Carter, Super 8, Fort family honored by ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A story of helping others after tragedy and contributions of time, effort and money make the recipients of this year’s Eastern New Mexico Foundation awards stand out. Late ENMU Regent and businessman Alva C. Carter Sr. is posthumously receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, while Super 8 motel […]

Pizza chain expanding to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The story is getting a little cheesy, but that’s only because of the pizza. A Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza store is on its way to Portales. The White family, owners of the Clovis Papa Murphy’s, plans to open a second store here within weeks, probably in mid-August, said Adrian […]

Portales author wins award

Freedom New Mexico Darynda Jones of Portales has received a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance Manuscript for her story “First Grave on the Right.” Jones received the award last Saturday in Washington, D.C. “It’s very surreal,” she said. “I never thought it would final in the first place.” Jones […]

Squeeze chute was better laid to rest

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist This is another squeeze chute story. In my world it is the equivalent of a shark attack or a middle-of-the night calving call … a story that sends shivers down my spine. Monty said he was just along for the ride, helping his neighbor Whitey gather his cows and calves […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]

School officials kick off year-long ENMU anniversary with picnic

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Patrice Caldwell likes to tell a story about the first people to attend the fledgling Eastern New Mexico University back in the mid-1930s. About how they were dazzled by the idea of having an educational opportunity beyond high school in the area. From interviews with two former students, Caldwell […]

Sotomayor’s decision-making questioned

Freedom Communications President Barack Obama surprised some court watchers with his choice of Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to replace the retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. In several respects it was a shrewd choice, although some of the factors that made it shrewd speak […]

Former prisoner tells story

PNT staff Memories of war often haunt a person who was a part of it. For Clemens Kathman, the memories of the Bataan death march, prison camps and his trip home will remain with him for the rest of his life. Kathman wrestled his demons in the cathartic process of writing his memoirs — a […]

Don’t underestimate power of encouragement

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist My students loved for me to tell this story: “A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they […]

Feb. 14, 1956

Two Clovis boys who robbed Portales Hardware two weeks before finally confessed the full story of the robbery to Clovis and Portales officers and led them to the majority of the missing merchandise. They had stored guns they stole in the wall behind a refrigerator at their home.