Inmate escape attempt thwarted

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CMI Staff An out-of-state fugitive in Roosevelt County Detention Center custody was caught trying to escape from Roosevelt County General Hospital Saturday afternoon, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center officials. Officials said Cody Chandler, 22, of Washington state was in the hospital due to a complaint of pains, when he attempted to flee the building […]

City league draws young hoopsters

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Christina Calloway Portales city league basketball keeps about 600 children from all over the county active and engaged with the community, despite the lack of gym space for league teams. Portales city sports Director Mike Door says they try to make the basketball league fundamental and skill-building for all participants that range from grades one […]

Roosevelt County holding appreciation day

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is holding a Cannon Appreciation Day on Saturday for local military personnel. The event will include live music, food and door prizes along with bounce houses and face painting for children “It’s very much a family event,” Chamber Director Karl Terry said. “The purpose is to show […]

Help kids stay safe in the pool this summer

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Niesha Lofing I’ve done it more than once. My two preschool-age children are happily splashing around in the wading pool just outside the screen door to our backyard when something calls me inside. A ringing phone, a buzzing oven timer, a lemonade request from one of the kids. I dart into the house to fetch […]

Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

McGee: Answer door at own risk

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was another sunny Saturday morning on the High Plains and I was just kicking back at home. The doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone. I pondered whether to just stay in the recliner or get up and answer the door. I got up and looked out the window. I […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

Second graders learn about fire safety firsthand

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Argen Duncan A white cloud fills the small room. Second-graders clamber to the floor, test the door for warmth and crawl out of the room, all under the direction of a firefighter. There’s no fire. As part of Fire Prevention Week, Portales firefighters brought their “fire safety house,” a specialized teaching mobile home, to James […]

It’s their job: Danny Heflin Jr.

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All Glass co-owner Danny Heflin Jr. installs a glass panel in a door. He installs, repairs and replaces glass in windows, doors, mirrors and shower stalls. He and his wife, Heather, bought the company three years ago. Heflin said he handles glass because he used to work on skyscrapers in Mesa, Ariz., but returned to […]

Yard sale-ing has rules

By Grant McGee: Freedom New Mexico It was Saturday morning and I was deftly shooting through the streets, handling the four-door family car like a Formula 1 racer at Le Mans, hurrying to the next big yard sale. I had the situation under control. The Lady of the House saw it differently. “Playing ‘chicken’ with […]

Racino delays could open door for Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico Construction delays on the Raton racino could open the door for Tucumcari to lure it to Quay County. Logan attorney Warren Frost, president of the Quay County Gaming Authority, said he has mailed a letter to the New Mexico Racing Commission stating Tucumcari’s continued interest in building a racino, which is a […]

Home invasion experience still haunts resident

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It was late on a cold March 30, 2008, night and 82-year-old Jo Ann Vickers of Portales was already in bed when her doorbell rang. Vickers got up, looked outside her front door, but didn’t see anything. She walked back to her bedroom. “I heard a noise that wasn’t […]

Fraternity raising money

Freedom New Mexico The Theta Zeta chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University plans to go door-to-door the week of Oct. 4 to collect donations for the Fisher House Foundation. The foundation provides comfort houses on the grounds of military and Veterans Administration hospitals, supports the families of patients and makes […]

God can offer us new management

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Does discouragement hang around your door? Are you tempted to throw in the towel? Whenever I see a sign “Under New Management,” I think of new life under spiritual “New Management.” To me, new management implies something new and different. I heard a friend tell a story about two men. […]

Wind storm kills Clovis man

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Freedom New Mexico A spring wind storm that pounded eastern New Mexico Saturday with 65 mph gusts is being blamed for the death of a Clovis man. Juan R. Chavez, 35, died after a wind blast caught the loading door of a semi truck, slamming him into a wall at a Southwest Cheese dock. Chavez […]

Jan. 4 Police Blotter

A sampling of recent calls received by the Portales Police dispatchers, compiled from reports: Dec. 28: About 2:40 p.m., a woman reported she returned to her residence on South Avenue A to find her back door open. Dec. 29: About 10 a.m., a woman reported someone tried to break into her house on University while […]

Operation Santa Cop delivers gifts

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The police officer knocks on the front door, and it opens a crack and then more. Two boys peer out. Patrol officer Carolee Jones introduces herself and asks the boys if they’ve heard of Operation Santa Cop. They said they hadn’t, but the two youngsters learned about the toy […]

Police determine driver in wrong lane of fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico State police have determined the vehicle driven by an 88-year-old Clovis man killed in a head-on collision last week was traveling in the lane of oncoming traffic. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said evidence and witness statements led investigators to conclude Charles Sims was traveling north in the southbound lane on N.M. 209 Wednesday […]

Three killed, one injured in collision

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Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis men were killed, and another was injured in a head-on collision Wednesday on N.M. 209 north of Clovis, according to New Mexico State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. According to Glascock, the three killed were: • Charles Sims, 89, driver of a 1996 Mercury four-door vehicle. • Carlos Bustillos, 26 • […]

Baskett engaged to ‘Girl Next Door’

Staff and wire reports LOS ANGELES — One of Hugh Hefner’s live-in girlfriends is trading the grotto for the gridiron. The Playboy mogul said in a statement Thursday that “The Girls Next Door” co-star Kendra Wilkinson is engaged to Philadelphia Eagles receiver and Clovis High graduate Hank Baskett. The 23-year-old model-actress has lived with Hefner […]