Winds of change

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By Marlena Hartz The wind that whips through eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle sends dust dancing through the streets. It rattles doors and windows, unravels neatly pinned hair, and leaves residents stumbling in its path. Harnessing its power has never been a more popular pursuit. Wind energy developers from across the nation see […]

Raids in Portales produce eight arrests, stolen goods

By Tony Parra Area law enforcement officials arrested eight people in a series of raids late this week, including a Portales man for the second time in less than a month. Armando Ontiveros, 38, was charged Friday with disposal of stolen property. Portales police officers and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Ontiveros on Friday […]

Residents recall past April Fools’ Day pranks

By William P. Thompson Had a good prank played on you lately? Today being April Fools’ Day, one might want to stay on guard. Some area residents recently recalled April Fools’ pranks played on them in the past. Some pranks were minor, and some were doozies. Portales city employee Cathy Kennedy said her husband looks […]

Domenici, Bingaman press release of Cannon construction funds

Freedom Newspapers Federal construction funds awarded to Cannon Air Force Base by Congress are being improperly withheld by the government, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M, and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. More than $9 million earmarked for construction of an airmen’s center, complete with a dining hall, a postal center, and […]

Medical Board pulls former CAFB physician’s license

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Santa Fe physician who once practiced at Cannon Air Force Base has hadhis license to practice medicine in New Mexico revoked by the state Medical Board, effective April 7. The board concluded Thursday that George Schwartz, 64, violated the Medical Practice Act multiple times. “If he continues to […]

Gardner sues to remove opponent from ballot

By Deborah Baker, The Associated Press SANTA FE — Two Roswell lawmakers have gone to court to try to knock their primary election opponents off the ballot. Republican Reps. Keith Gardner, who represents Roosevelt County, and Dan Foley allege in separate lawsuits that their GOP challengers failed to get enough valid voters’ signatures on nominating […]

Obituaries for April 1, 2006

Eula Best Bilberry Services: 10 a.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel Eula Best Bilberry, 95, of Portales died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born April 27, 1910, in Whitesboro, Texas, to Pearl and William Reavis. She married Grady Best on Dec. 20, 1925. They moved to a ranch north of […]

Second arrest made in armored car heist

By Tony Parra A second man was arrrested last week in connection with an armored car heist, officials confirmed on Thursday. Chris Adcox, 21, of Clovis was arrested March 22 by officers from the Clovis Police Department, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “We have probable cause that establishes the individual (Adcox) received stolen property and […]

Aranda released to mother

PNT Staff Report A teenage Portales athlete has been released from jail and is under house arrest pending charges of first-degree criminal sexual penetration, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Daniel Aranda, 18, a Portales High School senior, was arrested on Feb. 28. A Roosevelt County Detention Center official said Aranda was released […]

Police make evening drug sweep in Portales

PNT Staff Report Local police conducted drug-bust operations on Thursday night, which led to the arrests of six individuals, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Berry said Portales police officers worked with deputies from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department on drug raids, which began shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday. “Most of the narcotics recovered […]

Smith’s attorney resigns

By Sharna Johnson The attorney for former Clovis dentist and homicide suspect James Smith filed a motion Wednesday to withdraw from the case, according to court documents. Stephen Doerr cited two reasons for withdrawal in his motion to the court. Doerr stated he was not retained to represent Smith in a death penalty case. He […]

Zias face Abilene Christian

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team has won seven in a row and 15 of its last 17. That hot streak is about to be put to the test. The Lone Star Conference’s top hitting teams collide when the Zias (26-12, 6-2 South) visit first-place Abilene Christian (27-8, 9-1) for four games, […]

Supreme Court now handling tougher cases, more controversy

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court is moving from a period when it has been handling some of the easier cases on its docket, resulting in a surprising number of unanimous decisions, to handling more controversial decisions that will almost surely split the high court. One case decided last week led newly installed Chief Justice John […]

Clovis’ Roy Walker Center hosts state Golden Gloves

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — As the host site for the New Mexico Golden Gloves competition in 18 of the last 19 years, Clovis has certainly been a boxer-friendly atmosphere for the state’s amateur pugilists. With a little extra publicity to set up this year’s event, organizer Chuck Haas was busy on the […]

Village neglecting its duty to children

By Helena Rodriquez We all know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But what happens when the village doesn’t want to raise the child? What happened to the old days when children were taught to listen to adults and other figures of authority? And what happened to the days when people […]

Texico bull rider will compete on TV this weekend

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Friends of 18-year-old Texico bullrider L.J. Jenkins will get to watch the erstwhile high schooler compete professionally this weekend in New Mexico. For those close to Jenkins, seeing him at the PBR Ty Murray Invitational is quite a leap from where the young man was just a couple […]

Hounds begin division play against Angelo

By Dave Wagner: PNT Sports Writer Phil Clabaugh has never seen anything like it. Clabaugh’s Eastern New Mexico University baseball team started the season on fire. After winning three of four from Southeastern Oklahoma in early March, the Greyhounds were sitting at 16-4. That was followed by a 10-game losing streak, including four-game sweeps by […]

Health experts say risky teen behavior is up

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By William P. Thompson Roosevelt County health officials gave out some bad news last night at a town hall meeting on underage drinking — in recent years, more than half of Roosevelt County high school students have reported having an alcoholic drink. Terry Teti of Community Resources, Inc. in Portales said a 2003-2004 self-reported survey […]

Other agencies inspected PRMC

By Marlena Hartz Spurred by complaints, three independent organizations have inspected Plains Regional Medical Center since January, officials confirmed this week. Two of those agencies have cited the hospital for being out of compliance with their standards. The third determined the complaint was unsubstantiated. PRMC officials and inspection agencies have said inspections are routinely conducted […]

Officials push for CAFB decision by June or July

By Marlena Hartz The Air Force is on a limited list of parties interested in Cannon Air Force Base, according to a local base advocate. The Air Force conducted a workshop Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for government parties interested in occupying the base. Though the Air Force expressed interest in occupying the base, few other […]