Fire ban sparks heated debate

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Concerns about a proposed year-round fire ban have apparently been spreading like wildfire since Roosevelt County Commissioners tabled the measure two weeks ago. The ordinance was tabled again Tuesday after rural residents and local fire departments representatives grilled commissioners on the proposal during a public hearing that drew such […]

Prosecutors want testimony excluded

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Prosecutors asked a judge to exclude testimony of a defense psychiatric expert from the murder trial of Jimmy Bentley during a hearing Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court. District Attorney Matt Chandler gave the court several reasons for wanting Dr. Samuel Roll stricken as a witness, including outdated methods, […]

Portales girls finish third, boys fourth at Carlsbad meet

PNT Staff Report CARLSBAD — In a highly competitive meet, the Portales boys and girls had a productive day and qualified for state competition in several events. The boys finished fourth, and the girls third out of five teams in Carlsbad on Thursday. Portales girls coach Ruth Chavez said Kandace Bergsieker, who placed first in […]

Farmington man arraigned in Clovis slaying

The Associated Press CLOVIS — The fatal shooting of a black man at a motel parking lot in Clovis might have been racially motivated, a prosecutor says. The white man accused of the slaying is nicknamed “Lynching Lloyd,” District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Jimmy Bentley, 71, of Farmington, was arraigned Wednesday on an open count […]

Commissioners name Knudson temporary attorney

By Karl Terry Roosevelt County once again has a county attorney — at least temporarily. County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 to hire Portales attorney Randy Knudson as temporary attorney for the county and in the same motion ratified payments for his services they had already approved previously. At their Oct. 18 meeting commissioners discovered that […]

Community pays tribute to late educator

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By Tony Parra Members from the community watched as city and county officials dedicated an aristocrat pear tree in memory of Russell Knudson on Tuesday morning in the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn. The crowd gathered around the south part of the Roosevelt County Courthouse for the dedication of a tree, which is a cousin of […]

Knudson known as friend and educator

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Russell Knudson was a life-long educator and coach. His humorous and kind-hearted nature was infectious to those that knew him. Russell Knudson died on Oct. 11, 2004 at the age of 78. With his refreshing outlook on life, Wilma Knudson, Russell Knudson’s wife, said he was an optimistic person that […]

Oct. 12 Obituaries

Russell Knudson Jr., 78, of Portales, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at his home. He was born on May 15, 1926, in Blanket, Texas, to Russell and Thelma Knudson. He graduated from Farley High School in 1945. He was a bombardier for the U.S. Navy Air Corps and served in the Pacific theater. He returned […]

Rams suffer first district loss

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — It took just one night for the Portales Rams to drop from first to third in the District 4-3A standings. The Rams lost their first district game at Lovington Friday night 71-55, but Portales coach Mark Gallegos felt it was one of the team’s better efforts. “The game was a lot […]

Portales boys look to bounce back

Kevin Wilson It’s not the question of the century for the Ram basketball team. Rather, it’s the question of the half-century mark. Since winning its first two games, Portales has suffered a four-game losing streak. Every team that has beaten the Rams this season has scored at least 50, including Robertson in a 50-49 overtime […]