Military mama: Night shift has me on ghost patrol

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I like to think that I’ve got guts. I’ve certainly spent a great deal of time being on night patrol at home since the night shift rolls up quite often. We have lived in old base housing in some areas that have a pretty interesting history. Our current home doesn’t have much of a background […]

Policy shift on punishment good first step

Freedom New Mexico We’re not sure whether it constitutes, as Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, put it, “a seismic shift in the political landscape with conservatives departing from the ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ philosophy,” but it is potentially a significant move. A group of prominent conservatives, along with conservative […]

ENMU hires police chief

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Eastern New Mexico University has named a former graduate its new police chief. Brad Mauldin, a sergeant and night shift supervisor at the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department, replaces Raymond Chambers, who retired last month. The university announced Maudlin’s hiring Thursday. Mauldin is a 2008 graduate of ENMU with a […]

Bike patrol aims to save on fuel costs

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By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Some Portales police officers are taking to the streets on two wheels this summer. Outfitted in bright yellow shirts along with shorts, the bike patrol officers mostly will patrol parks and business areas, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department. The program was revived this year […]

Emergency room forced to close for shift

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room was closed and patients were diverted to Clovis for a time Tuesday night and Wednesday morning because the contract doctor was unable to work his shift. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said an ER doctor was unavailable for a single 12-hour shift and patients were […]

Work doesn’t stop during holidays

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By Ashley Lee Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice day, so […]

New rules could be inconvenience for some stores

By Tova Fruchtman New Mexico convenience store employees will not have to brave the graveyard shift alone any more. Starting today, convenience stores must have two employees working between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. or only allow customers access to clerks through safety features such as bulletproof glass under a new regulation passed by the […]

Golden Arches to open 24-7 in June

Tony Parra Portales residents can eat out around the clock, starting next month. Starting next Tuesday, McDonald’s will begin staying open 24 hours, owner John Snowberger said. It will be Portales’ only restaurant open 24 hours. Snowberger said he’s confident his fast-food place will find plenty of customers between midnight and 5 a.m. when other […]