City councils show approval for Ute Water project

By Tony Parra City councilors discussed the importance of the Ute Water Project at the city meeting on Tuesday while Mayor Orlando Ortega was in Washington D.C. giving testimony in favor of the Ute Water Project on Wednesday. City Manager Debi Lee and the councilors discussed an agreement with the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water […]

Bonner credits family for persistence

By Laurie Stone Editor’s Note: The News-Tribune is doing a weekly profile on local business owners who have been at that respective business for at least the last five years. David Bonner has been helping people protect themselves against loss for the past 17 years, but has always credited his family for his gains. Bonner […]

Zias run win streak to eight by beating winless Pioneers

PNT Staff Junior Lindsay Schiely and sophomore Grace George combined for 23 kills and just two hitting errors Tuesday night, and Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team ran its winning streak to eight matches by pounding winless Wayland Baptist 30-18, 32-30, 30-15 at Greyhound Arena. Schiely had 14 kills and George added nine, each making […]

Lady Coyotes dominate early, cruise to victory over Portales

By Dave Wagner With several of his players using a jump-serve, Roswell High coach Bryan Masse expects some errors. He also hopes to counter those mistakes with easy points. Sophomore Samantha Matta led a bevy of jump-servers who helped the Lady Coyotes take control early Tuesday night in a 25-10, 25-16, 25-23 win over Portales […]

All types of discrimation are harmful

By Kevin Wilson I fear I may be a victim of discrimination. But before every lawyer within the area tries to reach me, let me explain that it’s a tough case to win. There’s no concrete evidence, and this isn’t based on race, religion, nationality or skin color. No, it’s quite simply name discrimination. I’ve […]

Pickers keep up with passion for music

By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — David Nash insists that there’s a different story behind every member of the Floyd Backporch Pickers. The evidence supports him. There’s the former business owner that admits he’s still a little too shy to talk to everyone, the 60-year-old man who just took up an instrument in December and the […]

Measure passes for beer and wine licenses

By Tony Parra Portales residents decided in a special election Tuesday to allow beer and wine licenses for city restaurants. There were 374 votes cast in support of the proposal and 338 votes against. Mayor Orlando Ortega and city council members had said they were in favor of the option when it was first discussed […]

Portales native resigns from Curry County office

By Ryan Lengerich By Ryan Lengerich CNJ STAFF WRITER ryan_lengerich@link.freedom.com After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire […]

Sheriff’s department asks for salary increases

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department officials presented county commissioners with a cost analysis on Tuesday for an increase in pay, but county commissioners stressed that it’s not in the budget. Currently the starting hourly rate for a non-certified Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy is $9.62 and $10.82 for a certified candidate. In comparison, Portales […]

Developers find opposition regarding Ute Lake

By Mike Linn CLOVIS — Two developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New Mexico. Developers Sid Strebeck and Warren Frost, who sell lots along Ute Lake’s south shore, are asking the […]

Sept. 22 Obituaries

James Wise , 86 James D. “Jim” Wise Sr., 86, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Houston. He was born on Aug. 26, 1918, in Taiban, to Ezekiel James and Emily Stone Wise. He was born and educated in New Mexico and was a decorated World War II veteran and prisoner of war. After dozens […]

Sept. 22 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Showers fell Sunday over most of this area. There was just over half inch at Milnesand, but only showers other places. There was almost two inches that fell on Weldon and Hershell Carmichael areas and on over in Texas in the Maple area. No hail or damage was reported anywhere that I […]

Sept. 22 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays Sept. 26-Oct. 1: Rosie McKinney, Hadee Blake Oder, Christy Rippie Gainer, Chek Rippie, Wayne Kinman, Evelyn Powell, Herther Chandler, Trinity Watt, Gary Good, Terri Dee Tester, Greg Burris, Nadeen Buris, Clayton Shrock, Darrell Chenualt and Laura Moore. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Fuller Revival The Baptist Church will hold a […]

Sept 22 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael More wonderful rain fell Sunday and Monday in the area and was a great boost to crops, grass, gardens and weeds. I hear there is a little cotton with some boles beginning to open. There are some of the largest milo heads this year that I’ve ever seen. We need more time […]

Sept. 22 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Fred Patterson; Chek Rippee; Christy Rippee Gainer. Anniversaries: Darwin and Sheri Chenault. Upcoming Events • There are no events this week. Please let me know if you have an event you would like in the Floyd News. Floyd quilters The Floyd Quilters recently were hostesses to the Dora High School […]

Lady Broncos go five to beat House

PNT Staff FLOYD — The Floyd Lady Broncos had to go the distance Tuesday night to beat House 24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 15-5 in a non-district volleyball match. Senior Noel Carpenter had nine kills and junior Carly Dement added seven blocks for Floyd (4-6), which had beaten House in three games on Friday in a […]

PHS junior preparing for national track meet in Hawaii

By Dave Wagner Track season may be a long ways off for most athletes, but not for Portales High’s Amador Lujan. The junior was recently selected to participate in a national track & field meet at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, sponsored by TourneySport USA, in the 200-meter dash. The event is scheduled for […]

Man at center of CBS debate has Portales roots

By Mike Linn The man at the center of CBS’ reports questioning President Bush’s National Guard service is a native of Portales. Bill Burkett of Baird, Texas, near Abilene, graduated from Portales High School in 1967 and was student-body president at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970-71. Burkett also served as commander of New Mexico […]

Residents to decide on licenses today

By Tony Parra Portales voters will decide today if city restaurant owners can apply for beer and wine licenses from the state. If voters approve, restaurant owners could begin sending applications to the state’s alcohol and gaming division as early as Oct. 27. While the city already allows liquor licenses, the beer and wine license […]

ENMU enrollment on the rise

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University continues the trend of rise in enrollment with 3,959 students for the fall semester, the biggest enrollment number since 1993 when there were 3,973 students and the second highest number in the last 20 years, according to an ENMU press release. ENMU’s enrollment had dipped from 3,973 students […]