Custom Classic draws teams from far and near

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Teams came from as far away as Lubbock, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Oklahoma to join local teams to play in New Mexico’s largest slowpitch softball tournament. Playing nearly around the clock from Friday night through Sunday afternoon, the 26th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic is played on about a […]

Former lawmaker indicted

Freedom New Mexico A former Clovis state representative is among four men indicted Friday, accused of fraud in the case of an Albuquerque-based housing authority that defaulted on $5 million in bonds sold to the state. Vincent “Smiley” Gallegos, former director of the Region III Housing Authority, faces 12 felony counts including fraud, embezzlement and […]

Police arrest mother of buried 3-year-old

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Police said Thursday that the mother of a 3-year-old boy found buried at a playground told investigators she suffocated him, had second thoughts and brought him back to life, then changed her mind and suffocated him again. Police Chief Ray Schultz said Tiffany Toribio, 23, told officers that she and […]

Obama to hold town hall at Rio Rancho HS

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — President Obama will hold a town hall Thursday at Rio Rancho High School, where he is expected to discuss his efforts to stop credit card companies from taking advantage of consumers. Obama used his weekend radio and Internet address to outline proposed reforms. He challenged congressional leaders to send him […]

Press release: Gov. Richardson visiting area

SANTA FE — Governor Bill Richardson will visit 14 communities this week as he continues his statewide listening tour. The Governor will travel to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Ft. Sumner, Clovis, Portales, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Roswell, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Moriarty, Mora and Mosquero. The Governor will meet with invited local leaders, county officials, community leaders […]

Press release: NMAA Board to meet in emergency session

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Public Education Department announced that school closures in New Mexico are no longer necessary for health reasons.

Two more swine flu cases confirmed in N.M.

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico health officials confirmed two more cases of swine flu on Monday, bringing the total to three, as more than a dozen schools in a handful of communities closed this week due to concerns over the illness. Sixteen schools — Carlsbad High School, Deming Intermediate School, all public schools […]

NMAA suspends athletic events

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ENMU sprinter sets mark

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Eastern New Mexico University track athletes Kyle Harris and Tyler Anderson had strong outings Saturday in the Tailwind Invitational track meet, hosted by the University of New Mexico. Competing against largely Division I competition, Harris, a junior, earned a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II national outdoor meet […]

Press release: USDA says MILC payments on way to dairy farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Brenda Archuleta, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced today that because of low dairy prices across the country, producers participating in USDA’s Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program will soon begin to receive payments. “As a result of low dairy prices, we will soon begin distributing MILC […]

Experience pays off for Clovis fighter

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent After the opening bell for the third round, but before a punch could be thrown, Elijio Sena of Clovis pointedly looked in the direction of his opponent’s corner and laughed. In Mark Martinez’ corner, his trainer had just told his fighter that he “had been here before.” Sena heard something […]

More than $26 million in stimulus funds headed to Cannon

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s military bases will receive around $87 million from the stimulus bill for upgrades. The Department of Defense says $28.7 million is headed to Kirtland Air Force Base for 59 projects. Cannon Air Force Base will receive $26.4 million, including $12 million for the construction of a child development […]

State tournament scoreboard — Saturday

Go to varsitynow.com for game stories and photos At The Pit, AlbuquerqueSaturdayBoysCLASS 5AChampionshipLa Cueva vs. Highland, 8:30 p.m. CLASS 4AChampionshipRoswell 59, Artesia 51 CLASS 3AChampionshipHope Christian 55, St. Michael’s 44 CLASS 2AChampionshipTexico 48, Santa Rosa 46 CLASS 1AChampionshipFort Sumner 67, Springer 66 GirlsCLASS 5AChampionshipLa Cueva 51, Cibola 43 CLASS 1AChampionshipCimarron 58, Des Moines 53

Portales boys bounced at state

ALBUQUERQUE — Jordan Romero scored 20 points and St. Michael’s jumped out to an early lead and was never challenged in a 53-36 win over Portales in a Class 3A boys state semifinal game Friday at The Pit. Marcus Slocum led Portales with 16 points and Nick Bliss added six. St. Michael’s plays Hope Christian […]

State tournament scoreboard — Friday

Go to varsitynow.com for game stories and photos Boys CLASS 5A At The Pit, Albuquerque Semifinals ThursdayLa Cueva 70, Eldorado 63Highland 63, Las Cruces 56 Championship SaturdayLa Cueva vs. Highland, 8:30 p.m. CLASS 4AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueSemifinals ThursdayArtesia 58, Espnola Valley 56, 3 OTRoswell 69, Deming 64 Championship SaturdayArtesia vs. Roswell, 4:30 p.m. CLASS 3AAt […]

State tournament scoreboard

Go to varsitynow.com for game stories and photos. BoysCLASS 5AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueWednesday’s quarterfinalsEldorado 46, Manzano 40La Cueva 61, Clovis 57Highland 59, Onate 44Las Cruces 77, Gallup 74 Thursday’s semifinals Eldorado vs. La Cueva, 4:45 p.m.Highland vs. Las Cruces, 8:15 p.m. CLASS 4AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueWednesday’s quarterfinalsEspanola Valley 54, (8) St. Pius 51Artesia 69, Los […]

State basketball tournament scoreboard

Go to varsitynow.com for games stories and photos. Girls CLASS 5A Tuesday’s quarterfinals At Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho Cibola 60, Clovis 52 La Cueva 50, Gallup 47 Sandia 59, Eldorado 46 Rio Rancho 58, Valley 55 CLASS 4AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueTuesday’s quarterfinals Roswell High 46, Belen 38 St. Pius 41, St. Pius 27Kirtland […]

Portales doctor indicted for methadone prescriptions

Staff and wire reports A Portales doctor accused by the state of illegally prescribing methadone to an undercover agent is now the subject of a federal case made by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Dr. Patricia J. Green, who operates the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic, was released on her own recognizance Friday after appearing before U.S. […]

Albuquerque man latest solicitation arrest

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NM investment lawsuit names former governor aide

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A former state investment officer claims Gov. Bill Richardson’s former chief of staff pressured board members to support $90 million in failed investments because of political considerations. Frank Foy on Tuesday identified David Contarino as the previously undisclosed “John Doe 2” in his lawsuit. Contarino later issued […]