Greyhound grid coach adds locals to mix

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers In their second wave of recruting, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has added local flavor. The third-year Greyhounds coach said around 52 freshmen are expected to report for practice Aug. 5. All told, about 130 players will be on hand for the start of drills. Among the [...]

Bedford Trial: Day five. Focus on fire

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The normally pristine home of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales was marked by the blood of Odis Newman and the remnants of an intentional fire, investigators testified Wednesday. Among the charges Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales faces in his capital murder case is setting a fire at [...]

Church nominated for State Register

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As Elida celebrates its centennial this summer, preserving its history has become important to the town’s residents. To accomplish that, a landmark building there has been nominated for inclusion on the State Register of Cultural Properties. Built in 1907, the old Elida Methodist Church, now serves as the home [...]

Smokey Bear signs utilized to inform public of fire danger

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As residents and visitors leave Portales via N.M. 206, N.M. 467 or U.S. 70, they will be seeing some new signs that are common in mountainous areas, but new to the Portales region. The brown and yellow signs show a picture of Smokey Bear with his shovel. An interchangeable [...]

June 7, 1963

• Seventy Portales students were enrolled in summer school, reported Portales School Superintendent M.G. Hunt. Hunt also reported that 10 new teachers had been hired for the coming school year. • The Eastern New Mexico University men’s golf team entered the final round of the 72-hole NAIA national golf tournament in Kansas City, with a [...]

Investigator dissects eight crime scenes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE – A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out the night Odis and Doris Newman were killed in 2005. Kevin Massis, who has spent the last six of his 11 1/2 years with the New Mexico State Police in Hobbs as a crime scene investigator, testified at Albuquerque’s District [...]

Board pushes plans ahead

PNT Staff Report The Portales school board will go before a state committee Tuesday with a proposal for assistance in building a new elementary school, and now they have an architect attached to the project. The school board announced in a special meeting Tuesday night that Greer Stafford, an architecture firm from Albuquerque, scored highest [...]

City Council accepts housing study recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City Council accepted the workforce housing study recommendations Tuesday, agreeing to move forward with a plan to build affordable housing on city-owned land. The next step in the process, according to City Manager Debi Lee, is to proceed with an appraisal of the land, just east of the municipal [...]

Commissioners adopt salary survey results

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday adopting the results of a salary survey that lays out guidelines for new pay scales across every department in the county. Commissioners passed a resolution earlier this spring adopting a pay scale, but rescinded it after learning chief deputy positions were [...]

Presidential candidate Edwards not hypocrite

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Since it’s already come up and will come up more in our campaign season, let’s have a vocabulary lesson. Today’s word is “hypocrisy.” On dictionary.com, it’s “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person [...]