Documents allege Kirby paid accomplice

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By Rick White A Portales man accused of embezzling more than $600,000 in early March paid two accomplices $20,000 each to help him go into hiding, according to court documents. Chris Adcox, 21, of Clovis told investigators in a March 7 interview he and a friend drove Scott Kirby to Lubbock the day after the […]

Africanized bees found in Clovis

By William P. Thompson A Portales pest control company official said a sample of bees found in Clovis “in the middle of town” has tested positive as being a strain of Africanized or “killer” bees. Lewis Hightower, owner of Southwestern Pest Control, said the sample was tested at a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in […]

Republican governor hopeful campaigns in Portales

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By Tony Parra Republican J.R. Damron sees a need for change in the governor’s office to improve education and stop illegal immigration. Gov. Bill Richardson’s opponent in November’s General Election, Damron said students in New Mexico rank low in test scores compared with students from other states, citing a recently released report card from the […]

Grady High School set to host ‘Thursday Nite Live’

By Jesse Wolfersberger The musical group “Thursday Nite Live” is bringing its unique brand of country music to Grady High School on Monday. The group from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, puts on a television show the first Thursday of every month featuring a wide variety of music. In addition to the monthly show, […]

Local basketball players receive highest honors

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PNT Staff Several local area high school seniors received the highest honors in New Mexico high school basketball as they were named to the 2006 North/South All-Star Girls and Boys Basketball teams. According to a press release from the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, there were eight high school players from Roosevelt County selected […]

Former ENMU standout makes record fish catch

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Two years after the end of his college football career at Eastern New Mexico University, Cale Sanders made one of his most famous catches. Sanders, now a teacher and coach at Roswell’s Goddard High School, landed a state-record smallmouth bass on Friday evening at Ute Lake. “No one […]

New dorms could be ready by fall of 2007

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors on Tuesday approved plans for new residence halls at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials are working with developers from Collegiate Development Services of Irving, Texas on an $11.9 million project. The residence halls would be located behind Eddy Hall and extend to South Avenue I. There would be […]

City getting ready to request bids on downtown work

By William P. Thompson City of Portales officials now have nearly half a million dollars in funding for renovations to the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Portales’ Director of Community Development Jeremy Sturm said the state legislature recently gave out $125,000 in capital outlay for the project and the New Mexico Dept. of Transportation was able […]

Highlands erupts late to knock off Hounds

PNT staff report Eastern New Mexico University’s struggles continued Tuesday night. The Greyhounds carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, but New Mexico Highlands scored four runs without hitting a ball out of the infield and the Cowboys went on to an 8-3 victory at Greyhound Field. Highlands improved to 21-14 with its second […]

Judge allows jailed dentist unrestricted communication

By Sharna Johnson Judge Joe Parker has denied a request by the district attorney’s office to restrict verbal and written communications between homicide suspect James Smith and potential state witnesses. Smith is accused of killing 30-year-old Laura McNaughton in December. After reviewing written arguments from defense attorney Stephen Doerr and 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt […]

PHS netters roll past Artesia

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Neither boys coach Wade Fraze nor girls coach Michelle Wallis was totally happy with the performances of their teams. The results were satisfying, though. Portales’ boys handed Artesia a 9-0 loss in matches played at Zia Tennis Complex while the girls, playing mainly at the PHS courts, cruised to […]

Obituaries for April 5, 2006

James Ferguson Services: 2 p.m. (CST) at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland, Texas. James Ferguson, 62, of Midland, Texas, died Monday, April 3, 2006, in the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 7, 1944, in Bay City, Mich., to John and Gladys Ferguson, he married Sharon McAlister on Aug. 15, 1964, […]

Editorial

Get ready for some squealing. The “Congressional Pig Book,” an annual exposé of some of the worst pork barrel projects conceived by Congress, is due out this week. The report’s release is never a happy occasion inside the Beltway, but this year it’s even less so, given the spotlight that lobbying scandals have shone on […]

Letters to the Editor April 5, 2006

Don’t ignore our own pork The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And then the Defense […]

D.A. Chandler named Prosecutor of the Year

Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler was named New Mexico Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year by the New Mexico Bar Association. The award is given annually to a New Mexico prosecutor “who has gone above and beyond his or her duties as a prosecutor by providing leadership, support and assistance to law […]

Experts: Underground aquifer water supply draining fast

By William P. Thompson Irrigated farming, as area residents know it, could become a thing of the past in eastern New Mexico. A water expert, hydrogeologist Amy Ewing, gave statistics Monday night that project water saturation thickness in the underground aquifer beneath Curry and Roosevelt counties will be at an all-time low of less than […]

McNaughton family shows appreciation to police

By Tonya Garner Local law enforcement members were recognized Monday by the family of Laura McNaughton, the 30-year-old Clovis woman found slain in a ditch last December. The somber-faced group gathered in a conference room on the third floor of the Curry County Courthouse as U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Scofield presented the members of […]

Zias post second split with Wildcats

PNT staff ABILENE, Texas — Armando Quiroz wanted to be greedy, but in the end he was more than satisfied. His Eastern New Mexico University softball team earned a second consecutive split with Lone Star Conference South Division-leading Abilene Christian on Saturday, losing 5-1 and winning 6-2. The results keep the Zias (27-13, 8-4 South) […]

Rockets roll to win over Rams

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer It didn’t take long to see that it probably wasn’t going to be the Portales Rams’ day. With two outs and a runner on first in the top of the first, the Rams committed two errors on the same play to hand Roswell Goddard the game’s first run. It […]

Angelo State crushes Hounds in doubleheader

PNT staff What started out as a promising weekend went downhill quickly for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team. Angelo State bounced back from a 15-1 loss in Friday’s series opener to take the final three games of the Lone Star Conference South Division-opening series for both teams, crushing the Greyhounds 24-6 and 12-4 […]