Portales woman dies from auto accident injuries

PNT Staff A 47-year-old Portales resident died Thursday in a Lubbock hospital a day after being injured in an auto accident in Littlefield, according to a news release from Eastern New Mexico University Information Services. Kimberly Lutnesky, 47, was the wife of ENMU professor Marv Lutnesky, according to the ENMU release. Lutnesky was attempting to […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years in prison

Freedom Newspapers A 30-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison on felony burglary and drug charges, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Harvey Whitley was convicted of two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of larceny, receiving stolen property and two counts of possession of […]

Events set to celebrate King legacy

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Various activities are planned by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision and struggles to achieve a dream of nonviolence and equality in the world. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. today with a commemorative march. Used as a medium […]

Banquet honors best

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Hundreds gathered Friday evening at the Clovis Civic Center to celebrate leadership, a centennial and the accomplishments of 2006 at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Dressed in their finest, area community and business leaders feasted on a smorgasbord of cheese provided by Southwest Cheese, ribeye steaks and decadent […]

Dreams on display

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The essays below were the winning entries in an essay contest sponsored by organizers of the 15th annual Clovis Community-Wide Observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. First Place: High School By Michelle Coyle Clovis High School junior Sure we all remember Martin Luther King Jr. We all remember what he did and […]

Navajo Pine handles Rams

By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Portales thought it played at the opponent’s preferred tempo in the semifinals of the Hope Christian tournament on Friday. Navajo Pine, meanwhile, thought it played at the Rams’ pace. Whatever was the truth, it was Navajo Pine that came away with a 48-44 victory over Portales to move […]

Lady Rams edge Roswell

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers The Portales Lady Rams may have grown up Thursday night. The Portales girls outscored Roswell High 14-2 in the third quarter, overcoming a 12-point half time deficit and the loss of senior Briana Hernandez early in the game, to shock the top-ranked 4A Roswell Lady Coyotes at Portales High School […]

Portales boys open tourney with win

By Eric Butler, Freedom Newspapers Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE— As contemporary Christian music blasted its way through the gym, Portales’ players going through their pregame warmups knew they were in for something a little bit out of the ordinary on Thursday. “It’s kind of different because we usually have the rap thing going,” said Rams’ senior Cruz […]

Hounds beat Tigers

Freedom Newspapers ADA, Okla. — Senior guard Stephen Wilson scored a season-best 23 points and junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter added 16 points and 10 rebounds Thursday, helping Eastern New Mexico University rally past East Central 72-62 in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game. The Greyhounds (6-8) also got 13 points from guard Tristan Largent […]

Zias drop 11-point lead

Freedom Newspapers ADA, Okla. — East Central overcame an 11-point halftime deficit with the help of 50 percent shooting in the second half to edge Eastern New Mexico University 70-68 on Thursday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover basketball game. Junior forward Lacey Goldwire scored 20 points while junior center Jastin Flenory added 18 […]

Officials eye legislative funding

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Local governmental officials say the signals from Santa Fe indicate another flush budget like last year. They also know from experience the competition for those dollars will be fierce. “It never fails — the more money there is the more competitive everything gets,” Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin said. […]

Water warning lifted

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elida residents have been released from the “boil water alert” issued Jan. 6 by the New Mexico Environmental Department after E. coli bacteria was found during a routine test of the water system. Elida town clerk Sandra Monks said the ban was lifted Thursday afternoon after samples gathered during […]

Local author publishes eighth book

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer By the title of her newest book, “Life is Delicious,” one wouldn’t know it, but area columnist and inspirational writer Joan Clayton has had her share of ‘dark days.’ “Raising three lively boys, I did go through some hard times. I wanted things to be perfect because I wasn’t […]

Memorial fund raises more than $30,000

Freedom Newspapers A memorial fund established for the family of an Air Force pilot killed in Iraq has raised more than $30,000, family members said. Maj. Troy Gilbert died Nov. 27 when the F-16 he was piloting crashed in Iraq. Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native. Jay Gurley of Clovis, Ginger’s father, said the […]

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy discovered more than two pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop about 11 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The drugs were valued at around $100,000, Waller said. Two Albuquerque men were arrested and are being held on […]

Civil rights leaders must be remembered

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, […]

Downloadable music changing face of industry

Editorial As you navigate the process of downloading 1,000 songs onto that MP3 player you got for Christmas, and then wonder how you’re ever going to find them on there, you can ponder for a moment the disappearance of all the hardware that used to be involved with being a music fan — and its […]

All animals need someone to follow

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I believe animals are gifts from God and where would we be without them? I am always amazed when I read Genesis 2:19. God formed all the animals and brought them to Adam for a name and whatever he named them that was the name. Living near the edge of […]

ENMU basketball travels to East Central

Freedom Newspapers All Times MST Men ENMU (5-8) at East Central (8-5), 7 p.m. today at Ada, Okla., in a Lone Star Conference crossover game. Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3. On the Net: www.enmusports.com Notes: The Greyhounds destroyed East Central 98-51 at Greyhound Arena last year in one of the program’s most dominating performances under seventh-year coach […]

Mayor opposes further Ute Water Project studies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision not […]