Downtown street lights on the way

By Tony Parra New street lights down the sidewalk off of First Street in front of Portales City Hall and extending past the Doerr and Knudson attorney offices are in the near future for Portales. Jeremy Sturm, economic development director for the city, said during Tuesday’s city council meeting that light posts have been ordered […]

Students from PJHS in bus crash

Freedom Newspapers A bus carrying seventh- and eighth-grade Portales basketball players collided with another vehicle on Tuesday, causing a three-vehicle accident, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said. None of the students were injured in the accident, but three people in the vehicle struck directly by the bus were transported to Plains Regional Medical Center, Schoeffel […]

Juvenile charged in Clovis baby’s death

By Andy Jackson Editor’s note: The name of the teenager accused in connection with the baby’s death has been included in court documents, but is being withheld at this time by the Clovis News Journal, in part, because he’s been charged as a juvenile. For additional information related to the reason for our decision, please […]

Portales, Clovis girls on hot streaks coming into matchup

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Having already played twice this season, the Clovis and Portales girls basketball teams know each other pretty well. Each team’s coach expects to get the other’s best shot when the rivals collide for the final time this season in a 7:30 p.m. start today at Rock Staubus Gym. […]

Portales residents remember King, message

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, but his vision continues to live on and on Monday African-Americans living in Portales took the time to remember what Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned for everybody living in the United States, irregardless of the color of their […]

Jan. 17, 2006 Obituaries

Isabella Bono Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales Isabella Bono, 3 months, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 2005, in Lubbock, to Sherry and Frank Bono. She is survived by her parents of Portales; her brother, Nicolas Bono of the home; grandparents, […]

First state starts on Ute development

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The first phase of construction at Ute Lake Ranch has begun and is expected to be completed in 2008, according to Chief Executive Officer Barry Freedman. The 25,000 acre development is located in the bluff country in the northeastern portion of the state near Tucumcari. Freedman said he has assembled […]

Hounds cruise to another win

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers With less than 10 seconds remaining in Eastern New Mexico’s 83-65 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Saturday, Greyhounds Tristan Largent and Ira Cross decided to punctuate the Hounds’ second-straight decisive victory with an ally-oop. “It was an exclamation point to the game,” Largent said. “That felt good. We’d been […]

Zias survive 3-point onslaught from Lady Savages

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Southeastern Oklahoma came out bombing Saturday night. The Lady Savages hoisted 38 3-point shots in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game against Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena, hitting 15, but the Zias rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to post a 75-72 victory. Junior guard Heather Brown […]

Craig Sheppard: Ah, we meet again

By Karl Terry I first became acquainted with Craig Sheppard about 15 years ago. At the time he was an 8-year-old boy suffering from terminal brain cancer. I received more news on Craig last week. Now he’s a 7-year-old, still suffering from a brain tumor and still hoping to get included in the Guinness Book […]

King left practical message of hope

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” — Martin Luther King Jr. When it comes to historical figures, people often feel either a need to embrace them entirely, ignoring or denying contradictory or troubling things that they said or did. The other, mirror-image […]

Jan. 15, 2006 Letter to the Editor

Senatorial candidate clarifies statements I read with interest the review by Andy Jackson of the recent Republican senatorial candidate debate in Clovis. Unfortunately, some statements attributed to me are false. While “(Jeff) Bingaman’s stand on the war in Iraq is not consistent with the beliefs of state voters” is certainly a statement with which many […]

Landlords have hands — and apartments — full in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer As soon as an apartment or house opens up for rent in Portales someone is there to lease it and many realtors are having to turn away prospective renters. Everyone involved in the property management business is having to turn away inquiries and most have only a few apartments […]

Bonner recognized as rodeo rookie

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The National High School Rodeo Association selected Jake Bonner of Portales as one of the top rookies for his region and he was chosen to the Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo Team. According to a press release from the NHSRA, Bonner was appointed to the first-ever corporate-sponsored youth rodeo […]

Responsible spending urged for Legislature

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Area lawmakers are urging responsible spending during the 2006 state Legislature even after record oil and gas receipts pumped the state coffers full of extra money. The state’s revenue from oil and gas leases jumped by $92 million in 2005 compared to 2004, according to state figures. Sen. Stuart Ingle, […]

Legislators grade the governor

Freedom Newspapers Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in […]

Portales Junior High School News: Jan. 15, 2006

By Billie Dixon Report cards issued Friday teachers gave report cards to all students in their sixth period classes. If students owed a library fine, the teacher either told the student or taped a little note to the report cards.   Basketball Schedule All four of the girls’ teams are in action in Clovis Tuesday […]

Floyd School News: Jan. 15, 2006

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming Events • There will be no school Monday for Martin Luther King day. • Jan. 27 will be basketball homecoming. • The sophomores will be taking the New Mexico High School Competency Exam on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Basketball schedule Tuesday — 3:30 p.m. junior high, JV and varsity […]

Obituary: Louis Fondy

Services: 10 a.m. Monday at the Steed-Todd Chapel. Louis Henry (L.H.) Fondy, 82, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Slaton, Texas, to John and Sophie Fondy. He spent his youth and teen years operating a family-owned dairy farm in Edgeton, Wis., with […]

Fiber optic work cuts water lines in Portales

By Tony ParraTony_Parra@link.freedom.com Portales residents in the 600 block of South Avenue A were without water at different times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Officials blamed broken water pipes on poor maps being used to guide workers installing a fiber optic network for Yucca Telecom. Yucca Telecom held groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday for its network, […]