Massage therapist arrested on sex-crime allegations

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Police have charged a Portales massage therapist with criminal sexual penetration stemming from an incident that occurred Saturday morning at Creative Images. James Fogg, 62, owner of Creative Images on West Second Street, is accused of penetrating a female customer’s vaginal area with his fingers near [...]

PHS officials seek funds for auditorium

David Arkin Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser is hoping a local lawmaker’s request to help fund renovations to the school’s performing arts center will receive support in Santa Fe. Veteran lawmaker Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is seeking $250,000 for the high school’s performing arts center, a facility that gets used by numerous school and [...]

Floyd, Elida voters to decide on property tax

Tony Parra The registered voters in Elida and Floyd will decide on Tuesday whether to prolong the mill-levy tax for another five years. The mill-levy tax, which ended at the beginning of the year, is a property tax imposed by the state’s board of education to fund various school projects and renovations. “It’s not that [...]

Area ranchers resist airspace expansion

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Mike Linn Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents on Monday night at a meeting scheduled to discuss proposed expansions to military airspace. The residents were worried the proposed changes would devalue their land; create increased noise over their ranches; allow for debris from flares and chaffs to land [...]

Bill would benefit Cannon

Davis Arkin If Jose Campos gets his way, some big smiles will be seen on the personnel at Cannon Air Force Base. Campos, a House of Representative member whose district includes both Curry and Roosevelt counties, said on Monday afternoon that he is putting together legislation that could significantly benefit Cannon. The bill has not [...]

Local snow no comparison to national weather

Michelle Seeber While the Midwest and East Coast were bombarded with deadly winter weather the past two days, Clovis and Portales residents awoke Monday to much weaker brand of snowfall. Lt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said the snowy weather, which brought little precipitation, didn’t adversely affect motorists. “There were four accidents Monday [...]

Governor looking to curve Medicaid spending

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson has proposed a 3.5 percent reduction in payments to providers of medical services in an effort to put a squeeze on Medicaid spending next fiscal year. Health care groups want Medicaid fully funded next year, saying cuts to the program would be devastating. Lawmakers realize they have some tough decisions [...]

City officials express optimism on hotel

Tony Parra “It’s okay I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night,” is a popular advertising tool for Holiday Inn and soon you may be hearing it more often in Portales. The wheels are in motion and the preliminary stages are being made to bring in a Holiday Inn Express (prototype), developer Tushar Patel said [...]

Residents outraged over commodities

Mike Linn Residents of south Roosevelt County are upset about a new commodity program, claiming portions of the food distributed last week were rotten and inedible. “The squash they sent was absolutely ridiculous — it was ruined. It was not edible,” said Mavis Carmichael of Garrison. “And I cooked the turkey because I didn’t want [...]

Cannon officials seek expansion of military training air space

Mike Linn Officials with Cannon Air Force Base met with community leaders Friday to discuss a proposed expansion of airspace used for military training. The proposal seeks to expand the airspace an additional 10 miles toward Portales, leaving the boundaries about 20 miles west of Portales and about five miles west of Floyd. Base commander [...]