Sept. 3, 2006 Birth

McGregor Audrey Morgan McGregor was born July 4, 2006, to Jason and Lori McGregor of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces. She has one brother, Avery, age 3. Grandparents are Doug and Brenda McGregor of Clovis and Steve and Linda Connelly of Portales. Great-grandparents are Vilola McGregor, […]

School board readies for superintendent selection

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales School Board members have moved on to the first steps of hiring a new superintendent of schools to replace the outgoing James Holloway, a task they hope to accomplish in the next two months. School board members held an executive session on Wednesday afternoon and met for more […]

School superintendent to take job in Santa Fe

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales schools superintendent James Holloway said he will resign at the end of the school year to take a position with the New Mexico Public Education Department in Santa Fe. Holloway will be finishing his eighth year as superintendent of schools in May. The only obstacle remaining with Holloway […]

Broad Horizons will move to PHS campus

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales School Board members approved the move of Broad Horizons Alternative School from it’s current location to the campus of the Portales High School. School board members approved the recommendation to move the alternative school to the campus of Portales high school made by James Holloway, superintendent of schools, […]

Superintendent outlines plan for alternative school

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By Tony Parra The only thing standing in the way of the Broad Horizons Educational Center moving to the Portales High School campus is the approval from the school board at Monday’s 7 p.m. board meeting. James Holloway, superintendent of Portales Schools, discussed his reasons for a move during a public hearing on Thursday for […]

Superintendent worries about budget gap

By Tony Parra The state budget approved Wednesday by the House would be “devastating” for Portales public schools if it’s approved by the Senate, Portales Superintendent James Holloway said on Thursday. Holloway said the $4.7 billion proposed budget includes $2.1 billion for public schools — but Portales’ share will fall more than $1 million below […]

Local swimmers fifth in league meet

PNT Staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales-based Eastern New Mexico Aquatics swim team finished fifth out of 13 teams in the Rio Grande League Championship Feb. 12-13 at Kirtland Air Force Base. ENMA’s Joel Holloway earned high-point honors in the 15-and-older age group and qualified for the USA Swimming zone championships in August in Salt Lake […]

School board postpones action on Broad Horizons

By Kevin Wilson After a heartfelt delivery by Broad Horizons students, parents and an employer of former Broad Horizons students, Portales school board members postponed action for one month on moving the alternative educational center. The school is currently located on 1034 Community Way, but Portales Municipal Schools does not hold a title to the […]

Jan. 30 Obituaries

Edgar L. Baker, 70 Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Portales Cemetery. Mr. Edgar L. Baker, 70, of Portales, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Aug. 27, 1934, in Portales, to Essie and Sidney A. Baker. He lived most of his life in Portales except for […]

Board extends Holloway’s contract

By Tony Parra Portales school board members on Monday evening approved to have James Holloway’s contract extended through June 30 of 2006. Holloway said he has been superintendent of schools since July 1, 1999. He said he served a two-year contract when he first took over as superintendent, but now is on one-year contracts. “I’m […]

Brown Elementary receives kindergarten funds

By Tony Parra A New Mexico legislative committee approved a $2.5 million boost for the construction additions to the Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, according to a press release on Tuesday. Rep. Jose Campos made the announcement on Tuesday in the form of a press release. The $2.5 million will go to create a […]

ENMA finishes fifth season of competition

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico Aquatics has completed its fifth year of competing in New Mexico USA Swimming competitions. The team prepared for the state meet by competing in several meets throughout the state and teams members woke up at 5:30 a.m. most mornings so they could be at practice on time. Eastern New Mexico […]

School board concerned over test scores

By Tony Parra The results of reading and math proficiency tests from the New Mexico state Public Education Department, which were released on Friday and in Sunday’s News-Tribune, were still on the minds of school board members during a school board meeting on Monday night. There were 158 Portales High School 11th graders tested and […]

Youth sentenced for vandalism

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney judge Ted Hartley sentenced a 14-year-old to a two-year commitment to the Children Youth and Families Department for his involvement in vandalism to buildings, including the Portales Junior High, Valencia and Steiner Elementaries in mid-May. The 14-year-old admitted to his involvement in burglary, larceny and vandalism, according to […]

Portales schools to receive Internet funds

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The federal government will pick up a portion of the tab for Portales schools’ Internet and telephone services again this year — and that could save the district tens of thousands of dollars. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., recently announced the potential award from the federal E-Rate program. The […]

Schools dealing with less money than expected

Staff and Wire Reports School districts across New Mexico say they are making do with less state money than expected this year by cutting positions and dipping into reserves, according to a survey conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. Those cost-cutting measures come during a year in which the state increased its draw from a state […]

Teacher reinstated by Portales High School

By Tony Parra A Portales High School teacher fired on May 6 was reinstated by Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway on Tuesday morning. The decision came 13 days after Kay Jilek presented her case to the school board at a meeting. She told the board she was not given a reason for her termination by […]

Principals shift throughout Portales school district

By Tony Parra When Portales children go to each of their schools in the fall, they’re going to see some changes, starting at the top with their principals. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said Principal Rick Segovia (who was the Steiner Elementary principal) will be the principal at Lindsey Middle School, Todd Morris (who was […]

School looks to cut energy bills

By Tony Parra Portales public officials are implementing an energy conservation program in hopes of saving thousands of dollars each year on energy costs. Portales school officials went into a four-year agreement with Energy Education, Inc. last week. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said the school district does not have to pay any money up […]

Two arrested in connection to vandalism

By Kevin Wilson Two juveniles were arrested Monday on vandalism charges related to last week’s damage at three local schools and three businesses. Two 13-year-olds were arrested upon tips received by the Portales Police Department. “I got a tip the morning of the criminal damage that gave us suspects,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. […]