Power outage blamed on weather

Freedom New Mexico For the second time in less than a week, Portales residents found themselves without electrical power. Police said 50 to 60 homes lost power about 5:40 p.m. Thursday for an hour after a lateral fuse blew on a power line on Main and North Abilene streets. Chief Deputy of Police said the […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico If shopping at North Plains Mall is any indication, it’s beginning to look a lot like economic recovery this holiday season. Mall Manager Cindy Banister said it appears Clovis area retailers are fairing better than other areas of the country hit hard by the global economic downturn. “Our sales […]

PRMC learns of computer breach

Freedom New Mexico Although a server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North Carolina, the hospital administrator expects no ill consequences. Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said the hospital was notified Sept. 24 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which developed the software PRMC […]

July 13 Police Blotter

Portales police log samples from the past week: Monday 3:58 p.m.: Caller on S. Roosevelt Road U said a cow was in his front yard and he wanted assistance to move it. No incident report filed. 8:32 p.m.: Caller living on North K street said neighbors kept shooting fireworks into her yard despite asking them […]

Cannon growth presents challenges

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent In 2005, Clovis residents gathered in the north meeting room at the library and fretted about their community’s existence. On Tuesday night, a much different tune was being whistled in the same room. Instead of worry about an impeding closure of Cannon Air Force Base, which did not happen, audience […]

Parent company of North Plains Mall struggling

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Freedom New Mexico Severe financial difficulties and the looming possibility of bankruptcy for the corporation that owns North Plains Mall is unlikely to cause noticeable changes at the mall for customers, a General Growth Properties spokesman said Monday. GGP, the nation’s second-largest mall owner, is struggling to refinance billions in debt it took on during […]

Century-old building gets makeover

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A landscape is coming inside, and a rundown Elida boarding house is being transformed into a nostalgic community gathering place. Elida City Councilor Glen Shot plans to turn the North Side Feed Store, once a boarding house, into a gathering place and museum of historical objects. Shot has also […]

Police report several auto burglaries

PNT Staff Report Eight auto burglaries have been reported in Portales in less than a week, according to Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Sunday, a purse was taken from a vehicle in the 400 block of North Globe Avenue and an iPod from a vehicle in the 100 block of North Avenue A, Berry said. Saturday, […]

No one hurt in structure fire

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Fire Department responded to a structure fire 10:48 p.m. Thursday at a residence at 1401 North Ave. K, according to officials.Portales Fire Department Lt. Mike Golden said the fire caused extensive damage but there were no injuries.

Dora girl places lamb in Louisville

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Stefanie Neuhaus, 16, took the Reserve Champion Market Wether lamb title at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 15. Her lamb “Energizer” placed second among the market lambs of all breeds at the show. More than 1,100 lambs competed. “Oh, it was just overwhelming,” Neuhaus […]