Severe weather predicted for area

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Snow shovels and bags of salt used to melt snow and ice were flying off the shelves at Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis Monday morning. According to store manager Ron Scorzafava, an entire pallet of snow melter sold out in 30 minutes. “It (salt) is going out like gangbusters,” […]

Charter school appeal heard

PNT Staff Report Sponsors of the proposed Horace Mann Charter School will have to wait until after Christmas to know whether it will be organized under the umbrella of the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education. New Mexico Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia heard from school sponsors as well as Portales school officials during an […]

Rams rebound, beat Aztec Tigers

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales boys basketball coach Mark Gallegos hoped his team would give a better effort Saturday against Aztec than they did Friday night against Carlsbad, and they did. The Rams hit 10 of 16 free throws in the fourth period, and beat the visiting Aztec Tigers 40-35 Saturday afternoon at […]

PHS grad opts to stay at home

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Megan Kabrick was all set to move away from home and play college volleyball at Angelo State when she suddenly had a change of heart. A four-year standout in volleyball and basketball at Portales High School, Kabrick signed to play at Angelo in November of 2005. She thought she would […]

Hobbs Lady Eagles outlast Portales Lady Rams

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Hobbs senior shooting guard Samantha Acosta sank three of her five 3-pointers in the fourth period and led all scorers with 19-points, as the visiting Class 5A Lady Eagles beat Portales 65-49 Saturday night at Portales High School. The Lady Rams trailed Hobbs by 9-points at the half, but […]

Convicted felon perishes in prison

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A man convicted of brutally raping and murdering a Clovis convenience store clerk more than 30 years ago died Tuesday in a state prison. Stanley Deon Melton, who suffered a long battle with cancer and was seriously ill, was 66, prison officials said Friday. Melton died Tuesday while in long-term […]

Railroad concerns cross state lines

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A train situation in two towns that straddle Texas and New Mexico is at a standstill, in more ways than one. Texas has set aside funding for an overpass that would save border residents from daily traffic delays caused by trains, but New Mexico hasn’t. The Texas Department of […]

Career on the rise

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Quiet and unassuming, Eastern New Mexico University head baker Julio Rodriguez spends his work days rolling out pastries and breads to feed hungry students, faculty and staff. Starting in 1966, Rodriguez began working in the dish room, then later moved to the kitchen, washing pots and pans. His hands […]

Graduates look toward future

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Amid cheering friends and family, 250 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday. Sprinkling his commencement address with humor, KENW Director of Broadcasting, Duane Ryan, sent the graduates off with bits of wisdom and advice, as they […]

Public figures deserve Christmas presents, too

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The mistletoe has been hung by the chimney with care and the halls and dang near everything else have been decked with holly and other shrubbery parts so that could mean only one thing. It’s time for this columnist to make out his annual Christmas list. With a near […]

Holiday shopping stress wreaks havoc on emotions

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with […]

Presidential candidate’s actions like reverse Reagan

Editorial Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is running for president. He’s appeared in New Hampshire, where he will need to make a mark, drawing crowds at fund-raisers and autographing his obligatory, pre-campaign memoir. He is running for president, but maybe it’s only temporary. Our latest political phenom even made an appearance on the high-profile, Monday night […]

House fire breaks out

PNT Staff Units from the Portales Fire Department responded shortly after 9 p.m. Friday to a fire at a house east of Portales. The home just north of the intersection of N.M. 88 and Roosevelt Road N. was fully engulfed in flames when Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they reported. Deputies on the scene told […]

Cannon captain remembered in service

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If Capt. Kermit O. Evans Sr. wasn’t smiling, you knew something was seriously wrong, say those who knew him. Friends, family and fellow service members at Cannon Air Force Base recalled that smile Friday at a memorial service for the 31-year-old flight commander of a bomb disposal unit stationed […]

Cats annilhate Aztec

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers When your turnovers outnumber your points for the game, you know you’ve had a long night. Overwhelmed from the start by Clovis High’s fullcourt pressure and man-to-man defense, Aztec had little it could do to stem the tide Friday night in a 63-25 loss to the unbeaten Wildcats at Rock […]

Lady Tigers down Clovis

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers What started as a scorer’s duel in the first half came down to defense and free throws as the Aztec girls basketball team beat Clovis 55-52 Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Records: Aztec 6-3, Clovis 5-3. The difference: Senior guard Patricia Malouff hit a 3-pointer to give Aztec the […]

Poor shooting gives Carlsbad win over Rams

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Portales Rams missed their shots, and the Carlsbad Cavemen made theirs. Put together, the two facts resulted in a 62-36 blowout Friday night at Portales High School. Travis Nygren scored a game-high 13 and Jose Cruz Lopez added nine points for the Cavemen, who never trailed. Senior Skyler […]

Poached pheasants reported in area

By Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is on the lookout for pheasant dumpers. The department released an Operation Game Thief call Friday in regard to a pile of dead pheasants reported near the intersection of Brady Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Pheasant season ended Dec. 10, according to department […]

Ethanol plant permit decision expected by May

By Freedom Newspapers Whether the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant gets the go-ahead for its air quality permit from the New Mexico Environment Department could be decided by mid-May, according to NMED officials. A public hearing concerning the air quality permit for the proposed facility is scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Clovis Civic Center, according […]

Still Trottin’

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By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers No longer does he go from gym to gym to the tune of “Sweet Georgia Brown,” but former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon is still trotting around the globe. Instead of playing basketball, he’s spreading the word of God. “I’m coachable, so when the spirit of the Lord told me to […]