Olympic athletes live up to hype

Freedom New Mexico Every couple of years leading up to the Olympics, NBC cranks up the hype machine and inundates us with imagery and stories of athletes it deems are either talented enough or telegenic enough — and in some cases, both — to serve as bait to lure passive sports fans to tune in […]

Texas tour full of memories, friends

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I made the trip to Texas this fall and was able to revisit a couple of monumental memories, just to see if they were real. When I was going to veterinary school in Colorado I worked summers in the feedlots managed by Diamond A Cattle Co. The second year I […]

Business feature: Video game store provides safe environment for teens

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PNT staff Kayce Whitacre and her son opened a new business that caters to gamers and collectors alike. The Echo Chamber has been operating for a couple months, located in the shadow of the Portales Fire Department. Whitacre’s son, Andy Anderson, and his wife, Samantha, are volunteering to help her. The store offers used video […]

Dec. 13 Weddings

Sandra Pool of Portales and Justin Donaldson of Odessa, Texas were joined in marriage Oct. 11, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nev. The bride is the daughter of Munci Conners of Portales and Paul Sundre of Galveston, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Pete and Amelia Trujillo of Portales and Orlo and Beth Sundre of Lubbock, […]

Operation Santa Cop toy drive in full swing

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer An electric toy guitar … a couple of Barbie dolls … Play Dough. That and more came out of black trash bags as Portales Police Department staff unloaded Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive donations from the Portales High School National Honor Society. The group presented officers […]

Portales couple offer international students support

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales couple has gotten a taste of other cultures without leaving home while making people from other cultures feel at home. For about 20 years, Martha and Charlie Crane have reached out to Eastern New Mexico University students and their families. The Cranes have taken the students on […]

Business Feature: Business venture joint effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer C.B. Eddins and his wife Norma Griffin work together selling Avon products for little extra Christmas money for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eddins and Griffin met at the Portales Senior Center and have been married for three years. The retired couple has been working with Avon for a […]

Couple indicted on child abuse charges

PNT staff A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both adults […]

Portales couple indicted on child abuse charge

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both […]

Portales couple charged child abuse

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral […]