Tuesday morning briefing: Traffic alert, a question of age and civil rights

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Bridge closing Construction from South First Street to Brady Street will close the Prince Street overpass to all traffic. Work is expected to take four weeks. The road’s asphalt surface will be removed and replaced. Businesses will be open, but accessible only through Brady [...]

Prince Street Overpass closed for four weeks

With the temporary closure of the Prince Street overpass, drivers accessing south Clovis will have to use alternate routes for an estimated four-weeks. A state resurfacing project on U.S. 70 is the reason for the closure, said Clovis City Engineer Justin Howalt. In the meantime, drivers can use either south Norris Street or the Hull [...]

Former EPCOG executive director files lawsuit

Freedom New Mexico The former executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit against the agency and his successor. Nick Brady of Clovis filed the civil suit Nov. 12 in 9th Judicial District Court. Brady accuses EPCOG and his successor, EPCOG board member Richard Arguello, of forcing him [...]

EPCOG dismisses executive director

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Eastern Plains Council of Governments has dismissed Executive Director Nick Brady. Executive Board member Isidro Garcia confirmed Brady was dismissed Wednesday. “This is a personnel matter and we really can’t elaborate on it,” he said. “With personnel matters, we’ve got to be very careful.” Garcia said the position will [...]

EPCOG subject of investigation

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico A federal investigation is under way into the embezzlement of funds being managed through the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Deputy Executive Director Nick Brady said concerns surfaced in March over possibly embezzled funds from a federal rental assistance program managed by EPCOG. As a result, an employee [...]

Powerful lift

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Portales High School junior Ethan Grubbs bench-presses 245 pounds Saturday morning at a power-lifting competition at the PHS weight room. Jesus Davalos won first place in the middle-weight division and Jacob Brady won first place in the heavy-weight division.

Eli takes center stage

By Eddie Pells, The Associated Press PHOENIX — Baby brothers across America know hardship. They grow up playing “permanent center” while the bigger kids get to be quarterbacks and wide receivers. They lose every game of Monopoly and Risk, every wrestling match and household power struggle until their 15th birthday — if they’re lucky. And [...]

Ram track meet, at long last

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer It’s been 10 years since Portales witnessed their Rams and Lady Rams run, jump and throw on their home track, but that silence will be broken this afternoon at the Portales High School track. Portales is hosting district foes Lovington and Dexter today, with track events scheduled to begin [...]

Feb. 20 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon No school Monday Students and employees alike celebrate Presidents’ Day Monday with a school holiday. All will find a rather intense schedule when school resumes Tuesday as students prepare for the state mandated tests as well as the third quarter tests. Before spring break students will begin the registration process for next [...]

A day at the ‘playground’

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — The announcer at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals bellowed to the crowd that they were at the “world’s most dangerous playground” to start Wednesday night’s festivities. While that may or may not be true, there’s a reason Carmen Roberts showed up at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena [...]