Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

K-Bob’s Steakhouse gutted by fire

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Investigators suspect arson in a fire that destroyed a 43-year-old Clovis restaurant Wednesday morning. K-Bob’s Steakhouse on Mabry Drive was lost to the blaze by the time firefighters received a call, officials said. No one was injured. “Suffice it to say we suspect arson and we’re investigating it as […]

Mammogram screening recommendation riles cancer survivors

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Danielle Swopes was 41 years old when her first mammogram turned up the result most women fear: Positive for breast cancer. Because the lump that turned out to be a cancerous tumor was discovered early, the Portales city library employee has continued on with her life. When Swopes thinks […]

Hounds win exhibition tilt

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds gave a lot of reasons to be optimistic early in Wednesday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Arena. The New Mexico All-Stars responded with a few reasons for the Hounds to be concerned. The Greyhounds built a 30-point lead, saw it chopped in half in six […]

Oct. 25, 1978

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the Golden Arches emblematic of McDonald’s restaurants would soon appear in Portales, reflecting a further expansion of the worldwide chain’s tri-state area franchise. Construction in Portales began in July and was to be completed early in 1979, according to Ron McVean, owner-operator of the McDonald’s franchise in the tri-state area. […]

Seems early for election campaigns

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist “Hey, since you work for the newspaper, there’s a guy I know…”I hear this statement a lot, but I’m finding these guys they know are most often considering running for office. “He’s not running yet, but he’s considering it, and I wonder if you could give him some coverage.” I’m […]

Heritage Days Parade marches through Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Other than yet one more case of bad timing for the Portales High class of 1969, Saturday’s Heritage Days Parade went off without a hitch. The Portales High School Band marched with alumni and current members up Avenue O, U.S. 70, Second Street and down Abilene Street to City […]

Some folks naturals behind wheel

By Baxter Black: Syndicated columnist Most farm kids learn to drive early. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores.

Gubernatorial candidate starts campaign early

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Freedom New Mexico Greg Zanetti of Albuquerque, a Republican candidate for state governor, stopped in Clovis on Wednesday, getting an early start on the 2010 campaign. Current Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, is term-limited. Thus far, no others have announced for the position in either party. Zanetti most recently worked as a financial adviser and […]

Portales man killed in rollover accident

Joshua Carrillo, 25, of Portales died in a one-car rollover early Wednesday morning northeast of Roswell, according to the New Mexico State Police. According to a State Police, Carrillo was westbound on U.S. 70 around midnight when his 2005 Ford pickup drifted onto the westbound shoulder near Mile Marker 357, went into a broadside skid […]

Texas native took plea deal in ‘bathtub murder’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico In the early afternoon hours of Saturday, June 19, 1993, concerned neighbors reported hearing a scuffle and a woman’s screams coming from a duplex at 406 S. Avenue B in Portales. Police entered an unlocked front door to find 21-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Kelton dead in a partially filled bathtub, […]

Early warm-up

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Lugene Blue walks her neighborhood almost everyday, but the recent unseasonably warmspell embracing eastern New Mexico has ensured her walks are pleasant. Temperatures in New Mexico have been average 33 percent warmer than normal in December and January, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Blue, who has […]

Birds cause morning power outage

PNT Staff Report Some customers were left in the dark early Saturday after birds flew into power lines, disrupting service for north Portales, said Wes Revees of Xcel Media Relations. He said 870 residents were without power from 6:52 a.m. to 7:49 a.m.

Investigators seek suspects in homicide

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police are seeking half a dozen suspects they believe were involved in a home invasion turned homicide that claimed the life of a Honduran national in Texico last week. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera died Nov. 25 from a single gunshot during a robbery at a home in the 500 […]

Emporia State too much for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Emporia State took the suspense away early in Monday’s game at Greyhound Arena. Hitting 15 of your first 21 shots, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, tends to do that. The Hornets opened a 12-2 margin in less than 4 1/2 minutes and never looked back in laying an 87-55 […]

Despised neighbors tumble back onto roadways

By Karl Terry: Local columnist As I drove to Clovis from Portales early Friday morning the prairie was on the move around me. The sand was blowing alright, but more impressively it was the first really good tumbleweed day of the season. Speeding down the highway in a small car it appeared that herds of […]

Election generates discussion, early votes

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer The fact that the nation will either elect the first black president or first woman vice president makes today’s presidential election historic. However, only time will determine if the election will be pivotal, according to Donald Elder, professor of history at Eastern New Mexico University. Elder said the policies […]

Don’t put too much faith in early polls

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Finally it’s here — election week. It seems we’ve been embroiled in this presidential campaign since the last one was over. Actually it all started about two years ago. For eastern New Mexico, it’s one of the most important elections in years if not in my lifetime. We’ll […]

Casting vote on election day only half of job

Freedom New Mexico We get up early, take time off work or set out after we’ve punched the clock. We stand in line. Soon after that — depending on the line, of course — the big moment arrives. But getting to the voting booth is only half the story. Once we’re there, things truly get […]

Saturday last day for early voting

The Roosevelt County Clerk’s office and Portales Public Library will be open for early voting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. This will be the final day of early voting.Information: 356-8562.