Schools work hard to improve AYP marks

By Tony Parra Portales High School administration members said they are taking the necessary steps to ensure test scores will be higher than the last adequate yearly progress reports which labeled Portales schools as not meeting AYP requirements. Portales administrators received the AYP reports in August and Portales schools did not meet AYP. The No […]

Legislation has hospital board guessing

By Kevin Wilson Proposed bills in the state Legislature could leave the Roosevelt General Hospital board with a few answers to burning questions, or create more questions themselves. Items that the state legislators are working on were part of the discussion at Thursday’s board meeting, including a pair of bills which may or may not […]

Trial date set for May

By Tony Parra A trial date has been set for one of two Portales brothers accused in the April slaying of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Richard Baca, 18, will go to trial May 16-25, on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, senior prosecutor Donna Mowrer said. Clifford Baca, 20, also appeared Thursday before 9th […]

Feb. 18 Obituaries

Leo Dement, 87 Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Leo Dement, 87, of Portales, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at his home. He was born on May 17, 1917, in Hollis, Okla., to Ora and Stephen Dement. He spent his early years in the area where he was born in Oklahoma. […]

Overpass idea does little to appease residents

By Rick White While campaigning in the fall, Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, kept hearing the same complaint. Residents south of the railroad tracks felt cut off from Clovis amenities since the Wheaton Street railroad crossing was closed in May 2003. A proposal to build an overpass about two miles west of the Clovis city […]

Church hit repeatedly by robberies

By David Irvin A local Pentecostal church has been burglarized four times since New Years Eve, irking the pastor and confounding his church congregation. Even though an electric piano and guitar were stolen during the third break-in, music is still part of the Calvary Tabernacle Church service. “(We) keep on making a joyful noise,” pastor […]

Extravaganza expected to be big

Freedom Newspapers The 16th Annual Hartley House Extravaganza is expected to be “bigger and better than last year,” according to Debra Chavez, program director for The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. The event is at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. Last year’s event raised around $10,000. Chavez hopes […]

Freedom is God

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist “Breezy, our new horse, checked out the boundaries in his pasture.  He wanted to know the limits of his new home and  I like to think he also wanted to know that he was safely enclosed in his “space” and that he was secure in Emmitt’s love and care.  I […]

Extreme getaway: Move to a new century

By Helena Rodriguez It’s always nice to go out of town for a few days and get away from it all. Last weekend, I had an opportunity to take this to the extreme and get away in more ways than one when I went with the Graduate Student Association of Eastern New Mexico University to […]

ENMU adds trio of football players

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has announced the signing of three freshmen to national letters of intent. The signees include Jason Behler, a free safety from Brownwood (Texas) High School; Clark Hanley, a tight end and deep snapper from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, and Randall Hutchinson, a […]

Zias hang on late to turn back Lions

PNT Staff COMMERCE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team may not be going to the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament, but the Zias made it a little harder for Texas A&M-Commerce Thursday night. Senior forward Mika Robertson posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and scored the Zias’ final […]

Commerce knocks off Hounds

PNT Staff COMMERCE, Texas — Another long-range bomber did in Eastern New Mexico University’s men Thursday night. Junior point guard Jermart Miller led a 63 percent outing from 3-point range for Texas A&M-Commerce, hitting 7-of-9 en route to 24 points, and the nationally 11th-ranked Lions turned back Eastern New Mexico 80-73 in a Lone Star […]

Hounds, Zias get set for busy weekend at home

By Dave Wagner Graduate assistant Amber Daniell, thrown into the fire in a hurry with the Eastern New Mexico University softball team, will get a real coaching baptism over the next few weeks. Daniel, a recent Baylor University graduate who played her last two years in college for the Lady Bears, will handle the coaching […]

District races up for grabs in Portales-Lovington contests

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By Dave Wagner The bizarre District 4-3A girls regular-season championship has gotten down to a two-game race. All three teams stand 2-2, having split head-to-head, with one round to go heading into tonight’s 7 p.m. matchup between Portales High and Lovington at the PHS gym. Meantime, the PHS boys have a chance to clinch a […]

Ex-PHS runner qualifies for Boston Marathon

By Dave Wagner When he was laboring away nearly a quarter of a century ago for the Portales High track team, no one could have guessed Bob Harmon Jr. would eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon. Harmon, though, plans to run to marathoning’s major event on April 18 after qualifying for the 26.2-mile race with […]

Postseason a longshot for ENMU

By Dave Wagner With four games left in the regular season, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan and acting women’s coach Dustin Klafka aren’t particularly concerned with making the Lone Star Conference tournament. Both ENMU squads have a chance, but they have their work cut out trying to jump into the LSC […]

Zias coast to pair of victories over CSW

PNT Staff HOBBS — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team, playing without first-year head coach Armando Quiroz, got solid hitting and pitching Wednesday and swept a doubleheader from host College of the Southwest 8-1 and 10-0. Quiroz dislocated an ankle and fractured his fibula last week when he stepped on a batting helmet while […]

PHS tennis squads looking for good things this spring

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By Dave Wagner Portales High senior Rachelle Self has already enjoyed a highly successful high school tennis career — three Class 3A state team titles in four years, going back to eighth grade. She’s also qualified for state in doubles each of the last two years. With only one player lost to graduation, she’s pretty […]

Portales Inn could be operational by mid-summer

By Kevin Wilson Officials working on the Portales Inn Hotel are optimistic that parts of the building could be open for business come this summer. Bill Raisbeck, a former hotel developer who lives in Portales, has been working on restoring the hotel, which hasn’t been in use for about six years. Raisbeck is hoping for […]

Ute Water Project body wants to illustrate future without project

By Tony Parra CLOVIS — The governing body of the Ute Water Project hopes this spring to have an analysis that would show what would happen if the project is not completed. Clovis Mayor and Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairman David Lansford told the project’s engineering consultants that meetings to distribute federal funds […]