Jury selection in Portales homicide trial begins

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused in the killing of an elderly Portales couple whose bodies were found stuffed in the trunk of a burned car. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence […]

City officials expect water service to be restored this afternoon

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor UPDATE According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, residents should have water within the next 90 minutes. Crews that are on site of the water break that occurred on Sunday evening have completed installing a valve and pipe to fix the break. Crews are know in […]

Four selected to LSC academic team

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Three baseball players and one softball player have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the Lone Star Conference South Division all-academic teams. The baseball players are junior third baseman Derrick Kennedy of San Antonio, sophomore pitcher-outfielder Seth Clabaugh of Portales and sophomore outfielder Clayton Young of Canyon, […]

ENMU signs soccer player

Freedom Newspapers Taehoon Kim, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound goalkeeper who is from Seoul, South Korea, has signed a national letter-of-intent to play soccer at Eastern New Mexico University. Kim, who will be a junior at ENMU, played at Phoenix College last season and helped the Bears post a 15-6 record. He was an honorable mention all-conference […]

Portales couple promenades way into hall of fame

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If there is square dancing in heaven, James Pettus is probably calling one right now. The Portales resident, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and his wife Wanda were the heart and soul of square dancing in eastern New Mexico for three decades, according to local square dancers. […]

Floyd bids adieu to graduates

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — Moments after watching her daughter receive her high school diploma, Kathy Hale’s eyes welled up with tears when she talked about the child she once taught in a home-school setting. “I’m very, very proud of her. She’s come a long way,” Hale said. “It’s just the beginning […]

Elida seniors celebrate graduation

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Seven Elida teenagers have closed the book on one chapter of their lives and are about to set sail on another. Ron Haley, Brandy Hudson, Tanner Kube, Daniel Lee, Alicia Cross Smith, Lindsey Ward and Caleb Widener comprise Elida’s seven member class of ‘07 and Saturday was their night. […]

Murder trial set to start

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will decide over the next six weeks whether a Portales man is responsible for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple in March 2005. Jury selection starts Monday in the death-penalty case of Stanley Bedford, 43, and lawyers expect to begin arguments May 29, the Tuesday following […]

Graduation season prompts advice

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For me, high school graduation was extremely anti-climatic. I was glad high school was over and ready to move on to something new. Little did I know 30 years ago just how many graduations I would attend over my lifetime. I was focused on getting that one done so […]

Some comfort to be found in child-like faith

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, […]

Iraq negotiations open line of communication between U.S., Iran

Both the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain issues, requiring a […]

Turning point: Portales grads have many plans

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Portales High School graduate Justin Jones admitted he was torn by conflicting emotions Friday night in Greyhound Arena moments after his class tossed their caps skyward. “We’ve gone 13 years together and we made it,” Jones said. “We’ve all got mixed emotions, we want to leave, but at the same […]

Cobre ousts Rams in Class 3A semifinals

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — For the second consecutive year, the Portales Rams made it to the final four of New Mexico Class 3A baseball — and once again, they’re coming home one game shy of the finals. The top-seeded Cobre Indians jumped on top early and never lost their lead in a 10-7 win against […]

Scholarship helps CHS senior pursue dream

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A prestigious scholarship and a background in construction has paved the way for Robert Cordova to pursue a civil engineering degree. Cordova is one of 352 students expected to receive diplomas during Clovis High School’s graduation ceremony today. Cordova is one of 40 students statewide who has been awarded a […]

Graduation ‘bittersweet’ for Clovis Christian seniors

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers With boys robed in blue and gold gowns and girls in white, 17 students graduated from Clovis Christian School on Friday night. The commencement ceremony, which also featured students carrying yellow roses for their moms, was held in the sanctuary of the private school. “This is bittersweet,” said CCS graduate […]

Decision on jury trial for airman delayed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Major Daniel Kiefer agreed Friday to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing open for […]

Their perspective: Melrose seniors sound off

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By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Thoughts and insights by Melrose’s graduating seniors based on a written survey: Most will be going to college The U.S. military is in Iraq for a good reason Most will likely not return to Melrose to live Alcohol, drugs and peer pressure are the biggest challenges today’s teens face […]

Calendar for week of May19-25

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. Saturday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon to […]

Novak hearing completes second day

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Defense counsel for a Cannon Air Force Base airman charged with murder spent Thursday grilling agents from the Office of Special Investigations about their investigation into the death of Kimberly Novak. Special Agent Mark Brashears testified during the second day of Airmen Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing that […]

Graduation prompts mixed emotions

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eighteen-year-old senior Isaiah Dawson has faced a few challenges on his path to graduation. In four years, he had attended five different high schools, three in Albuquerque, then Clovis and Portales, he said. “I’ve just been bouncing around,” Dawson said. Dawson, along with, 141 of his Portales High School […]