Local dentist charged with murder

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Forensic evidence led to the arrest Tuesday morning of a local dentist with Portales ties suspected of killing Clovis resident Laura McNaughton. Police said James Smith, 36, of Clovis, is charged with an open count of murder. McNaughton, 30, was fatally strangled, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. […]

PNT faces changes, community shares miracles

David Stevens: FNNM Editor Cathy and Yak are out. Zits and KidNews are coming to a newspaper near you — this one. We don’t have much of a choice in losing the comic strip Cathy or Yak’s kids’ page from the Portales News-Tribune. Here’s how it happened: The Clovis News Journal, PNT and Quay County […]

Line between military, intelligence blurred president’s surveillance

Freedom Newspaper It was bad enough when the New York Times revealed that since early 2002, under an executive order from President Bush, the National Security Agency has been conducting surveillance inside the United States, almost certainly on U.S. citizens, without any sort of warrant approved by any sort of court. It was doubly disturbing […]

County News (Dec. 21)

Dora News Weather turns cold Someone must have left the gate open wide up north, at least we have had a lot of cold and breezy days. Bible study travels The Dora Baptist ladies Bible class visited with a shut-in member for Bible study time Sunday. Mary Blakeley, Norma Cummings and Charlie Carmichael went down […]

Resident says Smith comes from good family

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Laura McNaughton’s family members told police a dentist had been “weirding” her out. The resulting investigation led to Tuesday’s arrest of Dr. James Smith, a dentist with La Casa de Buena Salud in Clovis and Portales, police records show. Smith is charged with an open count of murder in connection with […]

City approves skatepark site near Recreation Center

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved the north side of the Portales Recreation Center as the new location for the Portales Skatepark during Tuesday’s city council meeting. “We would like to see the park moved from it’s location,” Mary Carvey, a member of the Portales Skatepark Organization, said. “We want to completely […]

Knudson to serve as county attorney

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County commissioners approved to contracting with Randy Knudson to serve as the county attorney until the end of the fiscal year (June 30) despite resistance from county commissioner Tom Clark. Commissioners approved 4-1 to renew the contract for Knudson. Clark voted against the measure because he said is dissatisfied […]

Rams drop Las Vegas Robertson 48-42

PNT Staff Report LAS VEGAS, NM — Playing short-handed, the Portales Rams picked up a 48-42 win here against Las Vegas Robertson to even their record at 4-4 going into the holiday break. After three players were suspended this week for violating team rules, the Rams found themselves on the road with just eight men […]

Hounds go cold in Alaska

Freedom Newspapers ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Poor shooting in the second half led to the Eastern New Mexico Zias falling 64-59 to Alaska Anchorage on Monday night. The Zias (6-3) held a 32-31 lead at the half, but shot 8-of-26 in the second and let the lead slip away. Center Rebecca Kielpinski scored a game-high 26 […]

Santa Cop is coming to town

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales police officers said it’s a change of pace to be able to knock on someone’s door and deliver good news instead of bad news. Portales police officers will be delivering good news this week through the seventh annual Operation Santa Cop program. Through the program, police officers will be […]

Woman arraigned on meth charges

Staff Reports Courtney Timms, one of 15 individuals arrested in a year-long methamphetamine trafficking investigation, stood Monday in federal court in Albuquerque as the last defendant in the case to be arraigned, Assistant United States Attorney Sharon Kimball said. Officials searched eight Clovis locations on Nov. 3-4 as part of the year-long federal investigation into […]

Obituaries (Dec. 20)

Erineo Morris Gallegos Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church, Mora Erineo Morris Gallegos, 33, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at his home. He was born on Jan. 17, 1972, to Jimmy Gallegos and Nora Arguello Gallegos in Portales. He lived in Mora for most of his childhood until moving to Portales. There […]

Empty Stocking Fund (Dec. 20)

Today’s focus: “Ms. J” Household members: 5 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. J” and her family need help this year. They have income coming in but their budget is still tight. Her holiday hopes: To make the holiday special for her children. Clothing needs: Girls pant sizes 10 to 12 and 15 to 16, girls […]

Local Briefs (Dec. 20)

Salvation Army needs more help Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday. The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We have 520 […]

Portales woman found guilty of arson, abuse

PNT Staff A Portales woman was found guilty of arson, child abuse, extreme cruelty to animals and attempted fraud on Friday, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Dayna Kendall, 27, could face a maximum of 12 years in prison, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said sentencing […]

De Baca county names new sheriff

Staff Reports Mike Chavez, Fort Sumner’s chief of police, will be sworn in as sheriff of De Baca County on Dec. 30, De Baca County Commissioner Powhatan Carter III said Monday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10 after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. […]

Aranda scores 26 to help Rams pull away

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Portales coach Mark Gallegos has said the biggest problem so far is that the Ram basketball squad has no defensive identity. They had it when they needed it, and Daniel Aranda provided the offensive identity as the Rams defeated Class 4A Moriarty 66-51 Saturday night. The Rams couldn’t do […]

Portales cruises by Pintos

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though some may contend they got a lot in the second half, the Portales girls basketball team has earned its rest. The host Lady Rams put the game on ice quick with a 21-5 first quarter and survived a sluggish second-half effort to beat Moriarty 51-37 Saturday night. Portales […]

Elida wins Route 66 to move to 9-1

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent SANTA ROSA — Just call them the unofficial champs of the Route 66 Holiday Tournament, those Elida Tigers. Although the girls four-team basketball tourney was technically a round-robin event, with each school facing the other three squads once, the Tigers proved themselves the queens of their temporary northern domain by […]

Drury’s hot shooting too much for Hounds

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, Nev. — For the second night in a row, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were in contention late against a quality opponent. But just as Central Missouri State had done Friday night, Drury spoiled the fun in Saturday’s High Desert Classic matchup, rallying from an eight-point deficit to post an 81-63 […]