Elida downs Floyd in comeback

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PNT Staff Report SAN JON — The Elida Tigers overcame a terrible start Thursday against Floyd in the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament to squeak out a 56-55 win. As the EPAC tournament moves to Greyhound Arena in Portales for the final two rounds, the win gives Elida (8-4) a chance to play for seventh […]

Lady Reds take win over Zias

Local News Briefs (Jan. 6)

Curry County institutes burn ban CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners have banned all outdoor burning — everything from fireworks to barbecuing on a grill — to try to prevent grassfires. Grassfires that broke out last Sunday burned more than 53,000 acres along New Mexico’s eastern boundary around Hobbs, Tatum and Logan, south of Curry County. […]

State officials listen to local concerns for capital outlay

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Senators and representatives are seeing an increase in money requests from cities and counties they serve and on Thursday they listened to what Portales city officials wanted. Mayor Orlando Ortega informed Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa and Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell about […]

Portales Area Transit to receive new van

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Area Transit system will be getting a new 15-passenger van this month thanks to $25,083 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office, the City of Portales will be receiving $25,083 to support public transportation in Portales. The Portales […]

Puerto Rico’s statehood comes into question again

Freedom Newspapers The question of statehood for Puerto Rico is again bobbing to the surface like a mossy coconut, as it seems to with annoying regularity. Some Republicans — including a few in the Bush clan’s inner circle — apparently have convinced themselves this would mean a political windfall for the GOP, in terms of […]

Resolutions accomplished through faith in God

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Many people don’t make New Year’s resolutions because they’ll break them. But my resolutions, which I’ve been slow in revealing, are based on years of hard work, prayers and recent dreams I’ve had to reaffirm them. Life is not a gamble, and so I’ve made a big decision to completely stop […]

God watches over those he loves

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember the day you enclosed your tiny baby’s hand into yours? Remember holding that toddler’s hand when he or she took their first steps? Remember the first day of school when you had to let go? Remember that teenager driving for the first time? I well remember that. Remember the day […]

Ticket: Roswell concert features Broadway flavor

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The sounds of one of the world’s most famous Broadway shows is on its way to Roswell. A benefit concert for the Roswell Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Pearson Auditorium, located on the campus of New Mexico Military Institute. The concert features pianist […]

Portales teams ready for annual Shootout

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer One team will be dealing with contrast, another working with confidence. Both of the Portales teams expect good pre-district challenges in this weekend’s Portales Shootout, which includes eight games between eight different teams. The action starts Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m., with each day featuring four games. The […]

Hounds want to close games better

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan believes that for maybe 35 minutes in most games, the Greyhounds are a pretty competitive team. It’s those last five minutes or so that seem to do them in. “We’re still trying to establish an identity,” said Scanlan, whose team takes […]

Dora, Elida win EPAC openers

PNT Staff Dora had the advantages of being the top seed, having an extra day of preparation and the knowledge that it had already beaten San Jon. San Jon only had one advantage — the homecourt — but it didn’t last long enough as visiting Dora claimed a 63-49 win in Wednesday’s matchup of the […]

Richardson pledges capital outlay for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is poised to double in size, as Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged millions in his capital outlay plan for expansion and infrastructure improvements at the recently jeopardized military installation. Richardson announced Wednesday a pledge of $5 million in capital outlay funds to purchase land adjacent to […]

Judge Hartley surgery delays 27 local cases

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley will be off the bench for at least two weeks while he recovers from back surgery he had on Tuesday. Hartley’s case load has been rescheduled— 27 cases have been delayed to later dates, according to Karen Hill, Hartley’s administrative assistant . Some of Hartley’s […]

Cannon AFB receiving contradicting reports

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A candidate mission for Cannon Air Force Base has not been identified, despite contrary indications, a newly appointed Air Force assistant secretary said Wednesday. “When there is an emotional issue, as this is, people often times read into statements,” William Anderson said Wednesday before he toured Cannon. Local Cannon supporters […]

Delays halt construction completion

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A look ahead the middle of January will bring about the completion of one long-awaited construction project and the delay of another construction project in Portales. Tushar Patel, Albuquerque developer of the Holiday Inn Express, said the goal is to open the hotel by the end of the month. “We’ve […]

Governor donates funds to promote rodeo

Tony Parra and Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson plans to distribute more than $250,000 to counties across New Mexico to promote rodeo. Curry County will receive $50,000, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Eastern New Mexico University will receive $30,844 to improve its rodeo arena while Quay County will receive […]

Jan. 4, 2006 Obituaries

Zelfa Younger Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at the Steed-Todd Chapel Zelfa Goad Younger, 99, of Melrose, and formerly of Texico, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Oct. 15, 1906, in Pecan Gap, Texas, to Emily Saloma and Charles Lee Goad. She grew up in the Fairview community […]

Local professor sees damage first-hand in Louisiana

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Though he’s been a preacher throughout New Mexico for nearly 20 years, Portales’ Don Holladay decidedly has a past, a present and a future in New Orleans. Holladay, an assistant professor of religion at Eastern New Mexico University, recently returned from a five-day trip to help one family in […]

City council approves pay raises

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales city councilors approved pay increases for city personnel during Tuesday’s city meeting, which for some city employees will be reflected in their next paycheck. City councilors approved the increase of the salary of the municipal judge from $15,500 a year to $20,000 a year effective on March […]