Rural firefighters hang on after worst fire season in years

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Fueled by strong winds, the Nov. 30 Melrose Bombing Range fire consumed over 27,000 acres of land and kick-started one of the worst wildland fire seasons that this area has seen in years. As it continued into August, the fire season stretched the limits of rural fire department budgets [...]

Bow hunters aim to teach

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Recreation, relaxation, concentration, and life values such as patience, discipline and persistence — words that members of the Portales Bow Hunters use to describe their sport of archery, and they’ll have a chance to teach the sport they love to members of the Portales and Clovis community this weekend [...]

Political campaigns have history of being dirty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. [...]

Lump sum payment may be improvement

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission has examined and rejected a proposal that the VA begin offering veterans with lower-rated disabilities a lump-sum payment instead of lifetime monthly compensation. The 13-member commission reached its decision unanimously last week at a public meeting in Washington, D.C. It did so after being briefed [...]

Bond B is worth voter support

Edtorial We seldom recommend voting for a tax initiative. We prefer our government servants to achieve goals by cutting waste and looking to private enterprise, which often is more efficient and effective. That said, a proposal on Tuesday’s New Mexico ballot is worth supporting. It is Bond B, the semiannual General Obligation Bond for Education, [...]

Halloween tips listed

Compiled by Casey Peacock The PNT spoke with Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department regarding safety on Halloween night. Q. What are the best hours for children to be out trick-or-treating? A. “We would like for them to go about 5:30 p.m. or so, to give the five o’clock traffic time to die [...]

Local man sentenced for role in Newman case

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was sentenced Monday on charges filed in connection with the March 3, 2005 murders of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. According to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, Archie Crawford, 26, of Portales has been sentenced to eight years in the New Mexico penitentiary, [...]

Hounds feast on Javelinas in big win

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — If Michael Benton was feeling any effects from a mild concussion which knocked him out of the previous game, the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback did a pretty good job of hiding it. Benton caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Logan Capps on ENMU’s opening [...]

Elida girls movin’ on up

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers are still living the dream after beating the Fort Sumner Vixens in four games in the District 3-1A tournament championship game Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first game, Elida (21-0) won the final three games to take the crown, and although they are [...]

Floyd Broncos end tough season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff writer The Clovis Christian Eagles soared in a squashing of the Floyd Broncos, 70-12, at Floyd High School Saturday afternoon, and punched their ticket to the New Mexico 8-man football playoffs in the process. The Eagles earned the No. 8 seed and will face top-seeded Gateway Christian next weekend in [...]