Military spouses targeted

Air Force News WASHINGTON— The American Red Cross is warning military spouses about a new identity-theft scam that targets family members of deployed troops. The Red Cross was alerted of the scam earlier this month, said Devorah Goldburg of the Red Cross. The scam involves a person with an American accent calling a military spouse, […]

Clovis man sentenced for transporting marijuana

Freedom Newspapers A 42-year-old Clovis man caught transporting more than 50 pounds of marijuana across state lines was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office. Ricky Martinez was arrested in November 2005 during a traffic stop near the Texico-New Mexico border. Police found a brown […]

Firefighters respond to fire at local business

PNT Staff Report Portales Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday night at S.O.S. Outlet Store, located at 113 North Avenue I. According to the report, the fire started in a small room located inside the building. Upon investigation, firefighters found a melted five gallon bucket that was partially filled […]

Plant gets thumbs up

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A hurdle for a company that wants to produce 108 million gallons of ethanol annually in Clovis has been cleared, albeit with suggested concessions, according to a state hearing officer. New Mexico Environment Department hearing officer Felicia Orth recommended ConAgra Trade Group be issued a permit for the construction and […]

Report: Pilot error caused fatal crash

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An Air Force pilot with Clovis ties crashed his F-16 fighter and died last year in Iraq while attempting to protect ground forces, according to an Air Force report released Monday. Maj. Troy Gilbert — who was flying an F-16 assigned to Cannon Air Force Base — flew the […]

Delivery driver stabbed in Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was stabbed multiple times and robbed Saturday while delivering pizza, according to Clovis police. Guido Fernandez, 20, an employee of Papa John’s Pizza, was stabbed at least five times around 10:30 p.m. after he delivered pizza on Gidding Street, according to a police report. Fernandez suffered a […]

Board approves new books, materials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A months-long process of evaluating new text books and materials for math and fine arts in Portales Municipal Schools came to an end Monday as the school board approved the selections. The process involved a wide range of faculty and staff as well as parents in making the evaluation […]

Airline fears fiscal crash

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Great Lakes Aviation recently settled overdue rent payments with Boeing Capital Corp., but the airline still owes more than $10 million to Raytheon Aircraft Co., according to documents Great Lakes filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Clovis Civil Aviation Board Chairman Roger Hatcher said he does not […]

Report: Teen drinking at high levels

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on risky behavior in teens. The second installment is planned for Sunday. A recent study conducted by three New Mexico entities, show that Roosevelt County students in grades nine through 12 are engaging in risky behavior, including binge drinking […]

United States can’t solve Iraq’s problems

Editorial The most impressive aspect of the report by the Iraq Study Group, or the Baker-Hamilton commission, created by Congress in March, is the assessment contained in the first 40 pages. It is a grim but essentially realistic assessment. It highlights the increasing levels of violence and the inability of the current “stay the course” […]

Sexual assault report rates remain stable

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Sexual assault reports in Roosevelt County have remained constant over the year, unlike Curry County were a recent spike has been noticed say authorities. “Curry County is seeing the spike and Roosevelt County has remained consistent,” said Amber Hamilton, 9th Judicial District SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) administrator. To […]

Man shot outside Clovis eatery

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers An adult male sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his leg midafternoon Friday outside a Clovis eatery, according to police. A witness told police the shooting followed a verbal confrontation, according to a Clovis Police incident report. Eddie Torres sustained four wounds to his left leg and was treated at Plains […]

Charter school application voted down for second time

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools board had a quick redo on its earlier denial of the proposed Horace Mann School charter Wednesday. But the result after the formality was the same: Application denied. Organizers for the Horace Mann School proposed a charter school in June. After an internal and external evaluation of the […]

Deteriorating ground conditions indicate Iraq still needs attention

Editorial President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, even if […]

U.S. 70 accident claims life

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Freedom Newspapers A 62-year-old Hobbs man died in a one-vehicle accident Friday on U.S. 70 south of Clovis, according to a New Mexico State Police accident report. Lee R. Gaylor was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Gaylor was traveling south on U.S. 70 in the outside lane at about 3:45 p.m. when he […]

Veteran compensation needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs mismanages its program for rating disabled veterans as “unemployable,” according to a new report by congressional auditors. Because of weak oversight of Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits, some veterans get more compensation than warranted, and the VA is ineffective in moving seriously disabled veterans toward productive […]

63-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was killed and his wife injured Friday morning in a motorcycle accident about 13 miles east of Fort Sumner, according to a State Police press release. John McQuillen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Judith McQuillen, 62, was transported to Plains Regional Medical […]

Reports detail deficiencies at PRMC

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center officials breached federal regulations regarding administering drugs, disposal of medical waste and documenting quality control, according to a federal report issued after a February inspection of the hospital. The Clovis hospital was found to be deficient in 13 federal requirements for hospitals, according to the […]

OSI agents focus on force protection issues

Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 224, wants to remind Airmen of the duty to watch out for their fellow Airmen, report illegal drug activity and protect the resources of the United States. From April 2005 to April 2006, Det. 224 conducted 12 drug investigations; up from nine cases the previous […]

PRMC still mum after report returned

By Marlena Hartz A report detailing deficiencies discovered at Plains Regional Medical Center was released Wednesday afternoon to PRMC officials. Its contents were compiled by state health officials during an unannounced February hospital inspection, which was conducted in response to a complaint against the medical facility. Though hospital officials could release details of the report, […]