Hounds compete, but fall to Aggies

By Dave Wagner LAS CRUCES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team played well most of the way, but Division I New Mexico State sank 8-of-13 second-half 3-pointers and got huge lifts off the bench from senior guards Duane John and Bryant Funston to pull away for an 86-76 win Thursday night at […]

Isaacs family has short, but enjoyable, reunion

By Tony Parra It was a Christmas for the entire Isaacs’ family to remember — a holiday in which Galen and Barbara’s sons were all together at the dinner table instead of a foreign country fighting a war. It was the first time in 2 1/2 years all three boys — Corey, 27, Toby, 22 […]

Warrant issued for Clovis man

By David Irvin CLOVIS — A warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for the arrest of a Clovis man in connection with the death of his mother. Dwight Wagner, 55, is charged with an open count of murder. He’s accused of bludgeoning his 75-year-old mother Essie Thomas to death in her home at 716 Grand Ave., […]

Local man’s son survives tsunami

By Ryan Lengerich Clovis doctor Rajan Mirchandini spoke to his son on Christmas eve. Arjune was vacationing near the southern tip of Sri Lanka, where he’s lived for two months, and all was well in the breathtaking seaside community of Tangalle. Hours later, a powerful earthquake beneath the sea spawned massive waves and devastated the […]

Dec. 31 Obituaries

Roy Landess Sr., 75 Services: No services have been planned at this time. Mr. Roy G. Landess Sr., 75, of Clovis, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Prairie Acres in Friona, Texas. He was born on June 22, 1929, in Roosevelt County, to Boss and Bessie Landess. He went to work for the Santa Fe […]

Celebrate God’s blessings in the new year

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist I resolve to celebrate God’s many blessings in the New Year. It is easy to rationalize the blessings or to let them go by as mere “coincidences.” I believe both great and small miracles happen every day and we let them go unnoticed, never expressing our gratitude. With this […]

New Year’s: A time to not only set new goals, but work on old ones

By Helena Rodriguez Only 359 shopping days left until Christmas. I don’t want to stress you out now. By the way, there’s only 45 shopping days until Valentine’s Day. Enough of that though. The only thing on most of our minds right now is counting down to 2005, which is now less than 24 hours […]

Rams thump defending 3A champs

PNT Staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior guard Chris Adkins scored 11 points Wednesday to help the Portales High Rams claim fifth place in the 51st Stu Clark Tournament at New Mexico Highlands University with a 52-37 win over defending Class 3A state champion Bernalillo. PHS (6-5) took early control of the game, bolting to […]

Hounds look to build on strong outing

By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team can only hope the Christmas break didn’t come at a bad time. The Greyhounds (4-6), who haven’t played since thrashing a decent St. Mary’s squad 79-41 on Dec. 19 at Las Vegas, Nev., return to game action with a 7 p.m. contest today against […]

Lady Tigers win Roswell tourney

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Elida girls basketball team had a tougher time with Roswell Goddard’s “C” team on Monday than with the Lady Rockets’ junior varsity squad on Wednesday. Senior Adrienne Coe scored 22 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a 51-6 thrashing of the Goddard JV in the championship game of the […]

PHS girls down La Cueva for third place in tourney

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By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — After getting thrashed by Rio Rancho on Tuesday in the semifinals of Clovis’ Plateau Holiday Classic, the Portales Lady Rams quickly put that game in their rear-view mirror. Leading for all but about three minutes over the final three quarters, Portales used a solid team effort to dispatch La Cueva […]

Causey says goodbye to fire chief

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By Kevin Wilson DORA — The community of Causey, and a community of emergency personnel, said goodbye to Hank Merrick — a mayor, a fire chief, and “a partner” to many. Merrick died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 68. Due to the large number of people paying their respects, services were […]

Clovis death investigated as homicide

By Mike Linn Police are investigating the death of an elderly Clovis woman as a homicide, and plan to charge a man today in connection with her death, officials said. Essie Thomas, 75, was found dead in the bathroom of her home at 716 Grand Ave. on Tuesday evening with injuries that led police to […]

Floyds find sweet success with business

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a periodic series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or more. Local owners of Daylight Donuts, Thane and Sandy Floyd have invested 20 years of kneading, rolling, frying and frosting in order to provide a […]

Rams roll to victory over Taos

PNT Staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Seniors Chris Carter and Bo Gabriel combined for nearly half the points and the Portales Rams made short work of Taos on Tuesday, rolling over the Tigers 48-30 in the consolation semifinals of the 51st Stu Clark Classic at New Mexico Highlands University. Carter scored 12 points and Gabriel […]

Elida girls garner semifinal win in Roswell tourney

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Senior guard Casey Ford scored a season-high 16 points Tuesday night to help the Elida Lady Tigers reach the finals of a tournament at Roswell Goddard with a 49-28 win over the Roswell High junior varsity. The Lady Tigers will play for the championship at 1 p.m. today against the Goddard […]

Lady Rams overwhelmed by Rio Rancho in semis

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — If they hadn’t been already, the Portales Lady Rams’ problems against pressure defense were clearly exposed Tuesday. Rio Rancho hounded the Lady Rams from start to finish, forcing Portales into more turnovers (31) than shots (25) and rolling to a 51-25 victory in the championship semifinals of the Plateau Holiday […]

Rain makes tough times for milo farmers

By Tony Parra Area milo farmers did not have to worry about a drought this year, but instead had a different type of problem. A long rainy season has caused some farmers to not even be able to harvest their milo at all. Harvesting usually takes place from late October to November, however, this year […]

Billy the Kid still a newsmaker in 2004

By Mike Linn Western legend Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but you wouldn’t know that from the headlines the legendary gunslinger made in 2004. An investigation spearheaded by a group of New Mexicans — namely Lincoln and De Baca County sheriffs Tom Sullivan and Gary Graves, and Capitan Mayor […]

Cows, cold weather don’t mix

By David Irvin Cows with pneumonia stuck in the mud is both a picture of helplessness, and for area cattle raisers, a symbol of lost profits. This year’s wet weather and recent cold temperatures meant sickness and death for many cows at area dairies, feed lots and ranches. The financial impact of poor weather strikes […]