Bush exit from office long overdue

Freedom New Mexico In what is likely to be his last news conference and in a series of media interviews, President George W. Bush is understandably trying to put a positive spin on his eight years in the Oval Office. Unfortunately, his next action demonstrated why so many observers — though willing to wait awhile […]

Financial advisors: Stay in market

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Remember to have a long-term view. That’s the advice area financial advisors are giving their clients as daily news coverage highlights financial woes in the U.S. markets. This week, the nation watched unprecedented upheaval in the markets, marked by several 100-point gains and losses in the Dow Jones industrials, […]

Junior rodeo under way in Clovis

By Keely McDowell The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are a 30-year tradition in Clovis, and are important for the contestants as well as the community, according to organizers. With 135 contestants registered to compete in the week-long event at the Curry County Fairgrounds, the rodeo is expected to draw around 500 people to […]

Rodeoers have long careers in mind

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent Illusions of invincibility are part of the realm of a young man. It doesn’t take very much falling off horses or getting rammed by steers to change a mind though. Ryan Gray and Josh Peek are two cowboys in their 20s who did very well on day two of the […]

Environmental awareness, economics slowly driving local ‘green’ efforts

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Although Earth Day was observed Tuesday, folks in Portales intend to keep on going green all year long. Eastern New Mexico University is preparing to go green on a much larger scale. The university is working on a project design to construct the campus’ first LEED (Leadership in Energy […]

Baskett giving back to eastern New Mexico

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Long before Hank Baskett III was a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, he was receiving from Clovis. Now, he’s spending his NFL days trying to give back. “You always hear the clich

Cannon considered location for nuclear reactor

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Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The secretary of the Air Force says Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, but other Air Force officials cautioned Friday that it’s too early to speculate on location, even if a reactor is built. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne was quoted in a […]

RCSO makes scrap metal theft arrest

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Portales men Friday in connection with the theft of scrap metal from a rural Roosevelt County residence, according to a RCSO press release. Sanford Long, 28, and Steven Long, 51, both of Portales were arrested at a scrap metal recycling center in Clovis after a […]

Democrats weigh in at polls

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Staff and Wire Reports Polling places throughout the state were witnessing heavy turnout for the Democratic Presidential Preference Caucus Tuesday and Roosevelt County was no different. Long lines in some areas of the state forced party officials to hold up releasing returns until everyone had a chance to vote, according to the Associated Press. KOAT […]

Richardson officially out of presidential race

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after poor finishes in the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. “It is with great pride, understanding and acceptance that I am ending my campaign for president of the United States,” he told supporters gathered […]

Program offers chance at diploma

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Single mom Lorena Tarango, 27, is taking steps to provide a better future for her and her children through the General Education Development Preparation lab located in the Roosevelt County Enterprise Center. For the past three months, Tarango has been working on a series of tests that will prepare […]

It’s never too late to reflect on a mentor

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Several weeks ago I talked about a live blog I was doing from the Cannon Air Force Base change of command ceremonies. Recently I’ve graduated to a regular blog. So, if you regularly read my column you’ll want to check out my blog by clicking on the blogs link […]

Presidential power struggles nothing new

Editorial The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance of Americans, it […]

July 26,1960

• Portales farmer Bob White received a shock while working in one of his fields. While driving in his tractor, the front end suddenly fell several feet down. It was discovered that the tractor feel into an old well located in the field that was there long before White began farming the field. • A […]

June 27, 1976

• Portales High School basketball team members Gail Cozzens and Penny Sanders earned the two highest honors at the Eastern New Mexico Sunshine Basketball Camp. Cozzens was named “Miss Basketball” the overall award for the camps top player, while Sanders received the “Miss Congeniality’ award. • Long white potatoes were on sale at Parkway Super […]

Trial expected to start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel to […]

Age-old activity

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tradition once again returns to Portales as the 78th annual winding of the Maypole is set to take place tonight in the Portales High School Gymnasium. “This is the only school left in the nation that still does it,” said coordinator and PHS teacher Marilyn Stratton. The PHS gym […]

Tax filing deadline moved

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Income tax procrastinators have two extra days to file their taxes this year because the traditional April 15 deadline falls on Sunday. The 2006 tax deadline is April 17. Curry and Quay County residents affected by the March 23 tornado also catch a break, according to a press release […]

Sounds of music

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A long-standing tradition in the area, the annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree has given many young people their musical start. Many have come back for years. Life-long Roosevelt County resident Gary Modrell, first performed at the jamboree during the 1970’s. After a long hiatus, he returned to perform during […]

Buffalo’s Sid Black honored at state

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer For more than a quarter century he has argued on behalf of Melrose student-athletes to be honored for their actions in and out of their participation in sports, and now, in the twilight of his career, longtime Melrose athletic director Sid Black is the one getting recognition. Black was […]