Investigators general make sleeping easier

Editorial The average American taxpayer doesn’t have a lot of friends “inside the Beltway.” Rather, most of the interest groups and individuals that make up the Washington establishment look at the people like tiny ATM machines, from which they want to maximize withdrawals. So today we pay tribute to the largely unsung heroes who are […]

Air Force numbers show gradual base growth

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Special Operations Command released preliminary information Friday about the number of personnel who will transition to Cannon Air Force Base over the next few years with the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Wing assumes ownership of Cannon on Oct. 1, 2007, according to Air Force officials. In […]

Roosevelt General celebrates fifth anniversary

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital buzzed with activity Friday as it celebrated its fifth anniversary. Hospital staff and community members were out in full force to mark the occasion. With a festive feel in the air, people lined up to dine on grilled hamburgers and fresh roasted green chili. Hospital staff […]

Senator’s visit focuses on water

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., met with local officials Friday to discuss water issues. Clovis was the end of the senator’s three-day trip to eastern New Mexico that included stops in Portales and Tucumcari. Bingaman’s first Clovis stop was the city’s wastewater treatment plant, where he was led on a […]

Sen. Bingaman visits Portales

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told a crowd of Roosevelt and Curry county agriculture producers Thursday in Portales he was pessimistic about passage of a new farm bill this fall in Washington. He said the proposed farm bill is tied to world trade talks, which he said have collapsed. “Chances […]

Portales girl killed in accident

Freedom Newspapers A 7-year-old Portales girl was struck by a pickup truck and killed Thursday as she attempted to cross a highway east of Portales, according to New Mexico State Police. Mireya Tarango was crossing the highway from a neighbor’s home to her home on N.M. 88 when she was struck, according to investigating officer […]

Village of Dora granted new water tower

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer There’s a new look to the Village of Dora. Standing against the skyline, just east of the Dora Church of Christ, is the new water tower. Completed in July, the tower stands approximately 110 feet tall and holds 93,000 gallons of water. The capacity of the old tower was […]

Plans moving forward for February bond election

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales Municipal School District is moving forward with plans to hold a bond election in February. The plan is to keep the rate as close as possible to the current rate while extending the district’s bond payout period, according to Superintendent Randy Fowler. At Monday’s school board meeting, members […]

Leaders of tomorrow are children of today

By Joan Clayton: Guest Columist This time of year is “bittersweet” for me. I see “Back to School” reminders everywhere. I feel a “tinge” of fall in the air and I remember those first days of school. New lunch boxes and crayons held in little hands walked into my classroom with eager expectations. Being a […]

Hold soldiers accountable

Editorial It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed this crime, […]

Stress can be a blessing in disguise

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Too blessed to be stressed. That’s a saying I’ve been seeing a lot lately. But I like it better the other way around: “Blessed to be stressed.” Why? Because as I heard a radio commentator say, we’re blessed to be stressed because that means God has entrusted us with […]

Australians leading way in innovative thinking

By Baxter Black: Guest Columist The sign in the health food store in Sydney, New South Wales read, “Sheep Placenta — On Sale! Half Price!” It was also printed in Chinese. My first thoughts were “Do they eat it? Rub it on? Make party favors of it? Kick it around like a soccer ball?” I’m […]

Seventh-graders granted laptops

By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Portales Junior High School will issue all its seventh-graders a brand-new Hewlett-Packard laptop computer soon in order to enhance their education and learning skills. This is the first year for the program in Portales. After originally applying for the Laptop Initiative state grant last year to fund the laptops, the […]

Feds outline available assistance for N.M.

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Federal officials outlined the type of assistance they can provide to eastern New Mexico during a meeting of the Local Growth Management Committee held Wednesday at the Clovis City Hall. Representatives from the Office of Economic Adjustment said they can provide technical expertise and financial assistance to the region […]

Comparative look at regional colleges and universities

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University Fall semester begins: Aug. 28 Last day to register: Sept. 1 Cost per credit hour: $89 per credit hour for New Mexico undergraduate students, $103.25 per credit hour for New Mexico graduate students Status: Public university Mission statement: “The university mission is based on the concept […]

Waste Water ordinance ok’d by city

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Councilors adopted an ordinance Tuesday dealing with industrial wastewater that gives the city the authority to notify users when they are out of compliance and assess a fine or even shut off those businesses that don’t bring their discharges in line. City officials say the ordinance was […]

County road dispute finds new life

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A county road dispute one party says was settled years ago in district court found new life at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commissioners meeting. In an agenda item brought by Commissioner Tom Clark, discussion was opened on the status of a one-mile section of Roosevelt Road T between Roosevelt Roads […]

Sexual assault examiners join forces

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) of Curry and Roosevelt counties have come together to form an alliance to help victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse. The two counties have formed SANE of the 9th Judicial District, according to a press release. The organization provides free, confidential services […]

County lifts fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With little discussion, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to lift the county fire ban in place by proclamation since January. County Administrator Charlene Hardin recommended commissioners lift the fire ban because it had become hard to enforce since statewide bans, which the county proclamation referenced, had been lifted. […]

Bingaman to visit Portales

Freedom Newspapers Sen. Jeff Bingaman will visit Portales on Thursday to discuss various issues with local citizens. Bingaman will make three brief stops while in Portales. At 11 a.m., Bingaman will meet with local emergency personnel at the Portales Fire Department, to discuss public safety issues. At noon he will attend a luncheon with the […]