County rancher, wife win achievement award

Mike Linn Some may know Chad Davis as the chairman of the Roosevelt County Commission, where he likes to call meetings to order with his fist rather than a gavel. But the young politician is much more than a commissioner. He is also a Roosevelt County rancher, a board member of the New Mexico Farm […]

Officials: Cannon closure unlikely

Darrell Todd Maurina A special committee of business and government leaders appointed to help keep New Mexico’s military bases is coming to Clovis today. The group’s chair, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, said she’s optimistic the state will present enough incentives to keep not only Cannon Air Force Base but also the state’s other three bases […]

Cannon newspaper editor receives court-martial conviction

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The editor of the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper will spend nine months in military prison, be demoted to the lowest enlisted rank, and receive a bad conduct discharge following his court-martial conviction Wednesday for carnal knowledge. Master Sgt. Stefan […]

Holiday event to light up campus

Michelle Seeber Magical. That’s the word Sara Holland, a 21-year-old senior attending Eastern New Mexico University, used to describe the second annual Carol of Lights that will introduce this year’s Christmas season Friday afternoon to Portales. By the time the event concludes, more than 5,000 feet of campus sidewalk will glow with luminarias — paper […]

Economic development changes approved

Mike Linn Confusion, questions and some minor feuding regarding the amending of two ordinances relating to economic development littered the Portales City Hall on Tuesday night. But after an hour of intense discussion the city council approved both ordinances, one of which will allow several different types of business to receive financial assistance from taxpayer […]

Curry County commissioners request funds for cheese plant

Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to transfer $300,000 from the county’s environmental fund to the city of Clovis to help pay for a wastewater treatment system for the Southwest Cheese plant. But they said the money will not be transferred until other types of funding […]

Sheriff expresses concern

Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett expressed several concerns at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, from a shortage in police escorts for females to computer problems to the use of $4,000 confiscated from an inmate who was selling marijuana in jail over the summer. Currently, inmate guardians escorting inmates to other facilities get paid […]

Police: Poor decision cause of Ute Lake drownings

Angela Peacock By Angela Peacock Freedom Newspapers Angela_Peacock@link.freedom.com Two Portales men who drowned in Ute Lake last August made a “bad decision” to leave their boat and try to swim through unfamiliar waters in the dark, a state police official said Monday. Toxicology reports released Monday show small amounts of alcohol were present in the […]

City seeks funding

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com The Portales City Council will vote tonight whether to amend two ordinances that would increase the membership of a committee overseeing municipal funding for new businesses and would allow owners of small businesses — not just major export companies — to receive city funding. But allowing […]

Program aimed at improving communication

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University officials are taking steps toward better communication between the university and local community. “The leadership training program was started so that full-time ENMU professionals could be more aware of the community,” Trisha Maguire, ENMU leadership advisory council member, said. “We also want to make them aware of the leadership […]