Public quick to criticize Christian faith

Tom DiFrancesca of Clovis believes anti-Christian bigotry is on the rise. Here’s his letter expressing his views:

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Benna Sayyed Lt. Col. Tom Palenske shared his rise from an at-risk youth to an Air Force commander Friday during Marshall Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Palenske, commander of the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, emphasized what the military did for him and how it helped him reach his position in the 20th Special [...]

School officials observe rise in special education students

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Argen Duncan Portales Municipal Schools has seen the number of special education students rise more than the overall enrollment increase, and administrators say they’re doing whatever they need to serve every student. At the May school board meeting, Director of Special Student Services Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns said the number of special education students increased 10.8 [...]

Sheriff’s office report rise in copper theft

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Alisa Boswell Tensions were high among some Roosevelt County residents Tuesday morning at the county commission meeting as they recounted thefts they have suffered. “It’s not just Roosevelt County,” Sheriff Darren Hooker told commissioners and residents. “It’s statewide, nationwide.” Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said larceny began increasing about six months ago when scrap market [...]

Collision complicates rancher’s plans ‎

Ron said it was just one of those days. In fact, it was the day before the regular auction in Ft. Pierre, SD. He had sorted off a truckload of cows he needed to get rid of. They were in a rain-soaked pasture down by the road that had no corral. No sweat, he and [...]

Temperatures to rise above freezing

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Sharna Johnson Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-40’s today, marking the end of the coldest weather the area has seen in at least 20 years. However, Thursday, arctic conditions continued in the area making things downright miserable for some residents who were in the path of scattered power outages. Since Monday night, the area [...]

Local pharmacy takes steps to prevent thefts, robberies

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Jared Tucker Pharmacy theft and robberies are on the rise across the country, and federal authorities say all communities should take the threat seriously. Victor Baca, owner of Village Pharmacy in Portales, said he’s aware of the rising threat and is taking measures to ensure if he is ever robbed, his staff know what to [...]

Milk prices fall

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese [...]

Unemployment rates rise in Roosevelt, Curry counties

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By Gabe Monte: Freedom New Mexico Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent jump from 3.2 percent a year ago. Smaller increases occurred in Curry [...]

Student participation in risk survey falls

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sex, drinking and abuse of marijuana and pain killers may be on the rise among Roosevelt County high school students. But school officials say they can’t really tell based on results of a new state survey. The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey has ninth- through 12th-graders anonymously [...]