Judge could limit some testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The jury that will determine Stanley Bedford’s fate has seen nearly 300 pieces of evidence and heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses – including nine Friday, the first day of mitigation for Bedford. There’s plenty they haven’t seen as well. The instances are more frequent during the current […]

Fight video troubling Clovis police, schools

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers A fight between two Clovis teens in May that was filmed and posted online to MySpace has law enforcement and school officials concerned. However, posting such a video is not against the law or school rules. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it (in Clovis), but I’ve seen […]

A century in Elida

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A rich heritage stemming from the early days of the railroad and homesteading are the foundations that the community of Elida has been built on. A century of heritage will be celebrated during the Elida Centennial that is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Many families of […]

Bedford’s family takes stand

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Nine members of Stanley Bedford’s family testified Wednesday as his defense team began the mitigation period of Bedford’s death-penalty hearing for the March 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The defense, which expects to conclude its case Monday, spent Friday talking with family members about […]

West Nile threat at peak during summer months

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The number of West Nile cases in New Mexico has dropped steadily since the mosquito-borne disease was discovered in the state in 2003. No cases have been reported yet this year, according to state health officials. However, summer is the prime time for West Nile, especially with this year’s unusually […]

Water rates increasing up to 13 percent

Freedom Newspapers Clovis customers of New Mexico American Water will pay up to 13 percent more for water, according to a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission spokesman. The PRC on Tuesday OK’d the rate increase, pending a final staff review of certain cost adjustments by New Mexico American Water, the PRC’s John Arnold said. New […]

Penalty phase will proceed

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury on Thursday found murder in the course of kidnapping to be an aggravating circumstance, allowing the state to proceed in seeking the death penalty against Stanley Bedford. If he is given the death penalty, Bedford, 43, would be the third person on New Mexico’s death […]

Wet weather gives way to heat

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A cooler, wetter than normal late spring may give way to a warmer more humid summer in the city of Portales. According to AccuWeather, Portales’ average temperature in the month of May from 1914 through 2005 is 83 degrees. But this May, the temperature only reached or exceeded that […]

Portales prepares for onset of helmet law

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Skid lids will become mandatory for juvenile bikers and skaters soon, as the Child Helmet Safety Act takes effect July 1 in New Mexico. The law states that anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, tricycle, inline and roller skates, skateboard or […]

Trees provide more than just shade

By Joan Clayton: Columnist I learned an amazing concept about trees in a conservation workshop. We were told when a tree is in distress, from drought or disease, it sends out signals (vibrations) to the nearest tree. The nearest tree sends back support signals to the distressed tree. I don’t know what kinds of signals […]

Rejection can be positive thing

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Let the rejection begin. I recently began looking for a full-time job in the academic arena, which I can hold while continuing work on a second master’s degree in English, and voila, I’ve received my first rejection letter. It reads: “While your skills are certainly impressive, we have decided to […]

Checks-and-balances system effective in guarding against overzealous government

Editorial U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally misused the […]

Jury to consider death penalty

PNT Staff ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will consider the death penalty for Stanley Bedford. One week after finding Bedford, 43, guilty in the deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales, the jury found murder in the course of kidnapping to be an aggravating circumstance for both the Newmans, allowing the state to proceed […]

Calendar for week of June 23-29

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. Friday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30 – […]

July 4, 1982

• Portales Fire Fighters responded to a barn fire that occurred one mile south of Roosevelt General Hospital. The barn was destroyed by the fire. Nearby calves were driven to safety by neighbors. • Members of the Portales High School class of 1930 gathered to share memories during a class reunion. It had been 52 […]

July 3, 1982

• The Aces girls softball team defeated the Fumblers 8-3 at Wheeler Park to capture the Senior League mid-season title. • The weekend special at Britt’s 4 Tables Steakhouse was the Steak Tampico for $5.45. • Harrison Ford starred in Blade Runner which was showing at the Tower Twin.

June 29, 1981

• Dr. Robert Matheny was appointed to the position of executive vice president for academic affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. • Miss Portales Lynn Lawson, who was a junior at Eastern New Mexico University, was crowned Miss New Mexico during the pageant that was held in Hobbs. • Kraft 32 ounce jars of Miracle […]

June 28, 1976

• Campbell’s Gro-Green Portales men’s softball association placed third at the La Mesa Invitational Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. • James T Dyke was selected by Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers at Eastern New Mexico University as the Summerfield Scholar of the Year. • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays customers could purchase two pieces […]

June 27, 1976

• Portales High School basketball team members Gail Cozzens and Penny Sanders earned the two highest honors at the Eastern New Mexico Sunshine Basketball Camp. Cozzens was named “Miss Basketball” the overall award for the camps top player, while Sanders received the “Miss Congeniality’ award. • Long white potatoes were on sale at Parkway Super […]

June 26, 1981

• Graduation Day and The Fan were the featured selections showing at the Varsity Drive-in Theatre. • The Stars defeated the Aces 16-1 during a game played at Wheelers Park as part of the Senior League Softball. • Rainfall for the area was reported to be at 3.16 inches for the year. This years total […]