Vixens slated as EPAC favorite again

By John Eisel Unbeaten Fort Sumner appears to the favorite going into the 29th annual EPAC girls basketball tournament. The Vixens (9-0) have the best record and one of the No. 1 seeds in the tourney, which brings together 10 area 1A schools for the double-elimination tournament today through Saturday at Texico High School. “Fort […]

Tax changes to create new budget balancing

By Tony Parra New Mexicans are now free to purchase groceries without a tax, but it simply means they have to pay a higher tax for everything else. Portales residents may need to take another look at their receipts after they purchase groceries since the tax cut was imposed on Saturday. The gross receipt tax […]

Second man charged in Clovis homicide

By David Irvin A second Clovis man has been charged in connection with last week’s slaying of Essie Thomas, 75, at her home on West Grand Avenue. An arrest affidavit was filed Monday charging Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, of Clovis with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Thomas. He also faces charges of […]

Search starts for new Clovis superintendent

By Ryan Lengerich The search for a Clovis schools superintendent is officially under way. Monday was the first day Clovis school officials accepted applications to replace former Superintendent Neil Nuttall. The board will take applications through Feb. 28. No applications were received on Monday, but Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Jim McDaniel said that’s not a […]

New airline serving Clovis

By David Irvin The air service at the Clovis Municipal Airport will be changing in the next couple of months. The city’s request made to the Department of Transportation for service change has been upheld at the federal level. However, the number of flights in and out of the airport will decrease under the new […]

Jan. 4 Obituaries

Greg Brown, 48 Mr. Greg Brown, 48, of Portales died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at his home. A lifelong resident of Portales, Brown was born Oct. 23, 1956, to Gordon and Mary Lela “Pete” Brown. He graduated from Portales High School in 1974. While in high school, he started working at Bishop Printing. He remained […]

Dec. 28 Obituaries

Hank Merrick Mr. Hank Merrick, 68, of Causey, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, in Causey. He was born on March 13, 1936, in Horse Springs, to Thelma and Robert C. Merrick. In 1954, near Magazine, Ariz., he graduated from high school and later returned to Causey. On Mar. 4, 1958, in Portales, he married Marcelle […]

Dog days can be harmful to family

By Bob Huber In the years when I was forming, I attracted several pet dogs of dubious persuasion. One of them was so ugly we named him “Gag.” It was actually my father who named the dog while deep in the throes of a terminal malady called Boozus Griefus, or as they say in medical […]

Language can complicate lunchtime

By Jim Lee I read or heard somewhere that predators have eyes in the front of their heads while plant-eaters have eyes at the sides of their heads. This makes sense since carnivores have to move forward to see and keep track of their prey, and herbivores hang out in herds with everybody watching what’s […]

Shafer believed in living busy life

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Bea Shafer lived life to the fullest, not allowing negativity to strain a personality which brought laughter and joy to those closest to her. She lived life on the go traveling, playing cards and dancing. Bea Shafer died on Dec. 17, 2004. Douglas L. Shafer, Bea’s husband, said his wife […]