Press release: Shooting suspect surrenders at border

COLUMBUS, NEW MEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Columbus port of entry Monday took custody of a man being sought on homicide charges in New Mexico. CBP officers arrested 36-year-old Fernando Lopez Villegas of Portales at approximately 12:05 p.m. after he entered the U.S. from Mexico to surrender to […]

Commission approves new inmate care contract

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission has accepted a one-year,

Pledge protest moot point

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Any protest of a proposed state rule change allowing public school students to choose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag is pointless because legal precedence permitting such a option has existed for decades, the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education president said at the […]

Cannon airmen become naturalized U.S. citizens

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Airman 1st Class Michael Lazarus, right, is handed a certificate signifying his naturalization as an American citizen from Elizabeth Lee of the United States Citizen and Immigration Service office of Albuquerque Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Now it’s their country, too. After working […]

Hospital Board to meet

Freedom New Mexico Information on doctor and sexual assault nurse examiner credentials and on recruitment at the rural health clinic are among the items on the agenda for the Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital conference room. The agenda also includes reports on hospital finances, nursing […]

Father, son retire from police work

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Like father, like son. Raymond Chambers is retiring after 25 years with the Eastern New Mexico University Police, while son Scott Chambers is leaving as a chief deputy after 24 years with the Portales Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Gill said it was a pleasure working with Scott for […]

Cannon airmen become naturalized U.S. citizens

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Now it’s their country, too. After working for years to achieve an honor some are born with, five Cannon Air Force Base airmen on Monday became American citizens through a ceremony held at the Landing Zone. Coming from countries like Trinidad-Tobago, the Phillipines and Ethiopia, the quintet joined hundreds […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of child solicitation

Freedom New Mexico Police arrested a 54-year-old Clovis man Sunday after intercepting communication he is accused of having with a 13-year-old girl.

Clovis youth among winners at High Plains Junior Rodeo

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals wrapped up Saturday at Curry County Event Center with a couple of Clovis natives taking the top spots in some events. Seaver Tate, of Clovis, took first place in the short go of Calf Roping. Tate said this was his second time […]

Yeast bread featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on making homemade yeast breads and computer-generated items for pets will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Glenna Vance, manager of consumer public relations with Lesaffre Yeast Corp., will demonstrate different ways to shape homemade yeast breads into interesting loafs, baguettes, […]

Area banks have Portales roots

By Ruth Burns: FNM correspondent The banking business in the early days on the High Plains was as wild and unpredictable as the other occupations of the time. People did not have much money, but after the sale of a herd of cattle, there would be large sums of gold and paper money to contend […]

Texas dream becomes reality

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I felt like a child on a sugar high as I sat in rush hour traffic on I-635 in Dallas, laughing inside my mini-van and telling my children how great it was to actually experience the Metroplex traffic first hand. They weren’t too impressed, and asked, “Is there a road […]

Lunar landing gets mixed opinions

Karl Terry: Local columnist Forty years ago I was 10 and man was landing on the moon but I can’t remember if the historic nature of the event sunk in immediately. We still lived on a farm and were a busy young family and to tell the truth I don’t remember actually staying up and […]

After lunar mission, Earth next frontier

Freedom New Mexico Forty years ago this weekend, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins were the most famous men on the planet. And they were some 240,000 miles from it. They were circling the lunar surface preparing to set down for what would become one of humanity’s greatest achievements. On Monday, we will […]

School board to vote on policy

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to vote on revisions to its policy and hear information about special education and federal programs. The board meets 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. Revised policies on board member and staff conflict of interest, truancy, graduation exercises and freedom of […]

Clovis man arrested for child ponography

Freedom New Mexico A 56-year-old Civil Service employee from Cannon Air Force Base was arrested Friday after investigators found child pornography on his computer. Keith Benoit is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children and is being held on $500,000 bond, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. As […]

City council to discuss pledge resolution

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Portales City Council may weigh in on a proposed state regulation allowing public school children to opt out of saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. The agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting includes a vote on a resolution to oppose any change in the state Public […]

Inmate health care to be discussed at county meeting

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County has negotiated a lower cost for detention center inmate health care and the county commission is set to vote Tuesday on whether to accept proposals. At the July 7 meeting, the commission authorized County Manager Charlene Hardin to negotiate with Correctional Health Care Management. The company submitted […]

Residents have mixed opinions of lunar landing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For many Americans, that first step on the moon was not just the greatest human accomplishment of all time. It was a one-up on the Russians, it proved the capability of America as a nation, opened up a whole universe to the imagination and it added “astronaut” to the […]

Floyd grad to compete in national pageant

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Freedom New Mexico One of eastern New Mexico’s own is heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete in the Mrs. United States Pageant, held July 22 and 23. Noel Hunt of Clovis won the title of Mrs. New Mexico and is hoping to at least make it into the top 10 for Mrs. United States. […]