Lady Rams keep rolling by sweeping past Loving

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By Dave Wagner Jessica Adkins didn’t come to bat every time with the bases loaded in Tuesday’s doubleheader against Loving, although it may have seemed that way. The Portales High sophomore delivered six RBIs with three hits and a bases-loaded walk, helping the Lady Rams sweep past Loving 10-0 and 12-4 at PHS’ windswept softball […]

DA: Slaying suspects face separate trials

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker entered a plea of not guilty and assigned a public defender to one of the two men accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned Monday in front of Parker on two counts of capital murder in […]

Cannon in joint exercise with Navy

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The skies over eastern New Mexico are carrying more than the rumbling F-16s this month. Through a joint exercise called Roving Sands, several Navy E-2C Hawkeyes and numerous F-18s are also taking flight across the area. The exercise is part of a much larger operation called Joint Red Flag in […]

Officials tout benefits of organic farming

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor In a small conference room at the Sunland Peanut plant in Portales on Friday, several area farmers viewed a variety of organic food items. They weren’t there to purchase them, but instead to learn how to make them and reap the rewards. Representatives from the New Mexico Organic Commodity […]

Floyd couple recognized for support

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A couple who returned to Floyd almost 26 years ago to take over a family ranch was named Floyd Citizens of the Year on Saturday during the 55th Annual Floyd Country Music Jamboree. Harold and Jima Widener were recognized for their support for Floyd schools, sponsoring high-school senior trips, […]

3/29 Obituaries

Joe Pena, 95 Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fort Sumner. Joe Pena, 95, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Kaseman-Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque. He was born on June 1, 1909, in Sapello, to the home of Nestor and Guadalupita Montoya Pena. He married Clara Bustos in 1933 […]

Lady Rams to host twin bill against Loving

By Dave Wagner Portales High’s Danielle Vasquez offered a pretty basic explanation on Monday of the Lady Rams’ recent success. “We have good players on this team,” the sophomore left fielder said. “Defensively we’re pretty good, and our hitting is coming along.” After sustaining a 10-2 loss at the hands of defending Class 1-2A state […]

Thompson remembered for pleasant demeanor

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Jimmy Lee Thompson was faced with numerous difficulties throughout his life, especially after returning from the Army National Guard in the early 60’s, but regardless of his circumstances, it was his attitude towards others that marked him as a man of valor. He died on March 14, 2005, of liver […]

Mitchell knows no other home

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Your name: B.J. Mitchell. Your job: History Teacher and coach at Portales Junior High. Your age (and Birth Date): 26 years old; March 5, 1979. Your hometown: Portales. Occupation: I teach U.S. history and reading and I coach eighth-grade football, basketball, and track. Your family: Wife: Erin, Son: Brent, daughter on the way in July […]

Jamboree entertains during weekend

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By Tony Parra FLOYD — The weekend installments of the Floyd Country Jamboree featuring local country music talent from eastern New Mexico featured big crowds and an attendance streak that has yet to be broken. Over the years the show has grown and Panny and Polly Biggler have witnessed the Jamboree since its inception. Panny […]

Pope on mind of many with Easter here

By Marlena Hartz: PNT Correspondent The pope will be on the hearts and minds of area Catholics today as they celebrate Easter. Due to health complications stemming from Parkinson’s disease and a recent tracheotomy, the normal Easter duties of Pope John Paul II have been delegated to top churchmen. It is the first time in […]

Restaurants find license requirements strict

By Tony Parra Six months after Portales voters approved to have a beer and wine license option for restaurants, the city has yet to receive any applications. On Sept. 21, a beer and wine license option for restaurants passed by 36 votes — 374 for and 338 votes against. While the license is significantly less […]

City receives block grant

By Tony Parra Portales city officials received good news from New Mexico Department of Finance representatives on Thursday when they were approved for $466,528 to use for street repairs in the north part of Portales. The money will be for street and drainage improvements in areas in the north part of Portales: • North Abilene […]

March 27 Floyd School News

Upcoming events • Booster Club will meet April 6 at 6 p.m. • School Board will meet April 11 at 7 p.m. • State Future Farmers of America competitions are this week in Las Cruces. Athletics Baseball: Our first home game will be April 6 against Santa Rosa at 4p.m. Track: High School Boys and […]

3/27 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • Donavan Wagner, 21, pled guilty to public affray and will serve five days in the Roosevelt County Detention Center. • Octavio Vicuna, 33, pled guilty on driving while intoxicated (first offense), driving left of center and speeding and was ordered to serve 90 […]

March 27 Dora School News

The week has passed quickly to most as the spring break was spent by most just having great fun. However, some staff members and students have spent the time wisely. FFA teams Not one day has gone by that Kit Pettigrew and the special teams have not been hard at work practicing for the task […]

Forgiveness and love turn suffering and anxiety into joy and hope

Freedom Newspapers T oday is Easter, the day Christians honor the “author and perfecter” of their faith, Jesus Christ, who “for the joy set before him endured the cross.” For Christians, the cross endured signifies the cost of sin, suffering and death upon humanity and God. Yet, on Easter morning grief turns to joy as […]

Reasons why you don’t want to go to Tahiti

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist Some folks yearn for a balmy life of lust and leisure on the island of Tahiti. But here at the Trendy Travel Bureau we’ve been studying this urge and have second thoughts about promoting the South Seas as a worthwhile tourist trap. For instance, Tahitians think the stomach is the […]

Steroids not a problem yet in area

By Dave Wagner With steroids becoming a bigger problem at the professional sports level, the NCAA is trying to take more preventative measures to head off potential problems. Ed Kabrick, athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that as of the 2004-05 school year the NCAA randomly tests athletes for the use of “performance-enhancing” […]

Local museum full of animals native to this region

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist We have all of this coming week to prepare for April Fools’ Day, which is Friday. I originally planned to set up a gag to honor this annual event, but I would never sink to such an act. What I want to bring up, though, is a new exhibit at […]