8-6 Police blotter

PNT staff A sampling of calls received by the Portales Police Department from Friday to Tuesday: Friday • 6:38 a.m. — Caller on West 17th Lane said they were trying to have a garage sale and a large German Shepard-type of dog was barking at them and cars pulling up. No incident report filed. Saturday […]

Portales man indicted on murder charge

PNT Staff Report A grand jury has indicted Isaac Montano, 47, on a charge of first degree murder for the July 7, 2008, death of Donald Chapman. The indictment was returned June 30. Chapman, 69, was found at his home in Portales with multiple stab wounds and died later at a Lubbock hospital. Other counts […]

Press release: Additional road closure planned for Sunland expansion

One additional road closure has been scheduled for the Sunland Expansion on Thursday, August 6, 2009. This will be at the same location as was before between Spruce Street and the traffic light at Kilgore Avenue and Hwy 70. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to […]

LSC releases fall preseason polls

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University’s football and volleyball teams have strong seasons in 2009, it will come as a surprise to most of those voting in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason polls. ENMU, which hasn’t won a division game since 2006, was picked for seventh in the seven-team LSC […]

City council approves $125,000 grant for DWI program

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council has approved two grants totaling $125,000 for the local DWI program. It was one of several resolutions passed at the regular council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. The grant agreement is for money through the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration Local Government […]

Base population increase boosting rental market

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s never been too difficult for Clovis’ Bill Johnson to rent out a house. But he’s not sure if it’s every been quite this easy. “I’m getting a lot of calls right now on rentals,” said Johnson, who’s received about 40 calls for five rental units in the last […]

VA not ready to back disabled pay

By Tom Philpott: Military update Monthly compensation the Department of Veterans Affairs pays to veterans with service-connected disabilities is intended to replace average earnings loss due to injuries or ailments. But should VA also pay disabled veterans something extra for diminished quality of life? Two prominent commissions in 2007 said it should. Last week, however, […]

Wedding gift worth extra laughs

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I have nothing worth 500 words this week, but a few things worth about 150. Here are the thoughts I had while watching the Texas Rangers’ bullpen blow a lead Monday night: • I was killing time at a store a few days ago. I don’t want to name it […]

Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people […]

Bingaman featured speaker at ag day

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., will be the featured keynote speaker Aug. 18 at a field day at the New Mexico State University’s Agriculture Science Center at Clovis. “A large portion of the Clovis center’s research and Extension efforts are directed toward renewable energy and natural resource conservation,” said Rex Kirksey, the […]