Celebration welcomes home troops

Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, and […]

PNM examines city gas lines

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Mike Linn In an effort to ensure safety, PNM Gas Company personnel spent Thursday probing gas lines throughout the city and found no new natural gas leaks. Officials with the company said they will also search today for any leaks in the 88 miles of natural gas pipeline in Portales. On Wednesday afternoon, city officials […]

Zas fourth in LSC South volleyball poll

PNT Staff West Texas A&M received 15 of a possible 18 first-place votes in the Lone Star Conference’s South Division preseason volleyball poll. The Lady Buffs, who have made 14 NCAA postseason appearances in the last 15 seasons, tallied 103 total points in the poll to easily top Abilene Christian. The Wildcats collected 65 points […]

Diamondbacks stay alive in Tri-County

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Brandon Adkins’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run fifth-inning as the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks stayed alive in the Tri-County Major league tournament Thursday with a 12-7 win over the American Yankees. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park in Portales in the championship game of the double-elimination tournament. Lucas […]

Retirement doesn’t slow down Blair

Born in October 1925 in Roosevelt County to F.M. and Zona Blair, Joe Blair, 78, has called Portales home most of his life. Blair’s father homesteaded land in Curry County in 1906. He and his mother moved to Portales in 1920. Blair attended school in Portales. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in […]

Schlenker has a kind heart for kids

This is the first in a series of profiles on 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. J.R. “Chick” Schlenker’s daughter, Patsy Neely, described her father as a true example of what a good person should be. “He is a man of high integrity and high moral standards of living and helps mankind,” Neely explained. Schlenker […]

Committee searches for Ute project director

Jack King The board of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has begun the process of hiring a director for the Ute Reservoir pipeline project. A search committe will publish a request for proposals for the job next week with a deadline to receive applications of Aug. 1. The committee will make recommendations at […]

Obits June 20

J.D. Cox, 77 J.D. “Red” Cox, 77, of Lubbock, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Elida, to Sally Ann and J.D. “Dory” Cox. His mother died when he was 2 weeks old. He was raised by his grandmother until the age of 13. When his grandmother […]

Gas line ruptured; residents evacuated

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Mike Linn Portales city officials evacuated several homes in a city neighborhood and stopped traffic in a four-block area Wednesday after an underground natural gas pipeline ruptured. The rupture split sections of a road and leaked an unknown amount of gas in the air, according to officials. The leak occurred at about 3 p.m. near […]

White Sands: A unique experience

Angela Peacock One of the world’s greatest natural wonders can be found in New Mexico at White Sands National Monument. “White Sands is so unique because there is no other place like it on the planet and it is home to some of the most outstanding scenery you’ll ever see,” said John Mangimeli, chief of […]

Officials concerned about cities’ finances for proposed water plan

Jack King Federal and state officials raised questions Wednesday about some eastern New Mexico communities’ ability to pay for their share of the renewable water delivery system proposed by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The authority has been created to develop a pipeline project to distribute water from Ute Reservoir to communities in […]

Sant prepares for third time at nationals

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Tuesday’s story featured Lynde Orcutt, while Wednesday featured Brittany Bennett. Responsibility’s nothing new to Jaci Sant, and neither is the National High School Finals Rodeo. Sant, a […]

Cannon awaits new squadron planes

Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base is getting an entire squadron of new planes, the last three of which are scheduled to arrive Friday from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. The new F-16CJ planes, also known as F-16 Block 50 planes, will replace the F-16s that have been flown by the 522nd […]

Obits June 19

Shaylyn Wise, 14 Shaylyn Marie Wise, 14, of Lakewood, Colo., died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, in Lakewood. She was born on May 4, 1989. She was preceded in death by two great-grandfathers; a great-grandmother; and a great-uncle. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Lori Wise and Eddie Chavez of Lakewood; a sister, Sydney […]

Bennett can focus solely on cutting this year

By Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the second in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. The first story featured Lynde Orcutt. Brittany Bennett spent most of her time at last year’s National High School Finals Rodeo as a queen candidate. This […]

Commission accepts resolution opposing gender identity bill

Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission adopted a resolution on Tuesday opposing Senate Bill 28, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution also states that the commission is in support of a referendum to appeal the bill. The commission voted to accept the resolution by a 4-1 vote with commissioner […]

Citites plan party for troops

Portales and Clovis residents are throwing a party for their military neighbors from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. The event is dubbed, “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration,” and will feature welcome speeches by both city’s mayors, an F-16 flyover, live music, games and entertainment. Residents from both […]

Reading program enhances youth

Mike Linn Three first grade girls read children books at the Portales Municipal School Board meeting Monday night, validating the effectiveness of a new program in the area teaching low-level readers techniques for improving. The first-year reading recovery program in Portales has nationwide appeal for the techniques first taught to teachers, then relayed to students […]

Resident awarded for fixing generator

Mike Linn Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. presented a certificate of appreciation to Michael Parkey after he fixed a generator at the Portales Police Department on the night of June 4, when tumultuous weather bombarded Portales. Parkey received the certificate at the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night. Parkey, a city employee, was called to the […]

Former pastor reports on his retirement

Gary Mitchell BRENHAM, Texas — A former Elida and Ranchvale pastor recently called the Clovis News Journal to report on his retirement status since leaving the Clovis-Portales area. The Rev. Lester Vinson was pastor of Elida Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years, interim pastor of Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales for 15 months and at […]