Greyhounds crush Aggies

By Kevin Wilson The Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies capped off a 2003 they’d like to forget, and the Greyhounds got the start they wanted on a three-game homestand. Jamaal Hunnicutt and Travazz Buckley had 17 apiece to lead four in double figures, and Eastern New Mexico University never trailed in a 92-52 rout Wednesday afternoon […]

Clovis cruises past Portales

By Rick White CLOVIS — Portales had no answer for Clovis’ inside attack. Twin posts Brittany Blackmon and Monique Walker combined for 34 points and 11 rebounds as Clovis manhandle the smaller Lady Rams in the paint en route to a 57-39 win Wednesday in the championship game of the Plateau Classic at Rock Staubus […]

Man found alive in funeral home, but dies later at hospital

Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — A man declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home for embalming on Wednesday morning was returned to the hospital after he took a breath. An employee of Muffley Funeral Home called 911 dispatchers when he found Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis, was still alive. By […]

Residents share resolutions

Tony Parra The new year symbolizes a fresh beginning for most people after the champagne toast, the next day brings about new year’s resolutions. People brainstorm new year’s resolutions and begin working on them in the first week of January. Some Portales residents are not so sure people can achieve their goals throughout the year. […]

Artesia milk company responsible for future cheese plant

Jack King Select Milk Producers of Artesia, N.M., initiated the steps that led to a cheese plant coming to eastern New Mexico, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The milk producers cooperative was looking for an outlet for its product. It wanted to locate a processor within a 60-mile area […]

For George, a dog’s life is never boring

By David Stevens Lassie, Hank the Cowdog and Scooby-Doo have had their dog days. Now somebody should write a book or make a television show about the real-life adventures of George. John Considine’s dog has been homeless, tied up, befriended by strangers, even face-to-face with a pair of would-be house burglars. Chapter one. George was […]

New Year’s question: to stay or go

By Tony Parra Portales residents of all ages will have an opportunity to celebrate the new year with others from around the area, the only question being how far are they willing to travel to celebrate. For those wanting to stay in Portales for the festivities, the Victory Life Christian Church will have two different […]

Holiday closings for Portales

Freedom Newspapers The following places will have different hours on New Year’s Eve: Portales News-Tribune (closes at noon), Wells Fargo (closes at 3 p.m.), Portales National Bank (closes at noon), Roosevelt County Courts office (closes at noon), Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office (closes at noon), Wagon Wheel (closes at 2 p.m.), La Hacienda (2:30 p.m.), […]

Locals share cures for the day after

By Jack King On New Year’s Day some of you out there (and you know who you are) will already have broken your first resolution — the one not to begin the year with a tongue the consistency of the Sahara Desert and eyes like two very, very painful poached eggs. We refer, of course, […]

Texico teacher to run for District 9 seat

Freedom Newspapers A high school teacher from Texico, Dennis J. Roch, has announced his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Public Education Commission. The new board replaces what was previously known as the State Board of Education. The Public Education Commission was formed in September after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 in a […]

Portales avenges earlier loss

Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Erika Cook and Kassandra Richards have seen just about everything as teammates at Portales High School. It was that familiarity that helped them knock Rio Rancho into unfamiliar territory. Cook set up Richards for a late jumper from the baseline, giving Portales a 47-45 win over previously unbeaten Rio Rancho in […]

Rams drop final game at Stu Clark Tournament

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS — The Rams dropped Sunday’s third-place game in the Stu Clark Tournament, but coach Mark Gallegos was pleased with how Portales played in the 56-48 loss to Bernalillo. “The real Portales came out,” Gallegos said. “We came out and played. We played with a lot of heart and intensity and desire.” […]

Lady Rams win opener at Clovis Classic

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By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — It wasn’t the ideal way for the Portales Lady Rams to start a tournament — 9 a.m. in a cold Rock Staubus Gymnasium, against a junior varsity team. However, Portales had the type of finish they wanted, outscoring the host Lady Wildcats’ JV squad 46-17 over the final three quarters […]

Obits 30

Norm Stratton, 70 Norm Stratton, 70, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at his home. He was born on Aug. 20, 1933, in Tucumcari, to Jewell and Winnie Davis Stratton. He married Suzie Reagan on Aug. 7, 1955, in Tucumcari. They moved to Clovis in 1969. He graduated from New Mexico State University with […]

PNT subscription rates on the rise

PNT Staff Because of rising business costs, Portales News-Tribune subscription rates will increase beginning Jan. 1. The price of individual papers will remain 50 cents for weekdays and $1 for Sundays. Subscription rates still will provide a savings, compared to “off-the-rack” prices, for those receiving home delivery and for those getting the paper through the […]

2003 a year of shock and awe for Cannon

Darrell Maurina For those serving in the military, 2003 will go down as the year America went to war. Day after day in late 2002 and early 2003, television screens and newspaper front pages were filled with scenes of spouses, parents, and sometimes children waving goodbye to departing service members. More often than not, those […]

Four city councilmen seeking reelection

Mike Linn Four Portales city councilmen whose terms end in 2004 plan on running for another term, and will file next Tuesday to be placed on a March ballot for reelection. The four councilmen — Mike Miller of Ward D, D.K. Shafer of Ward C, Gary Watkins of Ward B and Alfred Bachicha of Ward […]

Rams split pair at Stu Clark Tournament

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Despite what their coach feels is uneven play, the Portales Rams got an even start to the Stu Clark Tournament in Las Vegas. The Rams were in a pair of blowouts in their opening games, beating Robertson 59-39 Friday and losing to Santa Fe Capital 63-43 in Saturday’s semifinal. […]

Obits 12-28

Alfonso Junior Gonzales, 37 Alfonso “Junior” Gonzales, 37, of Clovis died Dec. 24, 2003, west of St. Vrain. He was born Nov. 8, 1966, in Clovis to Alfonso and Mary Aragon Gonzales. A graduate of Clovis High School, he worked for Valley Cabinet Shop for 11 years, then went to work for Ware Produce and […]

Celebrate safely this New Year’s Eve

Jim Lee Wednesday will be the last day of 2003. It seems like a couple of days ago we were talking about how all the computers would revolt when the year 2000 happened. We passed up that eagerly anticipated crisis without major mishap, so I suppose the start of 2004 won’t cause too many problems. […]