Daughter has become commodity

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers No one has come right out and said it, but I know my daughter is a commodity right now. An economic good. A product. Something of value. Maybe even a commission to someone. My daughter Laura is a high school senior this year and Uncle Sam is just one of […]

Rules must be applied equally

Editorial It’s easy to understand the large protests that greeted Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s long-anticipated speech Monday at Columbia University, less easy to understand those who tried to stop the event or who even want to punish Columbia for holding it. The New York Sun reported on efforts by the Democratic state Assembly speaker of […]

Co-defendant refuses to testify in murder trial

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By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A co-defendant in a first-degree murder case backed out on his deal to testify Thursday in Roosevelt County District Court, according to prosecutors. Orlando Salas, a 17-year-old serving a sentence for his connection to the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, was also charged with […]

West Texas hassles Hounds

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo knows his team can compete with the West Texas A&M Buffaloes on a good day. Wednesday wasn’t that day. The visting Buffs beat the Greyhounds 7-1 in a Southwest Soccer Conference match at the ENMU soccer pitch. “We didn’t come out […]

Lady Rams pushed to five games in win at Roswell

PNT Staff Report For their second consecutive match, the Lady Rams won another nail-biting five-game contest — this one was at Roswell High Tuesday night. The Portales girls won the decisive Game 5, 15-8. “I thought in Game 5, we just completely took control of the game,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez said. The scores were […]

Victim’s brother takes stand

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Ruben Perez described to a Roosevelt County jury how he held his little brother and tried to stop the blood from a gunshot wound to the 10-year-old’s head while waiting for ambulance crews to arrive. Carlos Perez died later that day at a Lubbock hospital. Ruben Perez, 19, testified […]

Portales residents charged with child abuse

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales residents have been arrested for what police said were their roles in beating a 13-year-old with a rope. Jesus Gonzales, 28, and Susana Gonzales, 47, were arrested Wednesday and charged with abuse of a child, a third-degree felony, according to a statement from the Portales Police Department. They are both […]

Helicopter based at area hospital

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital now has AeroCare during the day, allowing the facility to transport patients to Lubbock in a timely manner. According to RGH administrator James D’Agostino, the helicopter is based at the hospital on a temporary basis. During the day, Aerocare is on site and at night the […]

Thomas may not face DUI charge

Freedom New Mexico Staff Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas may face only a misdemeanor open-container charge following his Aug. 3 arrest in Quay County. “It’s my understanding that will be the case,” Clovis Mayor David Lansford said Wednesday night. State Police Lt. Rick Anglada said prosecutors told one of his colleagues more serious allegations of […]

AYSO introduces sport of soccer to youth

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Each week, hundreds of Roosevelt and Curry County children burn off energy and learn life-long lessons as they run up and down area soccer fields in the American Youth Soccer Organization. According to AYSO regional commissioner Jolene Nauman, approximately 350 children from 4 to 13 play on about 50 […]

Greyhound football game to be webcast

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s Lone Star Conference South Division football opener at Abilene Christian on Saturday is scheduled to be webcast on the CSTV/Division II website. The Greyhounds are off to a 4-0 start while the Wildcats, preseason South Division favorites, are ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division II and stand 3-1. This […]

Shooting trial jury seated

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A jury was seated at the close of the day Tuesday in the first-degree murder case of two Clovis men accused in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. “It’s been a long two days, ladies and gentlemen, but we finally got there,” 9th Judicial District Judge […]

Portales seeks public’s input on downtown

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Friday evening marks the kickoff for the Portales Downtown Plan that will include a public forum for the improvement of the downtown area. The city received a $55,000 livability grant to develop a safer and more accessible downtown area, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said. “We’re pretty excited,” Lee […]

Aucutt’s Paint Store opens in Portales

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer In business since 1939, Aucutt’s Paint Store recently opened a second location in Portales. The grand opening of the store at 604 East Second was Tuesday afternoon. The family decided that the Portales area needed a specialty paint store and purchased the property that formerly housed My Little Red […]

Think it’s racism? Do some research

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few weeks ago, we at Freedom New Mexico were afforded the opportunity to speak with Clovis native Jerry Large, who now works as a columnist for the Seattle Times. Large spoke with us about journalism and his history in it, and it sounded like we could be the […]

Organization’s unionization will lead to problems

Much of what most Americans know about Washington’s wasteful ways, they know because of the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office), an apolitical arm of Congress that audits and investigates federal agencies and activities. But whether GAO will remain the credible, nimble, relatively objective and independent watchdog it’s been, or become just another […]

Gas leak cause of courthouse evacuation

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Courthouse was evacuated late Tuesday morning while a gas leak was being investigated, according to County Manager Charlene Hardin. The evacuation cleared the district courtroom where jury selection was in progress for the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, of Clovis. The two are […]

Stingy Midwestern defense shuts down Hounds

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo knew his squad was up against it against No. 13 Midwestern State on Sunday. The Mustangs got a disputed goal early in the match, then scored off a corner kick just before halftime and went on to a 5-0 Southwest Soccer Conference […]

October 7, 1989

• During the Daybreak Optimist Club’s 1988-89 awards banquet, three new officers were installed. They were Ed Hitson; president, Jimmy Shearer; vice-president, and Ray Cavett; secretary/treasurer. • Trader Horn’s True Value advertised a Crossley portable electric heater for $19.88. • Missionary Carol High Bett was scheduled to speak on her experiences at the Portales Church […]

October 5, 1989

• Activities for Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming kicked off with a production of the Neil Simon play, Broadway Bound at the University Theater. • “Sports Look” a featured show on KENW-TV Channel 3, featured Eastern New Mexico Greyhound coach Don Carthel and junior free safety Anthony Pertile. During the show, they reviewed footage from […]