Law officers aren’t above law

Clovis Media Inc. Thursday was a sad day for eastern New Mexico law enforcement. Former Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry was convicted of tampering with public records, a result of Berry destroying traffic citations issued to an acquaintance. This is the definition of “good ol’ boy” police work, also known as a fourth-degree felony when […]

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Report cards will be sent out Our first grading period ends Thursday. Report cards for the first nine-week grading period will be issued to students on Oct. 18. Grades of 60 and above are passing.

Hounds hoping to make noise in LSC

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Dave Wagner Despite the above-average heat this week, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo wishes the Greyhounds had a game this weekend. They don’t, so he’ll just have to wait for Saturday’s 7 p.m. regular-season opener against New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Stadium. Ribaudo, beginning his seventh season at the helm, thinks the […]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) being reported in young people in Curry and Roosevelt is above the state average and that has public health officials concerned. Specifically, Curry and Roosevelt counties rate above the state average with chlamydia, HPV and Gonorrhea, according to officials at the New Mexico Department of Health […]

Rainstorm soaks Portales

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CNJ staff Have no fear, eastern New Mexico residents. That wet substance from the sky Thursday night was completely safe. It’s something other areas of the country refer to as “rain.” While it was far from a deluge, Thursday night’s rainfall — and the rainfall in Roosevelt County that preceded it over the past few […]

Statistics: Burglaries up

Argen Duncan The city of Portales saw an above-normal number of burglaries in 2010, but a significant decrease in DWI cases, according to city Police Department statistics. “We did have an increase in several areas,” said Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry, adding officers had been busy. However, Berry said the rates of solved cases […]

Temperatures to rise above freezing

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Sharna Johnson Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-40’s today, marking the end of the coldest weather the area has seen in at least 20 years. However, Thursday, arctic conditions continued in the area making things downright miserable for some residents who were in the path of scattered power outages. Since Monday night, the area […]

Farmers predicting good wheat harvest

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Area wheat farmers are expecting an above-average harvest this year, if they haven’t seen it already. Rick Ledbetter, who farms near Portales, said he and his neighbors have finished harvesting wheat to use the plant for silage and hay. Farmers growing wheat for grain expect to harvest in June. […]

Floyd preschool roundup gives schools chance to interact with each other

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Branding irons and bandannas, marshmallows, glue and clay snakes. All of the above were part of the second annual Preschool Roundup at Floyd Municipal Schools on Monday. Preschool students from Floyd, Dora and Melrose met for a variety of activities and lunch with a Western theme. “I just think […]

Insurance personal obligation

By Tibor Machan: Fredom Columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

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According to the Portales News-Tribune, there will be free lunches for some Portales students with parents who do not earn an annual wage above $2,740 when there is one child of school age in the family.

Area residents remain charitible despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people in the know. The harvest began in September and most peanuts are expected to be in before Thanksgiving. “I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen better,” Leonard Stanton, plant manager for Portales Select Peanut […]

New Mexico’s economic freedom needs boost

Freedom New Mexico Are you someone who values freedom above all else, including health, safety and welfare? If so, New Mexico has a ways to go to reach the top tier of states. A new study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the first comprehensive ranking of “economic and personal freedom in […]

Museum offers free visits

Residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Lea counties receive free admission to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque during February. Proof of residency is required. Also, on Feb. 10, everyone is admitted free of charge. Admission to the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater and Planetarium costs the regular amount in both of the […]

Trying to keep my head above water

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist I’d make the Mafia more efficient. It’s probably not good to say such things when everybody’s looking to save a few pennies. But it’s true. If the Mafia decided to take me for a swim, they wouldn’t need a bag to put me in. Or rocks for the […]

Livestock show gives 4-H youth chance to show off

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico At a wispy 4-feet-10-inches-tall, Heath Hadley barely peeks out above his steer’s woolly body. But the 10-year-old Parmer County boy had little trouble Saturday leading his 1,200-pound project around the show floor behind the Farwell Community Center. Heath was among the dozens of Farwell FFA and 4-H members showing […]

County’s teen smokers above state averages

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In a recent statewide study commissioned by the New Mexico Department of Health, 34 percent of Roosevelt County high school students admitted they smoked cigarettes — a rate much higher than surrounding counties. With such high numbers, it was important for Terry Teti, executive director for community resources, to come to Portales High School to […]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet […]