South volleyball spikes North

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Two words can accurately describe the South’s performance in the Class 1A-2A All-Star Series — utter domination. Although the South only breezed through one game, it won for the 21st time in the 24 years of the series on Tuesday as Tularosa’s Sabrina Herrera put away 16 kills […]

Sun Devils take third at Lubbock tourney

PNT Staff Report After jumping out to a 2-0 start at a Lubbock 10-and-under girls softball tournament last weekend, the Portales Sun Devils finished the tournament 4-2 to take third place. “We did OK,” head coach Ben Rodriguez said. “We took third. Our girls wanted to go further but that’s an achievement for them. We […]

Zia volleyball picked last in LSC

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team was chosen for last place this season in the Lone Star Conference’s new 13-team, one-conference format. Voters in the preseason poll included LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus members of the media. West Texas A&M, which went 10-0 in the South Division […]

Hound soccer picked fourth SSC poll

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women, who made the Lone Star Conference soccer tournament for the first time last season, were chosen for sixth place in the league’s preseason poll released this week. In the five-team men’s Southwest Soccer Conference, ENMU was picked for fourth place. Polls were voted on by […]

Road woes

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A section of New Mexico Highway 206 between Portales and Dora is experiencing a significant deterioration of its pavement even though the highway was repaved less than a year ago. Residents, who regularly drive the road, say a section near Portales has become progressively worse over the spring and […]

Bovine TB outbreak funding OK’d

The Associated Press After pushing the Bush administration to release millions of dollars to address the latest cattle tuberc ulosis outbreak in eastern New Mexico, the state’s two U.S. senators announced Tuesday that federal officials will make $37 million available. The funding will be provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation and would allow the U.S. […]

Hospital working to address ER staffing problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital administrator James D’Agostino told hospital board members he is making a vigorous review of the hospital’s emergency room physician contract services after problems last week. D’Agostino said he made the decision to go on diversion (refer emergency room patients) to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis […]

AYP results to be discussed

PNT staff report Portales Municipal School District will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at the board room at the Administration Building to discuss the release of the Adequate Yearly Progress results, and answer questions about the reports that are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Superintendent Randy […]

Tax-free holiday begins Friday

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Parents of school-aged children and New Mexico shoppers in general will be able to take advantage of the third annual state-wide tax holiday this weekend. The tax holiday begins Friday and ends Sunday and nontaxable items include clothing, footwear costing $100 or less, school supplies costing $15 or less, […]

Kos criticism proving costly for Fox

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and […]

United States faces Turkish troubles

Editorial Most of the commentary surrounding the election in Turkey revolved around the fact that the Justice and Development Party (known as AK), a moderate Islamist party, achieved a solid victory. This in a country that was established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who expected to have an explicitly secular rather than a […]

Sievers set to restart boys and girls soccer

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Speaking out for the last year about the need for a Portales High School soccer program, Traci Sievers could not have imagined that she, herself, would be coaching not only the Lady Ram soccer team, but also the boys. Sievers was hired to coach the Portales girls soccer team […]

Greyhounds picked to finish dead last in LSC

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Suffice it to say there’s a big split between the top four and the bottom three in the Lone Star Conference South Division. Eastern New Mexico University is at the bottom of the bottom. The Greyhounds were picked seventh in the seven-team division in results of voting by league coaches, […]

Interim tag removed for fire chief

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer John Bridges has been appointed to the position of fire chief for the Portales Fire Department, according to Portales City Manager Debi Lee. “I’m just happy about it. John has served the Portales Fire Department well for the past many years,” Lee said. Bridges’ appointment as chief was effective […]

Parker decides to leave district judge post

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Joe Parker has resigned his position, effective today, citing an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Though it may seem like a sudden announcement, Parker said it was a very difficult decision that he and his wife talked and prayed about at length. “In reality my wife and I […]

Energy rates set to increase

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Energy company Xcel Energy is proposing a base-rate increase from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The electric and natural gas company is seeking an overall increase of 6.6 percent from all customer classes. Residential rates would increase by 7.3 percent a month for an average household that uses about […]

It’s Their Job: Amie Franz

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Name: Amie Franz Job: Administrative assistant/receptionist for the City of Portales Time on the job: April 2007 to present Background: Before moving to her current position, Franz worked as the administrative assistant for the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. “Answering the phone, directing people to the appropriate departments, […]

Man stabbed at cheese plant

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was stabbed Saturday at Southwest Cheese Plant by a 40-year-old man who delivered milk there, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said. Jeffrey Boatwright of Clovis was arrested at the scene, Murray said, and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $10,000 bond, […]

July 31, 2007 Local Briefs

Elida book heads to print in August Members of the Elida Centennial Book committee have announced that the book will be going to press at the end of August. The book is a compilation of the past 100 years of history for the Elida community. Currently more than 400 of the books have been sold, […]

Dora sends two to All-Star game

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The city of Dora will have its fingerprint all over the boys 1A-2A South All-Star basketball team when it faces the North 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pit in Albuquerque. Dora head coach Ty Thatcher will coach the South with two home-grown Coyotes, as seniors Ryan Craig and Casey […]