Portales girls start Lubbock tourney with two wins

PNT Staff Report The Portales Sun Devils 10-and-under girls fast-pitch softball team won their first two games in pool play at the Regional softball tournament in Lubbock and earned a bye in the first round of bracket play. The Sun Devils beat the Hobbs Rangers 16-3 late Friday night in the first game of pool […]

Program gives kids head start

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Every July, a sometimes empty schoolhouse on Sheldon Street in Clovis becomes busy as children from South Texas and surrounding areas migrate here with their families and attend preschool while their parents harvest crops. The Texas Migrant Council (TMC) Head Start offers a unique and fast-paced preschool program from July […]

Competition of olympic proportion

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Twelve Roosevelt County residents will be traveling to Las Cruces on Tuesday to participate in the Summer State Senior Olympics. For a fee of $45 each, Roosevelt County residents aged 55 and older were eligible to participate in the local games that were held in April. Over a period […]

Floyd plans community, school reunion

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Committee members are preparing to host the 10th quinquennial Floyd School and Community Reunion that will be held on Saturday. According to committee member Jackie Clark, the reunion started in 1962 and is held every five years. The reunion will be held on the grounds of the Floyd Municipal […]

City government must allow freedom

By Steven Greenhut: Guest Columnist Most Americans have the naïve notion that their local city officials busy themselves fixing potholes, providing police and fire services, dealing with the occasional code violation and quietly running the parks and recreation service. But those who run city government have their own prerogatives and ideologies. Their priorities aren’t happenstance, […]

Friendship shouldn’t be founded on rank

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I recently went to a dinner party organized by a military spouses club. The food was very good and the evening was pleasant, until someone sitting at my table started talking about how we should separate enlisted wives and officers’ wives into two distinct clubs. “Why?” I asked, and the friendly […]

Conventional actions won’t always produce desired results

Editorial Any discussion of a threat estimate from the vaunted U.S. intelligence community must begin with an acknowledgment that U.S. intelligence often, perhaps more often than not, has gotten things wrong. Even before the failure to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11 and the “slam dunk” on Saddam’s supposed WMDs, U.S. intelligence missed several key […]

Summer stories

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Serious about the series Eastern New Mexico University sports information director Adam Pitterman attended the college softball World Series in Oklahoma City. “I actually contacted somebody at the NCAA before I went because I thought it would be a good experience for me,” Pitterman said. Pitterman watched the entire first round including the final game […]

ENMU sees less-than-rosy immediate future

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University administration and regents participated in a little crystal-ball gazing at Friday’s regular meeting and saw tougher times ahead for their budget. Officials from all three campuses presented their preliminary 2008-2009 budgets that have to be submitted to the state’s Higher Education Department. “We have no […]

Harboring suspect turns self in to police

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man sought by police for harboring a homicide suspect turned himself in to police around noon Friday, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Friday afternoon Ivan Vasquez was being booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Once booked, jail officials said he would be released on an appearance bond. The […]

Police seek three on robbery claims

Freedom Newspapers Police are seeking three men who allegedly robbed two men at gunpoint Thursday night, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, the victims reported they were approached by the suspects in the parking lot of Kelley’s Bar and Grill in Clovis. One of the men had a gun, one […]

Six inmates charged in alleged beating

Freedom Newspapers Curry County Sheriff’s deputies charged six inmates at the Curry County Detention center Wednesday in connection with the July 19 battery of another 41-year-old inmate, according to an incident report. The men are each charged with one misdemeanor count of battery, and $500 was added to their respective bonds, the report said. Michael […]

Clovis pizza location closed

Freedom Newspapers CiCi’s Pizza in Clovis is closed, according to company spokespeople. The Clovis franchisee chose to close the restaurant at 1913 N. Prince St. at the end of the day Wednesday, they said. “He continues to look in that whole area” for a new location, CiCi’s Pizza vice president of training Steve Hawter said. […]

ENMU players picked up for NBC tourney

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Playing for the Amarillo-based West Texas Outlaws in the wood-bat Red River League, Eastern New Mexico University baseball players Seth Clabaugh and Clayton Young will have their summer seasons extended. Both were picked up by the Oklahoma A’s, another league member featuring mostly players from fellow Lone Star Conference schools […]

Calendar week of July 28-Aug. 3

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 […]

Zia coaching icon enjoys retirement

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After five years of retirement, the most successful coach in Zia basketball history still feels the competitive fires within, but now the inferno burns on the golf course instead of the basketball court. Wayne Moore registered 327 wins in his 22 years coaching the Eastern New Mexico University Zias […]

Glider makes unexpected stop

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A young Dora girl got a scare Thursday when she looked up and saw what appeared to be a crashed plane in a field just off Main Street in Dora. It turned out to be a glider that had to make an unscheduled landing. Dispatchers received a report by […]

Woman earns independence

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BY Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Having autism has not stopped 29 year-old Portales resident Tabby Taylor from having a positive and upbeat outlook on life and she passes that on every day at her job. “I’ve done so good with my disability. I’m managing it real well,” Taylor said. Ever cheerful, Taylor holds down […]

Emergency room forced to close for shift

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room was closed and patients were diverted to Clovis for a time Tuesday night and Wednesday morning because the contract doctor was unable to work his shift. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said an ER doctor was unavailable for a single 12-hour shift and patients were […]

It’s their Job: Bill Rice

PNT staff Name: Bill Rice Job: Cardiac Rehab Director at Roosevelt General Hospital Time on the job: Five years, on board since before the hospital opened. Background: Started working as an orderly in 1978, has been a nurse since 1984. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. “My job is an interesting job. I get […]