Courthouse is Portales landmark

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles about New Deal/WPA projects in Roosevelt County, marking the 75th anniversary of the program begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to pull the country out of the Great Depression. Perhaps the most iconic building in Portales, in 1938 […]

Regents rehire Gamble

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Steven Gamble will remain at the helm at Eastern New Mexico University for the next three years. At its regular meeting Saturday in Portales ENMU’s Board of Regents OK’d a contract with the institute’s president, renewable for each year for three years. It begins July 1 with the start […]

Annual Dairy Fest a ‘mooving’ experience for residents

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico While other children played games, had their face painted and drank milk at the Curry County Fairgrounds during Saturday’s Dairy Fest, 6-year-old Gracie was helping to demystify the origin of milk. Gracie is a Holstein cow and the star of a Southwest Dairy Farmers exhibit on milking cows. Exhibitor […]

Local AARP chapter sets safety program

The AARP Driver Safety program sponsored by the local chapter and Community Services Center will be held from 8 a.m. to noon July 15-16, according to a news release. The course is a refresher program for drivers over 50 and can help lower insurance rates. Rules of the road and driving in adverse conditions is […]

Farmers market starts in Clovis

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By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico For Kelly Boney and Tyra Davis of San Jon, selling ground beef, lamb and goat aside homemade lip balm and soap at Clovis’ Farmer’s Market is more than an odd combination. It’s a necessity. The two ranchers from San Jon have teamed up to sell mesquite logs and chips […]

Events Calendar June 29, 2008

TodayState-wide American Legion Department of New Mexico Convention — Clovis American Legion Post 25, 2400 W. 7th Street. Information and times: 799-8084. MondayBoard of Regional Substance Abuse Treatment — Noon. Mental Health Resources Inc., 1005 S. Monroe, Tucumcari. Information: Pat Bowen (575) 483-5081. Portales School Board special meeting — 6 p.m., Central Office board room […]

Magistrate Court — June 29

The following dispositions have been filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: • Andy Lucero, 57, was found guilty of the charge of battery and was ordered to serve six months of unsupervised probaton with conditions, ordered to attend the ASPEN program and to pay all court fines and fees. • Taylor Marcell, 43, pleaded guilty […]

Police Blotter — June 29

The following is a sampling of calls placed to Portales police dispatchers over the past week: June 19• At 6:45 p.m., a caller reported a dispute at a residence on East Ninth Street.• At 8:18 p.m., a caller reported a stolen vehicle at a residence on South Avenue I.• At 10:29 p.m., a caller reported […]

Court’s gun-control decision will protect individual rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller might not have been as sweeping in its scope as we might have preferred. In practice it is likely to permit any number of gun-control laws to which we would object because they are too impractical, expensive, intrusive and ineffective to […]

Living in harmony with toad frogs

Karl Terry Suddenly the ground was moving and I jumped like I’d just stepped on a snake. I moved the hose to redirect the stream of water I had trained on the ground around the tomato plants as a pair of eyes appeared in the soil. The toads were back. A year or so ago […]

Multi-pronged approach applied to anxiety

Anita Doberman I am always surprised, although I shouldn’t be, when I receive a visit from a most familiar and unwelcome visitor: anxiety. Everyone gets worried from time to time, but for some people this feeling can be overwhelming. I always struggled with anxiety, but after each birth — and even with my adopted son, […]

Ram soccer gets new leader

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After more than a year since its conception, the Portales High School boys soccer team finally has their leader, Jonathan Smith. This is Smith’s first time coaching high school soccer, but like the Portales girls coach, Traci Sievers, Smith has spent several years coaching soccer at the youth league […]

Little Leaguers anxious for tournament

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer As summer daylight stretches deep into eastern New Mexico nights, the area’s best young baseball players are using that extra daylight to begin their second season; the Little League All-Star District 3 tournaments. The Clovis American 10-11-year-old All-Stars have been practicing for a few weeks, getting set for their […]

Structure fire damages Arch business

Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from two Roosevelt County agencies were called to a structure fire in Arch around 3:30 p.m. Friday. The fire, in a loading warehouse at Glen’s Peanuts on the east side of Arch, destroyed commodity peanuts, pallets and other items valued at an estimated $57,500, according to Arch Fire Chief Hugh Frank. […]

Fireworks sales starting to explode

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Fireworks vendors in Curry and Roosevelt counties said sales are picking up as July 4 nears. “We have been open since June 20 and have already had to order more fireworks,” said Karlee Johnson of TNT Fireworks in Clovis. Johnson said that her family has operated the stand for […]

Roosevelt County man indicted in 2005 homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County man was indicted Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. William “Billy” Joe Watson, 44, is charged with accessory to first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree […]

Police issue warrant for shooting suspect

Freedom New Mexico A warrant was issued Thursday for a Clovis man charged with shooting at his neighbor during a dispute, court records show. Tranell Pleasant, 19, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit a crime. Police responded to the 800 block of Sheldon Street around noon Wednesday for report […]

Oasis will remain dry until February

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer New Mexico State Parks officials hope to have the fishing pond at Oasis State Park fixed by early next year. The three-acre pond has been closed since February when park officials drained it after discovering a leak, according to Oasis State Park Manager Jim Whary. The state parks department […]

Former Greyhound coach discuses life and basketball

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Earl Diddle loves traveling, unless it happens on the basketball court. Diddle began his lifelong career in basketball before he can remember. He took his first coaching job as head coach in his hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio, at the age of 23, coached men’s basketball at Eastern New Mexico University for 10 years and […]

Local police playing catch-up on new reporting

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Public Safety began reporting crime data collected from state law enforcement agencies on its Web site this month. Spurred by state legislation requiring the department of public safety to serve as a statewide clearing house for crime reporting, the first data report was made […]