Gardner selected as Martinez chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A state legislator who represents Roosevelt County and a former representative for both Curry and Roosevelt counties are among appointed members to the executive leadership team for Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez. Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, the Dist. 66 representative, was named chief of staff for the seven-member team. Former Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, […]

Former EPCOG executive director files lawsuit

Freedom New Mexico The former executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit against the agency and his successor. Nick Brady of Clovis filed the civil suit Nov. 12 in 9th Judicial District Court. Brady accuses EPCOG and his successor, EPCOG board member Richard Arguello, of forcing him […]

Former councilor reflects on public service

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As Michael Miller steps down from the Portales City Council after more than eight years, he says he’s most proud of the city’s good financial standing. “I enjoyed the council,” Miller, 54, said. When Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected mayor in the middle of his council term in 2002, he appointed Miller to finish that […]

Chandlers tapped to help with Martinez transition

Freedom New Mexico Father and son Caleb and Matt Chandler of Clovis have both been named to search committees for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez, according to releases from Martinez. Matt Chandler, the current 9th Judicial District Attorney, is one of five selected for the public safety and homeland security and emergency management search committee. He ran […]

Portales past: Nov. 17, 1948

Nov. 17, 1948: The Portales Daily News: Warren R. Roberts, a 25-year-old former science student at ENMC whose curiosity about explosives led to his arrest there Monday, faced a serious charge in court Friday morning.

Veterans can remain optimistic

Anthony Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs, warned last week that disabled veterans and their families will suffer if Americans “lose faith in the integrity” of VA disability compensation system. Thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans in line to be compensated for three additional diseases linked Agent Orange exposure, few senators seemed ready […]

Former Elida coach to be inducted into NMHU’s Hall of Honor

By Melanie Dabovich-Roberts Special to the PNT Bob Dabovich of Raton, a former Elida coach, will be inducted Thursday into New Mexico Highlands University’s H-Club Hall of Honor Dabovich, who played college basketball and baseball at NMHU in the mid-1960s to early 70s, is one of six former student-athletes who will be honored by the […]

Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]

Former ENMU student body president dies in rollover

PNT staff report A former Eastern New Mexico University student body president died after rolling his vehicle Sunday in Texas, according to the university and the Amarillo Globe-News. Stephen Michael Frost, 26, of Amarillo was northbound in a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup on Texas Highway 207 about 10 miles north of Silverton when he ran […]

Portales past: Aug. 18, 1955

Aug. 18, 1955: Tot Sadler of Elida assumed ownership of the former Wall and Son Feed Store.

Graduation guest speaker stresses importance of higher education

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how families are beginning to establish traditions of higher education at the university. “Many of these students have come from […]

Students, staff say farewell

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Teachers, students and staff are wrapping up the final semester at W.E. Lindsey Elementary School before moving into a new Lindsey-Steiner school building in the fall. For current and former students, it seems hard to let go of the building where they made the transition from sixth grade to junior high. Choir, reading and English […]

Melrose village council fills vacancy

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

Former EPCOG worker gets 10 years for embezzling

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — Calling Lori Howard a “crook,” District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced the 40-year-old former Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG) employee to 10 years in prison Wednesday after she admitted stealing $145,000 in tornado victim relief money. Howard pleaded guilty to 72 counts of embezzlement and fraud and […]

ENMU to induct seven into Hall of Honors

Freedom New Mexico Seven former ENMU athletics have been selected to go into the school’s Hall of Honors during the Greyhounds’ opening 2010 football game against Southwest Nazarene on Aug. 28. They include Julie Baxter (volleyball), Gabe DeHoyos (baseball), Jamaal Hunnicutt (men’s basketball), Rachel Mohler (softball), Treena Royston (women’s basketball), Jim Harmon (support, posthumous) and […]

Former superintendent dedicated life to educating others

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Former Portales Municipal Schools superintendent Willis Firman Haynie loved children, devoted his life to education and was service-oriented, according to his family and friends. Haynie, a Portales High School graduate who led the school district from 1964-1968, died Feb. 19 in Houston at age 91. “He was very much […]

Help for veterans available

Freedom New Mexico Veteran Service Officer George Vargas of the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services is available to help current and former service members, their families and their surviving spouses 9:30 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. every other Thursday at the Portales Senior Center at 501 N Industrial Drive. His next visit is […]

State investment case costs rise to $517,000

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state has spent $177,211.56 on legal fees since July 2009 in an alleged pay-to-play case involving the State Investment Office and the Educational Retirement Board, according to records obtained by The New Mexican. The total spent so far is $517,014. The biggest chunk of the legal […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

Freedom New Mexico Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a […]

Jan. 26, 1954

According to the Portales Tribune, Jack Carrasco, former Portales resident, visited Portales yesterday to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor of New Mexico.