Real estate squeeze?

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer With the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Ops mission this past week, one local real estate owner predicts subdivisions will be created on the outskirts of Portales to accommodate an expected influx of people. “I was very happy to hear that Cannon has received a new […]

Governor celebrates economy

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The economy of eastern New Mexico is on the mend was the message of Gov. Bill Richardson, who visited Clovis on Saturday to announce the arrival of a major ethanol plant and celebrate the landing of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. Both developments will strengthen the region’s […]

Regents OK film major

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It’s lights, camera, action in Portales, now that Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major, which will have 33 core classes, to its curriculum. During Saturday’s meeting regents approved a film degree program that students can enroll in this fall. Robert Vartabedian, ENMU vice president for […]

Comparing the training ground to the battle ground

Freedom Newspapers When the congressional delegation announced last week Air Force Special Operations Command had selected Cannon as the home for expansion, one of the factors named for the choice was the similarity in terrain between eastern New Mexico and the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Afghanistan. Special Ops will begin the transition to the […]

Dairy Fest an ‘udder’ success

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Even thunder and lightning couldn’t stop Saturday’s Dairy Fest, which attracted more than 5,000 people, according to event organizers. “It’s great! We really did it,” said Michelle Heavyside, the director of the United Dairy Women. Dairy Fest included a wide array of free games, booths, food and music, all in […]

Past week was one filled with economic euphoria for area

Editorial The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable uncertainty […]

Toe pain doesn’t mean you’re rich

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s been called the “disease of kings” or a “rich man’s disease” so I’ve long wondered how I managed to get gout. I write this week’s column after a restless night in which I got two hours sleep because of an intense gout attack in my right big toe. […]

Digging for gold didn’t make us rich

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist When I was a kid, schools shut down each June to give enterprising students a chance to get rich. Taking into account the prevailing economy at the time — a nickel bought a Coke which included a two-cent rebate for the bottle, if you could find a nickel — whenever […]

Saturday night gig

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer They’ve had the same gig for a decade and a half, but for members of the Jake Howard Band, the music just keeps getting sweeter. The band, a pure old-time country and western group of three, plays at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s “Senior Swingers” dances every Saturday night […]

Roosevelt Little Leaguers ready for playoffs

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Little League all-star baseball teams have been drafted and players and coaches are currently preparing for the upcoming district playoffs in July. Cynthia Martinez, secretary of the Little League Board, said the all-star teams will be facing teams from the American and Zia Leagues of Clovis as […]

Custom Classic has unwritten rules

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ask before taking the last slice. Don’t date your friend’s sister unless you plan to marry her. If somebody offers to pay for dinner, offer to pay for the tip. These are a few of the rues people live by, but put in no rulebooks or codes. These are the […]

Hospital guards against infant abductions

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By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Elizabeth McGregor snuggled her newborn son protectively against her breast as she lay recovering from a Caesarian section at Plains Regional Medical Center. As she gently stroked Jordan’s soft thatch of shiny black hair, her 7-year-old son, Seth, lay stretched out beside her with one pudgy arm thrown across her […]

UFO museum an out-of-this-world experience

Freedom Newspapers In keeping with the tradition of celebrating UFOs, aliens and mysterious crashes, the city of Roswell will host its 12th annual UFO Festival from Thursday to July 3. Taking a day trip to the nationally known festival could quench anyone’s desire for everything extraterrestrial. Some history The festival is known for attracting people […]

Governor says large ethanol plant coming to Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An ethanol plant that will more than triple New Mexico’s ethanol output plans to operate in Clovis, according to a press release from Gov. Bill Richardson. More than 100 million gallons of ethanol derived from corn will be produced annually at the plant, the release said. The plant will be […]

Rain has little impact

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A series of thunderstorms that dumped almost an inch of much-needed rain across the area isn’t enough to alleviate the hazardous fire conditions in eastern New Mexico, according to fire officials. Case in point — firefighters were called out to extinguish a burning boxcar mid-morning Friday on U.S. 70 near […]

United Dairy Women charity-driven

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Founded as a charity that aids charities, the United Dairy Women of the Portales and Clovis area has been an avid promoter of the dairy industry in supporting children and nutrition. The group is involved in educational programs, public relations and supporting local charities such as the food bank, […]

Boeing to share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We are […]

June 24, 2006 Obituaries

Richard Dassero Services: None. Richard D. Dassero, 55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Monday, June 19, 2006. He was born April 14, 1951, in Norfolk, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended Palmer High School and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree. A 20-year veteran of the Air Force, he […]

Dry conditions, fireworks make for nervous mixture

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer With dry conditions and bans on some types of fireworks in place, local fire officials are nervous about the possiblity of fires while vendors are concerned that business may fizzle. Eric Segovia, the manager of two Segovia Fireworks stands in Portales said stands are going to have to go […]

Florida residents say Special Ops a class act

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of the Florida town now home to Air Force Special Operations refer to the unit as good neighbors, and said Clovis will receive an asset in the 16th Special Operations squadron. A town of roughly 20,000 people, Fort Walton Beach is a coastal community located on the Florida panhandle […]