Woman remains hospitalized after house explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A 91-year-old Portales woman injured in an explosion at her home was in serious condition and in an intensive care unit Thursday at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to an e-mail from the family. Family members said Clytie Calton suffered multiple injuries to her legs and ankles. Her son, […]

House rocked by explosion

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor BAn explosion rocked a south Portales neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in serious injury to an elderly woman, police said. Police were notified of a loud explosion and a home with major structural damage at 2113 S. Ave. I Place with at least one injured person inside, […]

Ten arrested in sweep

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department arrested 10 subjects and confiscated 5.3 grams of cocaine and 8.78 ounces of marijuana Tuesday during a warrant and narcotic sweep, according to a PPD press release. The charges ranged from a bench warrant to possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to the release. […]

Wintry weather on way

The Associated Press The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm watch for Thursday night and Friday for New Mexico’s northwestern mountains. Lea County will be under a winter storm watch Thursday and Thursday night. The unsettled weather is being ushered in by a storm moving east from the California coast toward the Great […]

GAO: Cannon may receive fewer planes, people than planned

Freedom New Mexico Military officials are considering sending fewer planes and personnel to Cannon Air Force Base than originally planned, according to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office. “AFSOC originally projected that about 5,700 personnel would be moved to Cannon by the end of fiscal year 2010. However, because of funding […]

Abilene Christian rolls over Zias in LSC play

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Senior forward Ashlee Barr and sophomore forward Jody Meyer combined for 27 points and 17 rebounds off the bench Tuesday night and Abilene Christian rolled to a 91-61 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Barr finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in 23 […]

14th-ranked Abilene Christian handles Hounds

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Playing with a short deck, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team gave 14th-ranked Abilene Christian all it wanted for most of Tuesday’s Lone Star Conference South Division clash. But the Wildcats went on a 16-2 run, sparked by consecutive 3-pointers from senior guard Brandon Callahan, and pulled away […]

Park firearms rules inconsistent, infringe on personal freedoms

Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest of us are supposed […]

Improving baseball should start at top

By Kevin Wilson Imagine you’re the boss of one of America’s most public companies, with a payroll in the billions going to roughly 1,200 employees. Now imagine your most productive employees are suspected to be illegal drug users. And you’ve got to go to Washington, D.C. to talk about what’s going wrong with your business. […]

Early retirement provision drawing ire

By Tom Philpott The $696 billion defense authorization bill for 2008, which Congress expects to return to the White House by next week for a promised signature, has a host of critical pay and benefit initiatives for service members at war. The House passed a revised HR 1585 last week, removing a provision that would […]

Expert: All stress not necessarily bad

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Work-place stress is an inevitable fact of life, and so Eastern New Mexico University’s counciling and career services department made it the subject of their first Lunch ‘n Learn workshop of the semester Tuesday morning. “I hope that (participants) walk away with some actual techniques to cope with stress […]

Curry County jail officer arrested

By Rick White: Freedom New Mexico A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]

1-23-08 Local Briefs

Candidate deadline approaching Any person who plans to run for political office in the June Primary must make any necessary changes to their voter registration before 5 p.m. Monday, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office. The potential candidate’s voter registration must show their correct address and political party affiliation to […]

1-23-08 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries: Wednesday — John and Mary Lou Kropp Sunday — Heather Buzard Tuesday — Eddie and Janice Lee Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Potluck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. • There will be school this […]

Novak murder trial to begin at Cannon

Freedom New Mexico Staff The military murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base courthouse. Kimberly S. Novak, 20, was found dead Oct. 28, 2004, in the military housing unit the couple shared […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an air quality permit Tuesday, spokeswoman Stephanie Childs said. The company needed the permit to build a 108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant. Childs said costs of constructing and operating […]

Remembering King’s dream

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In late August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 44 years later and nearly 2,000 miles away, more than 80 Portales residents celebrated the slain civil rights leader’s birthday Monday morning with a […]

Some uncertain economic stimulus package would help

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s still up in the air whether the United States is heading for a recession. Likewise, it’s in the air if rumored stimulus packages would do anything to slow or stop one. President Bush on Friday pushed for an economic stimulus package, consisting of as much as $150 billion […]

United Way extending deadline

Freedom New Mexico The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is extending its campaign deadline to reach its campaign goal. On Friday, the organization was about $24,000 short of reaching its goal of $565,000, according to executive director Erinn Burch said. “We were trying to wrap it up by last Friday, but because we were […]

1-22-08 ENMU Briefs

ENMU presenting ‘Perla de Luna’ The Department of Theatre and Dance at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will present “Perla de Luna” at 7 p.m. nightly Wednesday through Saturday in the University Theater Center, Studio. General admission is $4. Directed by Felipe Macias, professor of theatre at ENMU, the play is part of a […]