Panic attacks, anxiety not uncommon

By 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 […]

Imprisonment without charges unconstitutional

Editorial A ruling Monday that President Bush does not have the constitutional authority to detain a legal U.S. resident indefinitely without charges in a Navy brig in South Carolina was narrowly crafted to the facts of the case and studiously avoided discussing prisoners held in similar circumstances at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But the ruling […]

June 17, 1980

• Bronco Billy, starring Clint Eastwood and Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta, were both showing at the Tower Twin. • In junior league girls softball, the Blue Jays defeated the Bobcats 21- 9 at Morrison Field. • A 19 ounce package of Oreo cookies was on sale at Gibson’s Discount Center for 99 cents.

North All-Stars prevail

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By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Make it three-in-a-row for the North in your scoresheets for the annual North/South All-Star Softball Series. Behind the pitching of St. Pius’ Karisa Medrano and Sandia’s Maddie Machac, the North swept the South in a Friday night doubleheader in Clovis. The final meeting of the third-game series is at 10 […]

The text generation

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By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s because it saves minutes or because kids say it’s easier to express themselves, text messaging is the latest communication phenomenon gripping today’s teenagers. “Kids don’t communicate verbally any more,” said Dana Wright, whose 16-year-old son is entering his junior year at Muleshoe High. “He spends more time […]

Year’s pioneer named

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers T.Z. Duncan, who came to Roosevelt County in 1936, was named Pioneer of the Year during a reception held Friday evening at the Memorial Building in Portales. Local musician Chris Harrell kicked off the festivities with a medley of songs that celebrated the pioneer spirit of nominees Duncan and Irene […]

Calendar for week of June 16-22

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 […]

Superintendent says hiring on schedule

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler told the school board at its regular meeting Thursday that hiring of staff was on schedule and looking good overall. He announced that Mark McAfee has been named athletic director and coaches for the new high school soccer program had been hired and […]

Smoking ban starts

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The era of smoking in public places has come to an end as The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect today. The law has been designed to eliminate smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces that include restaurants, bars and other workplaces such as retail and office spaces and […]

Guilty: Convicted on all eight charges

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A 43-year-old Portales man will face the death penalty in connection with the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. An Albuquerque jury found Stanley Bedford guilty Thursday on eight charges, including first-degree murder and kidnapping. Jurors will return June 21 to decide whether Bedford should be executed for the […]

Jury to decide between prison, death penalty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The same jury that on Thursday convicted Stanley Bedford of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple will decide in a second, separate trial whether he should be executed as punishment. After the verdict was read, Judge Stephen Quinn immediately sentenced Bedford, 43, of Portales to 120 years […]

June 15, 1975

• Portales couple Andrew and Connie Sisneros and their 12 year-old son Andrew Jr, recorded an album of Spiritual Music with the St. Helen’s guitar choir. • Portales High School Future Farmers of America members Max Kennedy and Danny Rowland attended an electric camp sponsored by Southwestern Public Service. The camp was held on the […]

Father’s Day prompts letters of love

By Joan Clayton: Columnist With Father’s Day this Sunday, I thought I would share a letter my husband sent to our sons several years ago, and one son’s response. Dear Son, It seems only yesterday I cuddled you in my arms. What tiny bundles of love … when I held you for the first time, […]

Work hard to leave behind

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I don’t get a real vacation this summer because I don’t have a real job … yet. But when I did have one, I remember how hard it was to get away from work completely. I always remember what it was like going back to work on Monday morning, in […]

Hussein not entire basis for decision leading to war in Iraq

Editorial Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distinguished and polished, as advertised, and generally in command of the issues he discusses. But his views are still troubling on the most important decisions a president has to make, those concerning war and peace. During the most recent Republican candidates’ forum in New Hampshire, Romney made the […]

PHS softball duo ready for North/South

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer In the past eight years, the Lady Ram softball team has placed only one player on the New Mexico South All-Star team. This weekend in Clovis, two Portales girls will be representing the South. Portales High School graduates Sasha Parker and Amanda Terry were selected following a successful run […]

Duncan receives Pioneer of the Year nomination

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Since Thanksgiving Day 1936, T.Z. Duncan has called Roosevelt County home. Duncan and his wife moved to the area after marrying in 1935 and began a lifelong career on the farm. For 34 years, the couple was involved in the dairy business. They started out milking by hand and […]

Bedford jury remains out

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will enter its third day of deliberation today in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales. Bedford, 43, faces eight charges, including two counts of murder and kidnapping in connection to the March 3, 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The couple […]

Armed robber strikes store

PNT Staff Report Portales Police were seeking an arrest warrant Wednesday night for a man they believed robbed Video World, 505 W. 18th St., Tuesday night, and possibly another video store last week. Police served search warrants at a home on West 17th Lane on Wednesday and recovered items they believe were used in Tuesday’s […]

Former Melrose police chief acquitted of animal cruelty charge

Freedom Newspapers A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty. Michael Trammell, 37, resigned as police chief in October after he was charged with seven counts of animal cruelty. “He’s pleased to put the matter behind him,” Trammell’s attorney, Tye Harmon said. Harmon said his […]