Tucumcari ‘icon’ dies at 91

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Former Tucumcari Mayor Mary Mayfield called her “an icon.” Others knew her as “Mrs. Tucumcari.” Margaret “Bettie” Ditto, a Tucumcari leader and city promoter for six decades, died on Saturday at age 91. The cause of death was not immediately known, but friends said her health had been failing […]

Hounds drop Southeastern OK

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico It’s not supposed to be this easy, and on most nights it won’t happen that way. Still, for one afternoon, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team could do virtually no wrong. The Greyhounds shot 62 percent from the floor, including 16-of-25 from 3-point range, and put five […]

Zias calm Savage Storm

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico A switch from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone worked wonders Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Southeastern Oklahoma struggled to find any outside shooting, and the Savage Storm went the final 8 1/2 minutes of the half without a point as ENMU notched a 67-55 […]

Campaign season

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor People say they don’t like them. New research may bear that idea out, but most people agree that negative campaign advertising works. “There’s an interesting distinction between what candidates call a contrasting issues ad and a negative ad,” said Sue Strickler, professor of political science at Eastern New Mexico […]

1-6-08 Local Briefs

Christian counseling available New Testament Baptist Church is sponsoring volunteer licensed mental health counselor Fran ‘Cisco” Muldez for Christian counseling sessions at the church, 901 E. Second St. in Portales. Cost is a $25 tax deductible donation to NTBC. For an appointment call 760-3276. Cannon airman found dead An airman assigned to Cannon Air Force […]

1-6-08 Public Record

The following people applied for marriage licenses: Elias Beltran-Rascon, 24, of Los Robles Chih., Mexico, and Delia Olivas, 18, of Portales. No dispositions were filed recently in the Roosevelt County District Court. The following dispositions were filed in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court recently. According to the documents: • Hector Martinez, 51, pleaded guilty to the […]

Candidates have yet to touch on several topics

This is the first time since 1928 there has been no incumbent president or vice president running in either party’s primaries. That has made for a fairly wide-open race, with no clear favorite — or at least with all the reputed favorites having to weather serious doubts and challenges. Several candidates took a flyer on […]

1-6-08 Letters to the Editor

Acceptance, care would help city grow As a new year begins, many of us begin to think of new possibilities. I have been pondering a “What if…” that I would like to share. What If Portales took a daring stance and declared itself a sanctuary city for immigrants? And what if those immigrants were invited […]

Friendly adventures should be treasured

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Scanning through the classified section the other day, a curious ad from an obviously down-on-his-luck dairyman caught my eye. The ad read: Will sell Jersey or Holstein dairy cows, one to 100 head. Contact Travis Gossett. Reason for sale, going fishing. OK, the ad was in the Jan. 9, […]

Couple returns adopted daughter after seven years

By Anita Doberman Hard to believe, but a Dutch couple returned their adopted Korean daughter after seven years. The parents had adopted the little girl from South Korea when she was four months old. Reports of how the situation unfolded were contradictory, but it appears that the girl was given over to the care of […]

Alcohol choice heading to Clovis ballot

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A local group’s petition will allow Clovis voters to decide in the March 4 municipal election if they want alcohol sales on Sundays in Clovis restaurants. While some city officials think Sunday alcohol sales would be good for the city, others say they will leave it to the voters […]

Street stories

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Streets are the veins of a city. They run throughout the city, dictating where and how the city’s traffic will flow. Though the names of Clovis and Portales’ streets are decided by the contractors who divide up a subdivision, the people who made these cities what they are have […]

Rice nice source of energy

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on “boil-in-a-bag” rice, machine embroidery, and teenage dating violence will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Gloria Kohnen, Riviana Foods, Inc. in Houston, will demonstrate how to use the original “boil-in-a-bag” rice to prepare some delicious recipes. Since rice is […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Anniversary

Lyndon and Nelma Stephens of Portales celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 4, 2008 at their home. The celebration was hosted by their children, Martha Whitesides, Harold Stephens and Laura Reid. The couple was married Jan. 4, 1948, in Elida. They have five children and five grandchildren. He is a retired farmer. She is a […]

Dec. 6, 2008 School News

School resumes The staff of Dora Schools will be at the Becky Sharpe Auditorium at ENMU on Monday for an in-service day. Students will return to Dora Schools Tuesday to begin the 2007-08 spring semester. Report cards will be passed out Thursday. Friday is a school day. Basketball The Dora Coyotes and Lady Coyotes will […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available from the Portales Public Library: The Everything Parent’s Guide to Childhood Illnesses By Leslie Young, MD This new book by a recognized M.D. with his own pediatric office debunks myths and offers you a trusted reference for recognizing and troubleshooting common childhood illnesses. This helpful guide covers newborns to adolescents […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Honors

Roberts/Cox Three Roosevelt County 4-H members were among those honored statewide by New Mexico 4-H for earning letters in home economics and creative arts. Jalayna Roberts received a platinum letter for 2007 in November recognizing her as among the top two in the state. She also received a silver letter for her age group. Jasi […]

Jan 6. 2008 Community Calendar

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. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 11 a.m. […]

Police catch burglar in local business

Karl Terry Portales Police Department officers nabbed a suspected burglar inside a Portales business early Friday. According to a PPD press release, officers were called to the Hudson CPA office at 712 W. First Street about 12:20 a.m. Friday after neighbors called saying they heard glass breaking and loud voices in the area. Finding a […]

Portales Past

Jan. 4, 1961 • The Portales City Council officially adopted the State of New Mexico traffic code as the official code for the city. • Farmers were preparing to meet with a commodity expert from the New Mexico Farm Bureau to investigate growing sugar beets in the area. The Cuban crisis was cutting off traditional […]