My turn: Don’t wait until it’s too late

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My parents had soul. I was listening to good music from the moment I was in the womb. My father is a jazz musician and professor and I play alto sax and sing. So considering my appreciation for music, you can imagine how torn I was when I heard the news of Whitney Houston’s passing. […]

Immigrant licenses concern citizens

I do not understand Patricia Whitney’s (June 29 letter to editor) and County Commissioner Jake Lopez’ stand concerning driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Ms. Whitney conveniently leaves out the word “illegal” when she refers to immigrants getting licenses. No one is against legal immigrants getting driver’s licenses. Ms. Whitney states “the senate decided to keep […]

Portales hosting inaugural 42 tournament

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By Linda Long: PNT columnist The first 42 tournament for Portales happens Friday at the Roosevelt Electric Cooperative. Organizers say anyone who loves the challenge of 42 is encouraged to enter. Eight games with a 20-minute time limit are scheduled. Jerry Whitney organized the one-day event along with Jimmy Roberts. Whitney is a member of […]

Snow hinders traffic

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Snow and below freezing temperatures Thursday had drivers slip sliding to work. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said there were four accidents. “They were all called in as accidents without injuries,” Berry said. “The ones I have been to are just enough to block traffic.” The thermometer is […]

It’s Their Job: New manager keeps busy serving customers

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Name: Whitney Lovato What is your job? I am a server/manager at the Something Different Grill in Portales. What is your background?

Man’s nose bitten off in party fight

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police say a 34-year-old Curry County man ejected from a party returned with a knife, only to have his nose bitten off in a struggle with other partygoers. But Gilbert Aburto says the police have the story all wrong. He says he’s the victim, that he was trying to […]

Police standoff ends without incident in Clovis

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Alleged Clovis shoplifter run over by her getaway car

Freedom New Mexico Staff A woman trying to steal liquor was run over by her getaway car on Wednesday afternoon, according to Clovis police. A woman ran from a North Prince Street store with several bottles of liquor and a security guard on her heels, Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said.Another woman police believe was her […]

Texico to host N.M. 42 championships

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent As a resident of Houston, Jerry Whitney had been to the Texas 42 dominoes championships in the south Texas town of Hallettsville. Upon arriving in Texico 10 months ago, he figured New Mexico needed a state tournament, too. So he proceeded to organize it. On Saturday morning, the inaugural New […]

Portales man sought in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico staff A warrant was issued Friday morning for the suspect in a Wednesday stabbing, according to police. Victor Sotelo, 25, of Portales, is wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery, two counts of aggravated assault and kidnapping, Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Sotelo is suspected of stabbing a 21-year-old […]

Three-hour standoff ends peacefully

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An armed Clovis man surrendered to police Saturday after a standoff that lasted almost three hours and encompassed multiple locations on Clovis’ west side. The 34-year-old pulled a .45-caliber handgun from his glove compartment, pointed it at his head and drove away when police asked for a driver’s license […]

Clovis restaurant robbed Thursday at gunpoint

Freedom New Mexico Ben’s Barbecue was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night as employees were closing the restaurant, according to police. A masked male suspect took more than $1,000 in cash contained in two deposit bags, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Around 9 p.m. a female employee was in the back of the restaurant, located […]

Clovis residents report two intrusions

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Two Clovis residents confronted intruders at their homes in separate incidents Thursday night and Friday morning, according to police. A 62-year-old man was stabbed in the back when he confronted a young male in his back yard around 11 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Davis Street, according to […]

Police seek three on robbery claims

Freedom Newspapers Police are seeking three men who allegedly robbed two men at gunpoint Thursday night, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, the victims reported they were approached by the suspects in the parking lot of Kelley’s Bar and Grill in Clovis. One of the men had a gun, one […]

One man dead in Clovis shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 39-year-old Clovis man is dead and police are searching for an armed suspect who fled the scene following a shooting around 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Eladio Valdez Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center around 2 p.m., Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. An arrest warrant for Albert Ramirez, 18, […]

Three charged in connection to fire, theft

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Police have arrested one Clovis man and issued warrants for two others in connection with the June 30 burglary and arson of a Cannon Air Force Base master sergeant’s home, according to Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Warrants were issued by Clovis Detective Waylon Rains three days after the incident. […]

No bomb found following threat

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A bomb threat received by Bank of America on North Prince Street in Clovis led to the bank being closed for more than an hour Friday while police checked the premises. No bomb was found. It was the second such incident at the bank in just over two weeks. Around […]

Police attempt to ascertain identity of body

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Police are attempting to identify a badly decomposed body found Tuesday morning in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart. There were no immediate signs of foul play, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Tuesday afternoon. However, Whitney said because of the extensive decomposition, only a medical examiner can determine time and […]

McNaughton case slated for feature on Court TV

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The case of a Clovis woman killed by a local dentist will be featured on a nationally televised crime show. In mid-April, family and friends of Laura McNaughton and local law enforcement participated in interviews and investigation reenactments and provided photos for the show “Body of Evidence: From the Case […]

Clovis shelter harboring animals displaced by storm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Devastation wrought by Friday’s tornado didn’t just affect human residents. Dozens of pets found themselves on their own when fences blew down and homes were ripped apart. Animal control officers have been in the hardest hit areas trying to remove animals that are injured or are showing signs of aggression, […]