Lady Rams infused with youth

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Many fans will recognize several faces as the 2008 Lady Ram volleyball team takes the court this season, but the unit has lost many pieces of the squad that won the New Mexico Class 3A state volleyball championship last November.

Four inmates charged in escape

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Police have charged four jail inmates with assisting in Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail. Two people close to escapees have also been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, allegedly for refusing to cooperate with law enforcement. Five of the eight escapees remained at large on Wednesday […]

Escape details revealed

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Sunday’s escape from the Curry County jail took about seven hours to complete, was a collaborative effort between inmates in two pods and required access to a door that’s supposed to be locked. Law officers provided the details on Wednesday afternoon and also released surveillance video that appears to […]

Boot fund-raiser starts Thursday

PNT Staff Report The boot is back. The Portales Fire Department is starting its annual “Filling the Boot” fund-raiser. Starting today, members of the department will be on Avenue C at the intersections of First and Second Streets. The drive will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. That time is the […]

ENMU class highlighting green efforts

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer A new fall class at Eastern New Mexico University is aiming to encourage students and Portales residents to eco-friendly habits. Going Green is a class that will focus on informing individuals on ways to reduce energy consumption and waste production, said ENMU special programs coordinator Lukas Cash. “Everyone is […]

ENMU readies for year of fine arts events

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Fall 2008 Fine Arts series kicks off Friday. The series runs through the end of the fall semester, with the last event scheduled for Dec. 11. The series features events and exhibits from the theater, art and music departments. Some of the events include wind symphony performances, choral […]

Rams ready to open season

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Entering his third year as head coach of Portales Ram football, Andy Correll has his most experienced squad, all of whom are ready to out-do last year’s squad that advanced to the New Mexico Class 3A quarterfinals, but lost on the road to Raton. Taking snaps under center will […]

Aug. 27, 2008 Floyd News

Transitions Birthdays and Anniversaries Last week Wednesday: Rose Rector, John Lee Friday: Kendall Buzard Monday: Laveta Patterson, Chad Smith, Clovis Gray This week Thursday: Polly Bigler, Jason and Amanda Potter Tuesday: Crysten Smith

Realtors: Local housing market in holding pattern

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales Realtors are starting to see the housing market improve from a dismal first-quarter but say it’s still sluggish compared to last year. But they are optimistic Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a Special Operation’s Wing will bolster the area housing markets. Aces Realty owner Benny […]

Five still at large from escape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement believes at least some of the escapees are still in the Clovis area, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Federal agencies including the […]

DA: Prisoner was due for transfer before escape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Convicted killer Edward Salas was due to be transferred to the state’s Department of Corrections one day after he escaped from the Curry County jail, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Salas was among a group of eight inmates who escaped on Sunday night. He remained at large on […]

Training center funds in omnibus bill

PNT Staff Report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

Road project ongoing

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues the reconstruction of N.M. 206 south of Portales. Only one lane will be open to traffic while work is taking place, and motorists are advised to take extra time when planning. The project is between mile marker 67 near Dora and mile marker 82.49 […]

Memories keep Kids in the picture

By Kevin Wilson It just took five words. It killed a conversation, showed our differences and outlined our dependence on the superficial. But a few months ago, those five words started a conversation, showed our similarities and outlined our dependence on the superficial. “I don’t have a television,” she said, starting the conversation, “so I […]

Exposure to China’s ills may be biggest Olympic victory

Freedom New Mexico The closing ceremonies were not quite as spectacular as the opening ceremonies. But they were spectacular enough, capping an Olympics that both from an athletic and a showmanship standpoint had to be counted as a success, though it cost the Chinese government some $40 billion. This year’s games were also notable for […]

Dora football begins second season

PNT Staff Report As could be expected, in its inaugural season last year, the Dora Coyote 8-man football team was young. For their second campaign, they’re even younger. Out of the Coyotes 27 players to start the 2008 season, head coach Pablo Pena has a total of four juniors and seniors. “We’re young,” Pena said. […]

Fair revenues slightly up for 2008

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Early fears of a poor economy affecting Roosevelt County Fair revenues and attendance were silenced with an increase in earnings. “I was a little worried that our attendance and earning would suffer like other county fairs,” board president Tim Alison said. This year’s gate totals was $54,500 an increase […]

Elida lands $10,000 energy grant

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Elida Municipal Schools received a $10,000 grant to fund educational programs and studies of renewable energy sources. Elida was one of 45 schools in New Mexico to receive the grant. Energy provider BP America awarded cash grant of $5,000 or $10,000 to 370 schools in eight states to implement […]

It’s Their Job: Adam Pitterman

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Name: Adam Pitterman Job: Director of Athletic Communications at Eastern New Mexico University Background: Pitterman completed his undergraduate degree at State University of New York Brockport, and then took an internship at Alfred State. Later, he was a graduate assistant at Dalton State in Mississippi. He then spent a year in NC at Mount Olive, […]

Aug. 26, 2008 Blotter

The following is a sample of calls received recently at the Portales Police Department’s dispatch unit. August 15• At 12:23 p.m., a caller reported phone harassment at a residence on South Roosevelt Road R.• At 1:30 p.m., a caller reported criminal damage of a building on West Ivy Street.• At 3:49 p.m., a caller reported […]