Tornado slams Clovis

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Freedom Newspapers The worst tornado in Clovis’ history struck the city’s southeast side Friday night, leaving more than a dozen injured and possibly hundreds of homes damaged. No deaths were reported, but officials said at least three patients at Plains Regional Medical Center were listed in critical condition. Rescue workers were still searching storm-ravaged homes […]

Shelters available if necessary for weather

PNT Staff According to Capt. Ray Chambers of the Eastern New Mexico University Police Department, members of the community will be able to seek shelter in Greyhound Arena in the event that a tornado reaches the area. “We will have that available if that (tornado) occurs,” Chambers said. The public is encouraged to stay in […]

ENMU football wraps spring practice

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With most of the evaluating process behind them, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo is hoping the Greyhounds can cap their spring workouts in style with Saturday’s 3 p.m. scrimmage against an alumni squad at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo said he’s hoping about 45 players are able to play […]

No Ram basketball first-teamers

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Despite a seventh consecutive appearance in the Class 4A State Championship game, and another district championship the Portales Lady Rams were shut out of the All State first-team list Thursday. “We are more of a team,” Portales head coach Brenda Gomez said. “We play more of a team (style) […]

Sounds of music

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A long-standing tradition in the area, the annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree has given many young people their musical start. Many have come back for years. Life-long Roosevelt County resident Gary Modrell, first performed at the jamboree during the 1970’s. After a long hiatus, he returned to perform during […]

United Way hosts annual banquet

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet was held Thursday. In its 2006-2007 fund-raising campaign, the organization exceeded its goal of $525,000 by about $950, according to United Way officials. “It took the incredible generosity of our community to provide funding for these important programs. Tonight, we […]

Wet weather drenches area

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales was soaked with more than a half inch of rain Thursday that caused no major problems except for drenching a couple of high school baseball games. KENW-TV’s rain gauge recorded 0.58 inches of the wet stuff yesterday, while Clovis received 0.65 inches recorded by KVII-TV. According to Portales […]

Environmental Impact Statement available to public

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A draft of an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the effect of Cannon Air Force Base’s switch in October to the 16th Special Operations Wing is available for public review at public libraries in Clovis, Portales and Fort Sumner, according to base officials. Residents are welcome to view the executive […]

Life should be faced with enthusiasm

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Do you like to be around enthusiastic people? I do! My career of teaching little children brought me 23 little cherubs filled with enthusiasm every day for 31 years. They greeted me with hugs saying, “What are we going to learn today?” The children passed their zest for living […]

Some mistakes can be costly

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer And you thought making a few innocent mistakes at work was bad, like accidentally hanging up on your boss or inadvertently deleting an e-mail message you were supposed to forward. Or you felt guilty for wasting company resources, like accidentally using two instead of one of those little Post-It […]

Hysteria over global warming not necessary

Editorial Former Vice President Al Gore returned to Washington on Wednesday to whip up global warming hysteria, calling on Congress to cut greenhouse gases 90 percent by 2050 and impose new taxes on carbon emissions. “I know the phrase sounds shrill,” was Gore’s own understated assessment of his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce […]

Dairy company hears residents’ smell concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DairiConcepts officials said Wednesday work being done to remedy an odor problem associated with its wastewater that drew the ire of neighbors last summer should be completed by the end of May. DairiConcepts, a milk processing plant that produces primarily a powdered product called milk protein concentrate met with […]

Floyd student chosen for national conference

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd High School senior Adriana Abaraca will represent New Mexico at a Hispanic student conference to be held this weekend in Albuquerque. She was chosen from 10 applicants to participate on a panel during the Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Students Conference, according to Elizabeth Egelhoff, programs director for […]

Water system shutdown scheduled

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales could soon update its water system shutoffs to avoid the type of problem it had last year when a 24-inch main failed, leaving residents without water service for up to 24 hours. Portales city councilors heard a report from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering at […]

City looks to combat odor problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors spent a good portion of Tuesday’s regular meeting dealing with odor issues — both their own wastewater treatment plant and a complaint that a dairy south of the city could potentially add to the smell. Councilors heard an update from Public Works Director Tom Howell on […]

Sometimes we pay too much for nothing

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist When your governor seeks the presidency, it’s reassuring to know your lieutenant governor can replace him in New Mexico’s most important times. And the other times too. My e-mail inbox was flooded Monday night with a variety of press releases. The one that got my attention features Lt. Gov. Diane […]

Scandals signal Gonzales must go

Freedom Newspapers Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should save President Bush the trouble of asking for it — a procedure that obviously pains the president when it come to loyal aides — and submit his resignation immediately. Gonzales may well be a decent person with a compelling personal history. And the position of attorney general has […]

March 21, 2007 Military Digest

Lemon Army Pvt. Jake N. Lemon has graduated from the H-8 Tracked Vehicle Recovery Specialist Course at Fort Knox, Ky., according to an Army & Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of B.J. Landsperg of Portales, and a 2006 graduate of Portales High School.

March 21, 2007 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary: PNT Correspondent Transitions Birthdays: Monday — Stephannie Lee Upcoming events l The Quilters will meet Thursday at the Community Building. l Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m.. Jamboree update The 57th Annual […]

Ram tennis trounces Roswell

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Portales Ram and Lady Ram tennis teams continued preparation for a big weekend tournament by routing Roswell High Tuesday afternoon in Portales. The Portales boys won all six singles matches and took two of three doubles competitions while the girls won five of six singles matches and two […]