Hopping on the train

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten bonds and raise blood pressure is quickly finding its niche at senior centers and family gatherings all over the Southwest. “Mexican Train” has caught on quickly in places where “42” and dominoes have reigned. The Portales Senior Citizens […]

Couple honored with road naming

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Doug and Debbie Idsinga’s contributions to the area went well beyond the dairy community, according to Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez. Killed in an auto accident last year, the Portales dairyowners are being honored with a sign bearing their name on the road to the Southwest Cheese plant. Turning […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

Former police chief intends to sue village, mayor

Freedom Newspapers The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was […]

Clovis chamber ranks third in growth

Freedom Newspapers The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is the third fastest growing and the fifth largest Chamber in New Mexico, according to New Mexico Business Weekly. The business journal ranked New Mexico Chambers by percent changes in members from last year, according to Megan Kamerick, Special Sections Editor of New Mexico Business Weekly. Clovis […]

Rams compete well, but fall short against Coyotes

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales boys coach Mark Gallegos wanted to know if his Rams could compete with one of the top teams in Class 4A. After Friday night, he has no doubt. The Roswell Coyotes outscored Portales 16-6 in the third quarter, then survived a late Portales charge to beat the Rams […]

Jan. 28, 1960

Sickness thinned attendance ranks of E-Ha-Wees Camp Fire group Wednesday afternoon but did not dampen the enthusiasm of those present. Sue Jones did a demonstration on safety in the home. She had posters which noted hazards in the house and how they could be removed. Such a demonstration is for honor award. Some time was […]

Zias drop 2-OT contest

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior guard Stacey Staten hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to tie the score in the first overtime, then converted a 3-point play at the start of the second OT and Midwestern State went on to claim an 81-75 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday […]

Hounds undefeated in LSC South

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan was wondering how his team would react in a bad situation, he found out Thursday night. The Greyhounds twice erased major deficits in turning back Midwestern State 86-81 to retain the early lead in the Lone Star Conference men’s race […]

Ram handles hoops and horns

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Portales senior Skyler Partin goes from blocking out defenders on the basketball court, to blowing on his baritone as a member of the Portales High School band. The third of four siblings, music and athletics are in the Partin family genes. He grew up hearing his brother, sister and mother […]

Defense attacks witnesses’ character

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense attorney James Klipstine Jr. spent much of Thursday attempting to chip away at the credibility of a parade of prosecution witnesses in the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Testimony began with the cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness, Daniel Garcia, who testified Wednesday he and defendant […]

Area woman teaches English, God’s love in China

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A religion graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Heather Husted always felt she would be in a Gospel ministry somewhere. The Roosevelt County native never dreamed it would be in a communist country. Husted, who was born in Portales and grew up in Elida, is back home briefly from […]

Group prepares for future

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An infant organization formed to ease the transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base met for the first time Thursday. The Local Growth Management Organization — consisting of hand-picked community members — discussed the road ahead with their governing body, the Local Growth Management Committee. “We’ve […]

Officials: Tuberculosis zone years from being lifted

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer State and federal livestock officials said it will be at least two to three years before a federally imposed tuberculosis zone in eastern New Mexico is removed. In order for that to happen, beef cattle and dairy producers will have to continue to meet the federal guideline of testing […]

Life is full of changes

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Have you ever returned to your childhood home and found it to be almost unrecognizable? Yet, in your mind you remember it so vividly. My grandmother lived by the highway. Every time we pass by her old house, I can almost smell freshly baked gingerbread accompanied by a glass […]

One person’s culinary disaster another’s treat

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve been thinking about burnt toast and tortillas lately, staples of my childhood. Before you label me weird, there’s a Web site advertising a Museum of Burnt Food which celebrates “The art of culinary disaster.” My childhood wasn’t exactly a culinary disaster. In fact, I thought I was a […]

U.S. strategy for Iraq might stand chance

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush made it clear that his current strategy in Iraq is not up for negotiation. “Our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options,” he said. “In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success.” So the […]

Jan. 26, 1960

President Floyd D. Golden of Eastern New Mexico University was speaker Monday noon at the meeting of the Altrusa Club and told of some of his experiences last October when he spent the month in the Soviet Union together with 30 other educators of the United States. He urged the women to value more sacredly […]

ENMU baseball team picked fifth in LSC preseason

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was pegged for fifth place this season in the six-team Lone Star Conference South Division baseball poll, released on Tuesday by the conference office. Abilene Christian, ranked 17th in Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division II preseason poll, received nine of 14 first-place votes and 79 points to […]

Zia softball polls fifth in preseason

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team has been chosen for fifth place out of seven teams in the Lone Star Conference South Division’s preseason poll, released Tuesday by the conference office. Defending champion Abilene Christian earned 14 of 18 first-place votes and racked up 122 points to 105 for […]