Zias need three wins in final series

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team hasn’t been playing that badly of late, just quite well enough. Still, the Zias control their own destiny as they prepare to end the regular season with noon Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheaders today and Saturday against Angelo State at Zia Softball […]

Yankee coach and Elida baseball great Acosta killed

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Dan Howard of Elida lost a lifelong friend when Elida High School graduate and New York Yankees minor league manager Oscar Acosta, 49, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Howard and Acosta played baseball together at Elida High. Acosta was a star pitcher in […]

Obituary for April 21, 2006

Richard M. Snell Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton St., Clovis. Richard M. Snell, 71, of Clovis, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 2, 1934, to Marion Matthew and Bertha Ann Martin Snell in Clovis. He was an attorney and practiced law for […]

Test your luck and live dangerously

By Helena Rodriquez, Freedom Newspapers I walked under a ladder on purpose the other day to prove a point. Some men were climbing onto a roof at Eastern New Mexico University and one of them forewarned me not to as I boldly walked right under the ladder with a sarcastic smile on my face. “You’re […]

Obituaries for April 20, 2006

Mary Lou Combs Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Portales Cemetery Mary Lou Combs, 66, of Lake Charles, La., died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at her residence. She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Chickasha, Okla. She grew up in Portales and made her home here until 1992, when she moved to Cameron, La. She recently […]

Floyd hammers Grady, 14-4

Floyd hammers Grady, 14-4 The Floyd Broncos varsity baseball team blasted the Grady Bronchos, 14-4, in five innings on Wednesday. Because of the 10-run rule, the game ended in five innings. The 10-run rule is invoked if a team is up by 10 or more runs after five innings. Floyd improved to 3-7 and now […]

Cleanup planned for Saturday

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer April is Keep New Mexico Beautiful month and Portales residents will be doing their part by cleaning and picking up trash on Saturday. The Keep Portales Beautiful event will start at 9 a.m. Veda Urioste, deputy clerk for the city of Portales, is one of the organizers of the event. […]

Police make drug busts

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PNT Staff Report Area law officers arrested three people in two separate drug busts Tuesday in Portales. The busts netted what police say were large amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana. Police started the busts shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1112 W. 15th St., less than a block from the Eastern New Mexico University […]

PHS ‘Chili Bowl Cook-off’: Food for artists

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer The taste forecast is mild to hot for Friday’s Chili Bowl Cook-off inside the Portales High School cafeteria. Ten entrants will bring pots of chili to compete for the best, the hottest and the mildest chili at the competition, and the $5 admission fee will net guests a […]

ENMU theater spreads wings with all-local play

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By Jesse Wolfersberger, Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University professor Janeice Scarbrough said teaching playwriting is great, but it does not compare to sitting down and writing one yourself. “I made it my goal to make time to write a play this year,” she said. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Scarbrough wrote […]

Presbyterians open campus house

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By William P. Thompson It was more than 15 years in the planning stages, but a brand new $90,000 campus house for Presbyterian students at Eastern New Mexico University opened its doors Tuesday at the corner of South Avenue K and West University. Millie Boyle of First Presbyterian Church in Portales said a fund was […]

Combs given OK to start work on subdivision

By Tony Parra Larry Combs, owner of Combs Properties, received all the necessary approvals to begin construction on a development just south of Golden Acres Retirement Apartments. Portales city councilors approved the subdivision final plat Tuesday. There are 28 lots on the 8.25 acres of the proposed development. Sammy Standefer, Portales planning director, said there […]

Richardson blasts Rumsfeld on talk show

By Marlena Hartz Gov. Bill Richardson’s weekend criticism of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will not scar the search for a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to staunch Cannon advocate and Clovis banker Randy Harris. Richardson, interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said there is “deep frustration” within the military, “the Iraqi war […]

New job skills test offered

By William P. Thompson A new federally funded job skills assessment test is now available to Portales and Roosevelt County residents at the New Mexico Workforce Connection (formerly the One Stop Career Center) on FIrst Street in Portales. Trina Miller of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments told Roosevelt County Commissioners about the tests at […]

Roosevelt General Hospital coming up on 5-year anniversary

By Tony Parra Roosevelt General Hospital could soon offer a wellness program for the Portales/Clovis area, according to James D’Agostino, RGH administrator. Roosevelt General Hospital staff, administrators and board members will be celebrate the fifth year anniversary of the hospital at its new location in August. Discussion Tuesday during a RGH Board meeting centered around […]

Obituaries for April 19, 2006

Kyle Sean McDonald Services: Were held. Kyle Sean McDonald, 37, died Friday, April 7, 2006, in Beaumont, Texas. Born in Houston on Nov. 28, 1968, he grew up in Portales, where he attended elementary, junior high and high school. He graduated from Grossmont High School in San Diego in 1987 and attended Lamar University in […]

Rebuilding guidelines step in right direction

Editorial After nearly eight months of misdirected spending and bureaucratic bungling, the federal government may be on the road to getting it right in the wake of Katrina. With its announcement of guidelines for rebuilding last week, it has sent a signal that rebuilding may not be too constrictively micromanaged from Washington but will rely […]

PHS boys pull away for Leroy Gooch title

PNT staff RUIDOSO — Freshman Donavin Sanchez bounced back from a first-day 85 to shoot 34-38 — 72 on Tuesday, leading the Portales High boys golf squad to the small-school team title in the Leroy Gooch Invitational tournament. The Rams finished with a four-man score of 650 for 36 holes after shooting 315 on Tuesday […]

‘Windy City’ title in dispute

By Ryn Gargulinski Whomever dubbed Chicago the “Windy City” had it all wrong. That nickname should have been reserved for Clovis, and other eastern New Mexico places with equally windswept plains, where someone once told me the wind whips so hard it blows over freight trains. (I believed them for months and refused to drive […]

Lovington rallies for split with PHS

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer The Lovington Lady Wildcats took a while to solve Portales junior Sasha Parker on Tuesday. Parker was in total command in the opener of the team’s District 4-3A doubleheader at PHS, no-hitting the Lady Wildcats until Denise Marquez punched a one-out single up the middle in the top of […]