Vial can help save lives

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Saving a life and providing a sense of security are the foundation for the development of the Vial of Life program available through Wal-Mart stores. Geared toward the elderly, residents record personal information, emergency contact numbers, medical history, a medication list and other pertinent information and place it in […]

Checks checking out as payment option

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When the tuition bill rolls around each semester at Eastern New Mexico University, Roma Vivas throws down her Discover card even though she has the money on hand. Several times a week, the U.S. Postal Service is a backdoor ATM when customers buy a 39-cent stamp, pay with a debit […]

Voter registration bills meet resistance

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A pair of House bills alllowing voters to register at the polls may be in for tough debate in the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. One of the bills is sponsored by Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, the state representative who carried legislation that switched the state to paper ballots […]

Student spells her way to victory

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Valencia Elementary fifth-grader Yesica Saucedo survived an hour-long battle to win the Roosevelt County Spanish Spelling Bee. Saucedo correctly spelled literatura, which means literature in English, to beat Portales Junior High School’s Russell Van Dam on Monday in the board room of the Portales Schools Administration office. The two […]

Homicide defendant takes witness stand

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Homicide defendant Robert Macias took the stand in court Monday, denying any involvement in the shooting death of a 19-year-old city man a little more than a year ago. After brief questioning by defense attorney James Klipstine Jr., District Attorney Matt Chandler grilled the defendant regarding his account of events […]

Zia softball on-deck for Friday

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Kelsey Kubik didn’t know what to expect last spring when she came to Eastern New Mexico University to play softball, and she admits her teammates weren’t sure either. Suffice it to say, things went pretty well for her. She posted a Lone Star Conference-leading .439 batting average with eight home […]

Rams victorious in Ruidoso

PNT Staff Writer RUIDOSO—The Portales Rams beat the Ruidoso Warriors four out of five times last season. Saturday night, the Portales boys continued that trend with a 60-46 district win in the mountains. “Offensively we did a good job,” Portales head coach Mark Gallegos said. “We didn’t have the same kind of defensive intensity that […]

Hounds blow 15-point lead

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Senior forward John Davis scored 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Tarleton State rallied from a 15-point deficit to edge Eastern New Mexico University 77-72 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game Saturday night. In front of a crowd of nearly 3,000, Davis scored 24 of his […]

Zias suffer heartbreaker at Tarleton State

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — For a brief moment, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team had its first Lone Star Conference South Division victory in sight. Then, just like that, Tarleton State took it away. ENMU senior Heather Brown’s basket gave the Zias a one-point lead with just over six seconds left Saturday […]

Lady Rams dominate Dexter, undefeated in District 4-3A

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Lady Rams were never threatened by the Dexter girls Saturday night, but they weren’t absolutely pleased with their performance either in the 66-33 district win. Portales junior Bethany Self scored 13 of her 15 points in the fourth period, as the Lady Rams maintained a healthy 20-30 point margin […]

Area residents inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

PNT Staff Report LAS CRUCES — Three Roosevelt County 4-H leaders and supporters were among 15 inducted into the state 4-H Hall of Fame at New Mexico State University recently, according to a NMSU Cooperative Extension news release Roosevelt County Extension Agent Floyd McAlister and volunteers J.M. and Fay Jeffries of Portales received the honor […]

State official discusses education

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Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted by Freedom Newspapers with Dennis Roch, chairman of New Mexico’s Public Education Committee. Roch’s district encompasses five counties in eastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt. Q: What is the commission doing while the Legislature is in session? A: Right now, we are advocating for the PED’s budget […]

Jan. 30, 1968

A cast of eight Eastern new Mexico University students has been selected for “Flibbertygibbett,” the Children’s Theatre Tour produced by the school of speech and drama. Richard Lokken, assistant professor in speech and drama and director of the tour, announced the cast, which will begin rehearsals immediately. Tour dates are scheduled March 1-12 in eastern […]

Pothole woes require creativity

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor How many chuckholes would a highway worker chuck with asphalt if a highway worker could chuck chuckholes? With Groundhog Day bearing down on us we should have known that pothole season would arrive the same week. The adaptation of the old tongue-twister is especially meaningful this week as the […]

Military increase may not be correct answer

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years –- 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional Marines, […]

Hopping on the train

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten bonds and raise blood pressure is quickly finding its niche at senior centers and family gatherings all over the Southwest. “Mexican Train” has caught on quickly in places where “42” and dominoes have reigned. The Portales Senior Citizens […]

Couple honored with road naming

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Doug and Debbie Idsinga’s contributions to the area went well beyond the dairy community, according to Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez. Killed in an auto accident last year, the Portales dairyowners are being honored with a sign bearing their name on the road to the Southwest Cheese plant. Turning […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

Former police chief intends to sue village, mayor

Freedom Newspapers The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was […]

Clovis chamber ranks third in growth

Freedom Newspapers The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is the third fastest growing and the fifth largest Chamber in New Mexico, according to New Mexico Business Weekly. The business journal ranked New Mexico Chambers by percent changes in members from last year, according to Megan Kamerick, Special Sections Editor of New Mexico Business Weekly. Clovis […]