Monday morning briefing: A recital, a send-off and a windy day

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Music, music, music Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Junior Voice Recital of Nicole Flores 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Buchanan. The event is free and open to the public. The recital will feature three exclusive arrangements of Italian art songs for voice […]

Will Banister talks music, career

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“Well, my shirt, it’s got some holes, and my boots have half their sole, but I’m wearing them anyway … and I’ve never been any other way than I am today.” The words come with the voice of Will Banister, 23, and they’re true for him. But his career as a country musician might not […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Brunch with a star and clockless casinos

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Brunch with a star Eastern New Mexico University is holding a brunch Feb. 18 to honor Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor inductee Jennifer Goble-Poyer. She is the first ENMU student athlete to be inducted by the conference. Tickets are $10, must be purchased […]

Local bands dream big

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Alisa Boswell Musical talent is not a scarce thing in the Clovis and Portales areas. Many local musicians have the ambition to go all the way to stardom with their musical talents and considering the recent accomplishments of some, they might do just that. One local country music talent with such a passion is Will […]

Clovis woman sentenced in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for second degree murder. Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this year, but sentencing was postponed for evaluations, according to a press release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler. The sentence is the maximum for second degree murder. Chandler […]

Man receives prison sentence for drug charges

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Roosevelt County man accused of running a methamphetamine lab is headed for prison. Cody Banister was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in a state facility. Banister, 28, accepted a plea deal shortly before the scheduled beginning of a jury trial before Judge Teddy Hartley, according to the Roosevelt […]

Local man arrested, drug charges pending

PNT Staff Report PNT Staff Report Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production […]

Man arrested following search

PNT Staff Law enforcement officers arrested a Roosevelt County man and seized items suspected to be used in methamphetamine production Tuesday. According to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Banister, 27 was arrested on probation violation and RCSO officials say numerous other charges related to the production of methamphetamine are pending. […]

Holiday Inn Express opens in Portales

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By Tony Parra Travelers will be able to “Stay Smart” in Portales now that the new Holiday Inn Express is open. Chelsey Banister, Holiday Inn Express general manager, said it has been a slow start but feels business will pick up once the word gets around that the hotel is open. “Stay Smart” is the […]

City celebrates freedom

By Kevin Wilson They gathered together with coolers and portable chairs, 14 in all. They had come from Clovis, Portales and Amarillo — and gathered to celebrate their independence. While in wording it might have seemed like a contradiction in terms, that’s just what one particular group did as part of its annual tradition at […]