Residents lodge odor complaints at public meeting

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Brian Bonebright, vice president of operations for Dairi Concepts, summed up his company’s position when he said “Our intent is to fix the problem (odor).” However, whether or not residents living near the plant believe him is a different story. Some of the residents said they have heard that […]

27th still has work to be done

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter […]

Charter school sought

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Portales residents are proposing a charter school for the 2007-08 school year to focus on math, science, technology, and college preparation. Joan Brown, one of the organizers, submitted a proposal Thursday afternoon to the Portales school district for the Horace Mann charter school. The school would be an […]

ENMU sign waiting for bricks

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Construction for the new Eastern New Mexico University sign being built on the corner of South Avenue K and West Second Street will resume after almost a month of being delayed because of a problem with obtaining the correct bricks. According to Scott Smart, vice president of business affairs […]

Renewed sense of economic security returns to local area

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping the benefits of Clovis resident’s renewed sense of economic security. In the week since the announcement of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, Hall said he has had an influx of customers looking to upgrade vehicles. Hall, who has been […]

Richard Baca trial going through more delays

Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna […]

Young teens targets for Internet predators

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By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Tiffany Kendrick and Ashlee Banister said they’ve received messages from older men on their MySpace.com Web site asking for more pictures of them or their phone numbers. “Sometimes there’s creepy older guys that want to talk to you,” said Kendrick, 14. They said when contacted by someone they don’t know, […]

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 […]