Time to hit brakes on gas consumption

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico With the holidays upon us and with the outrageous cost of gasoline expected to get even more pocket-heavy, here are some tips to help save gas. As Americans, our response to possible resource shortages has been typical with these latest gasoline hikes, which are at unbelievable $3.15 a gallon. […]

Moving new experience for military wife

Jennifer Laurent I am going on an adventure. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that my husband is PCSing and I, along with our two cats and five house plants, will be making the 1,400-mile journey to Beale Air Force Base with him. Recently he came home from work and told me that […]

Sheriff’s office: Three arrested in connection to copper wire theft

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three people Monday in connection with the theft of copper wire from a barn west of Portales. Sheriff’s deputies had been struggling to stop thefts of wire this summer driven by increases in the price of scrap copper, according to the sheriff’s office. […]

Ethnic Fair set for Saturday

Ethnicity will be celebrated during the 16th annual Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair and Parade of Flags and People. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a 5K walk/fun run. The festival continues with the start of the Parade of Flags and People. The parade will be led by a joint color guard unit and will […]

September 5, 1976

• Portales was the host for car show that featured antique cars from both New Mexico and Texas. • The Portales Rams football team defeated the Muleshoe Mules 15-7 during the season opener held in Portales. • Russ Lovejoy, of Milnesand, was named the champion tie-down roper of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association.

Drive-through prank equals assault, stupidity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ll fess up. I do a lot of stupid things as an adult, and I did a lot more as a kid. There was the time my friends and I won water guns at an arcade and tested them while driving the streets of Helena, Mont. I got challenged to […]

Summer stories

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Serious about the series Eastern New Mexico University sports information director Adam Pitterman attended the college softball World Series in Oklahoma City. “I actually contacted somebody at the NCAA before I went because I thought it would be a good experience for me,” Pitterman said. Pitterman watched the entire first round including the final game […]

Some days are a struggle

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Ever had a bad hair, nothing seems to fit, spill your coffee on the way to work day? How about an up most of the night because the baby was teething, slept through the alarm clock, cell phone was dead because you forgot to charge the battery day? Well, last Friday […]

Consumers crave convertibles

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Imagine feeling the wind blowing through your hair and feeling the openness and experiencing the beauty of Mother Nature as you travel the open road in a convertible. Portales couple Tom and Sharon Davis are the proud owners of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. Purchasing the car in Roswell […]

Racers cruise through Portales

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Amid cheers and whistles from bystanders, participants in the 25th annual Great American Race rolled in for a breakfast pit stop Tuesday in Portales at the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce volunteers were on hand to serve the Great Race participants and staff a hearty […]

Race goes on despite rainfall

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Through sunshine in central Texas and hail east of Clovis, 67 drivers raced in classic cars into Clovis Monday night on Main Street as part of the 25th anniversary of the Great American Race. This is the third time the route has gone through Clovis, which has won […]

Bedford takes stand, maintains innocence

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford told jurors he’s no murderer Monday. Bedford, 43, testified in his capital murder trial that he hates the thought of dead people so much he can’t even attend family funerals, and he certainly wouldn’t have let Jerry Fuller set a car on fire if he knew […]

Investigator dissects eight crime scenes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE – A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out the night Odis and Doris Newman were killed in 2005. Kevin Massis, who has spent the last six of his 11 1/2 years with the New Mexico State Police in Hobbs as a crime scene investigator, testified at Albuquerque’s District […]

Fuller testimony key in state’s case

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By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller told Albuquerque jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and execute a robbery of his aunt and uncle, Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. He also testified that when he realized the Newmans could identify him, it was later Bedford’s idea to kill the couple by burning […]

Defense: Witness has ulterior motive

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutors spent Friday walking Jerry Fuller through inconsistencies in his statements made over more than two years about his and Stanley Bedford’s involvement in the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. Jurors heard two witnesses in Albuquerque’s District Court Friday, but nearly all of the second day of […]

Tale of Contrast

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls him a guy who gave an acquaintance a ride and got tagged with murder charges when the responsible party wanted to avoid the death penalty. Opening arguments began Thursday […]

Blame should be placed with proper party

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist When tragedy comes along, it serves nobody well unless a valuable lesson is taught. If that’s the case, it’s tough to admit what’s become of the car crash that killed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. Hancock was killed the morning of April 29 when he left a sports bar […]

March 16, 1971

A car stolen from the Cooper-Hobbs shop early Monday was found abandoned near Morton, Texas late yesterday, Sheriff Glen Widener said today. Another car was reported stolen in Morton, and the sheriff says the chances are good that the two felons who escaped from the Roosevelt county jail took the second car. The sheriff is […]

Feb. 6, 1978

Deputy Jeff Wilkerson said today he is still investigating a shooting incident which occured about 11 p.m. Saturday on the Floyd highway. He said an argument apparently erupted at a local drive-in parking lot, and when one of the participants departed in his car, the others followed in his car. Several shots were fired with […]

Teens accused in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis teens have been charged in connection with robberies that took place about the same time and place a homicide occurred last week. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the teens have not been charged in connection with the killing. “Additional information is being collected, (investigators) are completing interviews and […]