Portales fire chief to retire in spring

Mike Linn A few weeks before his first day as the Portales fire chief Steve Beaty dropped in at the fire station hoping his future employees could provide him directions around town. But instead of introducing himself as the new boss-to-be, Beaty just asked for the directions and “listened.” What he heard then makes him […]

Public defender likes having an impact on people

Monica Casias, 26, was recently hired as an assistant public defender with the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office. Question: When were you officially hired as an attorney with the public defender’s office, and when did you start work here? Answer: I began working in this office on Sept. 17 as a law clerk for […]

Friends of Eastern pay tribute to alumni, Gov. Richardson

Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming festivities began with the 28th Annual Friends of Eastern Foundation Breakfast honoring Gov. Bill Richardson and four ENMU alumni at the Campus Union Ballroom on Saturday. ENMU presented Judge Robert C. Brack with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Brack graduated from ENMU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree […]

Area schools, banks observe Columbus Day

PNT Staff Area schools will recognize Columbus Day by canceling classes on Monday, while City Hall, the public library and the Roosevelt County Courthouse will remain open. Along with schools, local banks and the post office will also be closed. Officials at City Hall said there is no Columbus Day memorial or ceremony planned. Columbus […]

School spirit shines

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Tony Parra The sirens on the police cars and fire trucks sounded off and the bright red and blue lights signaled the beginning of the 2003 Eastern New Mexico University homecoming parade Saturday morning. Parents, children and residents gathered on the sides of First Street in the downtown area in anticipation of the parade. Portales […]

Singer/songwriter inspires youth with music, words

Helena Rodriguez It took Jana Stanfield until the age of 33 to make the move to Nashville and do music full time. Today, the successful singer and songwriter, a native of Clovis and alumni of Eastern New Mexico University, considers herself privileged to make a living doing what she loves and has made time the […]

Portales National Bank accused of dirty business

A Portales bank and a Clovis couple are battling over whether the bank took advantage of an elderly couple in loans on their Portales-area ranch. The fight began when Portales National Bank filed for foreclosure on Abe and Maurene Ribble’s 5,000-acre ranch in July 1999, saying the couple owed the bank more than $168,000. The […]

Area teen to perform at celebration in Clovis

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Helena Rodriguez When Lucero Davalos walked away from a truck rollover near Floyd last September without a broken bone, she told Jesus to do with her life as he wanted. From there, the 17-year-old said things just seemed to fall in place when she began taking a more active role with her father Abraham’s Spanish […]

City prepares for emergencies

Tony Parra Emergency alert sirens and spreading the news via media outlets are two top priorities for local officials if a tornado swept through the Portales vicinity. Planning for a tornado, flood or any other emergencies situations were topics of discussion at an emergency planning meeting on Thursday at the Portales city hall. At the […]

ENMU to honor alumni, governor

MIke Linn In his heyday, Jimmy Joe Robinson was a consummate coach on the hardwood, a strategist of the local high school basketball circuit. A coaching record of 528-213 and four state championships lends support to his ability to inspire teams in gymnasiums laced with the aroma of sweat and popcorn. Now retired, the Eastern […]