Johnson takes up football to keep on playing

By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Randy Johnson used up his college eligibility in basketball last spring at Eastern New Mexico University, but he wasn’t ready to give up sports. So he approached ENMU’s football coaches about the possibility of playing this fall. Given the chance during spring practice, the coaches liked what they saw […]

New military commission meeting today in Las Cruces

Darrell Todd Maurina A new commission created by the state Legislature to help New Mexico military installations holds its first meeting today in Las Cruces and will discuss the upcoming federal Base Realignment and Closure process, known as BRAC. The 15-member commission is part of the New Mexico Economic Development Department and includes three Clovis […]

Note to students: Possibilities are unlimited

Helena Rodriguez It doesn’t matter if you were an honor roll student last year or if you were barely passing classes. Every student gets a fresh start Monday on the first day of school. I can promise you, every teacher’s grade book will be blank when the first bell rings. Every student, in every class, […]

Obits 8/22

Eva Banister, 55 Mrs. Eva “Jody” Banister, 55, of Portales, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Sept. 23, 1947, in Portales, to Hazel and Manuel Vancleve. She worked as a cook at Cook’s Truck Center in Clovis. She was the child care provider for several […]

Judge Brack sworn into office

PNT Staff Former 9th Judicial District Court Judge Robert Brack was sworn in Thursday as the newest federal district judge for New Mexico. Brack was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 14 after being recommended by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and nominated by President George W. Bush. Brack is one of six federal district […]

Family Dollar fire causes damage, no injuries

PNT Staff A fire Thursday afternoon at Family Dollar did damage to more than $400 in merchandise, but caused no injuries or structural damage. The Portales Fire Department received a fire call at 12:15 p.m. from the discount retailer, located on 1601 S. Ave. D., according to Fire Marshall Mike Running. By the time help […]

Calf dumping causes concerns

Tony Parra Several Roosevelt County residents expressed concern at Tuesday’s county commission meeting about what they say is an increase in dead calves being left along rural roads. Roosevelt County Crimestoppers are offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone illegally dumping dead calves. “We need to let them know […]

BBQ and tunes highlight Dawg Days

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Tony Parra The Dog Days of Summer can be a drag. Dawg Days at Eastern New Mexico University are another thing. Dawg Days is the name of four days of freshman orientation that started on Thursday with freshman moving into the dormitories and a barbecue at 5 p.m. at the Dallan Sanders plaza. “This is […]

Rams change scrimmage plans

By Kevin Wilson Change is good. At least that’s how Glen Johnson sees it. The Portales Ram football team had an off day on Wednesday, but Johnson was at work to make some changes for this weekend’s scrimmage. Johnson didn’t like the prospect of having his team travel to Hobbs to play its junior varsity […]

Zias lose exhibition to Cochise

Freedom Newspapers Cochise (Ariz.) Community College got two goals from Brandy Alexander and defeated Eastern New Mexico University 4-0 on Monday in an exhibition scrimmage played at the ENMU soccer field. It was the second of three preseason contests for ENMU, which hosts the Lubbock Ice Under-19 club team at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The […]

Area legislators speak out against amendments

Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase distributions […]

Roswell man’s arraignment rescheduled for Monday

PNT staff The arraignment of a Roswell man accused of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of a two-week-old baby was postponed Wednesday due to a scheduling conflict. Brian Moshier, 40, is charged with homicide by vehicle involving driving while intoxicated, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident result in death, and tampering with […]

Obits Aug. 21

Frances Blair, 95 Ms. Frances Opal Blair, 95, of Clovis, a bookkeeper, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 5, 1907, in Portales, to Nathan B. and Mabel E. Daniels Lea. She lived in Clovis most of her life where she worked as a bookkeeper […]

Richardson pleas for support

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Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson emphasized local autonomy and accountability when he made a pitch to Portales residents Wednesday for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform. Richardson spoke in the Portales High School auditorium as part of a barnstorming swing around the state that is expected to end in Silver City at 5 […]

Floyd hosting Elida during gym renovations

By Kevin Wilson Eight days from now, they’ll be district foes, with each hoping to gain any advantage possible over the other. Today, they’re gym-mates. Due to renovations, the Elida Lady Tigers are making the trip to Floyd High School every day for practice. “I knew them,” Chenault said, “and I called Mr. (Floyd Superintendent […]

Council approves Head Start center

Kevin Wilson The Portales City Council approved three items from the Planning Commission, including a request for a Head Start Child Development Center during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The program has been allocated money to start a child development center to benefit low-income families, primarily teenage mothers. Mary Rose Jimenez of Head Start said that the […]

County makes deal to ease crowded jail

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission approved a temporary solution to jail overcrowding during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The commission approved a joint agreement with the Dickens County detention center east of Lubbock to house some the Roosevelt County prisoners. The cost to Roosevelt County $38 per day, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator Jesse […]

PISD sends termination letters to suspects

Tony Parra Termination letters were sent today to two employees of the Portales Income Support Division arrested in a scheme to embezzle money from the state agency. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales are accused of stealing at least $2,900 from fraudulent accounts. They were arrested Aug. 1 at an […]

Two finalists left in judicial nominations

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis attorneys Robert S. Orlik and Alvin Joe Parker are finalists to fill a vacant judge’s seat in the district court that serves Curry and Roosevelt counties. The two selected from among six candidates by a special panel that met Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. The next step for Orlik and […]

Explosion rocks U.N. headquarters in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A suicide truck bomb ripped through the hotel housing the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. At least 15 people were killed and 40 wounded, including the chief U.N. official in Iraq, who was trapped in the rubble, U.N. officials said. A U.N. worker in Baghdad, Tharer al-Tikriti, said that […]