Hounds take two of three from Kingsville

By Dave Wagner Sophomore Josh Kuchta hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the sixth inning Saturday and Eastern New Mexico University wrapped up its baseball season with a 5-3 win over Lone Star Conference South Division co-champion Texas A&M-Kingsville at Greyhound Field. The Greyhounds (19-27-1, 8-13-1 South) took two of three in the series from […]

Zias swept in final series of season

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Sophomore Tori Johnson pitched her first shutout of the season while senior Robyn Jensen hurled her third complete game of the weekend Saturday as Texas A&M-Kingsville completed a four-game Lone Star Conference South Division softball sweep of Eastern New Mexico University with 8-0 and 6-2 victories. The Javelinas (31-24, 10-8 […]

Make a happy day for others

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried. Our son made a happy and memorable day for us. My husband says I have Christmas every day, […]

A column about nothing

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Here’s a column about Nothing. That’s when I do my best writing. When I write about Nothing. Sometimes I have so much to say about Nothing that I can’t stop writing. It’s when I try to write about Something that I’m at a loss for words. Jerry Seinfeld made millions […]

Construction to begin Monday on hospital addition

By Tony Parra Cooper Medical Building will begin work on an addition to the medical office building on Monday, construction foreman Dan Stivers at Thursday’s Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting. The Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board of Trustees approved the designs for the medical building addition. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the plans […]

Library to receive E-rate funding

By Michelle Seeber U.S. Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) recently confirmed that the Portales Public Library will receive $5,713 in telecommunications discounts to ensure access to technology. The discounts are part of the E-Rate program that provides libraries discounted Internet and telecommunications services. Jenny Blaylock, circulation supervisor at the library, said, “We’ve been getting that discount […]

Local music group working hard on promotion

By Kevin Wilson Music is a family matter for the Montoyas, so much so that it became the inspiration for their latest venture as the R&B/hip-hop group Unbreakable. “That’s why we call it Unbreakable,” Mario Montoya said of the family connection with the three-man group, which released its self-titled debut about a month ago. “Family, […]

State reports 11 percent rise in child abuse

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of 2,708 from the year before. The number of cases […]

Portales tennis dominates Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Outside of Patricia Gallegos and Andrea Curry, Portales blanked Clovis in a boys and girls dual meet Thursday at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Complex. Gallegos downed Hailey Quick 6-4, 6-2 in No. 1 singles while Curry needed a pair of tiebreakers to beat Rachelle Self 7-6, 6-4 in the No. 2 singles match. […]

School board discusses teacher salary requirements

By Michelle Seeber The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the 2004-2005 budget and approved the transportation contract for next year with Shearer School Buses. During the budget work session, board members discussed salary requirements set forth by House Bill 212, which the New Mexico Legislature approved in 2003 to reform […]

Senior Merrick hoping to go out with title

By Kevin Wilson The biggest improvement in Cassidy Merrick’s golf game this season, at least according to the Portales senior, has been her accuracy on chipping. Chipping is a process that Merrick likes to call the “ups and downs.” Her golf season so far, has had more of the ups. Merrick, a three-time team medalist […]

City enters agreement with Elida

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the Portales city councilors approved a joint powers agreement during Tuesday’s city council meeting between the city of Portales and the town of Elida to provide dispatch services to Elida. The agreement is for two years and the Elida officials will pay the city of Portales, $5,000 a […]

Residents prepare for charity lockup

By Michelle Seeber People by the scores will be going to jail today — not because they committed crimes, but because they want to raise money for others who suffer from muscular dystrophy. The event, hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Cattle Baron Restaurant, will involve businessmen and others in Portales being […]

ENMU softball split in shutouts

Freedom Newspapers GOODWELL, Okla. — Runs were at a premium in Tuesday’s non-conference softball doubleheader between Eastern New Mexico and Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Zias scored a two-out run in the third inning and held on for a 1-0 win in the nightcap after the host Lady Aggies posted a 1-0 win in the opener. […]

Police warn public of phone scam

By Tony Parra Money predators are at it again, according to Portales Police Captain Lonnie Berry, as the police department has received complaints that an organization is calling with claims of Canadian lottery winnings. Berry said there were two people who called in complaining they were receiving calls asking them to send $1,000 or more […]

April 22 Obituaries

Michael Strader, 47 Michael Strader, 47, of Clovis died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at his home. He was born on Nov. 3, 1956, in Clovis to Neal and Ellen McCollum Strader. After graduating from Clovis High School he moved to Arlington, Texas, where he went to the University of Texas at Arlington. During school he […]

Former ENMU star coaching

By Ferron Lucero A former infielder and relief pitcher at Eastern New Mexico University, Brian Cronk turned to coaching when he was released after playing one year in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. After a year as a student assistant at Eastern, Cronk is in his fourth season as an assistant baseball coach at Clovis High. […]

Portales girls split softball games with Lovington

PNT Staff The Portales High softball team reduced its magic number to one for clinching a Class 3A playoff spot Tuesday, earning a split over District 4-3A leader Lovington at City Softball Park. Portales beat Lovington 4-2 in the opener but dropped the nightcap 4-1. Portales (10-11, 6-4 district) had never beaten Lovington in softball […]

Richardson addresses city

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By Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson absorbed a barrage of questions from Portales residents on several topics, but made a stand on the importance of a cheese plant road, education and not allowing same sex marriages on Monday in the city hall chambers. Alva Carter, Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents member, said it […]

NMHU routs Greyhounds

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Brian Fryer was a one-man wrecking crew on Tuesday. The senior center fielder went 4-for-4 with a triple, a homer, three runs scored and four driven in as New Mexico Highlands routed Eastern New Mexico University 9-1 in college baseball. Fryer raised his season’s batting average to .492, driving […]