Councilors voice dissent over smoking ordinance

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales officially went smoke-free Tuesday but did so over the objections of three city councilors. A formality after the state legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in public places, the Portales City Council adopted a new smoking ordinance in line with the state law at its regular meeting Tuesday. […]

Clovis dentist no longer part of inquiry

The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A New Mexico dentist serving life in prison for murder is no longer a “person of interest” in the unsolved killings of several prostitutes in the Lawton area. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said James Smith, who once attended the University of Oklahoma, is no longer […]

Drug dog attends county meeting

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, and with a light agenda, received a demonstration by the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office drug dog. Guided by her handler, Deputy Gary Ford, the 2-year-old Labrador named Ana found a plastic bag with methamphetamine Sheriff Darren Hooker taped under one of the chairs in […]

Bronze skin not worth effort

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I don’t have what you’d call a varied wardrobe. If there’s a shirt I find comfortable, I usually buy one in every available color. Another dress code rule for me is, “No shorts.” It all has to do with my attachment to self-esteem, and my hatred of my exposed white […]

Energy bill in need of major overhaul

We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before the horse, Congress […]

Press release: Sex offender sentenced to prison

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Freedom Newspapers A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said. Gates pleaded guilty to […]

Labor Day: Some work, some play

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer For many in Portales, Labor Day signified another day to work, rather than to play or enjoy an extra day off from work. Adam Gutierrez, manager of Soapy Springs Car Wash, was busier than normal helping customers and working to keep the facility cleaned up on Monday. “It’s been […]

Organizers hope for “star-studded” festival

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The history of rock ’n’ roll, from the revolutionary sound of Elvis to the modern beat of Tejano, will be showcased at the 2007 Clovis Music Festival. The first concert in this year’s event sponsored by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce will be at 7 p.m. Thursday with a […]

It’s their job: Al Bettina

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Name: Al Bettina Job: Volunteer in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at the Community Services Center. Time on the Job: Bettina has been a volunteer for various programs in the community for many years. Background: Retired as the dean of the College of Technology at Eastern New Mexico University in 1982. Q. Describe what your […]

Hounds get balanced scoring effort

Freedom Newspapers Four players scored goals and the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team rode a strong first half to a 4-2 victory over Colorado-Colorado Springs on Sunday at the ENMU pitch. The Hounds (2-1), playing their home opener, got a goal and two assists from sophomore midfielder Ryan McClanahan. They built a 3-0 […]

Zias claim win in double overtime

Freedom Newspapers Sophomore midfielder Kimberly Anaya scored one goal and set up a game-winning header by senior defender Marcela Garcia in the second overtime on Sunday, giving Eastern New Mexico’s women a 2-1 victory over St. Mary’s at the ENMU soccer pitch. It marked ENMU’s first win over the Rattlers in three all-time meetings. St. […]

Lady Rams take second at Clovis Invitational

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By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent CLOVIS — If Saturday night’s championship of the Clovis volleyball tournament were a card game, the visitors showed an impressive hand early. But Clovis had some good hands too, both on defense and offense, and the host Wildcats dealt out an 18-25, 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 victory over Portales to win […]

Zia volleyball winless in Fort Lewis tourney

Freedom Newspapers DURANGO, Colo. — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team finished off a winless weekend in a tournament hosted by Fort Lewis, losing on Satuirday to Colorado State-Pueblo in a 24-30, 32-30, 30-28, 30-28 squeaker before falling 30-15, 30-17, 30-16 to Ashland (Ohio), the eighth-ranked team in NCAA Division II. Taren Frazier led […]

Technology finds place in schools

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Students with a laptop computer may find it easier nowadays to order electronic versions of textbooks, and make their college work lighter — literally. Electronic books, available for purchase online, come without the weight and wear of used textbooks, and one online site now offers a scratch-n-sniff sticker so the […]

Council helps repair storm damaged homes

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Cleo Helker knew it was a matter of time before living in tornado alley would catch up with him. Helker’s Sheldon Street home suffered extensive wind damage to the roof during the March 23 tornado that blew through Clovis. Helker, 75, who is disabled, said he and his wife have […]

Crash victims recovering

By Darin Fenger: Freedom Newspapers Two Yuma, Ariz., residents were recovering Saturday from serious injuries they suffered when their plane crashed Friday near Tucumcari. Kathryn Blohm and her brother-in-law, Gary Mayer, were hurt when their single-engine Beech crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Tucumcari, said Blohm’s boyfriend, Dick Rautenberg. Blohm is hospitalized […]

Clovis homicide still under investigation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Sheriff’s investigator Sandy Loomis said he reviews J.C. Tucker’s homicide file frequently in hopes something will spark a new trail. Tucker, 67, was found shot to death Sept. 4, 2003, at Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Self-Storage on U.S. 60-84 near Cannon Air Force Base. Loomis, lead investigator […]

Emergency causes neighborhood excitement

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers I have learned I am terrible in an emergency. Well, at least one that involves me. Recently I realized we were more than halfway through my husband’s deployment and nothing all that terrible had happened. The lawnmower hadn’t broken, the sewer had not backed up and neither of our cats […]

Breast size of little consequence in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about breast implants – specifically, my desire to have a larger bosom. I seriously considered the option of breast enhancement and went as far as making appointments with two highly recommended plastic surgeons. Before even speaking with them, I made up my mind […]

Proposed labor policy riddled with problems

Editorial Labor Day began at the instigation of labor unions in the 1860s as a way to celebrate the “working man” and demonstrate the “esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” As membership in unions (except, interestingly, government employee unions) has waned, the day has increasingly become, unofficially, the Last Great Barbecue of […]