Tucumcari native killed in officer-involved shooting

Freedom New Mexico A man convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a Tucumcari man was shot to death Tuesday by Albuquerque police. Albuquerque police have identified a man fatally shot by an officer at a truck stop as 42-year-old Julian Calbert formerly of Tucumcari. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller, a retired state police investigator, […]

Fire officials using decals to warn motorists

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The Portales Fire Department has new safety decals on two of its vehicles that firefighters say should make responding to emergencies much safer. The new decals are part of a campaign designed to create awareness about pulling to the right side of the street when emergency vehicles are approaching, […]

Area could see record highs

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer By Jared Tucker PNT Staff Writer Forecasters say predictions of record-breaking heat across eastern New Mexico today is just the beginning of a scorcher that could last for days. Today’s forecast calls for temperatures to climb to a high of 98 degrees in Clovis with predictions of 105-degree highs […]

Preparation key in tornado season

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Experts say certain weather conditions can spawn violent storms and tornadoes anytime and anywhere across eastern New Mexico. The last major tornado touched down in March 2007, several weeks before the usual tornado season, according to the National Weather Service. Emergency management directors in Curry and Roosevelt counties say […]

Their view: Candidate vows to fight corruption

Allen Weh, a Republican candidate for New Mexico governor, has this to say about government corruption: “Public corruption in New Mexico has reached embarrassing levels and has redefined “politics as usual” in our state — for the worst. “As a candidate for governor, my first pledge to the people of New Mexico will be to […]

Their view: Attending local colleges provide investment in future

Marv Yates of Tucumcari had the following to say about a recent story published in the Quay County Sun: “The QC Sun headline read, ‘ENMU raises tuition.’ It could have read, ‘ENMU has third lowest tuition of 79 Southwest universities.’ It all depends whether we see the glass as half empty or half full, doesn’t […]

Community to say farewell to Steiner Elementary

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By Linda Long: PNT correspondent For 70 years, Steiner Elementary has been the site of the education of Portales’ future. Next year, the campus will become part of the city’s and school board’s history. A new school building is under construction and will be ready for fifth- and sixth-graders this fall. Called Lindsey-Steiner, it replaces […]

Don’t take chance with superstitions

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist Do you say, “bless you” when someone nearby sneezes? Or knock on wood when you mention something is going well? Yeah, me too. Our barn door always had a horseshoe nailed to the wall above it with the open end facing down. In New Mexico several dried cobs of Indian […]

Governmental bodies to meet about regulations on dairies

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A trio of governmental bodies meeting today are set to consider opposing proposed state regulations that some dairy farmers say will drive them out of business. But state Environment Department representatives say the proposed rules are based on evidence. Agendas for the Portales City Council and the Roosevelt and […]

Fire consumes 70 acres of range land

Freedom New Mexico An estimated 70 acres of range land burned Tuesday from a fire officials say was touched off by sparks from a cutting torch. The Portales Fire Department was called to the fire in the 400 block of Blackwater Road at 10:29 a.m. Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said workers were using the torch […]

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 […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]

Debates can leave public well informed

Freedom New Mexico They called it a retreat. Fortunately, neither side seemed inclined to fall back. Observers say Friday’s exchanges between President Obama and Republican lawmakers were something they hadn’t seen in a long time, if ever. Obama and his political opponents engaged in lengthy debates over policies and politics at a GOP get-together in […]

RGH to accept Medicare, Medicaid reimbursements

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After years of effort, the Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic is on the cusp of being able to receive increased reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, which hospital officials say will help the facility and community. RGH recently received word that the clinic’s Medicare number is in the mail. After […]

Police: Homicide witness changes story

Freedom New Mexico Investigators say a woman who reported finding the body of Clovis’ latest homicide victim staged the discovery hours later and was actually in the apartment when he was shot. Sometime around midnight Monday or early Tuesday, Jeraldine McCoy told police she heard a gunshot in a back bedroom of her apartment at […]

Portales women face felony drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Two Portales women face felony drug charges after police say one of them tried running down an officer during a drug “Buy and Bust” operation. Both women were arrested Wednesday near 16th Lane and Avenue E. by officers from the Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, said Portales Deputy Chief […]

Storm causes 2 deaths, outages, damage

Freedom New Mexico Wind gusts of more than 60 mph Tuesday downed power lines and damaged several buildings in Clovis. But unlike deadly consequences in other parts of New Mexico, no injuries were reported in the region. The storm, packing powerful winds, was blamed for two traffic-related deaths on Monday and damage to White Sands […]

ENMU officials project record enrollment

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University officials say it’s preliminary, but a projected enrollment increase this fall will set a record. ENMU is seeing an overall enrollment increase of 10.7 percent to more than 4,550 students. According to a news release from ENMU, the previous record enrollment was 4,342 in fall […]

Pledge protest moot point

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Any protest of a proposed state rule change allowing public school students to choose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag is pointless because legal precedence permitting such a option has existed for decades, the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education president said at the […]

Clovis man arrested in drive-by shooting

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 25-year-old Clovis man is in jail after police say he shot up an officer’s home and squad car with a stolen AR-15 Friday. Police said Albert Lopez was upset from an earlier confrontation with officers. Lopez is being held in lieu of a $97,000 bond, jail officials said. […]