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 […]