Railroading memorabilia abounds at Clovis museum

Compiled by William P. Thompson Remember playing with choo-choo trains when you were a kid? You can rediscover the fun of model railroads at the Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum. The depot has been restored to the same condition it was in the 1950’s. An operating telegraph station is inside and there are plenty […]

Experts: Underground aquifer water supply draining fast

By William P. Thompson Irrigated farming, as area residents know it, could become a thing of the past in eastern New Mexico. A water expert, hydrogeologist Amy Ewing, gave statistics Monday night that project water saturation thickness in the underground aquifer beneath Curry and Roosevelt counties will be at an all-time low of less than […]

Caiman moves into new digs at Natural History Museum

By Tony Parra The South American caiman is in his new home at the Natural History Museum waiting for visitors and now all he needs is a name. The Caiman crocodylus an alligator-like South American reptile, has been living in the Natural History Museum since Nov. 17. Marvin Lutnesky, biology department chair and director of […]

One killed in two-car accident

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Freedom Newspapers A 27-year-old woman died Tuesday in a two-car accident south of Clovis on U.S. 70. Police declined to name the victim Tuesday night pending notification of the family, according to Clovis Police Traffic Officer David Lester. The woman was one of five occupants in a passenger vehicle that collided with a semi-tractor trailer […]

University provides new home for alligator

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By Tony Parra Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an alligator. They can just travel across the city and the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman crocodylus, a South American alligator, will be living in the Natural History Museum on the […]

Some communities can’t afford water project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Ute Water pipeline project is in danger of losing another partner. Quay County Manager Terry Turner on Wednesday said the county more than likely will opt out of the project. Turner said county commissioners have been discussing the exit of the project. “Quay County has seen a decline […]

Greyhound sophomore captures another title in javelin toss

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PNT Staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Zach Gerleve continued his success in javelin in Angelo State’s David Noble Relays on Saturday, winning the event on his final throw of the day. Gerleve threw 173 feet in his last throw during preliminaries to take the lead from Tarleton State’s Adam Phillips. […]

Tucumcari sweeps past Broncos

PNT Staff FLOYD — Tucumcari posted a 14-6, 14-5 baseball sweep over Floyd on Saturday, dropping the Broncos to 0-3 for the season. Floyd begins District 6-1A action on Monday with a 3 p.m. game at Elida. Broncos coach Adam Terry said his team played well for the most part, but had costly breakdowns. They […]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet […]

Every election has its importance

By Jim Lee Those of us in this community who have remained reasonably close to consciousness realize an election will take place in November. But how many of us know about the one this Tuesday? Registered Portales citizens need to vote on this week’s alcohol issue. When I did my informal poll, I discovered that […]

Hammertime for Nuckols

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By Kevin Wilson Hammer throw is either … A) a carpenter’s act of frustration, B) what people do with a bad rap CD, or C) a little-known track and field event for a still-young Eastern New Mexico University track squad. For Warren Nuckols, the answer is C. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound sophomore is one of a […]

Cannon officials defend airspace proposal

Mike Linn CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A proposal by Cannon Air Force Base officials to expand military airspace is an effort to prepare pilots for war. It will help increase a pilot’s survivability and, Cannon officials say, allow for training that emulates live conflict. Cannon Commander Col. Robert Yates on Monday spoke in detail […]

County has raised $10,000 for fireworks show

By Mike Linn This year’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will take place at dusk on Friday at the practice field across from Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce has raised nearly $10,000 for the show, according to executive director Pat Willis. Since the show takes place on […]

Emotions rampant at trial

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Mike Linn Tiffany Rodgers, charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a 15-year-old boy, buried her head on her sister’s shoulder Tuesday, her face swollen and red with tears. It was only 25 minutes later that Rodgers, who pleaded no contest to the February 2002 crime that left Matthew Foley dead, received District Judge […]

Agriculture top water user in area

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By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]

Aquifer history goes back millions of years

By Claire Bushey The word “aquifer” comes from two Latin words, which together mean “to bring water.” That is what the Ogallala Aquifer has done for the High Plains for nearly a century. Named after the town of Ogallala, Neb., the aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in parts of eight states, including New Mexico and […]

Farmers already feeling effects of disappearing water supply

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By Haley Rice and Dave Gragg Donald Jones has been farming 29 years, but he has had enough. He loves farming and would continue, but said he’s running out of water on his Farwell farm. And Jones is not the only area resident with water worries. Most experts agree all of eastern New Mexico and […]