Woman dedicated life to helping victims of war

Freedom Newspapers Looking at photographs on various Web sites of the smiling 28-year-old California blonde with more than a hint of impish good humor in her eyes, it is difficult to believe such a person could be dead. But Marla Ruzicka, who had spent much of her time in Iraq since 2003 working on behalf […]

Learn to be satisfied with what you’re good at

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Sometimes the best advice one can get is the least appreciated. I’m reminded of this observation when I hear of the honest, some would say cruel, comments the English judge Simon makes to mediocre contestants on American Idol. But blunt doesn’t necessarily have to be cruel. I had a nice […]

Hectic lifestyle can have bitter consequences

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I saw a scary commercial on TV the other day, a Wal-Mart spot showing a woman with a hectic lifestyle who looks into the camera and says: “I like being busy all the time.” Don’t we all? We just love driving around like maniacs, our cell phones glued to our […]

ENMU gets Alcohol 101 Plus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the culture, […]

4/22 Obituaries

Matilde Santamarina, 81 Services: 4:30 p.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery. Mrs. Matilde Labandera Santamarina, 81, of Bethlehem, Pa., died Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. She was born on April 6, 1924, in Cuba, to Maria and Jose Labandera. She grew up in Cuba, where she attended school. She married Everardo […]

Housing project hitting snags with funding

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The possibility of a housing development in Roosevelt County is at least on hold after the project was denied for tax-credit funding. Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed & Associates, a corporation based in Albuquerque, had his application denied by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority to receive funding to […]

Finance committee looking to trim budget

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer City finance committee members took their first run at the Portales city budget on Thursday and they will be reviewing the budget to see how they can trim $52,246 to balance the budget. Portales city manager Debi Lee said she and Marilyn Rapp, city treasurer, have already been reviewing […]

Gamers: On the LAN

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers It all started with pinball machines and Atari in the mid-1980s. Then Nintendo in the early ’90s. And when he graduated high school, his “addiction” progressed to personal computer games — Noel Hailey was hooked on video games. “My dad got me started when I was four years old playing […]

4/21 Obituaries

C.M. Baker, 91 Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales. Mr. C.M. Baker, 91, of Portales, died Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on March 23, 1914, in Vienna, Ill., to Alpha and George M. Baker. He came to the Elida area intending to stay […]

Buzard, Klafka named co-coaches for Zias

By Dave Wagner Dan Buzard and Dustin Klafka have been named Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball co-coaches for the 2005-06 school year, ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday. Buzard was a longtime Zias assistant before taking over the program when Wayne Moore retired after the 2001-02 season. He coached the Zias for two […]

School board readies for superintendent selection

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales School Board members have moved on to the first steps of hiring a new superintendent of schools to replace the outgoing James Holloway, a task they hope to accomplish in the next two months. School board members held an executive session on Wednesday afternoon and met for more […]

Board hears concerns on lake usage

By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI —The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority heard concerns Wednesday about the possibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring the Canadian River a critical habitat for the Arkansas River shiner. Doug Murray of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission said the Arkansas River shiner critical habitat designation […]

Residents feel Ratzinger the right choice

By Kevin Wilson Some in Portales were surprised to see Germany’s Joseph Ratzinger chosen as the new pope, some weren’t. But many in Portales believe that the new pontiff, now known as Pope Benedict XVI, was the right choice. Upon being named, Ratzinger called himself “a simple, humble” worker. It was that statement that put […]

Cannon supporters hire consultant

By Ryn Gargulinski OK, Randy Harris admits, Cannon Air Force Base supporters are getting nervous. It’s not that news related to the Base Realignment and Closure process is bad … it’s just that no news is being released at all. And so, “just in case,” Cannon’s Committee of Fifty support group has hired an international […]

Local owners aim for new package store

By Tony Parra Danny Heflin of Danny Heflin Builders in Portales said he is looking to begin construction on a new liquor package store between three to six weeks. The liquor package store will be located at 1013 W. 2nd St., next to the new Dollar General store which opened up earlier this year. A […]

County commissioners look to trim budgett numbers

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County commissioners’ first budget hearing brought about the news that commissioners must try to find a way to cut $1.4 million from the requested amount to balance the budget. The hearing on Tuesday was the first step in putting together a budget for the fiscal year which runs from July […]

Sheriff’s department adds deputy

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Department Sergeant Rick Short announced during Tuesday’s county commission meeting that the department will be adding another deputy, leaving only one vacancy. Sheriff Tom Gossett has previously said that a fully-staffed sheriff’s department would have 10 deputies, Gossett and Short. Short said there have been times in which the […]

Police on lookout for scams

By Leslie Radford An alleged scam artist is behind bars and Clovis police are looking for her husband, whom they describe as an accomplice. Police said Cynthia Flores of Clovis was arrested on Friday afternoon. She is being held on $25,500-cash only bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and faces forgery and fraud […]

April 20 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The weather is fine but would have been excellent with a little bit of rain. There were thunder clouds and lightning on Thursday night in the Garrison area but no measurable amount of rain. Some oats have been drilled in on turn-rows and are up. This is to prevent the sand from […]

April 20 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The only moisture around Dora over the weekend was a few sprinkles and very light showers and ended with fog on Monday morning. Everyone was wishing for more rain. The wheat seems to be holding on and growing. I don’t know if any one has green bugs in their wheat or not. […]