Tuesday morning briefing: The end of summer and Benedict Arnold

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing.

Municipal court closed Thursday

PNT staff Portales Municipal Court is scheduled to close at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and resume regular business hours on Monday, according to Municipal Court Judge Frederick Arnold. Arnold said the court plans to give employment tests to potential job candidates. People scheduled during the time the court is closed will not be penalized. Information: 356-4923.

Municipal Court closed on Monday

Portales Municipal Court will be closed 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday so the staff can attend a city meeting. Also, Judge Fred Arnold is scheduled to be out of the office Tuesday through Thursday. The court staff is to be in the office during regular business hours.

Phone outage traced to Qwest switch

PNT Staff Report According to a Yucca Telecom official, last week’s problem with phone service in Portales originated at the Qwest switch in Clovis. “What happened is Qwest turned off a valuable piece of information going into our system,” said Scott Arnold, Yucca Telecom general manager. Qwest public relations representative Gary Younger told the PNT […]

Zoo officials ensure tiger attack couldn’t happen

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Hillcrest Park Zoo director Herschel Arnold doubts an incident similar to a deadly tiger attack Tuesday at a San Francisco zoo could happen in Clovis. Hillcrest is home to Blondie, a 450-pound Siberian tiger rescued from an Oklahoma exotic animal operation two years ago. The tiger involved in the […]

“Gnaws” will rule the world

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist Here at the Old Reporters’ Retirement Home, I’m spicing up each day by writing a horror story. It’s a TV documentary inspired by an actual event. Hollywood will love it. It’ll star Arnold Schwarzenegger. I call it “Gnaws.” The actual event went like this: We remodeled our house one time, […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes, reptiles and a white Bengal tiger, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty of activities to make for a day trip, according to Zoo Director Herschel Arnold. “The zoo’s got primates. It’s got cats, got bears. A lot […]

Pararescue one of Special Ops assignments

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Skinny tubes of blue neon their only source of light, John’s rescuers insert an air tube into his mouth. The sounds of war are deafening: Gunfire ricochets, tanks rumble. But John’s saviors are not on a battlefield. Though his chest moves up and down and his eyes blink, he is […]

Portales receives its own State Guard unit

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With the recent upgrade of the Clovis unit of the New Mexico State Guard from company status to battalion status, Portales will receive it’s own unit, Company A, which will report to Clovis as will Roswell’s Company B. Right now, there are a handful of Portales troops in the […]

Yucca TeleCom turning on fiber optic network

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The surf is up in Portales — at least in some places. Scott Arnold, general manager of Yucca TeleCom, said Friday that the company’s new fiber-optic network was turned on two weeks ago in some locations around Portales. He said that as installation is completed, other areas around the city […]

Obituaries for May 25, 2006

Ronald James Hammar Services: 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church. Ronald James Hammar, 58, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at Southwest Regional Medical Complex in Lubbock. Born Aug. 7, 1947, in Clovis to Arnold and Beverly Ann Hammar, he married Carla Blair on Oct. 28, 1995, in Clovis. He was a member […]

Incumbents make sweep in municipal races

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By William P. Thompson All Portales incumbent city councilors kept their seats on the council after Tuesday’s municipal election and Municipal Judge Fred Arnold retained his seat on the bench. A total of 997 voters participated in the election, about 15 percent of the city’s 6,322 registered voters. The closest race was in Ward D […]

Obituaries for March 8, 2006

Bill Melton Services: Private Billy Bryan Melton, 75, of Texico died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Lynn County, Texas, to Noble and Erminie Melton. He grew up in Crane, Texas, and Ozona, Texas, and was a graduate of Ozona High School. He married Sue Meinecke in […]

Portales residents remember King, message

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, but his vision continues to live on and on Monday African-Americans living in Portales took the time to remember what Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned for everybody living in the United States, irregardless of the color of their […]

Fiber optic work cuts water lines in Portales

By Tony ParraTony_Parra@link.freedom.com Portales residents in the 600 block of South Avenue A were without water at different times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Officials blamed broken water pipes on poor maps being used to guide workers installing a fiber optic network for Yucca Telecom. Yucca Telecom held groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday for its network, […]

Project to bring down ‘Digital Divide’ in Portales

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Yucca Telecom of Portales announced earlier this week that the company is preparing to launch an $11.3 million project in the next 30 days to install a fiber optic network throughout Portales. The project is expected to take about a year. “We’re investing in our community, our schools and our […]

Meth control central focus for council

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By Tony Parra City councilors are in favor of passing an ordinance to place restrictions on the sale of nasal decongestants are used to create methamphetamine. City Manager Debi Lee is anticipating to have the notice of intent on the agenda of the next meeting, set for Aug. 2. She said more than likely, a […]

Council, judge spar over duties

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council members verbally sparred with Municipal Court Judge Fred Arnold on Tuesday over the judge position’s salary and office hours. Councilors discussed increasing the judge’s annual salary from $15,000 to $20,000, but wanted language in the agreement that would require a minimum number of hours for the […]

5/27 Local Briefs

DWI checkpoint Friday On Friday, the Elida Police Department, in joint operation with other area law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a DWI check point in the town of Elida from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. This operation is part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roadways of […]

Loan will go toward fiber optics

By Tony Parra A change in the availability of fiber optics for the residents of Roosevelt County is on the horizon after U.S. Representative Tom Udall confirmed Yucca Communications of Portales will receive more than $11 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program on Monday. […]