Floyd News May 21, 2008

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.• The last day of school will be Thursday.• The Floyd High School baccalaureate will be at 1 p.m. Saturday followed by the graduation ceremony at 1:45 p.m.

Events Calendar May 21

TodayN.M. Attorney General’s Road Show — 10:30 p.m., program on Sunshine Laws, 1 p.m. program on Scams, Fort Sumner Community House ThursdayRoosevelt County Chapter of the AARP meeting — 1 p.m., Community Services CenterMS Self-Help Group meeting — 6:30 p.m. Caduceus Room, Plains Regional Medical Center, 2100 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Clovis SaturdayGarage sale […]

Wealthy welfare farmers assured for five more years

Editorial Farm welfare: It’s not just for the poor. While working Americans slave away to pay their taxes, wealthy welfare farmers can rest assured the easy money will keep showing up in the mail for years to come. Even though farmers are thriving as a result of world food prices soaring 43 percent in the […]

Most politicians hired extortionists

By Tibor Machan There are those who believe that business is inherently corrupt — communists would be among those, and socialists, too. The very idea of striving to make a profit is treated by these people as morally objectionable. Of course, some even think medicine fits the bill, or military service. For my money, the […]

Military pay increase will exceed private sector’s

By Tom Philpott Active duty and reserve component members can bank on a 3.9 percent pay raise next January as Congress continues to close a perceived military “pay gap” that a Pentagon pay study says no longer exists. The House Armed Services Committee on May 14 joined Senate colleagues in approving, for a 10th consecutive […]

Clarks found new home at Heartland

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Retirement was the last thing on Cotton Clark’s mind until the 80-year-old suffered a stroke three years ago, thus bringing to an end a 53-year career in the grocery business. These days Cotton is keeping a lower profile after spending more than two decades as a Portales city councilman […]

Burdine named new jail chief

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer t won’t take long for Roosevelt County’s new jail administrator to settle into his new position — after all, Don Burdine’s familiar face has been involved with Curry and Roosevelt County law enforcement for the last 26 years. Burdine was named the interim jail administrator in April after Jesse […]

ENMU Chinese students arrive safely at home

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A Chinese exchange student from Eastern New Mexico University wrote in a e-mail she was only home 15 minutes when a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck China on May 12. In her e-mail to Jason Paulk, director of choral activities, and to Kayla Paulk a vocal coach and accompanist […]

Clovis man found dead

Freedom New Mexico A body found in a Curry County field is that of a 20-year-old Clovis man reported missing since Thursday, according to the sheriff’s department.A utility employee located Isaac Zarate’s body around 3 p.m. Monday in the center of a remote section of land at Sugarbeet and Wilhite roads.Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the […]

ENMU Briefs May 20, 2008

Employee/Alumni Briefs One of Michael Sitton’s choral compositions, an unaccompanied anthem “To the Divine Trinity,” was performed at the Memorial Church of Harvard University on Trinity Sunday. Sitton is dean of the College of Fine Arts. ENMU graduate Lee Berlin has been named a prosecutor for the district attorney’s office in Wagoner, Okla. Summer school […]

Events Calendar May 20, 2008

TodayRoosevelt County Commissioners meeting — 9 a.m., Commissioners Room, Roosevelt County CourthouseRoosevelt General Hospital board meeting — 11:30 a.m., conference room at RGH cafeteriaPortales City Council — 7 p.m., City Hall WednesdayN.M. Attorney General’s Road Show — 10:30 p.m., program on Sunshine Laws, 1 p.m. program on Scams, Fort Sumner Community House ThursdayRoosevelt County Chapter […]

State Senate Dist. 27 candidate: Stuart Ingle

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Name: Stuart Ingle Age: 60 Occupation: Farmer and rancher Office: Senate District 27 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Current District 27 Senator and Senate Minority Leader. What type of economic development suits eastern New Mexico, and how could you as a legislator facilitate it?Economic development for eastern New Mexico should:A. Be able to train […]

Roosevelt County Treasurer candidate: Mickie M. Williams

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Name: Mickie M. Williams Age: 49 Occupation: Deputy treasurer Office: Roosevelt County treasurer Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: None Why are you running for county treasurer?I have been the deputy treasurer for eight years. Nancy Belcher can not run again because of term limits, so I will run for treasurer and she will be […]

Portales Country Club Early Bird Ladies Golf Tourney scores

Championship Flight1. Michelle Warnica/Cayley Phillips

Elida graduates go forward with hope

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer It certainly was not the largest class, but a lively class as the nine seniors of Elida high school graduated Saturday night in Elida. The seniors were gathered in the cafeteria moments before graduation, each of them nervous in anticipation and full of mixed emotions. “My classmates and I […]

Local reaction to farm bill mixed

Freedom New Mexico Reaction among local ag producers and lawmakers to a farm bill passed in Congress this week is split. The $290 billion measure will increase food aid for the needy as well as subsidies for farmers. Alva Carter, a Roosevelt county dairy owner, thinks that many people are misunderstanding the farm bill and […]

County Commission District 2 candidate: Richard Leal

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Name: Richard Leal Age: 50 Occupation: General manager of the Roosevelt County Water Cooperative Running for: County Commissioner, District 2 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Board of Directors for New Mexico Rural Water Association, Arch fire chief, currently assistant fire chief for Dora Why are you running for county commissioner? As a lifelong member […]

County Commission District 2 candidate: David Sanders

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Name: David C. Sanders Sr. Age: 72 Occupation: Retired Running as incumbent for: County Commissioner, District 2 Party affiliation: Republican Elected offices held: Roosevelt County Commission, Emmaus Board, Chairman Roosevelt-Yucca Telecommunications, Chairman Arch Senior and Community Center, nine years on the county FSA Committee, and Roosevelt County Peanut Commission. Why are you running for county […]

Probate judge describes position

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Probate judge is one of the positions up for election this year in Roosevelt County, with one Democrat and three Republicans vying for the office.Current Probate Judge Nancy Gentry has held the office for 10 years — a partial term plus two full four-year terms — and is not […]

Police arrest man on warrants, seize 42 marijuana plants

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested one man and seized 42 marijuana plants growing at a Portales residence Saturday, according to a news release. Robert Hawkins, 37, of Portales was arrested on outstanding warrants from Curry County for aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, failure to appear and phone harassment after police received information he was staying […]