12-18-07 Local Brief

Covenant, Blue Cross sign contract Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico will once again be “in-network” with Covenant Medical Group Physicians and Joe Arrington Cancer Center Physicians in Lubbock after an agreement was reached earlier this month, according to a BCBSNM press release. The agreement came about after Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

Officials look to curb truancy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Fostering excitement, representatives from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office presented a program at Valencia Elementary School that focused on abolishing chronic truancy. “It’s all about the kids,” said Ben Cross, trial attorney with the district attorney’s office. Also in attendance were members of the Portales Rams sports teams, […]

Lelei leads Hounds at LSC XC meet

Freedom New Mexico COMMERCE, Texas — Senior Nimrod Lelei ran a time of 25 minutes, 56.42 seconds over eight kilometers Saturday to place seventh in men’s competition in the Lone Star Conference cross country meet, hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce. ENMU finished fifth out of nine teams with 124 points. The ENMU women, led by a […]

Child leads exemplary life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist “…and a little child will lead them”  (Isaiah 11:6 NIV) I first saw Kallie a few hours after she was born. This energetic little baby crawled on her tummy in the bassinet. It was like, “Look out world. Here I come.” At 3 years old, she wanted to hear the […]

Hound and Zia cross country gearing up

Freedom Newspapers On the surface, Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams may not have seemed to fare all that well in Friday’s season-opening Buffalo Stampede, hosted by West Texas A&M at Canyon. Still, first-year ENMU coach Eric Boll said his teams aren’t exactly in midseason form, and the men in particular aren’t at full […]

DA works to abolish truancy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office is spearheading the Abolish Chronic Truancy program in an effort to curtail truancy in both Roosevelt and Curry counties. “It definitely is a significant problem in both counties and we are taking steps to prevent it,” said Ninth Judicial Assistant District Attorney Ben […]

Bedford’s family takes stand

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Nine members of Stanley Bedford’s family testified Wednesday as his defense team began the mitigation period of Bedford’s death-penalty hearing for the March 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The defense, which expects to conclude its case Monday, spent Friday talking with family members about […]

Assistance could come as early as next week

Staff and Wire Reports Tornado victims in Quay and Curry counties could begin getting checks as early as next week to help with disaster-related expenses. Issued through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the checks will help cover expenses such as clothing, medical costs, household appliances and tools, according to FEMA officials. Gov. Bill Richardson signed […]

April 7, 2007 Tornado notebook

Assistance available for tornado victims: • Salvation Army services will be offered beginning Monday at the Salvation Army at 317 East Second Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A pink intake sheet is needed to receive goods and items. Information: 762-3801. • The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Center is located at the […]

Christ gave his life for mankind

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Ring the bells. He is risen. Shout it from the rooftops. We celebrate the glorious news of the ages. Jesus has conquered death and his love is stronger than death. The Resurrection comes with gratitude and hope for the soul. In Israel, olive oil is precious and is used […]

Displaced resident still in disbelief

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado slammed the Clovis area March 23 and tore apart his Oak Street home. “It’s gotten better day by day,” Castro said. “But it’s still hard to believe.” […]

Communities remain in holding pattern

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure when, or if, the state would receive help from FEMA in recovery from Friday’s tornadoes that slammed eastern New Mexico. They seemed quite sure, however, if FEMA funds are denied, it won’t be […]

Storm victim recounts time spent in rubble

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

Mental health services available for tornado victims

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers These wounds cannot be seen or felt or touched. But they are just as painful as those that can. Mental health officials said victims of Friday’s tornado can endure the same emotional effects as soldiers in wars. And the mental toll of surviving a disaster can be triggered weeks […]

Tornado victim assistance

Freedom Newspapers • The Salvation Army is asking that all households whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Friday’s tornado go to the Curry County Fairground to complete a pink form. Restoration materials — including saws and tarps — are available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: Red Cross at 763-4129 or Salvation […]

FEMA arrives to assess damage

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers It could take up to a month to decide if Curry County government agencies and residents qualify for federal aid, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said. FEMA officials arrived in New Mexico on Tuesday to assess the damage left by a string of tornadoes that devastated areas of Quay, Roosevelt […]

Baby boom

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By Marlena Hartz Snuggled inside the hospital is a place that brings babies, such as tiny Jensen Cross, into the world. Less than 24 hours old, Jensen almost disappeared Friday beneath a blanket in the arms of his mother, Kristin Cross. Of her three boys, Jensen is the second Cross has delivered at the Plains […]

Hound turnovers lead to loss

By Greg Price Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette matched Southwestern Oklahoma’s Nate Perry in points and rebounds, but not in turnovers. On a night featuring 27 ENMU giveaways and poor outside shooting, the Bulldogs took advantage to beat the Greyhounds 80-65 Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game at Greyhound Arena. […]

NFL star buys Tucumcari dealership

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There’s a new bear in town from Chicago. Brian Urlacher Cross Country Auto Sales is purchasing the Mills-Strebeck Autoplex on Lake Road. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bears linebacker’s car business took over the management and is purchasing the dealership, said John Everhart, general manager of the new Cross […]

ENMU cross country teams fourth, fifth at Tech

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Junior transfer Nimrod Lelei finished seventh in a time of 25 minutes, 7.64 seconds to lead Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a fourth-place team showing with 82 points on Friday in the Jackrabbit Open cross country meet, hosted by Texas Tech. The Red Raiders took the team title in the […]