Obituaries, May 29

Ruth Crume, 89, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Services are pending. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Melrose teacher honored, humbled by award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers did. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The annual award is presented to teachers who represent […]

Aging with Grace

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By Mike Linn For an elderly woman, Ruth Creighton sure is an energetic sort, smiling and carrying on with friends, laughing and listening to stories. Creighton, 92, was one of 15 seniors over 90-years-old who met at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s annual non-agenarian tea party Wednesday afternoon. She brought with her a quick-witted charm […]

Homans makes stop in Portales

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By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]

“Swingers” makes movie night money

By Kevin Wilson As an unwritten rule, workers in the Portales editorial department need to have a certain cinematic IQ to get along with me. Obscure movie references and disturbingly accurate scene reprisals make up a percentage of my conversation that I’m embarrassed to admit. So it was right down my alley when I read […]

UK missed the boat on “Hud”

By David Stevens One of the all-time great movies was released 40 years ago today. “Hud,” starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal, was filmed in Claude, Texas, just east of Amarillo, about two hours from Portales. The black-and-white Western classic was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three of them. It told […]

Roommate draw the first step in life

By Mike Linn More than 100 Portales High School students graduated on Friday. Many look forward to college, four years of eating cheap pizza, participating in late-night study sessions and embracing the college social scene like a farmer does rain in the drought-riddled plains of eastern New Mexico. For some, the transition can be trying: […]

Joe Melendez, 78

Joe Melendez, 78 Mr. Joe Melendez, 78, of Santa Barbara County, Calif., died Wednesday, May 21, 2003. He was born on April 26, 1925, in Roswell, to Eduardo and Urbana Juarez Melendez. He was educated in Roswell Public Schools, Eastern New Mexico University and University of New Mexico, earning a bachelor of science degree in […]

South County News, May 28

By Charlie Carmichael Weather report Rain is the big blessed news throughout our area. It scattered so far and varied from sprinkle to about an inch in the Causey, Milnesand and Garrison areas. The Arch vicinity fared better. There was a lot of hail on Saturday evening south of the old Garrison store. Weldon Carmichael […]

Elida News, May 28

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays: Jimmy West and Baylee Paul Oder. Wedding Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bob Nockoles and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Anthony. Shower: A baby shower for Cody Lane Rinne is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Baptist Church. He is the son of Michael and Tammy Rinne. Social activity An […]

Crime Report, May 28

PNT Staff Editor’s note: The crime report is compiled from incident reports filed by area law-enforcement officers. Following a gas theft, an 18-year-old Portales man in a maroon Monte Carlo led police officers on a speedy chase on city, county and state roads early Sunday morning. The officer, who had dealt with the man prior, […]

Spelling champ goes on to D.C.

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom […]

Couple returns to roots for wedding

By Darrell Todd Maurina Skip Haneline and Guyla Keefe had never been to Fort Sumner before Tuesday. But it seemed the natural place for the couple from Nebraska to get married. Both of their parents had been married in the DeBaca County community. Besides, the residents of Fort Sumner were quite inviting. “When Mr. Haneline […]

Weather bittersweet for Portales farmers

By Mike Linn A surge of timely rain in Roosevelt County and some unwelcomed hail near the Texas state line over the weekend has brought both joy and unrest to local farmers. While the rain over the weekend was a welcome commodity to the west side of the sun-baked county, hail on the east side […]

McMann signs on with Amarillo Dillas

By Dave Wagner After a record-setting four-year career at Eastern New Mexico University, Dallas McMann is getting his feet wet in professional baseball this summer with his hometown Amarillo Dillas. McMann signed a contract with the Class A Dillas last week as a backup catcher. He dressed for a home game Thursday night, then left […]

ENMU names Blaskowski new softball coach

By Dave Wagner Kevin Blaskowski built the Southern Arkansas University softball program from scratch, capped off by a 30-win season this spring. But the North Dakota native believes he has a better chance of getting to the NCAA Division II national tournament at Eastern New Mexico University. Blaskowski won a three-way battle to become ENMU’s […]

Gold star moms remember children lost on battlefield

By Darrell Todd Maurina Memorial Day exists primarily to remember deceased veterans, but since the end of World War I, veterans organizations have also sought to provide recognition and support to a special category of people on the “home front.” That category, “gold star mothers,” consists of mothers whose children have died while serving in […]

Portales honors fallen

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Light rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the people who turned out Monday morning for the memorial day ceremonies in Portales and Clovis. Portales American Legion Post 31 Commander Joe Blair said about 100 people turned out for the Memorial Day observance at the Portales Cemetery. Retired Methodist pastor Rev. Farrell […]

Portales gets brief showers

Janet Bresenham By the time some long-awaited rainfall finally soaked the area Saturday afternoon and evening, it did its best to make up for lost time. While Portales received only a light rain Saturday, the National Weather Service radar in Albuquerque showed that the northeast part of Roosevelt County got inundated with up to 3 […]

Portales high finishes off successful season

By Kevin Wilson Portales High School concluded another year of athletics, with trophies in some sports and missed expectations in others. The Portales volleyball team started the year with one of the more difficult tasks in the state — defending a state championship despite losing 10 seniors. Behind second-year coach Ruth Chavez, the Lady Rams […]