Winter driving key: Slow down

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico he key to traveling safely in a winter weather is slowing down. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Clint Varnell said drivers don’t realize that slick roads require they leave more space between themselves and other drivers on the road. “It is extremely important to slow down. Giving yourself more [...]

Farmers pleased with wheat harvest

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Amber waves of grain and considerably higher wheat prices and yields have many in the county rejoicing over the 2007 wheat harvest. “Everything I’ve heard this year has been really good,” said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County Agriculture Extension Agent. “It’s going real good. We’re harvesting above average crops,” said [...]

RGH paramedic receives top honors from colleagues

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Unexpectedly thrown into a dangerous situation, Shawn Varnell reacted quickly without thought to his own safety. His actions earned him statewide honors at a recent professional gathering. An emergency room paramedic at Roosevelt General Hospital, Varnell was busy taking care of patients when the flashing lights of police units [...]

Officials say rape fliers misleading public

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Fliers and e-mails are being distributed around the Eastern New Mexico University campus warning students about a rapist. Police said the information may be misleading. The flier warns: “Women … There is a rapist in town … May have already assaulted two or more women in the Portales community. Still [...]

Oct. 23 Births, Birthdays, Engagements, Honors

Births Cody and Ashley Varnell of Portales are the parents of a 7 pound 1.9 ounce girl born on Sept. 26, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Saylor Paige Varnell is the only child of the Varnell’s. The grandparents are Jamie and Suzanne Cooper of Portales and Dale Varnell of Rogers. Birthdays The [...]

Local students prepare for university graduation

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students have their eyes on the prize — a diploma — and their eyes on the day after when they go into the workforce. Of the 330 graduation candidates set to graduate Saturday from Eastern New Mexico University, 36 of them have their education roots [...]

Strike harms state officers

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at [...]