Escaped prisoner caught in Amarillo

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A suspected killer who escaped from the Curry County jail six weeks ago was recaptured Saturday morning in Amarillo. Larry McClendon Jr. was taken into custody after a brief chase around 9 a.m., near an apartment complex on West 57th Street, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. McClendon is [...]

Amarillo man dies in Clovis crash

A 26-year-old Amarillo man died Monday morning following a three-vehicle crash on East Mabry Drive in Clovis. Donnie Burris died during helicopter transport to a Lubbock hospital for trauma care, according to a press release from Clovis police. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m., the release said. A 2005 GMC Panhandle Fire Protection pickup [...]

Xcel: Controlled outages possible

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy officials said Tuesday controlled power outages in the Texas-New Mexico region are a possibility if generators at two area coal burning plants remain off-line. In the meantime, customers are being asked to continue to reduce electricity demand in light of the unplanned repairs and expected high demand due to heat. [...]

Xcel Energy upgrades Energy Alert; asks for further reductions in demand

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Xcel Energy asks customers to curb electricity use Monday afternoon

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation and transmission capacity on Monday afternoon. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on [...]

Locally written play takes ENMU stage Saturday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Refreshed and invigorated, the play Mia, Emma and Rose will once again take the stage at the Eastern New Mexico University Theater Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, after a gala invitation-only event on Friday. The play, written by Janeice Scarbrough, was first performed at ENMU in April. Since [...]

Day Trip: Live museum only short drive away

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer The Amarillo Botanical Gardens provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the sights and smells of a variety of plants and foliage. “A botanical garden is a museum with a living collection,” said Jackie Wilson, executive director of the gardens. Featuring a 6,000-foot tropical conservatory that houses a rain [...]

Daytrip: Waterparks a source of summer fun

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Waterparks are a keen and cool way to spend a day’s vacation in the sizzling summer. There are three waterparks reachable for a day trip from Portales and Clovis: White’s City Resort in Carlsbad, Splash Amarillo and Texas Water Rampage in Lubbock. Splash Amarillo The shaded park includes many water slides, a lazy river, wave [...]

Obituaries March 25, 2006

Charles N. Brannon Services: 2 p.m. (CST) March 31 at the Church of Christ, Claude, Texas. Charles N. Brannon, 85, of Claude, Texas, formerly of Portales, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, in Amarillo. He was born Sept. 18, 1920, to Charlie and Leona Brannon. He attended High School in Pyron, Texas. He married Maxine Lee [...]

Zias add five to soccer roster

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Travis McCorkle announced the signing of five incoming freshmen to national letters of intent for the 2006-07 school year. They include Ashley Arguello, a 5-foot-6 forward from Castle Rock, Colo. (Ponderosa H.S.); Alexandra Atherton, a 5-6 defender from Odessa, Texas (Permian H.S.); Alexandra Barilla, a 5-8 [...]