AYSO introduces sport of soccer to youth

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Each week, hundreds of Roosevelt and Curry County children burn off energy and learn life-long lessons as they run up and down area soccer fields in the American Youth Soccer Organization. According to AYSO regional commissioner Jolene Nauman, approximately 350 children from 4 to 13 play on about 50 […]

Greyhound football game to be webcast

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s Lone Star Conference South Division football opener at Abilene Christian on Saturday is scheduled to be webcast on the CSTV/Division II website. The Greyhounds are off to a 4-0 start while the Wildcats, preseason South Division favorites, are ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division II and stand 3-1. This […]

Shooting trial jury seated

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor A jury was seated at the close of the day Tuesday in the first-degree murder case of two Clovis men accused in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in 2005. “It’s been a long two days, ladies and gentlemen, but we finally got there,” 9th Judicial District Judge […]

Portales seeks public’s input on downtown

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Friday evening marks the kickoff for the Portales Downtown Plan that will include a public forum for the improvement of the downtown area. The city received a $55,000 livability grant to develop a safer and more accessible downtown area, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said. “We’re pretty excited,” Lee […]

Aucutt’s Paint Store opens in Portales

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer In business since 1939, Aucutt’s Paint Store recently opened a second location in Portales. The grand opening of the store at 604 East Second was Tuesday afternoon. The family decided that the Portales area needed a specialty paint store and purchased the property that formerly housed My Little Red […]

Think it’s racism? Do some research

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few weeks ago, we at Freedom New Mexico were afforded the opportunity to speak with Clovis native Jerry Large, who now works as a columnist for the Seattle Times. Large spoke with us about journalism and his history in it, and it sounded like we could be the […]

Organization’s unionization will lead to problems

Much of what most Americans know about Washington’s wasteful ways, they know because of the Government Accountability Office (formerly the General Accounting Office), an apolitical arm of Congress that audits and investigates federal agencies and activities. But whether GAO will remain the credible, nimble, relatively objective and independent watchdog it’s been, or become just another […]

Gas leak cause of courthouse evacuation

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Courthouse was evacuated late Tuesday morning while a gas leak was being investigated, according to County Manager Charlene Hardin. The evacuation cleared the district courtroom where jury selection was in progress for the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, of Clovis. The two are […]

Stingy Midwestern defense shuts down Hounds

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo knew his squad was up against it against No. 13 Midwestern State on Sunday. The Mustangs got a disputed goal early in the match, then scored off a corner kick just before halftime and went on to a 5-0 Southwest Soccer Conference […]

October 7, 1989

• During the Daybreak Optimist Club’s 1988-89 awards banquet, three new officers were installed. They were Ed Hitson; president, Jimmy Shearer; vice-president, and Ray Cavett; secretary/treasurer. • Trader Horn’s True Value advertised a Crossley portable electric heater for $19.88. • Missionary Carol High Bett was scheduled to speak on her experiences at the Portales Church […]

October 5, 1989

• Activities for Eastern New Mexico University’s homecoming kicked off with a production of the Neil Simon play, Broadway Bound at the University Theater. • “Sports Look” a featured show on KENW-TV Channel 3, featured Eastern New Mexico Greyhound coach Don Carthel and junior free safety Anthony Pertile. During the show, they reviewed footage from […]

October 4, 1989

• Actor Ronny Cox, former Portales resident, returned home to visit his family. • During the Portales City Council meeting, Roosevelt County rancher P.F. Turner collapsed. Turner, who has a known history of heart problems, was not breathing and had no pulse. Former Portales EMT and PNT managing editor Scot Stinnett performed mouth to mouth […]

October 3, 1989

• Staff and clients from the Eastern New Mexico Rehabilitative Services for the Handicapped dribbled basketballs from Clovis to Portales to raise money. The second annual walk raised the group $400 which would be used to fund a trip to Phoenix, AZ to watch the a Phoenix Suns basketball game. • The Seeking Excellence in […]

October 2, 1988

• Eastern New Mexico University announced that enrollment for the 1988 Fall semester was at 3,688. • Ten young women from the area were vying for the title of Miss Portales. The Miss Portales pageant was scheduled to take place in the Portales High School Auditorium. • A four bedroom one bath house with 15 acres, […]

September 30, 1988

•Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a new bachelor of science nursing degree during there regular meeting. • Absentee voting for the November General Election began in the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office. • Eastern New Mexico University Friends of Eastern Foundation announced that they would be presenting the 1988 Distinguished Emeritus Faculty award to […]

September 28, 1988

• Construction began on the new Midway Dance Hall, located seven miles east of Portales on US 70. • Retired school teacher Frank Burke was busy shoveling garbage from underneath the railroad crossing on North Main Street. Burke, who was tired of getting no response from either the city or the county on the situation, […]

September 27, 1988

• Retiring Eastern New Mexico president Dr. Robert Matheny was honored for his support of the Fine Arts during the annual POPS Dinner Concert held in the Campus Union Building. • For the third consecutive year, the Eastern New Mexico University Women’s rodeo team won the team title during there annual rodeo held at the […]

September 26, 1989

• Both the Eastern New Mexico Women’s and men’s rodeo teams took third place honors during the annual intercollegiate rodeo held at the Lewis Cooper Arena. • Miss New Mexico Angela De Los Santos returned home to Portales from Atlantic City were she had spent the past two weeks participating in the Miss America pageant. […]

School officials struggle to understand complexities of AYP

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) has schools all over New Mexico scrambling to come up with answers for how to pass the state standards mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Area school officials got a chance to learn more about AYP at the fall meeting of the […]

Friends, family remember former mayor

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor The first word out of anyone’s mouth when they remember former Portales mayor and businessman James “Jimmy” Kiker is honest. Kiker died earlier this month at the age of 96. “I think most folks will remember him as an honest man,” said Kiker’s daughter, Phyllis Davidson of Clovis. “I […]