No opposition voiced on proposed street closure

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer If there are Portales residents opposed to closing a section of Commercial Street adjacent to a feed production plant, none of them voiced that opposition Monday night. That’s when the Portales City Council held a public meeting to discuss a closure request made by J.D. Heiskell and Co. The […]

Portales Municipal Court closing early

PNT staff report The Portales Municipal Court is closing at noon Thursday for training and will not open again for normal hours until Monday. A court spokesperson said anyone scheduled to appear during the days of the closure will not be penalized for not appearing.

Closing arguments start in Chunn murder trial

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Attorneys delivered closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Roosevelt County farmer accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By noon, the state and the defense for William “Billy Joe” Watson had spoken before Judge Drew Tatum called for a […]

Closing arguments in Watson trial set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments in the slaying trial of William “Billy Joe” Watson are scheduled for Monday morning. Watson, a Roosevelt County farmer, is accused of hiring low-ranking Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor to kill rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn in 2005. The trial began more than two weeks ago. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said […]

Blackwater Draw museum closing for winter break

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Museum will close for winter break from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Jan. 4. The museum is on U.S. 70 approximately 7 miles north of Portales near Greyhound Stadium. Information: Matt Hillsman at 562-2202.

Oasis closing for furloughs

Freedom New Mexico Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from […]

ENMU closes for Thanksgiving

PNT staff Eastern New Mexico University is closing for Thanksgiving break from Wednesday through Sunday. The university’s Golden Library will be open from noon to midnight on Sunday, according to a news release from ENMU. The campus is set re-open and classes to resume Nov. 30.

ENMU graduate finds opportunity to work with children

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Name: Renee Carrell Job: Assistant Director at Toriland Daycare. What is your background? I graduated from Floyd High School and then from Eastern New Mexico University. How long have you had this job? I have been with Toriland since June. What does your job entail? I answer phones and assist parents with questions they might […]

Tower Twin Theater closing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It’s curtains today for the Tower Twin Theatre. After years of entertaining Portales residents, the city’s only movie theater is closing its doors due to cooling troubles. Russell Allen, vice president of operations for Allen Theatres and Tower owner, said the air conditioning system just stopped working. “Replacement cost […]

Portales’ Chrysler dealer spared

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ Chrysler dealer will remain open, but Clovis’ Brewer Jeep is one of 789 Chrysler dealerships nationwide targeted for closure by the soon-to-be bankrupt corporation. Don Brewer said his dealership will remain open as Brewer Mitsubishi. And he is looking into some other foreign products to bring online. Meanwhile, […]