School board commends Lady Rams for state title

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales School District Board members and Randy Fowler, Portales superintendent, took their time during a school board meeting to congratulate the newly crowned 2005 Class 3A New Mexico State Volleyball champion Portales Lady Rams. Many of the girls were in attendance from the volleyball team which went 22-3 this […]

Charges dropped against Portales street preacher

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has dropped charges against a street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer dropped the charges on Oct. 19 in Portales Magistrate Court. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested the morning of April 17 for causing a disturbance to […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They come to life when you paint on their mouths, noses and eyes. You get a good feeling as the Santa comes to life in your hands,” Lee said. […]

Oct. 20 Obituaries

Twila Smith Services: 2 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Twila Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Billings, Mont., to Junie and Ora Johnson. She lived in Missouri until she was 8 years old, when her family moved […]

God looked out for Bettie Miller

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former school librarian has self-published a book of memories and poetry that captures the area’s history through her life story, from her days climbing trees and learning to drive, to a painful divorce and crippling stroke. At age 79, Bettie Gerber Miller – once considered the “poetry laureate” at […]

Schools plan to upgrade technology

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales school district representatives are looking forward to an upgrade of the school’s technology in the way of improved phone lines, improved connectivity and faster Internet downloads with the help of the Yucca Telecommunications’ recently announced fiber-optic project. Randy Fowler, Portales School District superintendent, and school board members discussed the […]

Trial date set for street preacher

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The trial of a Portales street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest has been set for Jan. 27. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested on April 17. Roosevelt County Magistrate Court Judge Jane Martin is presiding over the case and presided over Miller’s pre-trial conference on Wednesday afternoon. Miller […]

8-19 Obits

W.F. Miller Jr. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday Wheeler Mortuary Chapel of Portales. Mr. W.F. “Bill” Miller Jr., 87, of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Nov. 1, 1917, in Taiban, to Beulah and William Forrest Miller. His family owned several businesses in Taiban, which […]

Portales teen prepares for future

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Complied by Laurie Stone Name: Michelle Miller. Your job: Lifeguard, student. Your age (and Birth Date): 18; Feb. 7, 1987. Your hometown: Portales. Your family: Mike and Julie Miller, Lela Miller. Your Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: Golf, design, spending time with my family and friends. What do you think of […]

ACLU helps in case of street preacher

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance bond. In […]

UFO tour lands in Clovis

By Ryn Gargulinski Lovebirds Lysa Stone and Buck McKillip had special reason to be dancing in the front row during Merle Haggard’s third-annual UFO Music Fest Sunday at Doc Stewart Park. Stone and McKillip were celebrating their anniversary. They met exactly three years ago — in line at a Merle Haggard concert. “It’s like meeting […]

County says no to 20-year deputy retirement plan

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer In a meeting Tuesday morning, the Roosevelt County Commissioners did not pass a motion for a 20-year retirement plan for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies. Instead the deputies will still have a 25-year retirement plan. County Commissioner Dennis Lopez made a motion to grant the sheriff’s department a […]

5/12 Obituaries

Jim Griffin, 61 Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Jim Griffin, 61, of Odessa, Texas, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, in Logan. He was born July 16, 1943, in Clovis, to Nettie Lou and Roy J. Griffin. He grew up in Portales. He married Norma Faye Luce on Aug. 11, […]

Track teams finish fourth

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Both Portales High track teams finished fourth behind host Lovington, Artesia and Roswell High in Friday’s seven-school Ross Black Relays. For the boys, the best finishes were seconds by Tyler Johnson in discus (125-8 3/4) and the 1,600 relay team of Steven Heckert, Amador Lujan, Joey Moore and Jason Needham (3:45.10). […]

James students put reading on their lists

By Tony Parra James Elementary students are opening the door to the world of imagination books have to offer this week as part of the Scholastic Book Fair. Some James Elementary students were made their first visit to the book fair on Tuesday. Tina Miller, James Elementary librarian, said James Elementary students will take a […]

Feb. 22 Obituaries

Ruby Jones, 82 Services: Have been held. Ruby F. Jones, 82, of Clovis, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Jan. 30, 1923, in Taiban, to W.F. Miller and Beulah Ava Traylor. She owned Jones Rentals from 1964 to 1995 in Clovis. She worked at the […]

Group wants men to redefine their spiritual roles

By Tova Fruchtman As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a call from Portales resident […]

Commerce shoots down Hounds

By Dave Wagner Junior guard Jermart Miller exploded for five 3-pointers in a span of two minutes, 10 seconds late in the second half Thursday night to lift Texas A&M-Commerce to a hard-fought 97-90 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Arena. The Lions (14-3, 1-1 South), ranked […]

Lobbyists have different kind of labor

By Mike Linn Mike Miller knows how government works. He knows state lawmakers and he’s a “people person.” He likes to talk. In many ways the Portales resident is a prototype lobbyist, a profession that much like sports runs in seasons — in annual stints of 30 or 60 days. “Santa Fe is right up […]

Commission agrees to terms for wind farm bonds

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday approved to go into negotiations with Padoma Wind and Power on land use in Roosevelt County to build a wind farm and a resolution for the issuance of industrial revenue bonds. County attorney Randy Knudson said he has been in consultations with Mike Groshek, an industrial […]