Judge denies motion to dismiss death penalty

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Thursday denied defense motions to dismiss the death penalty as a possible sentence and separate the charges of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 33, is accused of killing his uncle and aunt, Odis and Doris […]

Streetscape proposal would make big changes on square

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The heart of Portales — its downtown square — could soon look radically different following streetscape improvements planned within the next year. Portales city councilors and Roosevelt County commissioners met Thursday to review drawings of the proposed streetscaping spearheaded by the city of Portales and Portales MainStreet project. In […]

Lady Rams split, finish second in district

PNT staff LOVINGTON — The Portales Lady Rams crumbled in the first game Thursday. To their credit, they bounced back from a 13-0 District 4-3A loss to rival Lovington to salvage a split with a 4-2 victory. Still, they had to settle for second place in the district behind the Lady Wildcats (9-15, 6-2 district). […]

Rams earn team title in Clovis meet

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer CLOVIS — With district competition looming Monday, Portales boys golf coach Patrick Crowley doesn’t believe his team is where it needs to be at this point. Still, the Rams were good enough Thursday to shoot a four-man score of 306 and take team honors by five shots in the […]

Dora gets past Floyd in playoff

PNT Staff Report FLOYD — The Dora Coyotes scored five runs in the top of the eighth Thursday to turn back Floyd 7-3 in a playoff for second place in District 6-1A. The teams tied at 1-3 behind district champion Elida during the regular season. The six second-place district teams advance to two regionals next […]

Clovis/Portales hope to build on ‘microplex’ successes

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining […]

PHS wins in tuneups

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PNT staff CLOVIS — It’ll be a quick turnaround today for Portales High’s tennis teams, but at least they weren’t severely tested on Thursday. The Rams and Lady Rams completed dual matches against Clovis suspended by rain and lightning last week, with the Rams winning 7-2 and the Lady Rams posting a 9-0 shutout. Portales […]

Denial of medical marijuana by FDA short on science

Editorial Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked […]

Another lesson from Miss Manners

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I may not exactly be Miss Manners, but when it comes to social etiquette, I’ve got a few things to say. I’ll call these Helena’s mannerisms. When someone sneezes, any proper, caring individual should say “Bless you!” If the person sneezes again, it is only proper to sigh and say […]

Joint meeting addresses streets

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County and city of Portales officials spent the second half of a joint meeting Thursday morning sorting through “yours, mine and ours,” searching for answers to problems of maintenance on shared streets and roadways. Tom Howell, Portales public works director, said he and Roosevelt County Road Supervisor Jackie […]

Obituaries for April 28

James Joiner Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Fort Sumner. James Nelson Joiner, 78, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales following an illness. Born Nov. 10, 1927, in Peacock, Texas, he was the son of Otis R. and Martha Mae (Crawford) Joiner. He grew […]

ENMU hosts atlatl throw

ENMU Communications Registration for the 2006 Blackwater Draw Atlatl Throw will be held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The site is located along the road to Cannon Air Force Base (N.M. 467), about six miles north of Portales and one mile north of the turn to […]

National Day of Prayer reminder to always pray without ceasing

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist National Day of Prayer is on the first Thursday in May (May 4). It reflects the nation’s deep hunger for spiritual renewal. Throughout history, Americans of faith have sought the Lord’s help in meeting life’s challenges and adversities. This day is for Americans to seek God for deliverance and […]

Rescuing the lost

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Four sacred, pricey and ornate vessels donated to St. Helen Catholic Church by a priest in the 1950s were thought missing for eight years, but have recently been found in a bank safety deposit box. The gold-plated vessels, which were made in Germany, include a ciborium, which is a […]

Venue change granted in Fuller trial

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Wednesday granted a defense motion to change the venue of the trial of a Portales man accused of killing his uncle and aunt in March 2005. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jones of Santa Fe argued that people in Clovis and Portales have already […]

Kansas man selected new CCC president

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A man with more than 20 years of administrative experience won the five-month-long presidential race at Clovis Community College, his educational record inspiring confidence among those who chose him. Kansas native John Neibling of Arizona accepted the position Wednesday following his selection by Clovis Community College Board of Trustees. […]

Obituaries for April 27, 2006

Mary Sue Booth Services: Have been held. Mary “Sue” Booth, 81, of Clovis, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home. Born May 31, 1924, to David William and Myrtle Banks Colligan in Portales, she married Rex Booth on Nov. 19, 1946, in Portales. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a […]

The heat is on in Clovis rap music scene

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When Clovis native Christine Oborny decided to start a record label, she didn’t have to dig too deep to find a name. “I get on stage, and I guess they expect me to sing,” she said. “I start spittin’ and they’re like, ‘Wow.’” Oborny, 25, is the founder and an […]

Baskett only days from NFL draft

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Hank Baskett has found something to keep his mind off this weekend’s NFL draft — softball. “I’m just keeping myself busy,” said Baskett, an all-conference wide receiver at New Mexico whose combination of size and athleticism make him a likely NFL pick. “Baseball was my first love, and (Clovis softball […]

Mary Sue Booth

Mary Sue Booth Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery Mary “Sue” Booth, 81, of Clovis, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home. Born May 31, 1924, to David William and Myrtle Banks Colligan in Portales, she married Rex Booth on Nov. 19, 1946, in Portales. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico […]