EPAC Capsules

Freedom Newspapers Boys • Fort Sumner (2-6) began the EPAC with serious offensive fire power, blowing out Grady 63-43 in a first round match-up. The Foxes earned themselves a second round game against No. 1 seeded Texico today at 8:15 p.m. Berry Stinnett scored 14 points and Cass Dimitroff chipped in 13 points as Fort [...]

Friends, family remember area woman fondly

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When Keri Bechthold’s older sister, Kelly, needed a car, Keri freely handed the keys to her own vehicle over to her sibling rather than trading it in. When her mom’s best friend, Susan Chambliss, was home alone, Keri would go to her house and invite her to a movie. [...]

Officials reorganize office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Reorganization was the task of the day at the regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The board accomplished it quickly, approving budget changes in the sheriff’s office and electing Paul Grider as chairman. The commission passed without discussion a resolution adjusting the budget for the sheriff’s office by [...]

Farmers support proposed initiative

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Local dairy farmers support the idea of turning manure into electricity, and now that Gov. Bill Richardson wants state incentives to encourage the idea, they say it’s more feasible than ever. “Local dairies here have been wanting to do some projects, but we need help,” said Art Schaap, a [...]

New county tax assessor officially takes reins

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tex Belcher officially became the new Roosevelt County tax assessor on Monday. The Democrat, who ran unopposed in November, is switching places with Royene Tivis, the former tax assessor who reached her term limit. Tivis will now become Belcher’s chief deputy, a position that Belcher held for more than [...]

Tinseltown needs new movie genre

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 house [...]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s [...]

New year time to renew pursuit of personal goals

Editorial Celebrating the coming of a new year is one of the oldest traditions in human civilization, beginning in ancient Babylon some 4,000 years ago. Being one of the few holidays based on natural phenomena — the Earth does take 365 1/4 days to revolve around the sun, creating regular and observable cycles in the [...]

Roads clear, area braces for another storm

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A snow storm that dumped 4 inches of snow in the Clovis/Portales area since Thursday is melting away. However, one road, U.S. 285 between Vaughn and Clines Corner, remained closed on Monday and the area is bracing for more possible snow. “We encourage people to call our toll -free number, [...]

Portales woman killed in crash

Freedom Newspapers Two young women were killed in a car accident in Clovis on New Year’s Eve, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Keri Bechthold, 19, of Portales, and Ashley Welch, 21, of Estancia, died Sunday near W. 21st St. after the vehicle they were in collided with a fence, according [...]