Fire burns 4,500 acres near Floyd

A fire started by lightning Friday burned approximately 4,500 acres of grassland about 16 miles east west of Floyd, according to Floyd Fire Chief Leland Terry. Terry reported no injuries or structure damage from the fire, which started about 2:30 p.m. “With the hot and dry conditions and the lightning, this has been almost a […]

Ute Lake offers cooling day trip

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Ute Lake State Park near Logan offers visitors many activities in and out of the water. The lake is a manmade reservoir fed by Canadian River, stretching 13 miles long and never exceeding one mile in width. The lake’s surface covers 8,200 acres and is the second largest lake […]

Curry election results not certified

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The results of Tuesday’s Curry County primary were not certified in a special meeting of the county commission Friday, yet county officials remain confident in the election results, according to officials. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman recommended the county commission not certify the results. “I don’t think any […]

30th KENW tele-auction looking for weekend rebound

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer An autographed football signed by the Indianapolis Colts football team, including Peyton Manning, and a pair of autographed boots signed by EmmyLou Harris are just a few examples of items that have been sold during KENW-TV’s tele-auction. “Celebrity boards are always really popular. We have various items, some of […]

Ram basketball mentors players of the future

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams basketball staff conducted a four-day camp with help from players from the high school varsity team. “The kids are out here to learn the basics, the building blocks of what it takes to be a good basketball player,” said Portales head coach Mark Gallegos. The camp focused […]

Obituaries for June 9, 2006

Britten Ray Webb Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Emmett, Idaho. Britten Ray Webb, 77, of Emmett, Idaho, and formerly of Portales, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Emmett, Idaho. He was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Portales, where he lived until joining […]

Public salaries now averaging higher than private sector

Editorial An alarming study by the libertarian Cato Institute suggests that a new class is being created in America — a government working elite with special privileges, quickly outpacing the private sector in the salaries and benefits it receives. The study found that average federal government workers’ total compensation — salary and benefits — now […]

Forecast calls for bored weatherman

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Being a weather forecaster is the most boring job this time of year. Today’s forecast: Hot and dry. Tomorrow, hot and dry, and this weekend, hot and dry with a snowball’s chance of rain. Yeah we’ve had a few sprinkles here and there, even a little thunder to tease us, […]

Constantly sending out prayers, a way of life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist I believe one of the most important things we can do in life is to pray for others. … “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). I learned this in many years of working with children. The results were astounding. Before I closed my […]

ENMU rodeo members to compete at nationals

Freedom Newspapers Two members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, senior Rowdy Sanders and sophomore Raelyn Gardner, will represent the school in the College National Finals Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Gardner, from Lovington, was first in the Southwest Region this season in breakaway roping, while Sanders placed second in bull […]

Portales hosts tourney for girls teams today

PNT Staff Portales is holding a summer girls basketball tournament that starts today at 8 a.m. and runs through Saturday. Girls basketball teams from Hobbs, Roswell, Goddard, Texico, Capitan, Lovington and Portales high schools will be competing in the two-day event. Each day there will be 26 games held in the Portales High School gymnasium […]

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Killed

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday […]

Local voter turnout is low

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer According to unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary election, less than 20 percent of the registered county voters turned out to vote. The latest updated reports from the county clerk’s office showed that there are 11,229 registered voters. The total unofficial number of people who voted in Tuesday’s election was […]

Local country fans still vocal about Dixie Chicks

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer It was three years ago that Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines insulted President Bush and many country music fans with her now famous comment heard around the world, literally. Back from a long hiatus and with their new album titled, “Taking the Long Way,” the Dixie Chicks remain […]

Gospel Grass a new addition to Portales’ Heritage Days

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County’s Heritage Days has a new element this year called Gospel Grass. It will feature five bands coming from towns as far away as Branson, Mo., that will perform in the afternoon on June 17 and 18. Their music is gospel bluegrass — or Gospel Grass, what the […]

Obituaries for June 8, 2006

Gracy G. Capps Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Steed-Todd Chapel, Clovis. Gracy G. Capps, 85, of Pocahontas, Iowa, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Pocahontas Community Hospital in Pocahontas. He was born May 22, 1920, in Cuervo to Lloyd and Sarah Williams Capps. He was raised in House. He served in the 6th Armored Division […]

Hooker wins sheriff’s race

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer There’ll be a new sheriff in town. Challenger Darren Hooker easily defeated incumbent Thomas M. Gossett in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Sheriff Republican primary. Hooker received 939 votes to 625 for Gossett with all 23 precincts reporting. With no challenger on the Democratic ticket, Hooker will be unopposed in the general […]

Gardner winner in state rep race

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Incumbent Keith Gardner of Roswell was the overwhelming winner for the District 66 Republican state representative seat in Tuesday’s Roosevelt County primary. Gardner garnered 69 percent of the vote, with 94 percent of the 163 precincts counted, to easily fend off a challenge by Lucille B. Tucker of Roswell. Gardner […]

Ammonia release causes evacuation of local plant

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The DairiConcepts plant west of Portales was evacuated Tuesday morning for about an hour, and two plant employees were treated at the Roosevelt General Hospital after an accidental release of ammonia, according to a company press release. The employees were sent to the hospital for undisclosed reasons and released […]

Bowhunters get city OK

By Michael Harrell: PNT staff writer Portales City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of 40 city-owned acres on NM 202 to Portales Bowhunters Club for use in archery events during the city council meeting. The range would occupy the northwest corner of the property near the water well fields. The land would be fenced […]