Council sets rules for area parks

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new skatepark earlier this year got the ball rolling and Portales city councilors took things a step further Tuesday, formally setting in place rules and policies for all parks and recreation facilities in the city. A 16-page-long packet gave councilors the specifics on everything from park hours (6 […]

County commission assembles project list

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners pulled together their list of capital project priorities to be submitted to the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature at Tuesday’s board meeting. Roads were the top priority, as they have been in years past, and at County Administrator Charlene Hardin’s request, commissioners said they would work […]

Suspects in Clovis homicide arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Clovis man has been charged with murder in connection with Monday’s shooting death of a Clovis teen, according to police. John T. Cameron, identified by police as the alleged shooter, was arrested about 3 a.m. Tuesday and charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence, […]

Senators playing politics with prescriptions

ByTom Philpott : Military Update Pressured by the White House and drug industry lobbyists, Congress has killed a Senate-passed provision that would have forced pharmaceutical manufacturers to grant the Department of Defense deep discounts on drugs dispensed through the TRICARE retail pharmacy network. House Republicans were under enormous pressure last month to sideline a provision […]

New cell requires complicated decisions

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As if it happened through cosmic fate, my little-used cellular phone decided to stop functioning properly right when I was due a rebate for a new cell phone. It is only through fate that I get a new cell phone, and yet one more affirmation that I hate getting new […]

Immigrants make U.S. better place

Editorial Immigration won’t destroy America — rather, it built America and made it great. No one knows that truth better than George W. Bush, whose international vision was clear back when he was Texas governor and wasn’t shackled by conservatives at the national level. So it might seem that in signing the bill earlier this […]

Clovis man killed in shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon near his residence. Amos Soliz was found shortly before 2 p.m. in the front yard at 817 Sheldon St. with a single gun shot wound, Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis […]

ENMU to host Peanut Valley Festival

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Beginning Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University will host the 33rd annual Peanut Valley Festival, with a wide range of crafts, food and entertainment available on campus. “Just name it and we’re going to have it,” said Alex Hamzy, promoter of On the Road Ranch Shows, which is handling publicity […]

Eighth-graders now eligible for FFA

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales-area eighth-graders now have the opportunity to participate in a vocational/industrial class at Portales Junior High School that can lead to participation in the National FFA Organization. PJHS implemented the program two years ago, said Eric Greer, the program’s teacher. Many students do not know what the FFA is, […]

Threading memories

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laura Merrick proudly and carefully displays the two 1860s vintage antique quilts that were made by her paternal grandmother, Martha Jane Land, and reflects on their importance. Completed through a struggle and made entirely by hand, Merrick says the quilts are a precious memento that has been handed down […]

Wagon Wheel watchers withstand wet weather

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Bad weather canceled the entertainment but didn’t dampen the tailgating enthusiasm of football fans attending Saturday’s Greyhound football game. Students and alumni from both sides of a long-running rivalry were getting pumped up for the 20th annual Wagon Wheel game between the Eastern New Mexico University […]

City tackles traffic

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Objectives and goals are being established by a steering committee to resolve traffic issues in the Portales area and the public input phase should begin soon, say city officials. “We’re in the study and analysis stage right now, said Portales City Manager Debi Lee. Of primary concern is the […]

NFL star buys Tucumcari dealership

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There’s a new bear in town from Chicago. Brian Urlacher Cross Country Auto Sales is purchasing the Mills-Strebeck Autoplex on Lake Road. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears linebacker’s car business took over the management and is purchasing the dealership, said John Everhart, general manager of the new Cross […]

Oct. 15, 2006 Briefs

Blood drive slated for First United There will be a blood drive at the First United Methodist Church in Portales from 4-7 p.m Wednesday, according to a news release. For an appointment contact LaVeta at 276-8508 or log on to www.bloodhero.com or www.unitedbloodservices,org . There will be door prizes at the event sponsored by the […]

Arkansas meet tough for ENMU

Freedom Newspapers FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In a field dominated by Division I programs, Eastern New Mexico University’s men finished 29th out of 33 teams while the women were 38th out of 43 in Saturday’s Chile Pepper Festival cross country meet, hosted by the University of Arkansas. ENMU finished with a score of 757 in the […]

St. Mary’s sweeps ENMU

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — St. Mary’s pulled out two close games late and posted a three-game sweep of Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday in a tournament hosted by West Texas A&M. The Rattlers (17-11) held off the Zias late in each game to win 30-23, 33-31, 33-31 behind 25 kills from Samantha Weber. […]

West Texas holds on to Wagon Wheel

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Wagon Wheel will remain in Canyon for at least more year and West Texas A&M remains undefeated for at least one more week. Eastern New Mexico outplayed the visiting Buffaloes for one half, turning four West Texas turnovers into a 14-0 half-time lead, but the sixth-ranked team in […]

Caring for quirky pets takes patience

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist Even though pets are difficult, we still love them to death. My husband and I have three pets: two dogs and a cat. We have had our two pugs, Monty, a male, and Tiny, a female, since they were puppies. While they love us unconditionally, Tiny is a normal dog […]

Wrestling reenactments kept boys busy

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor My grandmother thought we were going to kill each other. Some days we might have been close to it as we imitated our favorite TV wrestlers every Saturday. Growing up in eastern New Mexico, one of my brother and I’s favorite Saturday TV shows was Championship Wrestling. We never […]

Treason may be justified in case of terror videos

By Freedom Newspapers The words “traitor” and “treason” are sometimes used rather loosely in common parlance, applied to anything from criticizing the current administration’s policies in impolite terms to actually taking up arms in a foreign army at war with the United States. The U.S. Constitution, however, is much more explicit and limited in its […]