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New Mexico prep teams begin practice Monday

Two-a-day practices begin Monday for New Mexico football teams, although many coaches have decided to combine them into essentially one long workout. Clovis High, the defending Class 5A state runnerup, kicks off practice at 8 a.m. Wildcats defensive...

 

CAFB team tuning up for 'World'

Cannon Air Force Base left fielder Staff Sgt. Richard Wickenkamp makes a sliding catch during a game against Da Crew of Carlsbad on Saturday during the New Mexico USSSA men’s Class D state tourney at Guy Leeder Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric...

 

8-7-05 Obituaries

Elfigo Montano, 56 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Mr. Elfigo Montano, 56, of Portales, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005 in Portales. Mr. Montano was born June 21, 1949, in Portales to Rosa and Juan F. Montano. He lived... Full story

 

Melrose to celebrate 100th anniversary

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer MELROSE — Melrose is the birthplace of the late William Hanna, an animator of Flintstones fame, and Col. Travis Hoover, one of the famous Doolittle Raiders who led the first U.S. retaliatory raid on Japan during...

 

Portales kicks off tax-free weekend

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer For the first time in the state’s history, New Mexico shoppers and merchants are doing something that Texans have been able to do for years. Signed into law this past legislative session by Governor Richardson, New...

 

Portales peanut farmer back on national board

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer R. Wayne Hardin, a local peanut grower, was appointed to his second six-year term by the United States Department of Agriculture to the 18-member Peanut Standards Board. When Hardin was originally appointed to the... Full story

 

Reaction mixed on effect of state’s first tax-free holiday

Johnny Pacheco and his wife Kristen Pacheco, both of Portales, walk through the North Plains Mall as the two shop Saturday in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Wearing the company’s trademark black-and-white striped shirt and surrounded by name bra...

 

Melrose turning 100

Some residents are concerned for the future of a town once called “the Broom-corn capital of New Mexico.” (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) MELROSE — Melrose is the birthplace of the late William Hanna, an animator of Flintstones fame, and Col.... Full story

 

Defense policy showdown on its way

WASHINGTON — The White House and Republican Senate leaders are rumbling toward a defense showdown with their GOP rank and file that could embarrass President Bush and take a rare wartime slap at Pentagon authority. When the Senate returns this... Full story

 

8/7 Letters to the editor

Children primary victims of park graffiti Each day I enjoy eating my lunch at Greene Acres park. Watching the kids play is a bright spot of my day. But recently I went to the park and I was disgusted because someone graffitied the kids’ toys. I kno...

 

Gun rights bill should help end frivolous lawsuits

A few years ago, the strategy of gun-control advocates was obvious: File frivolous liability lawsuits against gun makers and distributors, knowing that, whatever the ultimate merits of the cases, the manufacturers would be hard-pressed to keep fighti...

 

Meth latest ‘most dangerous’ drug

“America’s Most Dangerous Drug,” blares the cover story in Newsweek. If you haven’t been paying attention, you might wonder what drug the magazine has in mind. Tobacco, which kills more than 400,000 people each year? Alcohol, which...

 

Wishes broadcast from locals

Laverne Robbins waited for hours. Her feet hurt as TV cameras panned the crowd that lined Main Street in search of the perfect moment. Meanwhile, the 75-year-old waited. And then she got her chance. She told Grammy award-winning singer Amy Grant her...

 

8/7 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Monday to a residence in the 2000 block of Axtell in response to a report of...

 

Cops and courts: Clovis man sentenced for forgery, meth possession

A 42-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 3 1/2 years in prison on multiple charges, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Alexander Morgan was found guilty of forgery, possession of methamphetam... Full story

 

Senior department holding meeting

The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department will be holding a series of educational meetings throughout the state to discuss the new Medicare prescription drug plans. Representatives will conduct a Clovis meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in...

 

8/7 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Robert Celestino Cordova Sr., 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon, robbery and is ordered to serve five...

 

Q&A: Domenici talks energy bill, save Cannon efforts

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has been at the forefront of the recent national energy bill and the local effort to save Cannon Air Force Base. Domenici took time Tuesday afternoon to talk about those issues and how a coffee shop dare eventually...

 

8/7 Local Roundup

Texico-Farwell highway closing U.S. 70/84 at the Texico-Farwell state line will be closed at 8 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Wednesday for repairs on the railroad crossing, according to railroad and highway officials. Resurfacing is taking place due to...

 

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