Handful of accidents reported in Portales

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By Sharna Johnson and Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Clovis police responded to 35 weather-related crashes in the city Thursday in a little more than two hours. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the accident calls started coming in just after 7 a.m. and continued until nearly 10 a.m. Of the morning crashes, only one had a [...]

Thankful I can count many blessings

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things large and small. For instance, on the world stage I am thankful that Saddam Hussein finally got what he had coming. But I’m also thankful for more personal things like the fact that there are still airports and convenience stores that have [...]

Hand crafts featured at peanut festival

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University celebrated a little legume that has a large impact on Roosevelt County and much of eastern New Mexico. The 36th Peanut Valley Festival Saturday featured arts and craft vendors from across the region and west Texas. Sandy Anthony-Beaty of Portales has been coming out to [...]

Communities committed to prep football

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Large cheering crowds, sponsorship posters, t-shirts in school colors … enthusiasm for football is easy to see in Portales and Clovis. This time of year, Friday night is high school football night for many across the region. People have different ideas about why the support exists, but a number [...]

Rabbit show keeps fair hopping

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair Rabbit Show. The special interest rabbit competition makes it possible for children to show animals when they might not be able to raise cattle, pigs, or other large animals. “I’ve been [...]

Pastor was quick to condemn

A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s coffee), a bookstore, a large [...]

Officials brace for fire season

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Firefighters and emergency management teams across eastern New Mexico are preparing for a disaster many believe is just one careless mistake away. All ingredients are in place in eastern and northern New Mexico for an active and potentially dangerous wildfire season, fire officials said. “You just have to drive [...]

Broadcaster: TV switch won’t affect Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Unlike in large cities, the end of analog television signals from transmitters Feb. 17 won’t affect Portales and Clovis-area residents much, the KENW director of broadcasting said. Duane Ryan said viewers in this area are served by cable, satellite or translators near Clovis. Cable and satellite companies handle the [...]

Five still at large from escape

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement believes at least some of the escapees are still in the Clovis area, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Federal agencies including the [...]