Goddard beats Portales softball team

By Kevin Wilson Marissa Franco pitched a one-hitter, helping visiting Goddard claim a 1-0 win over Portales Thursday at City Softball Park. Franco outdueled Portales senior Kassandra Richards in what was orginally the first game of a doubleheader. The second game was postponed due to rain. Richards allowed three hits and struck out two batters, […]

Families celebrate Passover traditions

Darrell Maurina While most Christians in the Clovis area are preparing to celebrate Easter, a few area residents observed the far more ancient Jewish festival of Passover on Monday night and Tuesday. “In the Jewish religion, family is intertwined with the religion. There really is no separation of the religion from the family,” said Capt. […]

Resurrection brings new life

Joan Clayton New life is bursting all around. Daffodils sway and tulips put on their best array. It is “new life” time. Growth begins to peek at the sun, enjoying the warmth of a spring day. I relish the melodious choir of my feathered friends as they greet the dawn of a dew-kissed morning. My […]

The cross is a timeless and meaningful symbol

Helena Rodriguez From the staked plains of the Llano Estacado to the rugged hills of Mount Calvary, and all places in between, there is only one symbol that has withstood the test of time. Once a symbol of despair and shame; now a worldwide symbol of hope to those who continue to believe some 2,000 […]

Obits April 9

By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com Health experts from around Roosevelt County weighed in with their tips for maintaining good health during National Public Health Week, which ends on Sunday. Portales nutrition experts said no matter what age the individual is, a good diet is vital to keep them from dragging through the day. […]

Health experts offer proper eating advice

Tony Parra Health experts from around Roosevelt County weighed in with their tips for maintaining good health during National Public Health Week, which ends on Sunday. Portales nutrition experts said no matter what age the individual is, a good diet is vital to keep them from dragging through the day. They added that parents need […]

Hammertime for Nuckols

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By Kevin Wilson Hammer throw is either … A) a carpenter’s act of frustration, B) what people do with a bad rap CD, or C) a little-known track and field event for a still-young Eastern New Mexico University track squad. For Warren Nuckols, the answer is C. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound sophomore is one of a […]

Hamilton chooses family over football

By Ferran LuceroPNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This is a periodical series about former area athletes and what they are doing now. Injuries and a desire to be closer with family led former Eastern New Mexico University standout Conrad Hamilton to retire from the NFL two years ago. A two-time NCAA Division II All-American defensive back […]

Officials answer questions about water use in area

Jack King Ogallala Aquifer water under Curry County is being used up at a rate almost five times faster than it can be recharged, the director of the State Engineer’s water rights division said here Wednesday. Paul Saavedra, who addressed a meeting of Clovis’ water policy advisory board at city hall, said an estimated 210,000 […]

Man dies in truck crash near Melrose

Darrell Maurina A fatal truck crash west of Melrose shut down the BNSF railroad and Highway 60/84 for hours on Wednesday while hazardous materials crews worked to remove pressurized gas cylinders containing flammable gases. During the cleanup, officers narrowly averted a second crash when a Ford F-150 pickup truck containing 18 people nearly hit De […]

James teacher honored with annual award

Tony Parra For the second year in a row, a James Elementary teacher has won the Newspapers In Education Teacher of the Year Award. Alfreda Sigala, a second-grade bilingual teacher at James Elementary School, won the award for the Portales area. Sigala said she has been working as a James Elementary teacher for four years. […]

Four quarterbacks see time at scrimmage

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University’s quarterback job is Steven Hinson’s to lose next fall, but the diminutive signal-caller welcomes the competition. Hinson’s Green squad lost a 19-14 decision in Tuesday’s annual Green & Silver Game at Greyhound Stadium, but ENMU coaches got a good look at all four of their […]

PHS Tennis teams beat Artesia

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday gave the opportunity for rain and a small opportunity for a Portales tennis letdown. The team was able to avoid both. Playing for the first time in more than two weeks, the Portales High tennis boys and girls teams took care of visiting Artesia by identical 9-0 counts. Portales coach Bill Wahlman […]

Zias lose to UNM softball team

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Lobos pushed over an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth Tuesday afternoon to get past Eastern New Mexico University 1-0 in women’s softball at Lobo Field. Three UNM pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout against the Zias (10-27), who lost for the 12th time in 13 […]

Council members discuss city water use

Michellle Seeber The average Portales resident uses 180 gallons of water each day without industrial use, a consultant hired by the city said Tuesday. Charles Wilson, who conducted studies of water usage in Portales and where additional water supplies might be found, made the statement Tuesday during a presentation to the Portales City Council on […]

Students soar in state science fair

Kevin Wilson Sunny Liu and Jake Bonner were really just looking for an ‘A’ in their science class. They got that, along with a first place at the state science fair and a chance to move on to the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge in Washington, D.C. “This is a little bit more than we […]

Commissioners finalize repair decisions for detention center

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commissioners decided on Tuesday to go with Kold King to repair the roof at the Roosevelt County Detention Center for a cost of $48,500. Mike Tucker of Kold King will repair the roof and he said he will use fully, self-contained chopped fiber-glass, which is a clay-based material, over the […]

County officials plan budget, hear requests

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission officials went through a budget hearing Tuesday afternoon during a special session, to review each department’s request and the Sheriff’s Department and the Detention Center stressed their need for some of the highest budget increases. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said Tuesday’s special session was the first of three […]

Good surprises come from good conversation

TV Hagenah About three decades ago, I was living in Trinidad, Colo., and periodically I would go down to Raton to catch the horse races. I am not a big gambler, but I do enjoy watching a man and animal work in tandem and I enjoy watching a horse run well. On this particular Saturday […]

Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of […]