Day trips: Alamogordo makes for spontaneous day

By Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the […]

United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

Code talker shares experiences

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

Charges still pending in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A search warrant was carried out Friday at the residence where two people were shot earlier this week as a Clovis bail bondsman was revoking a bond. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers found a small amount of marijuana at 305 Gayland Drive, Apartment 3. He said he did not […]

Salas to be tried as adult

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler told Orlando Salas, 15, Friday he would be tried as an adult in connection with last week’s killing of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. Chandler told Salas during his first appearance in district court that if the Clovis teen is convicted of murder, he will […]

Victims Memorial Garden dedicated in Roosevelt County

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It was planned as a peaceful place for victims to gather during the multiple stages of a criminal trial and a memorial to victims of crime. The Victims Memorial Garden was dedicated Friday on the grounds of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. On hand for the ceremony were victim’s families as […]

Sept. 23 Local Briefs

Conference discusses Patriot Act The Department of Communicative Arts and Sciences and the Department of Political Science at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are teaming up to present a “First Amendment Conference,” Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business Building. It is titled “What is the Price […]

Sept. 23 Obituaries

Margaret Torres Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Mrs. Margaret Torres, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 28, 1920, in New Kirk to Teofila and Juan B. Aragon. She grew up in New Kirk. As a young […]

No charges yet in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday Clovis detectives are still gathering statements in the case of a bondsman accused of shooting two people Tuesday while revoking a bond. Bayless, who owns Hank’s Bail Bonds, shot co-worker Christina Snell in the leg and Javier Sanchez in the back while apprehending Sanchez. “I’ll […]

Senate approves bill for Cannon project

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill that contains $13.2 million for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. Domenici, R-NM, urged the committee to keep construction funds in the bill for Cannon Air Force Base, despite […]

PHS logging on to new way of learning

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a month in Cyberspace, students are giving online classes an A-plus at Portales High School. The program, which is allowing close to 80 PHS students to take their core classes online for the first time this school year, is getting rave reviews from both students and teachers. “It’s better […]

Third Salas brother charged with homicide

Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Two brothers already in custody were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with last week’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said evidence gathered during witness interviews and forensic testing led to the murder charges against Orlando Salas, 15, and Demetrio Salas, 19. Both […]

Portales residents can help battle meth epidemic

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Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Methamphetamine is described by law enforcement as the biggest social crisis in America today. Thursday at the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, attendees learned more about the problem and a few easy ways to deter it in the community. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department described the […]

Sept. 22 Local Briefs

Four candidates file for elections Four people have declared their candidacy for two open positions on the Roosevelt County General Hospital Board for four year terms in District 1 and District 2. Lydia Ornelas was the only person who declared candidacy for District 1. Terry Cone, Margaret Davis and Linda Baca declared their intentions to […]

Sept. 22 Community Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Thursday Double Trouble in Recovery (support for people […]

Couple brings pictures new life

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners in Portales. If a picture can say a thousand words, a husband and wife team in Portales is finding ways for the picture to say even more. John Lowry-King and Betty King-Lowry owners […]

Melrose senior-gridders taking names

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock Graham has a suggestion for anyone who doubts their chances. “Come see a game. The scoreboard says it all,” Graham said. “We could stand here and yack all we want, but we talk […]

Senators commit to finding mission for Cannon AFB

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega met Wednesday with New Mexico’s two U.S. senators to talk about ongoing efforts to find a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission last month handed the eastern New Mexico base a reprieve of sorts. […]

Bonds OK’d for wind power plant

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Commissioners gave final authorization of bonds for the wind power plant outside of Elida, which will bring electricity to Excel customers in eastern New Mexico, west Texas and Oklahoma. The commissioners unanimously approved the authorization, 5-0, on Tuesday during the county meeting. Construction has already started on […]