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 […]

It’s their job: LaWanda Wortham

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: LaWanda Wortham Job: Librarian at Brown Early Childhood Center Time on the job: 11 years Background: Wortham was a stay-at-home mom, volunteered at the library, attended Clovis Community College, and did substitute teaching. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Ordering, processing and placing books on shelves. I […]

Tatum named judge in 9th Judicial District

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Drew Tatum of Clovis to fill a vacant seat in the 9th Judicial District. Tatum, whose principal office will be in Portales, replaces Judge Joe Parker, who resigned from the position for health reasons on July 31. There are five district judges in the […]

Jury selection continues in Clovis trial

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jury selection began Monday in the case of two Clovis men charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy while he slept. “We are still in the process of jury selection,” 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said by phone late Monday. Chandler said 52 jurors […]

Zias beat West Texas A&M for first time

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Freshman forward Hannah Dozier had a goal and an assist on Sunday as the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team edged West Texas A&M 2-1 at the ENMU pitch, the first win for the Zias over WT in the program’s history. It was the Lone Star Conference opener for both […]

Rodeo a family affair

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Rodeo is a family affair for Lovington native and current Zia Raelyn Gardner. Both of Raelyn’s parents participated in the sport, and both did so at Eastern New Mexico University. During her time at ENMU, Raelyn’s mom attended the College National Finals twice, and her dad also made the event. […]

Retailers: Base means business

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, […]

Good help hard to find for many reasons

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico There may be different theories on why good help is hard to find. However, there is one thing experts seem to agree on — low unemployment in the region makes it harder. As of July, unemployment in Curry and Roosevelt Counties was just over 3 percent. Of those who […]

Trial set to start Monday in Portales

Freedom New Mexico Staff The first-degree murder trial of two men accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept in his Clovis home will begin Monday in Portales. Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, are scheduled to have a 10-day trial. Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. District Judge Pro Tem […]

Country full of hallowed ground

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hallowed ground, a place to reflect on the world, has always been a mountain stream or river for me. I can lose myself in my own thoughts and concentrate on the most important things in my life, God, family, career and health while wading in a trout stream. Recently […]

With or without education, military service highest goal

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist What is the purpose of an education? And more specifically, an elite education? I ask this question in light of an editorial written by a young college student attending Columbia University (my alma mater) and published in the Columbia Spectator, the college newspaper. I encourage you to read it at […]

Sept. 23, 2007 Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales police dispatchers during the past week. According to reports: Saturday • At 8:29 a.m., a caller reported items missing from a shed in the backyard of a residence in the 2000 block of West Beech. • At 8:10 p.m., a caller reported that someone was […]