Area women find fellowship in sharing secrets

Darrell Todd Maurina Gerri Dawson has a secret, and she wants to share it this weekend with hundreds of people. Dawson, whose husband David is the founding pastor of the Pure Heart Word Center church, will be among the speakers at the “Girl I Got a Secret” women’s conference, meeting today, Saturday, and Sunday at […]

Jury undecided in vehicular homicide case

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began in the courtroom of […]

New Mexico democrats to vote in caucus

Tony Parra New Mexico will be immersed in its first Democratic caucus in over 30 years, when voting for the presidential nominee takes place on Tuesday. That’s how long it has been since New Mexico has had a caucus, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze, and Terry Cone, Democratic chairman for Roosevelt County. In […]

Country music star performs with zest

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Mike Linn Jessica Andrews offered a fresh step, an innocent smile and a dash of youthful energy at Wednesday’s concert at Eastern new Mexico University. Not to mention a few country hits here and there. The 20-year-old country star performed for an estimated 1,500 students and fans at ENMU’s Campus Union Ballroom, where she waltzed […]

State, local officials against base closings

David Arkin New Mexico military bases, including Cannon Air Force Base, received the support of the state’s top boss on Wednesday to develop projects that would help keep the bases thriving. Lawmakers from across the state and local leaders also pitched their support for plans to improve roads and projects at the Clovis base. The […]

Lawmakers support water funding

David Arkin Area lawmakers on Wednesday morning gave local leaders their blessing to push forward with a major water project that’s expected to have a profound impact on eastern New Mexico. Two local mayors — Clovis’ David Lansford and Portales’ Orlando Ortega — briefed area lawmakers on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also […]

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 […]