Tucumcari civic leaders ready to make their pitch for racino

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Racing Commission visits Tucumcari on Thursday to hear a proposal for building a racetrack and casino. Albuquerque car dealer Don Chalmers heads a group of investors who hope to bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in Texas money to the economically depressed city along the Mother Road. […]

Elvia Garcia a dedicated mother

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Elvia Garcia’s role as a mother is one of the most important in her life. She and her husband, Jos

It’s Their Job: Piepkorn

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Name: Gary and Judy Piepkorn Job: The couple own and operate Almost Home Bed and Breakfast. Background: Judy is a wife and mother and currently has a certification as an oncology nurse and is working at Stanford University Hospital in California in the bone marrow transplant unit (oncology deals with cancer, which requires the status […]

Campaign against cancer

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Marilyn Carter won’t be on the floor of Greyhound Arena tonight when Portales’ Relay for Life gets under way. It’s the first time she’s missed since she was diagnosed with cancer. Carter’s spirit and drive will be there through the efforts of her daughter, Debbie Stenstrom, who has helped […]

Other mother provides inspiration to persevere

By Anita Doberman In the last few weeks, I missed my husband’s call from overseas too many times. If it’s just once or twice I don’t mind, but if it happens on numerous occasions, I feel frustrated and disappointed. I wanted to share our excitement about an upcoming trip to Atlanta to attend my oldest […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available from the Portales Public Library: The Everything Parent’s Guide to Childhood Illnesses By Leslie Young, MD This new book by a recognized M.D. with his own pediatric office debunks myths and offers you a trusted reference for recognizing and troubleshooting common childhood illnesses. This helpful guide covers newborns to adolescents […]

Accused shooter enters plea before Monday trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A man accused of shooting a Clovis teen during a dispute pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter and will serve more than eight years in prison, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. John Cameron, 26, was scheduled to go to trial Monday for second-degree murder in connection with the […]

Child leads exemplary life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist “…and a little child will lead them”  (Isaiah 11:6 NIV) I first saw Kallie a few hours after she was born. This energetic little baby crawled on her tummy in the bassinet. It was like, “Look out world. Here I come.” At 3 years old, she wanted to hear the […]

Breastfeeding group seeks to educate

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis breastfeeding support group believes education is the best way to spotlight the issue of breastfeeding in public. Although they have had no problems with the local Applebee’s restaurant, the group supports a nationwide protest planned for today against the national restaurant chain, according to group spokeswoman Heidi Zamora. […]

One man dead in Clovis shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 39-year-old Clovis man is dead and police are searching for an armed suspect who fled the scene following a shooting around 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Eladio Valdez Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center around 2 p.m., Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. An arrest warrant for Albert Ramirez, 18, […]

Dedication comes full circle for local mother, daughter

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Patrice Tompkins, spent 14 years of her life caring for her mother, who was ill, while battling her own medical problems. That dedication is something, she says many people put her down for and questioned why she would waste her life caring for her mother. “I love my mom. […]

Everything’s easier with Mom around

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If somebody accused me of returning to Portales after nearly 30 years away because I was a momma’s boy, I’d probably have to agree with them. I could tell you coming back made good sense financially or that the opportunity to pursue journalism in my home town was just […]

Mothers deserve special thanks

By Joan Clayton: Columnist It’s been said that someone asked Winston Churchill to name the teacher who had the greatest influence upon his life. He simply answered, “My mother.” Mothers see infinite possibilities in their children. Their children accomplish amazing feats because of mothers’ encouragement. Mothers set the tone of the home by loving, protecting, […]

Official: Prisoner commits suicide

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers A convicted felon and a defendant involved in unrelated high-profile local criminal cases committed suicide within the last month, officials said. Scott Kirby, 23, of Portales, sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in February for his role in the theft of $600,000 from an armored car service, died March […]

Tornado claims life of Clovis woman

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Heleneta Blevins died the way she lived — surrounded by what she held most dear, her family. The 90-year-old Clovis resident passed away in her eldest son’s home around 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to family members who removed her from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family […]

Mother’s message carries session

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Using a sophisticated machine that makes an experience seem real is one way to teach a hard lesson. But sometimes the best way to communicate the message is on a personal level from the heart. That was the case Friday afternoon at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union […]

March 1, 1966

Two area men are with the U.S. Air Force in Morocco near the earthquake disaster area. They are Sgt. Richard Tucker, formerly stationed at CAFB and now on a year tour of duty in Africa and Huey King, who went to Morocco after his basic training in the U.S. was finished. Neither Sgt. Tuckers wife […]

Portales woman charged in death of 6-year-old son

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales police have charged a 24-year-old Portales mother with killing her 6-year-old son, according to court documents. Teresa K. Gilman may have believed her son to be possessed by the devil, according to the arrest affidavit. Gilman is charged with first-degree murder or in the alternative child abuse resulting […]

Threading memories

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laura Merrick proudly and carefully displays the two 1860s vintage antique quilts that were made by her paternal grandmother, Martha Jane Land, and reflects on their importance. Completed through a struggle and made entirely by hand, Merrick says the quilts are a precious memento that has been handed down […]

‘Horsing’ around

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By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With poise and confidence, Cindy Vaughan slowly led her horse into the arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Her light brown ringlets peeking out from a patriotic-themed helmet, the 45-year-old Clovis resident waited patiently to compete in the horsemanship at halter category. “I practice a lot,” she […]