Officials say Aryan Brotherhood not big in area

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Aryan Brotherhood is a white supremacist gang formed in San Quentin State Prison, Calif., in 1964. The group was initially founded as a way of protecting white inmates from other prisoners in the prison system but has expanded its influence outside the prison system, according to the U.S. Department […]

ENMU evaluates safety measures

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In the wake of last spring’s campus shooting at Virginia Tech, Gov. Bill Richardson and the state of New Mexico are implementing a campus safety plan for all 28 state public colleges and University campuses, including Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “We have a lot of security plans […]

2-1-1 service offers free information

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt and Curry county residents seeking assistance can turn to a free phone service to help guide them to the proper resources. The 2-1-1 system is a service being provided by United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Callers to the number are connected to the proper organizations for help. […]

ENMU struggles to retrieve lost data

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University officials are working closely with outside experts to resolve a computer mishap that occurred last week. The incident occurred when a system, known as WebCt, crashed due to rising temperatures in the room where the server was housed. The crash resulted in lost data that […]

Server crash endangers ENMU data

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University officials are assessing the scope of a computer malfunction last week and whether lost academic data for thousands of students taking online courses can be retrieved. Data retrieval experts have been brought in to work on the server in hopes of saving some data, according to […]

Boris Yeltsin true hero of his time

Editorial Boris Yeltsin, the first elected president of Russia in all its long history, died Monday at 76. He may have been a flawed character, a leader who will leave an ambiguous legacy. Ultimately, however, as Leon Aron, author of “Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life” and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote, “the […]

Public service academy completely unnecessary

Editorial Move over, Air Force Academy. Make way, Annapolis. Watch out, West Point. If some in Congress get their way, there soon might be a National Public Service Academy, styled loosely (probably very loosely) on these older institutions, that will take America’s best and brightest and mold them into the federal uber-bureaucrats of the future. […]

Dairy company hears residents’ smell concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DairiConcepts officials said Wednesday work being done to remedy an odor problem associated with its wastewater that drew the ire of neighbors last summer should be completed by the end of May. DairiConcepts, a milk processing plant that produces primarily a powdered product called milk protein concentrate met with […]

Water system shutdown scheduled

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales could soon update its water system shutoffs to avoid the type of problem it had last year when a 24-inch main failed, leaving residents without water service for up to 24 hours. Portales city councilors heard a report from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering at […]

Group pushes for universal health care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer By Casey Peacock A health care access advocacy group is pushing state lawmakers for a health care system that would cover all New Mexicans. “It’s becoming very important because of the rising cost of health care,” said Charlotte Roybal, director of Health Action New Mexico, at Monday’s meeting of […]

Middle man stunts health care reform

By Freedom Newspapers The 65-year history of how modern health care payment and delivery developed in America has at its center one key fact: Almost no individual pays his or her own way. From this condition, we find: that health care costs rise faster than other consumer prices; that the first question at a hospital […]

Transit system steers toward more business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales city councilor raised questions this week about whether the Portales Area Transit system is being marketed well enough. Councilor Jake Lopez said he knew of a resident who had recently walked to La Casa Health Center with a baby in arms for a doctor’s appointment. When he […]

Water warning lifted

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elida residents have been released from the “boil water alert” issued Jan. 6 by the New Mexico Environmental Department after E. coli bacteria was found during a routine test of the water system. Elida town clerk Sandra Monks said the ban was lifted Thursday afternoon after samples gathered during […]

Elida’s water not safe

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Environment Department advised the town of Elida to issue a “boil water alert” Saturday, after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the maximum contaminant level for E. coli was discovered, according to a press release issued by the department Wednesday. Most strains of E. coli live in the intestines of healthy […]

New voting machines ready

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County voters will have the opportunity to try out the new federally-funded voting machines in the upcoming General Election Nov. 7. According to Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins, the machines have been provided to the county through the federal Help America Vote Act. The state legislature also passed […]

Waste Water ordinance ok’d by city

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Councilors adopted an ordinance Tuesday dealing with industrial wastewater that gives the city the authority to notify users when they are out of compliance and assess a fine or even shut off those businesses that don’t bring their discharges in line. City officials say the ordinance was […]

Sewer smell is back in Portales this summer

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A strong sewer smell is once again wafting across the city of Portales from the south this summer. Mayor Orlando Ortega said residents are letting city officials know they’re not happy with the odors emanating from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. “Here in the past few weeks I’ve been […]

Often, you are what you read

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers What you read says a lot about you. Certain magazines indicate a need to be ready for a political debate, with arguments tailored to a particular political ideology. Others keep you up on the world of sports. Still others say that you have unrealistic expectations of the opposite sex. Mine […]

Roosevelt County now has 911 cell phone tracking system

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County 911 dispatchers now have a new system using global positioning satellite technology (GPS) which allows dispatchers to pinpoint the exact location of a cell phone caller. Before, Roosevelt County was phase one compliant, which means they were only able to track a caller by the cell tower […]

County cooking ideas to replace heat/air system

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Commissioners are considering a new heating and air conditioning system in the county courthouse to replace the building’s 30-year-old one. Commissioners gave County Administrator Charlene Hardin approval during their meeting Tuesday morning to submit a loan application to New Mexico Finance Authority to begin the process […]