Veteran compensation needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs mismanages its program for rating disabled veterans as “unemployable,” according to a new report by congressional auditors. Because of weak oversight of Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits, some veterans get more compensation than warranted, and the VA is ineffective in moving seriously disabled veterans toward productive […]

June 6, 2006 Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Tuesday Parents of sexual assault victims — 7 […]

Lee a winner for North, South

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Is Floyd’s Brad Lee a southerner or a northerner? Over the weekend, he was both — and a winner every time. Lee was on the North squad at the six-man football North-South all-star game in Ruidoso on Friday night. The North won that clash as Lee saw action […]

Clovis beats Portales in third-place game

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Jarod Kiser and Jordan Jacobs delivered two-run singles in a six-run third that lifted Clovis past Portales 9-0 in the third-place game of the Clovis Invitational summer baseball tournament on Saturday night at Bell Park. Emery Sierra tossed a two-hit shutout in a contest called after 4 1/2 innings because of […]

June 4, 2006 AAU tournament scores/schedules

Freedom Newspapers State AAU girls tournament At Clovis Friday’s pool play 10-and-under Pool A Clovis Wildcats 26, Lea County Flames (Hobbs) 0; Navajo Nation (Gallup) 19, Zias (Portales) 13; Clovis Wildcats 37, Eastern New Mexico Pride (Texico-Clovis-Portales) 4; Zias 20, Lea County Flames 11; Navajo Nation 44, Eastern New Mexico Pride 7. 11-and-under Pool B […]

Lee, Rush pace North in six-man win

Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — Floyd’s Brad Lee returned a pass interception 20 yards for a touchdown Friday night to help the North All-Stars beat the South 67-36 in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association six-man all-star football game, played at Ruidoso High School. The North jumped out to a 43-20 halftime lead and coasted […]

Better for the bidding

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Donald Criss has hosted KENW’s tele-auction for the past 30 years and has seen the program evolve from its not-so-well-organized beginning into the popular local event it’s become today. The first tele-auction was held in June of 1975 in order to raise funding for the station to buy programming, […]

Battle of the sexes rather lopsided

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist Here at the Institute for Intellectual Stuff (our motto is, “We Research Thorny Problems Such as Poverty and Baldness”), we’ve recently spent time delving into another timeless issue: Are men and women really different? Of course they are, dummy. Anyone can see that. Proof can be found in arguments between […]

June 4, 2006 Engagements

Moreland/Fox Chris Moreland of Vadito and Jay and Robin Valerio of Phoenix, Ariz., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kellin Moreland, to Clayton Fox, son of Ronald and Marie Fox, of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. on June 17 at the First Baptist Church in Portales. The reception […]

June 4, 2006 Weddings

Sparks/Ashby Brittany D. Sparks of Portales and J.T. Ashby of Tulsa, Okla., were joined in marriage May 27, 2006, at the First Baptist Church of Fort Sumner. The Rev. Coy Brewer performed the wedding. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Cynthia Sparks of Portales. The bridegroom is the son of Don and Donna […]