Eight-man introduced for competitive balance

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers With eight-man football starting next fall, the New Mexico Activities Association is hoping to get more schools and more players involved. Melrose coach Dickie Roybal, who has won two six-man titles in nine seasons, said he just hopes his quarterbacks can remember the new rules. “The hardest part is gonna […]

Letters to Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: More letters to Santa Claus will be featured next week. Letters are not edited. Sent in to the News-Tribune Dear Santa, My name is Cree Barber. I am 3 years old. I would like a gumball machine and a new robot. Please bring my mommy a teddy bear and my daddy tools. My […]

Club Notes, Honors (Dec. 18)

Club Notes East Valley View East Valley View Club met at Golden Acres Center Wednesday for its Christmas luncheon and party. Rose Johns opened the meeting by calling for the minutes and treasurer’s report which were read and approved. Several Christmas poems were read. Helen Jones read the story of Silent Night. Then the group […]

Arranging flowers, fitting patterns on Creative Living

Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on arranging fresh cut flowers and fitting patterns will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Jill Slater is with the California Cut Flower Commission located in Watsonville, […]

Interesting job and children spice Hardin’s life

Compiled by Mike Jimenez Name: Charlene Hardin Job: Roosevelt County Manager Age: 34 Hometown: Cliff Family: Tommy (spouse), Byron (12-year-old son), Courtney (5-year-old daughter) Q. What do you think of Portales? A. “I think Portales is a great town. The small town atmosphere and people make it a great place to raise a family.” Q. […]

Boys will be boys regardless of holidays

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, warnings that I’d better-be-good around Christmas wore me out. At the time I was in the clutches of mid-youth crisis, often waking in the middle of the night thinking, “Being good just doesn’t feel right! I gotta do something … ROTTEN! That’s when I turned to […]

Doing the Christmas wrap

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For 30 years the Garcia family has been making tamales year-round for customers at the two local restaurants they’ve owned, and once a year, this business trade becomes a Christmas tradition and labor of love for their own family and friends. In the weeks before Christmas, sisters Joann Estrada, Gloria […]

Public Record, Police Blotter (Dec. 18)

Public Record The following dispositions were recently filed in magistrate court: Phillip Encinias, 25, pleaded no contest to aggravated driving while under the influence, concealing identity, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, no insurance and open container and is ordered to serve a 365-day sentence (364 days suspended) and two years probation, attend the ASPEN […]

More information should shut down rumor mill

Freedom Newspapers Last weekend’s discovery of a body in a ditch north of Clovis has spurred a series of frightening rumors that spread rapidly through the region’s coffee houses and restaurants, via neighborly conversations and water-cooler chitchat. And some of that spilled over into a stream of phone calls to media outlets and local law-enforcement […]

Two special people earn their degrees

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Eastern New Mexico University presented its semi-annual commencement activities on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena here in Portales. That’s not really big news in a small college town. It’s big news to the new graduates and their families, though. And it should be. These fine people worked hard to get to […]

Santa gets help from naughty editor

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I’ve never had the chance to do it here in Portales, but each Christmas season I set aside one column to help Santa Claus with a few ideas for some of our favorite public figures. Being so close to the news and the newsmakers, I think I can maybe lend […]

Starting over at Christmas time

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Fires have destroyed their homes but not their spirits as two Roosevelt County families start from scratch this holiday season with an optimistic attitude. L.A. Davis and his family of Floyd will spend their first Christmas without a home after the Floyd fire on Nov. 30 burned everything to the […]

Habitat for Humanity presents keys to fourth home in Portales

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Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer The Johnson family has a new home for the holidays, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties. On Saturday, Dan Gould, the outgoing construction manager for the Johnson’s three-bedroom, two-bath home at 304 E. Kaywood, presented Amanda and Andy Johnson and their two sons, Christian, 9, and […]

Over 250 graduate at ENMU fall commencement

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Graduation gowns, tassels, honor cords, sashes, camera flashes, but most of all smiles filled up Greyhound Arena as people packed in to watch students march off of the stage armed with their diplomas Saturday morning. There were more than 250 Eastern New Mexico University graduates during the fall of 2005 […]

Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s Focus: “Ms. H” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. H’s” husband has been laid off and she is the only person working right now. Her holiday hopes: To find a way to give gifts and a Christmas meal to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant size 16, boys shirt size 18 to […]

Hobbs holds off Portales, 42-41

PNT Staff A solid effort wasn’t enough for the Portales Lady Rams to score an upset on the road against Class 5A Hobbs. The host Lady Eagles rallied late for a 42-41 victory. “We played pretty solid,” Portales coach Brenda Gomez said. “We had turnovers in some bad spots.” Hobbs, which scored six of the […]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff writer For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and […]

De Baca sheriff announced Monday

Staff Reports The name of a new sheriff for De Baca County will be announced at Monday’s County Commission meeting, De Baca County Commissioner Joe Steele said Friday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10, after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. Graves was accused […]

Officials eyeball capital outlay requests

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers State legislators climbed aboard a school bus Friday morning to learn more about a Clovis Municipals Schools funding request. School board members and school officials are requesting capital outlay funds for the creation of a performing arts building at the Bella Vista Elementary School campus. School officials estimate it would […]

Grad numbers up this fall at ENMU

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Numbers at Eastern New Mexico University continue to be rosy. Friday the university’s board of regents learned that the total number of students graduating this fall is up 69 students over last fall. There are 261 students eligible to receive their diploma at the ENMU graduation today. ENMU president Steven […]