Crushing loss still haunts Lady Rams softball team

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer Last season, the Portales Lady Rams won district for the first time in their history. However, the memory of that accomplishment is overshadowed by a crushing 14-0 loss in the first round of the state tournament. “It was embarrassing,” Junior Sharessa Nusser said. “You didn’t know quite what to […]

Something for everyone at ag expo

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By Tony Parra People gained new ideas from everything from horsemanship to quilt designs during the first day of the 14th annual New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday. Some people even left the Roosevelt County fairgrounds with prizes. For the Worthams of Portales, the ag expo offered new hints and tricks from Orin Barnes when […]

City breaks down water crisis at council meeting

By Tony Parra The talk on Tuesday evening during the Portales City Council meeting was remaining concerns of the lack of water valves and a way of allowing water to flow without having to shut water down to the entire city of Portales. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors talked about what concerns arose […]

Hitson says people skills, common sense her strengths as judge

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Arla Hitson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Hitson will be running against Oscar Robinson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Roosevelt Detention Center inmate population still near capacity

By William Thompson The adult inmate population at Roosevelt County Detention Center stood at 80 yesterday, just two short of capacity. The center’s administrator, Jesse Luera, said he expects county commissioners will adopt an ordinance on March 7 to issue a gross receipts tax revenue bond for an addition to the detention center to relieve […]

Kiwanis Club preparing for annual chili supper

PNT Staff Report The Portales Kiwanis Club will add a little spice to residents’ lives with its upcoming annual chili supper, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in First United Methodist’s Church’s Fellowship Hall. Kiwanis member Bill Wood said he thinks the chilli supper tradition is at least 25 years old. “The recipe was […]

Winning artwork chosen for prairie chicken festival

PNT Staff Report MILNESAND — A watercolor painting by Ranchos de Taos artist Valerie Graves has been selected as the winner of the 2006 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest. Graves will receive $300 for her winning artwork of lesser prairie chickens at sunrise, which will be reproduced as a poster and distributed at […]

Richardson threatens to veto more than $200 million in spending

By Barry Massey The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday he’s likely to veto more than $200 million from spending bills to balance the main budget account this year and replenish the state’s financial reserves. Richardson delivered the veto warning in a speech in Albuquerque to a statewide business group, and […]

Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be charged or released

Editorial Even if it is the troubled United Nations Human Rights Commission making the request, it is time to consider closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. At the very least all the prisoners held there should be charged and given a fair trial or released. As the prison is operated now […]

Senator happy with 2006 session, budget

Guest Commentary By Stuart Ingle The Legislature had an unprecedented opportunity to address many critical needs of the state and it vigorously grasped the opportunity with both hands during the session that ended last week. We were very deliberate in our decisions. I believe the entire state will benefit from the responsible budget we passed. […]