Temporarily disconnected

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Several hundred Portales and Roosevelt County residents were without phone service throughout the day Thursday after Qwest phone lines were cut Wednesday afternoon. Qwest spokesperson Gary Younger said a contractor doing work in the area of South Avenue B and Third Street had cut a bundle of lines, causing […]

Victim says she was held at gunpoint

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune does not identify victims of sexual assault. Law officers said a Portales man arrested Wednesday for kidnapping threatened his victim with a gun, sexually assaulted her and beat her before she escaped. George Vela, 27, of Portales was charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration […]

Officials work to educate public about TB

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Sparked by the recent news of a DairiConcepts employee who contracted tuberculosis, health and public safety officials are working to educate and promote awareness of the disease in the community. Community Resources executive director Terry Teti, is working to put in place a plan that encourages employers to requires […]

Biodiesel plant headed for Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An Australian company plans to build a biodiesel plant in Clovis that has the capacity to produce 75 million gallons of biodiesel annually from animal fat, officials announced Thursday in Albuquerque. American Renewable Fuels, a subsidiary of Australian Renewable Fuels, plans to locate the plant at the Clovis Industrial […]

Life’s music surrounds everyone

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I wonder how many of us dance our way through life but never hear the music? Life has “a music” about it and if not heard, it isn’t appreciated. God gives his children guidance and they “hear the music.” Peace and encouragement comes with it. Your life is strengthened […]

Tax dollars being wasted on frivolous studies

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Putting our hard-earned tax dollars where their mouths are, researchers have discovered that chile peppers date back to ancient times and even taco chips are at least 6,100 years old. Now I’m not talking about the taco chips at Wal-Mart. According to these sizzling new findings, which were published […]

Arbitrary use of punitive damages can’t be allowed

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a $79.5 million punitive damage award against tobacco giant Philip Morris to the widow of a longtime smoker. Mayola Williams, whose husband died of lung cancer in 1997 after smoking cigarettes for more than 40 years, still will receive $821,000 in compensatory damages, but the high […]

Vixens stop Lady Buffs

Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — Kaylynn Johnson and Rachel Chavez scored 10 points each and Fort Sumner beat Melrose when it counted the most — with a state tournament berth on the line. The third-seeded Vixens hit 10-of-14 free throws in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday and beat the second-seeded Lady Buffs […]

Hounds look for big finish

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With two games left, Eastern New Mexico University’s men entered the week with the possibility of earning a No. 2 seed from the South Division and a first-round home game in next week’s Lone Star Conference postseason tournament — or perhaps finishing fifth and not making the tourney at all. […]

Chase leads to arrest

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PNT Staff Report Police arrested a Portales man Wednesday evening after a woman said she’d been held captive for more than a day. George Vela, 27, is charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and being a felon in possession of a firearm, officials said. He was arrested about 8:30 p.m. inside the emergency room at […]