Portales pushes win streak to four

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Many years ago, then-Lovington boys coach Art Karger joked with Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez that coaching girls basketball was like watching grass grow. Tuesday night, Gomez and her players were able to return the joke to Karger — now the Lovington girls coach — by presenting him with […]

Hounds hope to rely on experience

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Last spring, a doubleheader loss at fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on the final day of the season prevented Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team from posting the program’s first winning record since 2000. Gone off that squad are five seniors, all of whom received Lone Star Conference South Division postseason recognition. […]

Seniors speak out on reduced transit service

By Tony Parra Several community members voiced their displeasure about the Portales Area Transit system not giving rides on Mondays during a public forum on Tuesday. Twila Hurley of the Portales Area Transit system said they stopped giving rides on Mondays approximately a year ago because of rising gasoline prices and budget constraints. “I don’t […]

Governor says commuter rail not dead

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday there are “a few glitches,” but the planned Rail Runner commuter train remains on track. The governor said at a Capitol rally that he envisions commuter rail service all the way to Raton — “All of northern New Mexico will benefit,” he said — […]

Medical marijuana gets Senate nod

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The state Senate overwhelmingly approved a proposal Tuesday to allow patients seriously ill with cancer, AIDS and some other illnesses to use marijuana for medical purposes. Supporters say marijuana can help people suffering from the pain of certain debilitating illnesses or nausea caused by treatments for cancer. “I just […]

Nearly $5.1 billion budget package heads to House

By BARRY MASSEY SANTA FE — A House committee approved a nearly $5.1 billion budget bill Tuesday that leaves money available for tax cuts and saves some of the state’s revenue windfall in a permanent fund. The bill now goes to the House, which is expected to vote on it later this week. Under the […]

Lovington on tap for PHS squads

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though both Portales teams face Lovington tonight, the boys and girls are in completely different territory in their respective District 4-3A seasons. The Rams head into tonight’s district opener at Lovington on a two-game losing skid. The Portales girls, meanwhile, have won their last three games and have beaten […]

Greyhounds drop to 2-3 in LSC South

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Forward Patrick Culver and guard Damien Lolar each scored 23 points Monday night, and West Texas A&M opened an early lead en route to a 93-81 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball game. The win was the 400th in 19 seasons […]

Heflin believes water supply is council’s biggest issue

Compiled by Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer The following is the first part in a question and answer series of candidates running in the municipality election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Chad Heflin, 24, is running for the Ward B position in the Portales City Council. His opponent is […]

Bills could aid Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer House bills beneficial to the Ute Water Pipeline Project are immersed in the many bills requesting money from the New Mexico legislative session. Both Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Scott Verhines, Ute Pipeline Project manager, have been giving testimony during the legislative session in support of bills affecting the […]

Minimum wage bill features party-line split

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the economy. […]

Minimum wage bill has party-line split

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the economy. […]

Ethics bills move through committees

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — A piece of Gov. Bill Richardson’s ethics package got unanimous committee endorsement Monday and headed to the full House for a vote. A Senate panel also approved a much broader measure, barring people who do business with the state from contributing to statewide officials — including […]

Smith lawyer wants evidence

By andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The attorney representing accused killer James Smith on Monday complained to a district court judge that he’s not received evidence in the case, as required by law. Judge Joe Parker ordered prosecutors hand over the requested information by Friday. District Attorney Matt Chandler said he filed notice with the court […]

Smith attorney wants evidence

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The attorney representing accused killer James Smith on Monday complained to a district court judge that he’s not received evidence in the case, as required by law. Judge Joe Parker ordered prosecutors hand over the requested information by Friday. District Attorney Matt Chandler said he filed notice with the court […]

Jan. 31, 2006 Obituaries

Frank Teti Services: 10 a.m. Feb. 18, Monterey, Calif., cemetery. Professor Francis Michael Teti, 68, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, in Portales. He was born on Feb. 5, 1937, in Utica, N.Y., to Frank T. and Nella Teti. He spent his 36-year professional career as a professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate […]

Iraq veterans need seamless health care

By Tom Philpott: Military Update With the Iraq war producing a steady stream of severely wounded service members, the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs are struggling with calls to create a “seamless transition” for disabled warriors moving from active duty medical care to long-term veterans’ care. For some war wounded and their families, […]

Hounds end losing skid

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Going up against the conference’s leading rebounder, Midwestern State’s 6-foot-9 center Eric Dawson, Eastern New Mexico knew it was in for a tough night in the post. “The only gameplan was, we didn’t want him to have a career night against us,” ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan said. “And he didn’t.” […]

Confusion over new Medicare plan common

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By Kevin Wilson With the startup of the new Medicare prescription drug program, a nationwide problem seems to be consumer confusion. However, locals familiar with health care are optimistic that the program will eventually be an improvement over previous prescription programs. The program, which began on Jan. 1, requires people to choose from among dozens […]

Citizens should be commended for United Way aid

By Erinn Burch: Guest columnist I’d like to thank the citizens of eastern New Mexico. Looking back at 2005, United Way of Eastern New Mexico reaching its goal this year was a great tribute to the resilience and generosity of people of our area. To all who contributed — thank you. In the face of […]