Fine day for fishing

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Kevin Wilson OASIS STATE PARK — Saturday marked the 13th time Oasis State Park has held a free fishing clinic for kids, but a constant wind was about the only element that could be considered bad luck. The state park had another successful run with its clinic as several area service organizations helped out during […]

Two fires burn area homes

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PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department reports no injuries but extensive damage to two homes that burned over the weekend. A single home on Saturday afternoon at 1704 New Mexico 236 was engulfed in flames and is no longer livable, Battalion Chief Darwin Chenault said. The home belonged to Jamie Banda Sr. Chenault said he […]

Police searching for suspected killer

Ryan Lengerich A man with ties to eastern New Mexico who is suspected of killing two Oklahoma residents last month is still on the loose. But Oklahoma police officials believe they have him contained. Scott James Eizember, 42, is suspected of killing an elderly couple Oct. 18 in Depew, Okla., police said. Prior to the […]

Airmen face harsh reality during training exercise

Darrell Maurina The mission: Take a bare piece of ground and make it into an air base capable of receiving the Air Force’s most advanced aircraft. Personnel with Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Mission Support Group participated in the realistic simulation Oct. 13-22 in an isolated area of rural New Jersey. “When we got there, […]

Teen arrested in Portales, accused of car-jacking, kid-napping

Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police on Sunday afternoon apprehended a 19-year-old ranch hand who allegedly went on a 2 1/2 hour crime spree through three counties where he robbed numerous people at gunpoint, broke into homes and hijacked cars — among other crimes. John C. Cates, 19, is being held in the DeBaca County jail […]

Cheese plant construction to start by New Year’s

Eric Butler By Eric Butler Freedom Newspapers Correspondent Engineering, architectural and construction firms have been lined up as work on a $200 million cheese processing plant north of Portales is expected to begin within the next three months. And a name for the plant, which will provide around 200 permanent jobs when operational, has been […]

Long weekend starts with thunderstorm

Gary Mitchell Portales may best remember Friday night’s thunderstorm as the one that interrupted the Portales-West Las Vegas football game at Greyhound Stadium for 15 minutes. But while the city received just one-tenth of an inch of rain, other area towns received their best soaking in two months. Rain prevented Ranchvale farmer Dudley Bailey from […]

Enrollment of area students up at ENMU

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Mike Linn Officials at Eastern New Mexico University say this year will bring a new five-year high of freshmen from the Clovis and Portales area. To date, there are 138 incoming first-year college students from the Clovis/Portales area, or about 24 percent of this year’s freshman class. Enrollment officials and ENMU President Steve Gamble said […]

Cheese plant may conserve water

Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Water experts also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can be reused […]

‘Major jobs’ on horizon for region

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and Gov. Bill Richardson this morning will unveil news about “major jobs and economic development” in eastern New Mexico, according to a press advisory released Wednesday. “It deals with the dairy industry,” said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman in Domenici’s office. “It will be big news for Curry […]