June 24, 1981

• Two juvenile boys escaped from the jail that was housed on the third floor of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. It appeared that the juveniles used sheets and blankets to form a rope that allowed them to climb from the window to the ground. • Four Portales men completed 123 holes of golf and four […]

June 22, 1981

• Temperatures reaching 107 degrees and 108 degrees were reported for the Portales area over the weekend. These were the highest recorded temperatures in 13 years for the area. • The Eastern New Mexico University Women’s Rodeo Team earned the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Team Championship in Bozeman, Mont. • The Cannonball Run and Outland were the […]

Panic attacks not uncommon

Anita Doberman: Columnist I get panic attacks. They’re not frequent, and I’ll go years without one. But inevitably and without warning, they show up like an uninvited guest. I say without warning, but they’re not entirely random. While my husband is trying to assure me I’m not having a heart attack, he’ll gently ask me […]

White Oaks offers tourists chance to see ghost town

Ghost towns can be found across New Mexico and the Southwest, but the one located at White Oaks is probably the best-kept secret around these parts. This ghost town comes complete with a few locals, and plenty of scenery. Where is it? White Oaks is located about nine miles outside of Carrizozo. The distance from […]

Canine career

Cannon Connections photo by Andy Delisle Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Richard Crotty assists Staff Sgt. Tanya Perez with an exercise to teach Ben, a military working dog, to protect her while she searches a suspect. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections A high, metal gate opened and Ben stepped into a fenced training area […]

Cadets receive real-world training at Cannon

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Thirty Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets repainted a plane, worked at 27th Fighter Wing squadrons and practiced marksmanship skills at Cannon Air Force Base as they became familiar with how the Air Force enlisted and Noncommissioned officer airmen take […]

Friends make deployment tolerable

Tonya Fennell A group of wonderful, but strikingly different women have recently become a big part of my life. We all differ in age, family background and personality. I grew up in Texas, have a house full of kids and can see the age of 40 looming on the horizon. I’m loud (or so my […]

Fighters prepare for Clovis cage event

By Tony Gutierrez, Freedom Newspapers Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This will be the fifth fight Baca […]

Penalty phase to begin

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Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will reconvene today to begin the penalty phase for Stanley Bedford, convicted last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Last Thursday, the jury handed down a guilty verdict for eight charges against Bedford, including two counts each of first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection to the March […]

Local Growth Committee OKs consultant search

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Local Growth Management Committee members say they’re impressed with the efficiency of their sister organization, the Local Growth Management Organization. They say planning for the transition at Cannon Air Force Base to Special Operations is falling in place right on cue. “It’s amazing the people they have surrounded themselves […]

Film boot camp provides students with practical experience

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School student Isiah Lucero had the opportunity to spend a week on the University of New Mexico campus attending the Film and Media Bootcamp. “I enjoyed it a lot. Everything was planned out really good,” Lucero said of the boot camp. Lucero, who will be a sophomore […]

Two arrested on drug charges

PNT Staff Report Portales Police arrested two Portales residents Wednesday on charges of trafficking cocaine in connection with a seizure made last week, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Adrieanna Queen, 21, is free after posting a $50,000 bond. She was charged with one count of trafficking cocaine. Francisco Eric Ornelas, 20, remains […]

June 21, 1974

• Wilbur Smartnick, former director of audits for the New Mexico State Auditors Office, was named internal auditor for Eastern New Mexico University • Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Police Department were awarded a combined total of $38,000 in grant money from a $1.2 million federal grant. ENMU received $30,000 of the money […]

Death row rare, lengthy

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection to the March 3, 2005, deaths […]

City fines Abengoa

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Abengoa Bioenergy got no extra time to comply with new regulations for industrial waste water treatment customers, but they could have fines forgiven if they are in compliance by Oct. 15. Portales city councilors voted Tuesday at their regular meeting to find Abengoa in non-compliance of an ordinance passed […]

Officials want more space

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County commissioners discussed office space issues at the Department of Public Health and the county administrator’s office during their regular meeting Tuesday. Public Health Nurse Carol Morgan gave commissioners an update of her office’s activities and said high on her priority list is additional room in the office. The office is […]

Housing unit estimates too pricey for councilors’ comfort

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors are concerned pricing estimates for putting together an affordable workforce housing project may not be affordable enough. Councilors met in a special meeting Tuesday morning to revisit the project, which has been under study for several months by UniDev of Bethesda, Md. on the city’s behalf. […]

June 20, 1980

• Twenty-two members of the Portales High School DECA Club departed Portales for Miami, Florida to attend the National Convention. • Britt’s 4 Tables Steakhouse advertised one full pound of crab legs for $9.50 and jumbo shrimp and a five ounce filet mignon for $6.50 • Eastern New Mexico University student Terry Leatherwood continued to lead […]

Forgetting Paris harder than expected

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been on a mission lately, and I’m sad to say I’ve been failing. On my desk is a copy of the 1987 classic, “Throw Momma From the Train,” starring Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal. I look forward to any awards ceremony, or pretty much any movie with Crystal involved. […]

Forced giving tyrannical use of power

Editorial “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Who could deny such words? Who among us would want our money taken from us and used to aid political groups and to advance political ideas that we find offensive and […]