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 […]