City employee reports park tables vandalized

PNT staff report Someone vandalized three picnic tables at Lindsey Park over the weekend, a City of Portales Parks Department employee said. Groundskeeper Tony Flores, who also lives near the park, said the wooden tables were missing boards when he and his co-workers arrived to clean the park 8 a.m. Monday. The boards had been […]

Baby boom

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By Marlena Hartz Snuggled inside the hospital is a place that brings babies, such as tiny Jensen Cross, into the world. Less than 24 hours old, Jensen almost disappeared Friday beneath a blanket in the arms of his mother, Kristin Cross. Of her three boys, Jensen is the second Cross has delivered at the Plains […]

Not just his cross to bear

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By Marlena Hartz They set forth where the town begins and inch along U.S. 84, past vast fields of farmland, through the center of town, across the railroad tracks and into the heart of their church. Their pace is set at the head of the line, where pilgrims share the burden of three oak crucifixes. […]

Local residents march for immigrant rights

Tony Parra More than 250 people were part of a peaceful march through the streets of Portales on Monday in support of rights for illegal immigrants. The march, which started shortly after 4 p.m. in the downtown area and went to Eastern New Mexico University and back, was comprised of people of all ages. “We […]

Police on lookout for scams

By Leslie Radford An alleged scam artist is behind bars and Clovis police are looking for her husband, whom they describe as an accomplice. Police said Cynthia Flores of Clovis was arrested on Friday afternoon. She is being held on $25,500-cash only bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center and faces forgery and fraud […]

Feb. 6 Elida School News

By Michelle Chambers The Elida Elementary School St.Valentine’s Day parties will be held Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Students will be exchanging valentines and enjoying the candy and party snacks contributed by parents for the occasion. Students enter essay contest The fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade English classes are employing the writing and proofreading skills they […]

Zias have big task ahead

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By Dave Wagner Armando Quiroz has a big task at hand. Hired last week as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball coach, Quiroz inherited a team put together by Kevin Blaskowski before he took the head coaching job in December at rival West Texas A&M, which will begin competition next year. Four years removed from a […]

CCC acquitted in lawsuit

By Mike Linn A Roosevelt County jury has acquitted Clovis Community College of allegations of discrimination filed against the college by a former administrator. Laura Jane Flores, a former Portales resident and former dean of instruction at CCC, filed a lawsuit against the college and CCC President Beverlee McClure claiming she was fired in March […]

Lady Rams take third place in Dexter

Freedom Newspapers After getting blanked Friday, the Lady Ram softball team made up for it on Saturday. Portales took third place in the Dexter Tournament, blowing out Eunice 21-3 Saturday in five innings. The Lady Rams (4-3) led 6-0 after two innings, and put the game on ice with a seven-run fifth. Portales coach Robbie […]

Toy stores know what’s on kids’ wish lists

Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really popular […]

Forfeit doesn’t stop Wildcats from season finale

By Kevin Wilson Prior to Thursday’s final City League softball game, the Wildcats pulled a steal of a trade. The new players? Ashley Flores, Hailey Quick and Caron Johnson — all from the Pros. The price? Nothing. The reason? There was a game to play, and the Wildcats didn’t want to end their season by […]