One injured in county rollover

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One person was transported to Roosevelt General Hospital following a single car rollover on South Roosevelt Road 6, Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said. The driver of a Ford Explorer driving west on Roosevelt Road 6 lost control jumped the embankment and rolled four times.

Editorial: Inflation 101 — Take control of expenses

Be an inflation warrior, not a price victim. Free yourself by taking control and living smart. Be a strong American, not an easy mark. Here are a few tips: Buy lots of shelf-stable and non-perishable foods to stock up the shelves, pantries and deep freezes. Not because the world’s ending, but to make the best […]

Spokesman warns against dangers of smokeless tobacco

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Rick Bender is a living testament to the destruction tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, can do. Bender, who lost part of his jaw due to oral cancer, spoke to Portales youth Saturday at the Teens Take Control Summit at the Portales Recreation Center. Bender, 46, has testified before Congress in […]

Officials downgrade estimate of burned acreage

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A day after an out-of-control grass fire ran for better than seven miles east of Portales, fire officials are sharply downgrading their original estimate of the acreage burned. A closer assessment Thursday revealed that the total acreage burned was probably closer to 3,000 than the 20,000 estimated Wednesday as […]

Predator crew prepares for move to Cannon

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said this week it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the […]

Special Operations Command plans squadron’s move

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Under its new mission, Cannon Air Force Base airmen will be fighting the war on terrorism from a distance. Air Force Special Operations Command said it is moving to Cannon a squadron of MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle personnel capable of conducting reconnaissance and warfare halfway across the globe as […]

City government must allow freedom

By Steven Greenhut: Guest Columnist Most Americans have the naïve notion that their local city officials busy themselves fixing potholes, providing police and fire services, dealing with the occasional code violation and quietly running the parks and recreation service. But those who run city government have their own prerogatives and ideologies. Their priorities aren’t happenstance, […]

Automobile crash kills local man

PNT Staff Report A Portales man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle accident east of Portales, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials. Isabel Ornelas, 51 lost control of his vehicle around 1:15 p.m. on N.M. 467 (Airbase Highway) between Milepost 2 and 3. The vehicle overturned, pinning the man underneath, according to Chief Deputy […]

Snakes on the plains

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer It appears snake encounters by residents inside Portales city limits are on the rise. “We’re having more (calls) this year than in the past,” said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. During the year, the department does receive a few snake calls, but the number has been higher this year. […]

DWI charges can stick, even if you’re not driving

By Capt. Rob Palmer According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one in every three Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related automobile crash at some point in their lives. In 2005, the most recent year for which MADD and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have compiled statistics, there were 189 alcohol-related traffic deaths […]

Program helps diabetics adjust

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Cooking healthier and planning well-balanced meals are the force behind the annual Kitchen Creations cooking class that began on Monday. “It’s (the class) for diabetics and their families and caregivers,” said Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County home economist. According to the American Diabetes Association, 7 percent of the population in […]

Small changes can help control time, lessen stress

Master Sgt. Michael McNeil The 27th Fighter Wing community is experiencing the effects of overload. Many are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout. Our personal and work lives have gotten busier and more hectic, and we all feel pressed for time, which can make us feel overwhelmed and out of control. But life […]

Dora boys take top district 3-1A seed

PNT Staff Report The Dora Coyotes earned the District 3-1A regular season championship and the district tournament number one seed that comes with it, after defeating the Floyd Broncos 52-38 Thursday night at home. According to Dora head coach Ty Thatcher, the Coyotes (20-5, 7-1) took advantage of soft defense in the first half, and […]

Socialist leaders have propensity to become dictators

Editorial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent strong-arm moves illustrate a couple of truths we’re weary of seeing illustrated. The first is that those who proclaim themselves socialists — avatars of “the people” and battlers for the underprivileged — all too soon end up taking the maximum possible power unto themselves, to the point of becoming […]

New agency for strays

27th Security Forces Squadron Have you encountered a stray dog or cat on the base? Cannon now has a method to retrieve these strays. The 27th Fighter Wing has a contract with One 4 All animal rescue organization to retrieve and control stray animals on the main base and in Chavez housing areas. One 4 […]

Letter to the Editor: Bush Administration must be stopped

It has to be said: This administration is rapidly palpably losing whatever might be left of its collective grip on reality. The last efforts by Cheney, Rumsfeld and others to paint dissenters as, again, unpatriotic appeasers is both laughable and sickening. The good news is that most of us aren’t buying it anymore. But the […]

Animal control a busy business in Portales

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer While taking a walk through the Portales Animal Control shelter, one might find it difficult to look into the faces of the animals which occupy the few cages the shelter provides, knowing those animals could possibly face the last resort option of being euthanized. The officers at the animal control […]

Make time to forget about time

Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers We’re such control freaks these days. We like to control our time. Control our space. Control how long our meetings last. Control agendas. Control how much input and output we will take from others and so on. I’m an admitted control freak. I control the air conditioner in my car. I […]

Africanized bees found in Clovis

By William P. Thompson A Portales pest control company official said a sample of bees found in Clovis “in the middle of town” has tested positive as being a strain of Africanized or “killer” bees. Lewis Hightower, owner of Southwestern Pest Control, said the sample was tested at a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in […]

Division lead at stake Saturday

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo knew he had to do something to get Angelo State quarterback Trey Weishuhn under control. Otherwise, the Greyhounds were going to be in for a long night. Completing six of his first seven passes, Weishuhn engineered the Rams into […]