Deputy police chief on paid leave; department reviewing policies

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By David Stevens: Editor Portales’ deputy police chief is on paid administrative leave and the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to paperwork, Chief Jeff Gill said Thursday. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry is on paid leave until the district attorney’s office completes an investigation it started on Wednesday, Gill said. Berry, 53, long […]

Longtime county residents honored at Pioneer Days Festival

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Alisa Boswell Receiving Pioneers of the Year recognition at the annual Pioneer Days breakfast Thursday morning was both a surprise and an honor for Bill and Peggy Prater, according to Bill Prater. Prater, vice president for the Pioneer Board, said the board picks who is the Pioneer of the Year but when his name was […]

Press release: Longtime Greyhound skipper to step down after 20 years

PORTALES, N.M.— For the last 20 years and 455 wins, Phil Clabaugh has been the only man to step on the field as the head coach of the Eastern New Mexico University baseball program. Two seasons ago, he guided the squad to its first appearance in the Lone Star Conference championship. With 551 overall wins […]

Our people: Retiree keeps busy

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Longtime area educator G.C. Ross, 72, was inducted into Eastern New Mexico University’s Hall of Honor during homecoming celebrations Sept. 25. An alumnus of the university, Ross said he was “very honored. I was humbled to be included in such an august group.”

Longtime PHS coach Stockton inducted into Hall of Honors

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Freedom New Mexico Longtime Portales volleyball coach Brenda Stockton was one of three inductees into the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Honor this week. Stockton, former Mayfield, Moriarty and Estancia football coach Michael Draper and former Cimarron basketball coach Eloy Brazil were inducted on Thursday in Albuquerque. Stockton coached the Lady Rams […]

Longtime educator dedicated life to Portales schools

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Sharna Johnson Longtime Portales educator David Brooks made his mark with tough love and dedication to the school system, the community and his family, according to those who knew him. David Brooks, 75, died of cancer Sunday in Lubbock. “He basically dedicated his life to the Portales educational system,” said Brooks’ son, Davey Brooks. Davey […]

Catching up with a friend

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist A conversation between Don and longtime friend Louis Pattison. Pattison speaks: “Don, I contacted Hoyt Pattison and neither he nor I know what the colors of the Claud basketball team were. (Now this was in December 2006). “I’m not sure they had any color as I am unaware of their […]

Assistant superintendent tapped for dual role

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When longtime employee Trina Lujan retired recently, Portales Municipal Schools found the assets to fill her shoes already in the building. And, with budget cuts, the school system had ample motivation to replace Lujan with someone already on staff. Lujan, a 36-year employee was the schools’ director of Federal […]

Local volunteer wins top chamber award

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer received the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s top award for the year, and a local family won recognition for improving property. Joyce Davis, who is active in many service projects, was named the 2009 Workhorse of the Year at the Chamber’s annual banquet […]