Not just his cross to bear

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By Marlena Hartz They set forth where the town begins and inch along U.S. 84, past vast fields of farmland, through the center of town, across the railroad tracks and into the heart of their church. Their pace is set at the head of the line, where pilgrims share the burden of three oak crucifixes. […]

CASA helping at-risk clients one child at a time

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By Karl Terry It’s a special volunteer job, dealing with children with special problems. Officials say there is a need for more people to get involved with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) For Children program. The program serves children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Many times their parents are in and out […]

Taxpayers have two extra days to file this year

By Tonya Garner Procrastinators have two extra days to file their tax returns this year. Since the traditional April 15 filing day falls on a Saturday, the Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for most Americans to 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Jerry Carlton, U.S. Postal Service supervisor in Clovis, said the deadline for residents […]

Brantley Lake State Park offers spring getaway

Compiled by William Thompson Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps […]

Portales boys win small school title at Lovington

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Freshmen Donavin Sanchez and William Archibeque led Portales High to the small-school boys team championship Thursday in the rain-delayed Black-Murphy Invitational golf tournament at Lovington Country Club. Sanchez posted the bracket’s second-best round, shooting 36-33 — 69 for 2-under par, while Archibeque came in third at even-par 37-34 — 71 to […]

PHS girls take second at Melrose

PNT staff MELROSE — The Portales Lady Rams got victories from sophomore Jordan Roehl in shot put, Miriam Madrid in the 200 and from the 1,600 relay team Thursday night, but came up short to Floyd in the girls division of the Buffalo Relays track meet. The Lady Bronchos took the team title in the […]

Rams look to stay in district race

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Despite Tuesday’s doubleheader loss at Lovington, Portales High baseball coach Arturo Ontiveros believes the Rams are still in good shape in the District 4-3A race. They can’t afford to stub their toes, though, in Saturday’s 11 a.m. home twin bill against last-place Ruidoso at Ram Field. “We’re in a […]

Portales Junior High School youths get quick initiation into workaday world

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By William P. Thompson Most of the eighth-grade at Portales Junior High ventured out to local businesses and government agencies yesterday as part of the school’s annual job shadowing day. Some students watched beauticians at work. Some spent the day with firefighters. One student even went to jail, but only to see how corrections officers […]

Good Friday initiates weekend of faith

By William P. Thompson A number of Portales churches are set to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this weekend and some traditional Easter holiday events are taking place around town. Dick Ross, pastor at First Baptist Church said he’s not into the holiday trappings like Easter bunnies and hunting for eggs. Ross said he’s keeping Easter at […]

PHS band scores superior ratings

By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band received superior ratings in district competition Thursday in Clovis. It was the first time in six years the band received the highest ratings in marching band, concert band and sight reading competition. The band had earlier this year aced the marching band competition. Thursday, the concert […]

First-graders have ‘eggs-tra’ fun with science project

By William P. Thompson Steiner Elementary students spent Thursday morning watching eggs being tossed to the ground from a cherry picker about 90 feet up in the air. Unanimously, the students agreed it was a fun way to learn elementary physics. Thursday’s “Egg Drop” was the fifth annual for the school. Teacher Diane Maez said […]

Obituaries for April 14, 2006

John B. Hogg Services: 2 p.m. Monday at the Grady Cemetery. John B. Hogg, 91, of Portales, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in Farwell. He was born Sept. 24, 1914, to John B. Hogg Sr. and Roxie Lee Hale Hogg at the family farm home at Jonesville, Quay County. On Oct. 28, 1949, he married […]

Wal-Mart once again paying price for its success

Editorial Who would have thought that one of the nation’s most successful firms, renowned for helping consumers by offering low prices and decent jobs, would become a lightning rod for so many disgruntled people? Once again, during hearings this week at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., we see that mere mention of […]

Funerals replacing reunions

By Helena Rodriquez Been to any good funerals lately? These days, funerals seem more like family reunions to me because that’s the only time my mom sees some of her relatives. She was so close to them as a child, but has since grown apart due to time and space. Seeing tios, tias, primos and […]

Christ took all sins upon him at crucifixion

By Joan Clayton Since my childhood, I have always heard that we “have an Easter spell,” meaning bad weather before or around Easter time. I like to think of this time as being nature’s way of complaining about Jesus’ crucifixion. Have you ever thought of the excruciating pain rejection and sorrow that Jesus endured for […]

Gilpin tells his side in bomb scare case

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By Marlena Hartz Joshua Gilpin turned his Portales kitchen into a makeshift laboratory last November. The Eastern New Mexico University graduate student took three chemical solvents from the university lab, driven by a yen to complete his thesis. The chemistry student wanted to clone a protein, he said. Aware taking chemicals from the lab was […]

Garcia embezzlement case proceeds to jury trial

By Tony Parra A plea agreement was set for a Portales woman accused of embezzling more than $138,000 from the New Mexico Higher Education department but the two sides could not come to an agreement and instead the case will go to trial. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker presided over a scheduled pre-trial agreement […]

Grade-schoolers urge PHS seniors to party safely

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By Tony Parra Lindsey sixth-graders don’t want high school seniors to drink and drive this Saturday after the Portales High School prom and they put it down in writing. The Lindsey Elementary sixth-graders wrote letters to the seniors asking them not to drink and drive as part of the festivities on Saturday. The Portales High […]

Obituaries for April 13, 2006

Alejandro Lomas Jr. Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Mission Garden of Memories, Clovis Alejandro “A.J.” Lomas Jr., 4, of Clovis, died Monday, April 10, 2006, in Progress, Texas. He was born Nov. 5, 2001, in Clovis to Alejandro Manuel Lomas and Jennifer Olivares. She died April 10, 2006. He was preceded in death by his […]

Tenacity pays off

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Whether it be by word of mouth from his in-laws, through the support of local radio stations or extensive stage appearances in the area, Jack Ingram has always managed to keep a consistent presence in the Clovis area. Lately, however, Ingram’s fan base has been growing all around the country. […]