Politicians’ children not campaign issue

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I couldn’t possibly have accurate numbers on this, but I’m confident thousands of 17-year-olds are holding out hope that in 2008 they’ll cast their first presidential votes for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. As I found out Monday morning, one of those is Caroline Giuliani. As online magazine Slate reported, the […]

Official: Tornado didn’t materialize

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County spent several hours early Friday evening under a tornado warning and eventually a tornado watch, according to National Weather Service. While the storm with hail and strong winds jangled residents nerves, no major damage was reported. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the Portales Police Department, branches were down in […]

Optimism overshadowed reports concerning Iraq

Editorial There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the political class […]

Winter weather leads to slippery roads

PNT Staff Report The recent snowfall impacted driving in Roosevelt County but no serious accidents were reported. According to Portales Police dispatcher logs there were about 10 accidents in a 24-hour span. “I assume that the accidents are weather-related since the number of accidents that we have had is a little unusual,” said Sgt. Brack […]

Local dentist charged with murder

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Forensic evidence led to the arrest Tuesday morning of a local dentist with Portales ties suspected of killing Clovis resident Laura McNaughton. Police said James Smith, 36, of Clovis, is charged with an open count of murder. McNaughton, 30, was fatally strangled, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

Portales police investigating Monday assault

From staff reports Portales police are investigating three assaults that have occurred since late August that they suspect may have been committed by the same person, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry. In all three cases, a man is accused of tearing a woman’s shirt. “We just wanted to warn people this is out there,” Berry […]

Portales Police investigating another rape

PNT Staff Portales police are investigating a second sexual assault in just over a month. According to police reports, at 12:47 p.m. last Wednesday an 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University female student went to the police department to report a sexual assault that occurred at 1 a.m. that morning. According to the report, police interviewed […]

Dec. 22 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Cold, breezy and nice harvesting days all last week. If it stays that way all this week, the farmers should be getting in good shape as far as gathering it all in is concerned. Now it’s time to see if the wet season did any damage to the quality of the product […]

Nov. 7 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming Events • The school board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the main office. The public is welcome to attend any School Board meeting. • Standards assessments for all Juniors are Nov. 16 and 17. • Thanksgiving Holidays will be Nov. 24-28. School will resume Nov. 29. Athletics • The […]

Social workers face pressure of ramifications

By David Irvin One of the hardest tasks Sherel Whited faces as a social worker is making decisions she knows will change the lives of the parents and children. A social worker supervisor for the Children, Youth and Families Department in Curry County, it’s Whited’s job to initiate steps toward removing a child from a […]