Former ENMU president dead at 88

Eastern New Mexico University’s third president, who guided the school through the early 1960s, died last month at age 88, according to an ENMU press release. Donald C. Moyer is credited with fostering and directing growth at the university. Under his guidance from 1960 to 1965, the university’s enrollment doubled and he spearheaded the construction […]

Lost man presumed dead

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A former Roosevelt County resident has been presumed dead after a search to locate him in the forests of Oregon failed. Deward R. Killion was reported missing in August from the Target Meadows Camp Area near Tollgate, Ore. in the Walla Walla forest district. Killion was pronounced dead when […]

Novak found not guilty

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death of his wife, Airman Basic Edward Novak II walked out of the Cannon Courthouse on Friday a free man. He was beaming from ear-to-ear, a smile etched on […]

1-6-08 Local Briefs

Christian counseling available New Testament Baptist Church is sponsoring volunteer licensed mental health counselor Fran ‘Cisco” Muldez for Christian counseling sessions at the church, 901 E. Second St. in Portales. Cost is a $25 tax deductible donation to NTBC. For an appointment call 760-3276. Cannon airman found dead An airman assigned to Cannon Air Force […]

Official: Little evidence to support bear rumor

Freedom New Mexico Five horses found dead southwest of Ranchvale have generated rumors of bears and mountain lions in the area. But a New Mexico Game and Fish official said there’s little evidence to support those rumors. Bruising around one dead horse’s neck could be consistent with a bear attack, but there is no indication […]

Urban water rafting a sight to see

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Runoff conditions were optimal to run the rapids to Dead Man’s Bridge last weekend but likely no young men got the chance. Maybe that’s a good thing. Growing up in arid eastern New Mexico, rain is a novelty. Enough rain to cover the streets is extremely rare and enough […]

Chance to act on Endangered Species Act slipping away

Editorial With each day that passes, the chances diminish that Congress will act on Endangered Species Act reform this year. Should Democrats make substantial gains in this fall’s elections, or take control of the House or Senate, the opportunity to update ESA will slip away, just when it seemed within reach. The House approved a […]

Melrose area resident charged with 58 counts of animal cruelty

By Andy Jackson A Texas man was arraigned Wednesday in Clovis’ Magistrate Court on 58 counts of animal cruelty after officials said they discovered dozens of dead cats and dogs last month at the Curry County home he was renting. A Curry County sheriff’s deputy found 33 dead cats and dogs and 25 more in […]

Cow dumping on rise

By Marlena Hartz Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and reckless drivers are normal nuisances associated with highway driving in eastern New Mexico. Now Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher says we can add one more to the list — cow carcasses. “We have increased incidences of dead cattle being dumped on right-of-ways and highways. It’s mostly Holsteins […]

Horses deserve anesthetic before shooting

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is nothing pretty about killing a horse. Nobody knows that more than those of us who have done it. There are people actively attempting to get a federal bill passed that will “prevent the slaughter of horses in and from the U.S. for human consumption and other purposes.” Those […]

Taser bill appears dead

Freedom Newspapers A proposed bill that would classify tasers as deadly weapons stalled Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, the bill’s sponsor. In a telephone interview Thursday from the Senate floor, he said an amendment proposed for Senate bill 818 to limit liability for law enforcement officers drew sharp criticism […]

Heres a hint: It rhymes with ‘Yiminy’

Bob Huber Today’s travelogue takes us to “Frozen Dead Guy Days,” held each spring in the Colorado town of Nederland, a high mountain village west of Boulder, about two miles up where the breathin’ ain’t easy. But let’s go back to the beginning, to Christmas, 1993. That’s when a Nederland guy named Trygve Bauge — […]

Clovis man may have suffered a heart attack

Jack King The Clovis man who was declared dead twice on Wednesday became ill at home early in the day and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, his son said Thursday. Felipe Padilla, 94, was first declared dead at Plains Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning and his body was taken to Muffley Funeral […]

Man found alive in funeral home, but dies later at hospital

Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — A man declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home for embalming on Wednesday morning was returned to the hospital after he took a breath. An employee of Muffley Funeral Home called 911 dispatchers when he found Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis, was still alive. By […]

Day of the Dead to honor former students

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Those who knew Eric Hodgest say they don’t need his picture to see his face. Or to remember his smile. Or even his charm. Still, Hodgest’s photo, along with memorabilia of three other Eastern New Mexico University students, will be displayed on an altar today in […]

Calf dumping causes concerns

Tony Parra Several Roosevelt County residents expressed concern at Tuesday’s county commission meeting about what they say is an increase in dead calves being left along rural roads. Roosevelt County Crimestoppers are offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone illegally dumping dead calves. “We need to let them know […]