Spouses get taste of potential home

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Having a special needs child, Lisa Dunaway was most concerned with the medical facilities in her prospective new home. Along with other spouses of Air Force Special Operations Command, she joined her husband Thursday and Friday to tour Clovis and Portales. She may soon call Clovis home when the AFSOC […]

City set to honor soldier

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Highland Baptist Church, Clovis Several groups will come together Sunday to honor a local soldier killed this week in combat in Afghanistan. The family of Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin said the support they have received continues to be overwhelming. Kassin, 29, […]

Local landmarks reflect pride

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Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense of pride: The National Mule Memorial is a unique monument in the small Texas town of Muleshoe. The High Plains town was organized in 1926 and […]

Bills would benefit ENMU

PNT Staff A series of bills, including two proposed by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) that will provide a total of $1.385 million in federal educational funding to Eastern New Mexico University, was approved by a U.S. Senate Committee on Thursday, according to a news release from Domenici’s office. The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Man indicted on murder charge

Freedom Newspapers A man captured in Texas after police named him as a murder suspect for the area’s third homicide was indicted for first-degree murder Friday, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Tony Martinez, 51 is accused of fatally shooting Hugo Ochoa May 31 outside a home at 410 Rencher Street. […]

Inmates escape

Two inmates at the DeBaca County Detention Center escaped at 9:02 p.m. Friday after overpowering a detention officer, according to the New Mexico State Police. The two were identified as Barry Wright, 23, and Cody Jessup, 19, according to Eric Archuleta, a dispatcher at the DeBaca County Regional Emergency Communications Center. According to detention center […]

Portales rolls out the red carpet for AFSOC

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Freedom Newspapers Air Force Special Operations Command personnel and their spouses arrived in Clovis on Thursday in the first day of a two-day visit to eastern New Mexico. The visit was designed to familiarize them with the region and Cannon Air Force Base, which will become the newest Special Operations base in 2007, according to […]

Fire chiefs concerned about ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Residents living in Roosevelt County wishing to perform a controlled burn must have fire departments on stand-by as part of the ban that was kept intact by county commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday. Local area fire departments are concerned with the issue of stand-by’s for a couple of […]

Smith case counsel changes third time

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A third attorney has taken over as defense counsel in the death penalty case of a Clovis dentist accused of murdering a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural Curry County ditch. Also, District Attorney Matt Chandler told the court at a hearing Thursday morning he […]

Clear skies fitting welcome to Hurlburt folks

Editorial Nearly four dozen Florida visitors wind up a whirlwind two-day visit to Clovis and Portales today. We hope they spread the word that their future eastern New Mexico home has: • Friendly people who live in cities and towns whose core values are anchored in their love of family, hard work, patriotism and service […]

We carry a lot of spiritual baggage

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tucson, Ariz., which made me realize 1) I don’t understand the concept of “light packing,” and 2) I also carry a lot of “spiritual baggage.” My daughter Laura and I went with the youth group of St. Helen’s Catholic Church to a […]

Weed out the negativity in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My husband bought me a present … a weed eater. In fact he bought me three. He finally found one that I can start all by myself. Now I can “weed eat” any time I want to do so. He’s glad because he doesn’t have to crank up the […]

Hurlburt officials to tour Clovis and Portales

By Tonya Garner and Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Personnel from Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., arrive in eastern New Mexico today for a two-day visit to scout the area in preparation for next year’s arrival of the 16th Special Operations Wing. The state of New Mexico and the communities of eastern […]

Portales man convicted of sex crimes

Freedom Newspapers A Portales jury late Tuesday convicted a 36-year-old Portales man of eight counts of criminal sex crimes involving a child under the age of 13, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Darrell Casillas, 36, of Portales was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration and six counts of second-degree […]

Memorial planned for Clovis soldier

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis family of a soldier slain in combat in Afghanistan has planned a local memorial service Sunday. Full military honors including a flag presentation to the family and a 21-gun salute will be provided by the Cannon Honor Guard, according to Cannon Air Force Base officials. Bethaney Beach, Kassin’s […]

Those Damn Yankees

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers A classic Broadway musical comes to Clovis when Clovis Community College presents “Damn Yankees.” The play opens July 27. Pat McDaniel, co-owner of McDaniel’s Furniture in Clovis, plays Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic who trades his soul to the devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to […]

Youth splash at Kiwanis swim meet

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Local children and teens competed in an annual swim meet sponsored by the Portales Kiwanis Club at the Portales City Pool Wednesday afternoon. The event also included a coin diving competition and a watermelon picnic. Nearly 100 participants took part in the event, according to Bill Wood, a member […]

Clark makes his mark at WJHFR

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer A 14-year-old Dora student recently returned from competing in the 2006 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup last week. Dora resident Jesse Clark competed in the ribbon roping, tie-down roping, goat tying and chute dogging. “I did good in the short round (tie-down roping),” Clark said. “But in the […]

Bonem House opens doors

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The doors opened Tuesday to the Bonem House in Portales giving neglected and abused children, who otherwise have no place to go, a place to call home. The facility will house four boys and four girls between the ages of 7 and 12. David William Bonem, retired 9th Judicial […]