Coworkers trying to bowl cancer over

By Alisa Boswell: PNT Staff Writer Two Portales residents and coworkers are knocking down bowling pins for dollars — with the money going to the fight against cancer. Roger Jones, who works at C&S Inc., and is on its Relay for Life team each year, bowls with the Continental Bowling League Thursday nights in Clovis. […]

Dumpsters potential fuel source

At a time when self-righteous environmental groups are trying to block solar power, and self-described green politicians are preventing “Not in my Backyard” wind power, our much maligned real power utilities continue to search for greener fuel options. It is not unusual that the bluster of the often government-subsidized non-profit ANTI’s impede progress through frivolous […]

ENMU looking to build summer ESL course

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Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University employees are trying to jump start the ENMU Summer English as a Second Language Institute, with more emphasis on including the community. ENMU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Mary Fanelli Ayala said organizers are trying to build the institute’s outreach to the community and service to international […]

Clovis teen recovering from shooting

Freedom New Mexico A 17-year-old Clovis girl was in serious condition Friday at a Lubbock hospital after police said she was accidentally shot by a friend who was trying to shoot from a car. Police were called to the area of 11th and Gidding streets just before 4 p.m. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said […]

Two arrested on jail smuggling charges

PNT Reports Two men have been arrested for trying to smuggle contraband into Roosevelt County Detention Center, and authorities are looking for a woman in the same case, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to the release: • Justin Husted and Allen Ryen, both 37 and of Portales, were […]

State initiative trying to reach high school dropouts

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Argen Duncan More than a year into the governor’s Graduate New Mexico initiatives, Roosevelt County schools have a number of programs aligned with the goal of giving more students a quality high school education. The initiative aims to bring 10,000 high school dropouts back to earn a diploma by fall 2011, increase graduation rates and […]

Their view: Democrats trying to protect public

Democrats trying to protect public This letter to the editor comes from Portales’ Gene Bundy: Some questions for all our local Tea Partiers/Republicans who are so upset with our national debt: Where were you between 2002 and 2009? Why weren’t you upset and yelling loudly when the Bush administration was spending all those trillions of […]

Portales Past: July 15, 1950

July 15, 1950: Two area residents were unsure what to do with a discovery they made hunting arrowheads northeast of Portales. Oscar Shay and Jim Warnica found what they believed to be an 8-foot elephant tusk buried in the sand at Blackwater Draw. Archaeologists were notified because the men were concerned they could destroy the […]

ENMU freshmen prep for CNFR

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By Kevion Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Just five months ago, Michael Trujillo and Chance Kiehne were just another pair of freshmen trying to learn the ropes of college rodeo, and having each other as partners. Now, they’re confident they’re five weeks away for a national championship. “I think we have a really good chance,” said […]

Portales Past: March 17, 1945

March 17, 1945: J.H. McArthur was found burned to death at his home 12 miles south of Elida. Officials speculated the home had caught fire and McArthur was overcome by smoke trying to extinguish the blaze. McArthur homesteaded in the area in 1898.

Clovis woman charged with trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Freedom New Mexico A 23-year-old Clovis woman accused of trying to smuggle drugs into the Curry County jail faces multiple felony charges. Jessica Barton is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to bring contraband into jail, possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said investigators learned Barton was involved in […]

No injuries in house fire

PNT staff No one was injured in a fire Friday that destroyed a home in the 500 block of South Roosevelt Road V, according to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill. Hill said the call came in about 8 a.m. He said the house was a total loss and investigators are still trying to […]

Attending legislative session presents challenges

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican For years people trying to attend a session of the state Legislature have complained about the parking situation at the Capitol. There’s finally some good news on that front. Last year the state opened a new $13 million parking structure just west of the Roundhouse with 580 spaces. (Entrance […]

Curry County man dies after trying to fight fire

Freedom New Mexico A 79-year-old Curry County man died Monday after trying to extinguish a grass fire on his property. The fire ignited about 3:30 p.m. Charles Petty was pronounced dead at Plains Regional Medical Center after being transported there by ambulance for possible smoke inhalation, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. “Mr. Petty was attempting to […]

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Musk thistle expanding across region

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PNT Staff Report There are different weeds that are native to New Mexico, but some weeds like the musk thistle are trying to take over. The musk thistle is a tall plant with waxy dark green deeply lobed leaves with spines. The leaves can appear to be white to silver-gray. Michael Roberts, a U.S. Department […]

Dress drive helps make prom affordable

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Ty Caffrey is trying to help teenagers have the perfect prom, even if they can’t afford the high price tag. Caffrey organized a prom dress drive Saturday at Matt 25 Hope Center and partnered with Clovis Community College and Life Choice. The drive provides area high school students with […]

Group seeks out veterans

Freedom New Mexico The 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc. is trying to locate veterans who have served in the division in the past 66 years. The association aims to record those veterans’ stories. Anyone who served in the division is invited to contact the association. Combat is not a requirement. Contact: Shirley Gossett at 937-898-5977, […]

Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

Trying to keep my head above water

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist I’d make the Mafia more efficient. It’s probably not good to say such things when everybody’s looking to save a few pennies. But it’s true. If the Mafia decided to take me for a swim, they wouldn’t need a bag to put me in. Or rocks for the […]