Hayden appointment raises valid questions

Editorial Whether Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden can bring the Central Intelligence Agency out of its doldrums is a question whose answer we may not have until long after he has left his post as CIA director — assuming he is confirmed. His appointment has raised questions that are worth discussion as the United States […]

Yearbook is not always last word

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In the last few days, I’ve thought a lot about dishonesty. I’ve thought about unrealistic expectations. I’ve thought about having the wrong priorities. Elected officials, you can relax. I’m talking about my high school yearbook. I was a recent visitor to a high school that had scheduled an afternoon for […]

CAFB under consideration for special forces base

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An in-depth report examining Cannon Air Force Base as a potential site for Air Force special forces has been submitted to the Pentagon, a spokesman for Air Force Special Operations Command told the Clovis News Journal on Monday. Cannon and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., are two bases […]

Gallegos named Portales NIE Teacher of Year

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Mark Gallegos strives to get students to learn using all modalities, which helped earned the Portales High government and economics teacher the Portales News-Tribune’s Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. A Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico committee determined Gallegos best utilizes newspapers in his classrooms to help […]

Staff losses helps balance the budget

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Municipal school administrators were able to recoup a projected $400,000 budget deficit in the 2006-07 school year through staff reductions by closing Broad Horizons Alternative School and transferring surplus funds. Portales School Board members approved the more than $18 million 2006-07 budget during the school board meeting Monday […]

Tigers notch 1A tourney’s second seed

PNT staff After a 30-year absence from state baseball competition, the Elida Tigers could get used to this. Elida ended its long dry spell last season, reaching the Class 1A semifinals before losing to eventual runnerup Roswell Gateway Christian. Second-year coach Jimmy Dale Ward has led the Tigers (9-4) back to this year’s event, and […]

Rams in distant tie for second at state meet

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales High boys golf team knows it has its work cut out, but coach Patrick Crowley says the Rams are ready for the challenge. Socorro put together four sub-80 scores Monday and the Warriors stormed to a 20-shot lead after the first day of the Class 1-3A state golf tournament […]

St. Michael’s downs PHS in semifinals

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams will have to wait another year for a shot at a Class 3A state tennis championship. Portales played competitively for the most part, but couldn’t match Santa Fe St. Michael’s depth on Saturday in dropping a 6-3 semifinal decision to the Lady Horsemen at Sierra Vista Tennis […]

Portales golfers set sights on state crown

PNT staff If how they practiced during the week means anything, coach Patrick Crowley believes the Portales Rams are ready to make a run at the Class 1-3A boys state golf tournament championship on Monday and Tuesday at UNM South in Albuquerque. Portales’ quintet of senior Matthew Parkey, junior Jefferson Powers and freshmen Donavin Sanchez, […]

Floyd girls finish fifth in 1A

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — Senior Kelli Johnson earned a second runnerup finish on Saturday to help the Floyd Lady Broncos to a fifth-place team finish in Class 1A girls state track competition at the University of New Mexico. Johnson ran a time of 5:43.74 in the 1,600, a personal best by about three seconds, to […]

Portales squads third in district track

PNT staff LOVINGTON — The Portales High boys were unable to qualify additional events for next week’s Class 3A state meet in Friday’s District 4-3A meet, but the PHS girls added two events to their list. Both Portales squads finished third in the four-team competition, the girls scoring 99 points while the boys finished with […]

Rams advance in 3A state baseball tourney

PNT staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Junior Mario Salazar threw 5 1/3 innings in relief and the Portales Rams escaped two early deficits on Saturday en route to a 13-8 victory over Las Vegas Robertson in a first-round game of the Class 3A state baseball tournament. The Rams (14-12), seeded 12th in the 16-team field, […]

Cinco Celebration

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer No Cinco de Mayo would be complete without the breaking of piñatas, colorful Mexican ballet folklorico dancers and plenty of festive fiesta foods. Hundreds of people attended the Portales Cinco de Mayo celebration at Lindsey Park on Saturday which featured all of the above, plus performances by Native American […]

Bank looking to new location

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Western Bank will have a new home and a new location off of Chicago Avenue in the future, but Connie Landry, executive vice president for Western Bank, said the new building is still in the preliminary stages of that planning. The current Western Bank office is located at 203 […]

PNT receives second place

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE – The Portales News-Tribune won an award for second place in column writing Saturday at the 2005 New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors award banquet. The entry was by Managing Editor Karl Terry for a column entitled “Grandma Terry” remembering the life of his grandmother following her death last fall. […]

Obituary for May 7, 2006

Mary C. Gonzales Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Mary C. Gonzales, 69, of Clovis, died Friday, May 5, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born on May 22, 1936, in Vaughn, she married Alfonso Gonzales on Nov. 13, 1963. She enjoyed her grandchildren, playing bingo and cards, putting together […]

White House needs changes in policies, not faces

Editorial We’ll abstain from clichés about rearranging deck chairs, but the personnel changes at the White House in recent weeks, while they may matter greatly to inside-the-Beltway pundits and the immediate families of those involved, don’t suggest that significant policy changes are in the offing. That’s unfortunate, because changing policy in significant ways would do […]

Bob V ila never had it this tough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My wife has been confused throughout most of our 24 years of marriage. Somehow she’s under the impression that she married Bob Vila but she actually got something more akin to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. She’s been undeterred by my lack of skills with a hammer and saw, […]

Words for the wise from the not-so-wise

By Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Here at the Trivia Memorial Library (Motto: If you wish you were young again, think algebra), we’ve been gathering thought-provoking quotes from icons so that someday we can publish them and make big bucks. These samples are gleaned from politicians, industry leaders and bureaucrats, followed by movie stars and sports […]

Monkey business

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers With millions of tiny ink dots, some smaller than a speck of sand, Valerie Romano pays homage to mankind’s closest living relative — chimpanzees. The former Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University instructor stumbled upon her greatest artistic inspiration late in life. She was 45 years old […]