Committee hears authority’s case

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers After waiting more than four hours for a state committee to hear its case, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority needed about 30 minutes to get a supportive response. Authority members made a short presentation during Monday’s session of the state Legislature’s water and natural resources committee meeting at […]

Board sets meeting to discuss AYP results

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal School Board agreed to become proactive with information regarding AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) reports by holding a special board meeting just to present and discuss the report this year. At its regular meeting Monday the board approved the recommendation by Superintendent Randy Fowler to hold the […]

Clovis teen arrested in shooting case

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A tip from a citizen led to the arrest of a Clovis teen who police say shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend Thursday, police said. Albert Ramirez, 18, was arrested without incident at 713 W. 13th St. around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a press release from Clovis police said. He […]

Police investigate altercation in park

PNT Staff Report Portales Police Department officers responded to a call of shots fired near Lindsey Park at 4 a.m. Sunday and found two victims suffering from injuries received in a beating. According to Lonnie Berry of the PPD, the victims, one male and one female, were transported by ambulance to Roosevelt General Hospital. The […]

Portales Sun Devils headed for Nationals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A dozen 10-and-under girls softball players were brought together earlier this summer to extend their softball season and to have some fun along the way. Now, after winning the 10-and-under state tournament in Clovis last week, this group of girls are headed to the National Softball Tournament in Lubbock, […]

American routs Roosevelt County

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Clovis American offense woke up in the third inning and started a 17-run tear that lasted into the fifth inning to beat Roosevelt County in the second round of the 13- and 14-year-old juniors tournament 17-7 Saturday night at Ram Field. “We’ve been working on hitting a lot […]

Cordova bats Zia past Roosevelt County

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Leave it to the girl on the team to save the day. Trailing 4-3 and down to its final out, Zia’s Niki Cordova blasted a first-pitch, three-run double to the center field fence in the top of the sixth to lift the Clovis squad past Roosevelt County 6-4 […]

Rams help South prevail

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LAS VEGAS, N.M. — It was an offensive standstill or a defensive slugfest, depending on the point of view, but for the South, the result was just fine. The South earned a 7-6 victory in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 3A all-star game, claiming its fifth triumph […]

Groups offer support, share experiences

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on methamphetamine, a manmade chemical, and its growing impact on local communities. At the southeast corner of Portales Cemetery is a granite headstone with a letter titled, “My Sad Story,” embedded on the surface for visitors and passers-by to read. […]

Documentary to focus on hope

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Cancer survivor Kevin Gardels is working to turn his experience with cancer into one that will help others struggling with the disease. “It changes your outlook if you have some kind of hope and empathy,” Gardels said. Gardels, who is pursuing a masters degree in religion at Eastern New […]

Calendar for week of July 14-20

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 […]

Reunion chance to relive times past

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s been 30 years and plans have been laid for the Class of 1977 to reassemble for a party and portrait. We’ve been away long enough now that even the classmates too busy or intimidated to come to the last two reunions are curious to see what others are […]

Finding identity can be difficult process

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin M. was recently divorced. During a family gathering, she shared with my sister and me how difficult it was to start a new life as a single woman after having been married for many years. M. joked that her couch cushions permanently show her body imprint because, since getting […]

Invasion of Iraq large mistake

Editorial A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland Security Secretary […]

PHS’ Gomez honored during North-South tilts

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — When the Class 3A North-South all-star basketball games took place Friday night, five recent Portales seniors were there to represent the South squad. It seemed only right that Brenda Gomez, who coached them throughout their high school careers, was also honored. Prior to the girls contest, […]

Small towns, big problem

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, which is said to be mostly a “small-town America problem,” is being attributed locally as a reason for increased crime and calls […]

Holly bandmate is back

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Tommy Allsup’s hands slid up and down the fret board of his guitar with a fluid grace, his fingers plucking at the strings. A smile played across his face as if he knew a secret. Matching the acoustic notes of Allsup’s guitar, Scott Porter’s raw voice filled the room, singing […]

Roosevelt defeats Zia in semifinal

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PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County overcame a two-run deficit and home run taken away on appeal Thursday to defeat Clovis Zia 5-3 in the 11- and 12-year-old semifinal of the District 3 Little League tournament. The two teams battle again at 7 p.m. Saturday on Zia’s home field. “It took ‘em awhile to get pumped […]

Storm skips around county

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales received a drenching afternoon rain that left streets running full Thursday while farmers in the outlying communities reported little or no rain. The measurement at the National Weather Service reporting station at KENW-TV showed .60 inches at 5:30 p.m. Other reports in Portales ranged up to .75 inches […]

Sharing superstitions

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Made famous by movies, dreaded by the superstitious, passing unnoticed by others, Friday the 13th only comes around a few times a year. The Portales News-Tribune asked residents if they had any stories or superstitions to share. Destini Trujillo, a pre-med student who works at Roosevelt General Hospital, had […]