Fuel spill causes evacuations

By Sharna Johnson:Freedom Newspapers About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and vehicular and train traffic curtailed Wednesday morning in Texico after a tractor-trailer overturned and spilled about 6,000 gallons of fuel, officials said. The tanker, carrying gasoline and diesel fuel, rolled over about 8 a.m. at U.S. 60 and State Street, […]

Charter school application voted down for second time

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools board had a quick redo on its earlier denial of the proposed Horace Mann School charter Wednesday. But the result after the formality was the same: Application denied. Organizers for the Horace Mann School proposed a charter school in June. After an internal and external evaluation of the […]

Age just a number for veterans group

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In 1947, Richard “Gene” Pershall of Clovis was infatuated with the military and wanted to follow in his older brother’s footsteps. At the age of 15, he pestered his father to let him join the Army Air Corps. Reluctantly, his father agreed and signed a consent form stating Pershall was […]

ENMU gridders preparing for UCO

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Sure, the Eastern New Mexico University football team was happy with its 24-15 win over East Central on Saturday at Ada, Okla. But as far as the Greyhounds are concerned, it’s all in a day’s work. “At practice (Monday) there was a good attitude, but you still have to focus […]

Lady Rams lose at home to fierce Roswell High

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Lady Rams (8-5) continued their tour through District 4AAAA, losing at home to the Roswell Lady Coyotes (8-3) in four games Tuesday night; 25-15, 20-25, 25-17, and 25-15. “We just had a meltdown, it was horrible play tonight,” Portales head coach Ruth Chavez said. “There really wasn’t […]

City council signs off on grant application

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors signed off on an application for a 2007 Community Block Development Grant that could provide street improvements in east Portales next year. Community Development Director Jeremy Sturm presented a resolution to city council Tuesday that allows the mayor to sign off on the final CDBG application, […]

Majority of bees in local area Africanized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The chances of eastern New Mexico residents encountering Africanized honey bees is increasing exponentially with each new colony, according to pest control experts. Those experts are concerned encounters with the aggressive bees could lead to serious injuries or deaths. Lewis Hightower of Southwestern Pest Control and New Mexico state […]

Hospital announces large August profit

PNT Staff Roosevelt General Hospital administration reported a huge profit for the month of August during the regular board meeting Tuesday. Board members also discussed improved helicoper transport service and the addition of a new MRI. The hospital announced a profit for the month of August of over $96,000. Hospital CFO Eva Stevens said the […]

Small talk more than minor irritant

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I never […]

Good Samaritans truly appreciated

Letters to the Editor My husband and I came to Portales for a family reunion. While we were there our truck broke down at a red light out by the college. We were clear across town, no cell phone or anything. Then these two young men came and hooked us up to a nice new […]

Deteriorating ground conditions indicate Iraq still needs attention

Editorial President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, even if […]

Zias snap losing skid

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Whatever Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team did Monday night, junior Randi Egley hopes the Zias can sustain it. Mired in a nine-match losing streak, ENMU finally broke away from Wayland Baptist with a 17-3 run to end the third game and the Zias went on to a 30-27, 23-30, […]

Greyhounds make lone goal stand

Freedom Newspapers It may not have been a perfect outing, but the result was just fine with the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team. The Greyhounds made a first-half goal by junior defender Donnell Jackson stand up for a 1-0 Southwest Soccer Conference victory over Missouri Southern on Sunday at the ENMU pitch, ending […]

School board set for another vote on charter school

PNT Staff Portales Municipal School Superintendent Randy Fowler said written reasons for denial of the proposed Horace Mann Charter School will be presented during a special school board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. During the meeting, Fowler said the board is expected to rescind its previous action denying the application and vote on the issue […]

Air Force asks for correspondence

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before any […]

ENMU set for second Latino Leadership Summit

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Diego Espinoza said he helped start the Latino Leadership Summit to provide information and expose Hispanic students to a college setting. The second annual summit featuring guest speakers, financial workshops and campus tours is being held Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. “It’s going to be a day to […]

Robberies spike in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers In recent months there has been a spike in robberies in Clovis, bringing the number of cases for the year so far, with more than three months remaining, to about the same as the total for 2005, according to police. Portales hasn’t seen the same increase, say local police. Summer […]

County ag agent enjoys work

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With roots running deep in the community and a lifetime of agriculture experience and knowledge, Floyd McAlister, has traveled a path that has led to many accomplishments and achievements. McAlister received a degree from Texas Tech in Agriculture and Extension Education, and taught vocational agriculture for three years before […]

ENMU student detailing state park history

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico State Park No. 5 is almost forgotten, but an Eastern New Mexico University graduate student believes its history is an important link to the area’s past and the recreation residents enjoyed 70 years ago. The state park was located on land that now belongs to ENMU, […]

Festival about family

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In Mexico, Diez y seis de Septiembre is a day of independence. Saturday in Portales, it was about bringing families together. A crowd representing various cultures gathered for food, music and games at Lindsey Park marking the 14th year a local celebration called Dia de Las Familias has been […]