Black History Month finale on Thursday

The grand finale for Black History Month at Eastern New Mexico University will be the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Black ENMU at 6 p.m. Thursday in Ground Zero of the Campus Union Building, according to a news release from the university. It is open to the public, and dancing and refreshments are planned to […]

Tractor parade: Ag expo tradition

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The antique tractor parade at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds has become a tradition for the annual New Mexico Ag Expo. The parade has been part of the expo for 17 years, according to Tom Davis of Portales who had two tractors in the parade. Herb Newberry, a retired farmer […]

Hounds lock up fifth spot in LSC South

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Junior guard Reggie Nelson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and two key free throws in the final minute Tuesday night and Eastern New Mexico University slipped past Abilene Christian 74-71 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game. The win assures ENMU (9-16, 4-7 South) a fifth-place finish in […]

ACU improves playoff hopes at Zias’ expense

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Fighting for one of four South Division spots in the upcoming Lone Star Conference women’s basketball tournament, Abilene Christian wasn’t about to give Eastern New Mexico University a chance Tuesday night. The Wildcats got 3-pointers from Jamie Meyer and Kat Kundmueller in an opening 12-0 salvo and led by […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Candidate debates

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Web site of the day http://hillcrestparkzoo.com Find out more about the Hillcrest Park Zoo, along with a schedule of events. Question of the day What did you think of the city election candidate forum last night? What questions do you still have? Please share your thoughts in […]

Chunn slaying became tale of conspiracy

Freedom New Mexico When Jimmy Bo Chunn’s body was found in his rural Causey home, no one could have guessed the story of the rancher’s shooting would turn into a twisted tale of conspiracy, a white supremacy group and murder for hire. Five years later, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson — accused of […]

Special session delayed until Monday

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says he has pushed the start of a special legislative session back until Monday. The governor says he had requests from House and Senate leaders for more time to negotiate spending cuts and tax increases before they resume debate over a state budget. Richardson says he […]

Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn and not guilty of attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. The verdict came about noon Tuesday. Watson was accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor […]

Curry County Sheriff’s Office takes over jail

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A spokesman said Monday that Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray anticipates remaining in command of the jail for up to 90 days, until a new administrator can be hired. The sheriff took over command of the jail early Sunday morning after an escape attempt by four inmates prompted resignations […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Steve Davis

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of four candidate profiles in the Portales mayoral race. Steve Davis: Today Sharon King: Wednesday Dennis Lopez: Thursday Gary Watkins: Friday

Feb. 23 ENMU Briefs

ENMU hosting science fair Eastern New Mexico University is set to host the 52nd Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair for sixth- through 12-graders in the Campus Union Building on Saturday. The fair is scheduled to be open to the public beginning at 2 p.m., with the awards assembly to start at 3 […]

Weather delays Cannon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Due to inclement weather, non-mission essential personnel

Fire destroys mobile home

Freedom New Mexico A fire caused heavy damage to a double-wide mobile home in Roosevelt County on Sunday night. Portales Fire Department Fire Investigator Mike Inge said the fire started around the central gas heater, but the reason hadn’t been determined. Firefighters finished putting out hot spots such as smoldering insulation around noon Monday, he […]

Jury deliberating Watson verdict

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson’s fate was handed over to a jury late Monday. Watson is accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood gang member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. Attorneys finished final arguments earlier in the day and the jury had not reached a verdict […]

Weather delays area schools

Inclement weather has delayed the start of school on Tuesday in the following districts: * Clovis schools are delayed two hours. * Clovis Christian school delayed two hours. * Clovis Community College will start at 10 a.m. * Eastern New Mexico University will start at 11 a.m. * Portales delayed two hours. * Farwell schools […]

It’s their job: Business expands beyond TV repair

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Robert Encinias, 59, is the owner of Robert’s TV & Appliance, an electronics store. He is a Portales native and Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He started the business in 1962. What’s the typical day like for you? “Basically we meet the customers’ need, sell things all day long, order products, stay up with the […]

Art contests open to local students

By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Arts Council, Portales Municipal School District (PMSD), and Eastern New Mexico University are planning a sidewalk chalk art competition and juried art exhibition. Called “K through ENMU,” the event celebrates National Youth Art Month. A press release from the university said it will showcase artistic talents of […]

Municipal election ballots

March 2, 2010, municipal election candidates

Tuesday morning briefing: Raising the flag and a high-scoring former Wildcat

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Local folks taking their shot at being a comedian. Joking around. The show goes on The Yucca Middle School choir performs a 50s show 7 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium. Also, the Barry Elementary School third and fourth graders program is at 5:30 p.m. […]

Closing arguments start in Chunn murder trial

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Roosevelt County farmer accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By noon, the state and the defense for William “Billy Joe” Watson had spoken before Judge Drew Tatum called for a […]