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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]