ENMU teams ready to enjoy home schedule

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Road warriors to this point in the season, Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams will get a chance to try to put something together at home over the next few weeks. ENMU’s men play six of their next eight at Greyhound Arena — one of the road outings is a […]

Embracing ignorances ensures more dumbing down

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer We always talk about the dumbing down of America. I think of it every time I see an episode of Friends, or each time a comedian gives a routine completely made up from routines done years before by better comedians. There are many signs of the dumbing down of […]

Local Guard switching from artillery to transportation

By Andy Jackson Plans are in place that would change the duties of Army National Guard units based in Clovis and Portales over the next two years, from air defense artillery units to transportation, according to public affairs officer Lt. Col. Kim Lalley of the New Mexico Army National Guard. With the restructuring, recruiters hope […]

Merricks open Ashley Furniture store in Portales

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By Tony Parra June Merrick said one customer entered the Ashley Furniture store this week and said, “It was like she left Portales and entered the big city.” The furniture store has undergone a complete facelift and employees made the transition into the new store this week. Monday was the first day the locally-owned furniture […]

Senate panel OKs marijuana bill

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Medical marijuana advocates have cleared the first hurdle in an uphill effort to get a bill through both houses of the Legislature during this year’s short session. The Senate Public Affairs Committee — the first of two Senate panels assigned to review it — endorsed the measure unanimously on […]

Committee recommends large education budget increas

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Teachers and other public school employees would be in line for 6 percent salary increases next year under budget recommendations approved by the House Education Committee. State spending on schools, the Education Department and other educational programs would increase by 10.7 percent, or almost $228 million, under the committee’s […]

Officers say goodbye to fallen member

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Law-enforcement officers throughout the region on Monday mourned the loss of one of their own. Clovis native Matt Myrick, a Texas Department of Public Safety officer stationed in Hereford, Texas, died while on duty Friday in a vehicle accident. He was buried Monday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in […]

Stewart honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for […]

Tax laws favor military members

By Tom Philpott: Military Update If tax laws mirror a nation’s values, then America clearly values its military personnel, and more so today than a few years ago. Combat-zone tax exclusions, combined with changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child tax credits, have reduced or even wiped out the tax liability of […]

City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]