Art Club decorates City Hall

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Christmas tree is up and ready for people to select children’s names and bring a smile to their faces for the Christmas holiday. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree is up at Portales City Hall with approximately 200 names of children in Roosevelt County. People can begin taking names off of […]

Padilla Obituary (Nov. 22)

Jose Padilla Service: 10 a.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel Jose Padilla, 76, of Portales died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. He was born May 5, 1929, in Ecuandure, Michoacan, Mexico, to Estanislada Ayala and Diego Padilla. He lived a large part of his life in Portales and had been […]

Training educators of the future

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By Tony Parra There was a common theme expressed during Friday and Saturday’s 2005 Future Educators Association State Conference as to why people want to be teachers. They want to be teachers because they have a passion and a love for it. High School students from Clovis, Portales, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and other towns from […]

15th annual fishing clinic lures kids

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By Kevin Wilson Thanks to a stocking of trout, the lake at Oasis State Park had a noticeable population. Despite the weather, Saturday’s free fishing clinic had the same thing. About 85 children, joined by parents and nearly 30 volunteers, populated the lands and waters of Oasis for Saturday’s 15th annual Kids Free Fishin’ Clinic. […]

Community Thanksgiving open to all

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis volunteers are putting together a Thanksgiving feast for anyone as part of the third annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The Third Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building. The meal is free and anyone can attend and eat turkey, […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree events set for this week

PNT Staff Report The Portales High School Art Club will be decorating the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at 2 p.m. on Monday at Portales City Hall. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree provides residents an opportunity to purchase Christmas presents for children who can’t afford gifts. People can pick a name from the Christmas tree and purchase a […]

United Way halfway to annual goal, director says things on track

By Sharna Johnson United Way of Eastern New Mexico has raised less than half its goal for the campaign, but the organization’s executive director said she is not too concerned. “This is always the nail-biting time of the year,” Erinn Burch said on Friday. “I would say that I’m anxious but I do feel like […]

Police Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls taken by Portales Police Department in the last week. According to the reports: Nov. 10 • At 7:42 a.m. a caller on South Avenue I reported a busted window on their vehicle. A burglary report was taken by police. Items taken were not noted on the report. • […]

Reloaded Lady Rams look for redemption

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer It’s mid-afternoon on Thursday at the Portales High School Gym, and girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez is in a prep period. A cellular phone rings on Gomez’ desk, and it’s her daughter Roni on the other end. The phone call is telling. While it’s a call about the present […]

Hounds improve to 2-1

Freedom Newspapers HAYS, Kan. — Freshman guard Joshua Jackson scored 15 points, including six in a row in the final 2 1/2 minutes to put Eastern New Mexico University ahead for good, and the Greyhounds turned back Illinois Tech 72-65 Saturday for third place in the Westlink Classic men’s basketball tournament. Jackson’s layup with 2:05 […]

Elida to rely on speed, defense

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor ELIDA — They’re quicker than last season and they might just sneak up on the competition if things go well. For right now, the Elida Lady Tigers aren’t taking anything for granted except hard practices. Finishing third in district last season at 17-8, Elida received a good measure of […]

Grandma Terry will be missed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My family lost its matriarch and a big bundle of energy last week. My grandmother, Musette Terry-Burkett, passed away Tuesday. More accurately her body passed from Earth this week — fogged by Alzheimer’s, her mind and essence was taken from us more than a decade ago. God will judge […]

Value the present before it’s nostalgia

By Jim Lee: PNT Columnist I haven’t gone to the movies for the better part of 10 years. They cost too much. The screens are too small. The magic has faded. So I just rent something for home. But going to see a movie is supposed to be an event, not just a film on […]

Hounds fall to Ichabods in overtime

Freedom Newspapers HAYS, Kan. — Rashad Adams had a game-high 23 points in regulation, including a late free throw to tie the score, and Washburn University scored the first nine points of overtime in a 90-85 win Friday night over Eastern New Mexico University at the Westlink Communications Classic, hosted by Fort Hays State University. […]

San Jon girls hang on late to post victory

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer DORA — In her first experience as a basketball coach, San Jon’s Kristi Cargile learned the game, like many other sports, can be one of inches. Danielle Lee led the visiting Lady Coyotes with 19 points, and San Jon held off a dominant performance from Dora senior Rana Terry […]

Dora boys start season with win

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer DORA — Like the city they represent, the Coyotes are trying to make sure whatever success they have starts with a “D.” The host Coyotes held San Jon scoreless for a five-minute span bridging the first and second quarters, and Dora got its season off to a rousing start […]

Clovis romps into Class 5A semifinals

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Big plays kill. Clovis scored on four plays of 33 yards or longer and beat Manzano 49-14 in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. “We were hitting ‘em well, we were moving the ball, we were stopping them on ‘D,’ but […]

Officials: Aircraft firm interested in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers Clovis officials said an airplane manufacturing company has expressed some interest in operating in the region. Though he would not name the company, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Chase Gentry said Thursday he has met with an airplane manufacturing company on “numerous occasions,” beginning four or five months ago. City Manager Joe […]

Lavender, Sanchez Obituaries (Nov. 19)

Mary Lavender Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Beevers Cemetery in Quay County Mary Lavender, 68, of Cerritos, Calif., died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at her home. She was born July 28, 1937. Survivors include her husband, John G. Lavender; a son, Joe G. Lavender of Melrose; a daughter, Cindy Lavender of Cerritos, Calif.; a brother, […]

Congress OKs Cannon construction funding

The Associated PRess Congress on Friday agreed to language that ensures construction projects continue at Cannon Air Force Base as the Pentagon seeks a new mission for the eastern New Mexico installation. In May, the Pentagon proposed to close the base near Clovis. However, in August the Base Realignment and Closure Commission directed the Defense […]