Portales Past: March 10, 1950

March 10, 1950: Authorities were searching for an unidentified horseman who may have broken into a home southwest of Portales. Officials said neighbors saw a man on a horse headed for the home just before it was robbed while the owners were away. Deputy Sheriff Melvin Saunders said a wristwatch, two necklaces and a carton […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Supernanny headed for Hobbs

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Hounds headed for LSC tournament

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Freddy Carmona’s neck hurts a little bit. But the Eastern New Mexico University catcher won’t complain about that. Or when his bicep got hit by a foul tip. Or when he had wrist problems. Tough to complain when first baseman/pitcher Seth Clabaugh lost teeth when he collided with a […]

More than $26 million in stimulus funds headed to Cannon

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s military bases will receive around $87 million from the stimulus bill for upgrades. The Department of Defense says $28.7 million is headed to Kirtland Air Force Base for 59 projects. Cannon Air Force Base will receive $26.4 million, including $12 million for the construction of a child development […]

Biofuel plant funds secured

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Money to build an algae biofuel plant is officially headed Roosevelt County’s way. Pres. Barack Obama signed the omnibus appropriations bill Wednesday. The legislation includes $951,000 for the Sapphire Energy Algae to Fuel Demonstration Project. The project aims to develop and grow a fuel-producing algae using technology that genetically […]

PAC opposes same-day legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A Las Cruces political action committee is running ads on cable television warning viewers that bills allowing same-day voter registration would lead to vote fraud, including out-of-state people pouring in to cancel the vote of New Mexican citizens. The ads, which began running last week on Comcast Cable systems […]

Man receives prison sentence for drug charges

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A Roosevelt County man accused of running a methamphetamine lab is headed for prison. Cody Banister was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in a state facility. Banister, 28, accepted a plea deal shortly before the scheduled beginning of a jury trial before Judge Teddy Hartley, according to the Roosevelt […]

Shooting victim remembered as loving father

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gary Payne traveled to Lubbock on Thursday afternoon to visit his daughter and see her new house. After the visit, he headed home for Melrose, but never arrived. Police said Payne and a Lubbock woman, Melissa Ward, were shot in the head about 11 p.m. Thursday as they drove […]

Roosevelt All-stars headed to Deming

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For some of the players it will be the third year in a row to participate at a state Little League all-star tournament. For Coach Sammy Villanueva, it’s his fifth consecutive year. Villanueva is hoping all that experience will serve this year’s Roosevelt County 10-11 year-old all-stars well at […]

PHS speech team headed to nationals

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Christian Townsend is learning the art of “polite” persuasion by watching C-SPAN and the technicalities of structuring a powerful deliverance by studying Martin Luther King Jr’s famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. Townsend is one of four Portales High School students who have qualified to compete in the National […]