim Portales resident Donald “Andy” Anderson lost his home to a fire on Saturday and everything inside was destroyed. Anderson is staying with family while he looks for a new home. A […]

New Accion rep means better loan access in Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Accion New Mexico will soon have a new representative in southeast New Mexico who will help out entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to expand in the Portales and Clovis area. Pamela Nance was selected as the regional outreach coordinator for the Accion New Mexico, a non-profit organization that […]

Rumors cloud recent slaying

David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Rumors about the region’s most recent homicide are frustrating law-enforcement officers as they attempt to verify or dispel them, Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said on Wednesday. “We’re just getting lots of phone calls … we’re having to make contacts to see who these people are spreading these rumors and it’s […]

Largent turning into a good fit for Hounds

By Dave Wagner When approached last spring by Eastern New Mexico University men’s assistant coach Mark Murdock about the possibility of coming to the school to play basketball, Tristan Largent did a bit of a double-take. Playing for Garrett College in McHenry, Md., Largent wasn’t a player on Murdock’s radar when he went to scout […]

Lady Ram Kabrick nabs North/South All-Star slot

By Tony Parra Portales Lady Ram volleyball coach Ruth Chavez feels Megan Kabrick was the best volleyball player in Class 3A in 2005 and the New Mexico High School Coaches Association members felt strongly enough about her play to make her the only Class 3A player on the 2006 North/South 5A/4A/3A All-Star Volleyball Team. Kabrick […]

Clovis streak snapped at 36

Freedom Newspapers LEVELLAND, Texas — For most of the game Tuesday night, the Clovis High girls’ 36-game winning streak seemed safe. Clovis’ lead stayed seven to 11 points from early in the second quarter until the final minute. However, Levelland rallied late, tying the game on a desperation 3-pointer from just short of halfcourt by […]