News release: Senators press for drought declaration for seven N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to quickly approve New Mexico’s request for a natural disaster declaration for seven counties due to severe drought and high winds.

Council to vote on Main Street traffic

Freedom New Mexico The Portales City Council is set to vote today on whether to make Main Street two ways between First and Second streets and to recognize and award Water and Wastewater Department employees. The council meets at 7 p.m.

Inmate health care, city ditch on commission’s agenda

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Jail inmate medical care and safety concerns about a city drainage ditch at the intersection of two county roads are set to come before the Roosevelt County Commission today. The commission meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse. County residents are asking the commission for help […]

Homicide suspect believed to be in Portales

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department is seeking public help locating a homicide suspect believed to be in Portales. Fernando Lopez is wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide case in Carlsbad. Sheriff’s Deputy Malin Parker said

Business feature: Cell service providers, phone contracts under review

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Federal regulators are beginning to take a look at business relationships between cellular phone providers and manufacturers. And regional providers like Plateau Wireless in Clovis say they are certainly glad for the inquiry. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate commerce subcommittee on communications, technology and the Internet will address the […]

July 7 ENMU Briefs

Colleges sign agreement Eastern New Mexico University and Pima Community College in Arizona have entered an articulation agreement. PCC students who earn an associate degree, apply to a related degree program at ENMU and have a GPA of at least 2.0 are guaranteed admission to the university in Portales. ENMU is offering nine bachelor’s degrees […]

Police say Clovis man hit by stray bullet

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police believe a 42-year-old man shot in the arm while watching fireworks Saturday night was hit by a stray bullet. Police responded around 10:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of West Street for a man injured by fireworks, records show. Officers discovered the man was hit below his […]

Missing man’s body found

Freedom New Mexico Slowed by rheumatoid arthritis that made him stop every half block or so to take a break, 87-year-old Ramon Duran and his little red cart were a common sight around west Clovis. Almost everyday, family members said Duran would walk with his cart, collecting aluminum cans to sell, as he had for […]

All-star tournaments start Monday

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt County Little League all-star teams start play Monday in the New Mexico District 3 tournaments. Sammy Villanueva returns for his sixth year coaching the 11-12 year-old Roosevelt All-Stars, who won the District 3 title last season. Assistant Coach Clint Walker said the core of the 11-12 years […]

7-5 Births

Everhart Hunter Levi Everhart was born June 11, 2009, to Kristofer and Alisha Everhart of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He weighed 7 pounds 0.3 ounces. He has 1 brother, Sterling Everhart, 4 years old. Grandparents Keith and Sheila Riden of Clovis and the late Robert Pacheco Jr., and Darlene Pacheco of […]