City councilor undergoes cancer surgery

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer A Portales city councilor is hospitalized following surgery Wednesday to remove cancerous tumors in his colon, officials said. Alfred Bachicha, 79, was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday and taken to the Amarillo Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, City Manager Debi Lee said. “Our family has always been faith [...]

Cheese plant still scheduled to open in October

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fresh layer of concrete coats the county road leading to the Southwest Cheese company. Adding asphalt to that layer is just one of a shrinking number of items left on the plant’s to-do list. The company’s Web site, www.southwestcheese.com, monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds that remain [...]

Vandals damage mailboxes, windows Thursday night

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Staff reports Numerous criminal damage incidents were reported to Clovis police late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Sgt. Jim Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said residents throughout the area had American flags stolen, mailboxes damaged and windows broken. Clovis police said they received between five and 10 formal reports and [...]

First day a success

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Getting ready for Eastern New Mexico University’s first practice of the football season, new head coach Mark Ribaudo was already faced with making adjustments. Due to Thursday’s rainshower, most of the first workout for about 140 squad members took place in the lower gyms at Greyhound Arena, although the weather cleared [...]

Local entities to discuss Brac-related futures

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Representatives from Clovis, Portales, Roosevelt County and Curry County converged under one roof Wednesday and emerged with a tentative plan for action, should Cannon Air Force Base require expansion or redevelopment. The base-closing commission will send its revised list Sept. 8 to the president for approval, but whether or not Cannon [...]

Raising children with love is essential

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist This time of year is “bittersweet” for me. I see “Back to School” reminders everywhere. I feel a “tinge” of fall in the air and I remember those first days of school with little first graders. They had “new situation anxiety in the worst way.”  That school looked mighty big in [...]

Scary stories create memories

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program [...]

ACLU helps in case of street preacher

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance bond. In [...]

Local family promotes plan to read Bible in a year

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer The Bible can look like a huge and intimidating book to open. A local ministry believes they have the answer to not only get families reading the Bible together, but to read it in a year. Under their Read the Bible in One Year Plan, an average family, person or [...]

Teachers tune up curriculum

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Portales school teachers are getting ready for the school year by setting up steps for students to ensure a smooth transition to another grade level. On Wednesday and Thursday, teachers with math and language arts backgrounds fine-tuned curriculum for the upcoming school year. Patsy Neely of Re:Learning New Mexico conducted [...]