Obits 13

Sandra Martinez, 42 Mrs. Sandra Garcia Martinez, 42, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 24, 1961, in Portales, to Veneranda and Frank Garcia. She grew up in Portales and was a 1979 graduate of Portales High School. She went on to attend Highland University for a […]

Rams win at Muleshoe

By Kevin Wilson MULESHOE — Statistics can be deceiving. Just ask the Portales Rams. Statistic No. 1: With a 60-51 win at Muleshoe Friday night, the Portales Rams improved to 3-1 when playing in Texas this season. What that statistic doesn’t say is the Rams played disciplined basketball and had balanced scoring in each of […]

Hill scores 17 in Portales win

Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — Morgan Hill scored a season-high 17 to lead four in double figures, and the Lady Rams outscored Artesia 20-6 in the first quarter en route to a 65-27 win Friday night at the Bulldog Pit. Portales (11-3) also got 16 from Erika Cook, 11 from Kassandra Richards and 10 from Ashleah […]

Zias get 20 from Brown, win second straight

Freedom Newspapers WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Freshman guard Heather Brown hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points and junior forward Elizabeth Richards added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Eastern New Mexico University past Southwestern Oklahoma 81-70 Saturday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. ENMU (6-7) took the lead on a layup by […]

EPAC Boys: Texico claims title over Floyd

By Dave Wagner Thirty-nine points won’t win many high school basketball games. It was more than enough for Texico in Saturday’s EPAC boys championship game. Playing suffocating defense throughout, the Wolverines eventually got a few of their own shots to drop and pulled away for a 39-21 victory over Floyd at Greyhound Arena. Senior point […]

EPAC Girls: Grady rallies back to beat Vixens

By Kevin Wilson At first glance, a proper title for Grady’s EPAC girls title could be “I Love the 80s Strikes Back: 1987,” referring to the last time the Lady Bronchos won the annual tournament. However, a more accurate title might be, “Survivor: Greyhound Arena,” a testament to an incredible two-game run by Grady, capped […]

EPAC Girls: Texico beats Elida for third

By Kevin Wilson The Texico Lady Wolverines and Elida Lady Tigers had to be patient for the start of Saturday’s third-place game of the 47th annual EPAC basketball tournament, waiting and watching as a Logan-San Jon boys game that featured 70 fouls and 111 free-throw attempts ran late. Texico managed to keep its patience, ironically […]

EPAC Boys: Melrose routs Fort Sumner for third place

By Dave Wagner Senior Harvey Park scored 18 points and Melrose claimed the boys’ third-place trophy in the EPAC basketball tournament Saturday with a 51-32 win over Fort Sumner at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. Park had three 3-pointers, including two in the first quarter when the Buffaloes (6-5) opened a 17-8 lead. Fort […]

Obits 1-11

Nan Louise Bennett, 85 Nan Louise Bennett, 85, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Mrs. Bennett was born March 29, 1918, in Muleshoe to James and Julia Clarke Smith. She married William R. Bennett Jr. in 1956 in Clovis. During WWII she ran the printing press in the government […]

We must solve water issues while there’s still some left

Jim Lee Guess what: We’re running out of water. That’s no huge news flash, but maybe we should remind ourselves about it from time to time. Oh, we probably won’t go dry in the next nine minutes, but things like this need planning and advance work. If we wait till the last drop comes into […]

There’s nothing funny about a man in love

Bob Huber I opened a letter last week that read, “Get serious, Huber! I mean, in these troubled times, when we’re threatened with terrorism, global warming, drought, and mad cows, all you write about are skunks, Smooth Heine, and one-liners. Get with the program. Gloomy Gustav.” I answered this way: Dear Gus: Before more rumors […]

Mad cow scare causes cattle prices to drop

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, local ranchers […]

Veteran’s clubs could be fined for liquor laws

Darrell Todd Maurina Johnny Washington has a warning for veteran’s groups: Dot your “i’s,” cross your “t’s,” or face major problems with state liquor and gaming regulators. Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the Joint Veterans Council of Clovis, Washington said state veterans organizations and other private clubs have been forced to reexamine their activities following […]

Student spells his way to state

Tony Parra Eighth-grader Juan Contreras topped 11 contestants to claim the Portales school district Spanish spelling bee title Friday morning. Contreras, who edged a fifth-grade student in the final round, will participate in the state spelling bee contest in Albuquerque on Feb. 7. Contreras finished third in last year’s competition, but on Friday beat out […]

Jolly man rejoiced with gossip group

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com He was a high-spirited man who liked nothing better than to hang out on the porch for a good conversation with his friends. “He was a jolly man who used to slap his knee when he talked to his friends,” Cecil Faye Watkins, friend and neighbor, […]

Man makes friends selling realty

Name: Ken Bedinger Job: Real estate broker, appraiser and instructor Age and (birth date): 60 (June 3, 1943) Hometown: Portales Family: Wife Sandy; son Brett; daughter Sonja Sanders. What do you think of Portales? “I am fortunate in that I was able to find a profession that allowed me to stay in Portales. I consider […]

Going south: EPAC heads to Greyhound Arena

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — One needs only follow Richard Luscombe to see what a difference a new arena can make. The Texico boys basketball coach used to operate out of an office comparable to supply closets, located in what referred to as the “old gym” in the brackets of this year’s 47th annual EPAC […]

Hounds push win streak to eight

Freedom Newspapers LAWTON, Okla. — Junior Irshaun Pinckney led five Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 18 points and the Greyhounds pulled away in the second half Thursday night for an 86-68 win over Cameron in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game. Junior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt added 16 points and 12 […]

Zias snap losing streak

Freedom Newspapers LAWTON, Okla. — Laci Lee scored 22 to lead three in double figures, and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s team used a game-ending 16-2 run to defeat Cameron University 65-63 Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Aggie Gym. The Zias (5-7) also got 16 from Jereena Bosket and […]

EPAC Schedule

Freedom Newspapers Boys Wednesday’s games At Texico High School Game 10: Floyd 60, Grady 48 Game 12: Texico 79 vs. Dora 45 Thursday’s games At Texico High School Game 15: Logan 69, Elida 44 Game 16: San Jon 69, House 56 Game 18: Grady 56, Dora 48 Friday’s games At Greyhound Arena Game 20: House […]