Tucumcari man charged with murder

Freedom Newspapers A 24-year-old Tucumcari man, Phillip J. Latham, has been charged with murder in connection with Tuesday’s shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton, according to a news release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Latham, who lives on South Seventh Street, is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm, the release said. […]

April 26 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. Thursday Brain Injury Support Group — 6 p.m., […]

Zia soccer offers youth clinic

PNT Staff Report The ENMU women’s soccer team is offering a free youth clinic for boys and girls ages 5-12 from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ENMU soccer practice field. The cost is free. Participants should bring water, a soccer ball and shin guards. Information: www.enmusports.com.

Former Greyhound Mark Fox reprimanded by WAC for conduct

By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — The Western Athletic Conference reprimanded former Eastern New Mexico Greyhound and current Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox on Tuesday for unsportsmanlike conduct with referees in two games in March but spared him any fine or suspension. The more serious of the two incidents involved Fox yelling […]

Clovis’ Mounted Patrol Arena welcomes calf ropers

PNT Staff Report Hundreds of cowboys, both professional and amateur, will compete in calf-roping events this weekend. The third annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping is being held Friday through Saturday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. According to event coordinator Joe Rhodes, 464 cowboys competed in the 2006 calf roping event. “Hopefully we […]

Ram track qualifies more athletes for state

PNT Staff Report TEXICO — The Ram and Lady Ram track teams both took home titles at Tuesday’s meet at Texico, qualifying more athletes for the state tournament in the process. Senior Hunter Rackler and sophomore Devon Stinson qualified for state in the javelin throw and the Rams also qualified in the medley relay race. […]

Portales golfers place seventh at Hobbs

PNT Staff Report HOBBS — The Portales Ram golf team shot a combined 329, finishing in a tie for seventh in a nine-team field Tuesday at Ocotillo Golf Course. Sophomore Donavin Sanchez shot the best round for Portales with a 4-over-par 76. Senior Jefferson Powers shot an 82, sophomore William Archibeque an 85, sophomore Rick […]

Ram tennis beats Lovington

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales boys and girls tennis teams head into Friday’s District 4-3A tournament having both beaten Lovington 8-1 Tuesday at the Portales Junior High School tennis courts. “We’re very happy with this,” Ram coach Wade Fraze said. “From top to bottom, we showed more mental toughness than we had […]

Rams split with Clovis

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PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams lost focus late in the first game but re-grouped for a split Tuesday against Clovis. Portales allowed the Wildcats to rally in a 6-5 win but dominated the second game 11-1, thanks to big hitting and several Wildcat miscues. “(Clovis) made a lot of errors,” Rams coach Arturo Ontiveros […]

Lady Rams clinch district title with windy wins Tuesday

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Lady Ram coach Robbie Crowley said her team didn’t swing the bat as well as they could have in Tuesday’s windy district doubleheader against Dexter. Still, the Lady Rams emerged with a pair of 11-1 wins at home and their second District 4-3A title in three years. “I don’t […]

Possible bypass prompts questions

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The first large-scale public vetting of the ongoing work on the Portales Transportation Plan drew lots of people Tuesday — most of whom seemed concerned about where a bypass might be located. Scott Verhines and Clay Koontz of G.C. Engineering, the contract engineers for the study, explained the process […]

Peanut funding bill thrown out

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The future of peanut storage funding is still up in the air after it was thrown out of an emergency supplemental bill attached to the Iraq funding measure being considered on Capitol Hill. New Mexico Peanut Growers representatives were in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to meet with congressional members […]

Tucumcari woman shot, killed Tuesday

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A 21-year-old Tucumcari woman was the victim of an apparent homicide on Tuesday, Tucumcari police said. Tiffany Throckmorton was shot Tuesday morning and died about an hour and 15 minutes later at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital, according to a police news release. Throckmorton, who was at 222 E. High Street, […]

Detention center officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Curry County Adult Detention Center officer was arrested Monday, charged with sneaking marijuana and tobacco into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Raul Lopez, 23, told investigators he was having financial problems and when an inmate offered him to pay to smuggle in the contraband, according […]

Messenger bags not synonymous with man purses

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I saw my friend Shannon, who’s a girl. It’s a bad song, but it’s a true story. We went out to bowl, we went out for walks, we went out to see her friends. All throughout, we took photos and wrote […]

Boris Yeltsin true hero of his time

Editorial Boris Yeltsin, the first elected president of Russia in all its long history, died Monday at 76. He may have been a flawed character, a leader who will leave an ambiguous legacy. Ultimately, however, as Leon Aron, author of “Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life” and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote, “the […]

April 25 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. Wednesday AARP — 2 p.m., Boardroom, Community Services […]

Zia basketball secures Clovis standout

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Tori Northcutt won’t be going far from home to play college basketball, and she’s happy about that. The Clovis High senior guard signed a national letter of intent on Monday to play for coach Linden Weese at Eastern New Mexico University. “When I made my decision, it was such a […]

Wayland Baptist needs late HR to beat Hounds

Freedom Newspapers PLAINVIEW, Texas — Catcher B.J. Myers launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth on Monday and Wayland Baptist rallied past Eastern New Mexico University 11-8 in a non-conference baseball game. The Pioneers (21-25) hit four home runs and pounded out 15 hits in sweeping the two-game season series from […]

Portales golfers win Clovis trangular

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Ram sophomore Donavin Sanchez fired a tournament best one-under par 69 as the Portales golfers beat Clovis High School and Clovis Christian in a Clovis golf triangular Monday at Clovis’ municipal golf course. As a team, the Rams shot a 297, six strokes better than Clovis’ 303 and Clovis […]