Novak hearing completes second day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airmen Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing that […]

Odor remains hot topic

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ongoing debate over controlling odors in Portales moved to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents’ arena Thursday during a special meeting. The Stepping Stone Dairy south of Portales has drawn complaints from residents and has been the topic of discussion at County Commission and City Council meetings […]

ENMU students asked to help

PNT Staff The Eastern New Mexico University student government is asking students, faculty and staff not taking assessment tests Wednesday to assist the city of Clovis or the American Red Cross with continued tornado cleanup. “The city’s residents and businesses have greatly supported our university throughout the years, and it is time for Eastern to […]

Portales residents asked to conserve water, in wake of tornado

PNT Staff Report Portales residents are being asked to conserve water after a tornado snapped poles and cut off electricity to most of the city’s well field east of town, according to a press release from the Portales Police Department. The tornado, apparently the same one that struck Clovis, passed through the well field located […]

March14, 1971

As a preliminary to getting together for a 30th anniversary of their graduation from Portales High School, members of the class of 1941 are asked to start getting information together. The date for the reunion is set for July 24-25, and the persons to call to help get the ball rollong are Mrs. B. C. […]

Dealing with the stresses of moving

By Anita Doberman: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Experts say moving is one of the most stressful events in someone’s life. If that’s true, it’s a miracle my husband and I made it as long as we have. Like many military families, we have moved around; six times in five years to be accurate. If you have […]

Learning to dance real close

By Bob Huber When I started high school, no one warned me that students danced cheek to cheek every day during lunch hour in the gymnasium. Had I known, I would have stayed in the eighth grade until Mr. Roosevelt drafted me or Social Security kicked in, whichever came first. What happened was, I sat […]

Rickey’s ‘tenure’ enough for Hall of Fame

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer One of the most entertaining careers in the history of sports is about to come to an end, and I couldn’t be happier. I was watching Sportscenter late Monday night to find the anchors discussing Rickey Henderson’s impending retirement from baseball. While I’m sad to see Henderson go, I’m getting […]

Cannon supporters make their case

CNJ Staff Nine supporters of Cannon Air Force Base spent 90 minutes Friday trying to convince Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to remove Cannon from a proposed closure list. Most argued that Defense Department information was flawed and incomplete and emotions ran high with an audience of about 1,400 applauding the speakers on more than […]

Why jewelry stores weren’t made for cowboys

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist We had been making the rounds of jewelry stores in search of an item to secure my position as “good husband.” Mostly I was standing around watching solicitous salespeople hover over my wife the way my dogs flock around me when I walk outside with a plate of scraps. Mall […]

Two life sentences given to Clovis man

By David Irvin Dominic Murphy showed no emotion Tuesday when he was sentenced to two life sentences in connection with the 2003 shooting deaths of two Clovis men. He will have to serve 60 years in prison before being eligible for parole, according to state law. Murphy, 26, of Clovis, was convicted by a Curry […]

Singing voice is illegal in nine states; but not N.M.

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist I was recently invited to present a talk to a Portales organization called P.E.O. Nobody I asked seemed to know what name those initials represented … either that or it was none of my business. However, I did learn that the organization does good work for this community and beyond. […]

Start each day with a song — speeches are another thing

By Jim Lee I was recently invited to present a talk to a Portales organization called P.E.O. Nobody I asked seemed to know what name those initials represented … either that or it was none of my business. However, I did learn that the organization does good work for this community and beyond. P.E.O. is […]

Cannon firefighter talks with students

By David Irvin CLOVIS — When roughly 150 young students Monday asked what it was like to be in war, Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. David Sanchez answered with an illustration: The Air Force firefighter asked the after school students at James Bickley Elementary to close their eyes and imagine themselves sitting on a […]

Sophomore Chambers shows versatility

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By Dave Wagner Being asked to play three positions in three years can take its toll on a player. Not Eastern New Mexico University redshirt sophomore Rodrick Chambers, who lets his faith in God dictate his actions. Recruited as a defensive end out of Sam Houston High School in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, Chambers […]

Take the bridge to heaven

Joan Clayton I have always wanted a garden bridge, but not a pond with fish in it. The fish could eat the mosquitoes, but my cats could eat the fish. So I just wanted a cute little bridge in the backyard. To look from my window and envision surrounding it with honeysuckle or roses became […]

Suggestion selling is a national conspiracy

Helena Rodriguez “Do you want pantyhose with that?” I’m not joking. That’s what a salesperson asked me at a clothing store where I purchased an outfit recently. That store clerk set off just about every nerve in my body. No one knows better than my daughter, Laura, that my biggest pet peeve is suggestion selling. […]

Pleasing customers is a hairdresser’s duty

Don McAlavy Not every hairdresser would work at a funeral home. The former Verdine Crume, now Mrs. Duane Howard of Clovis, has been praised by many husbands, fathers and children of the deceased with the wonderful work she performs. Verdine received her cosmetology license in 1938 and was soon called by a funeral home to […]

9-14 Altrusa Notes

Altrusa International Inc. of Portales met on Monday with 33 members present. Kathy Knoll presided over the business meeting. Minutes were read and approved. Marcia Brown gave the Altrusa Accent on “Questioning vs. Doubting.” Frankye King reported that four houses have been confirmed and they are trying to secure one more. She asked that her […]

Roommate draw the first step in life

By Mike Linn More than 100 Portales High School students graduated on Friday. Many look forward to college, four years of eating cheap pizza, participating in late-night study sessions and embracing the college social scene like a farmer does rain in the drought-riddled plains of eastern New Mexico. For some, the transition can be trying: […]