New sheriff prepares office

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sheriff-elect Darren Hooker says he always politely corrects anyone who refers to the organization he works for as the sheriff’s department. He says he works for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office — a distinction he says is important. Hooker says the organization isn’t a department of anything — instead […]

Bluegrass comes to the sandhills

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By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Friends of Bluegrass, a local club of musicians with a mission to keep bluegrass music alive, will come together in performance this Saturday for the Old Tyme Music Concert at Oasis State Park. The members, a majority of them older men and women, will play a myriad of traditional bluegrass […]

Families take part

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, the would-be cowgirl grimaced and let out a wail as the bull inched downward. An event designed to initiate children into the world of rodeo, Thursday’s second […]

Area ENMU grads inspired to finish

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There are more than 50 students who graduated from local high schools will be receiving another diploma Saturday, this time from Eastern New Mexico University and they said they wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of family, friends and ENMU staff. New Mexico Lt. Gov. […]

PHS opens state softball tourney at home

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Sasha Parker has gotten used to pitching doubleheaders, but she’s looking forward to having just one game today. The Portales High junior will face Santa Fe Indian School today in Class 3A state softball tournament’s round of 16 at PHS. Parker has carried the pitching load for the Lady […]

Lady Rams split, finish second in district

PNT staff LOVINGTON — The Portales Lady Rams crumbled in the first game Thursday. To their credit, they bounced back from a 13-0 District 4-3A loss to rival Lovington to salvage a split with a 4-2 victory. Still, they had to settle for second place in the district behind the Lady Wildcats (9-15, 6-2 district). […]

Lovington rallies for split with PHS

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer The Lovington Lady Wildcats took a while to solve Portales junior Sasha Parker on Tuesday. Parker was in total command in the opener of the team’s District 4-3A doubleheader at PHS, no-hitting the Lady Wildcats until Denise Marquez punched a one-out single up the middle in the top of […]

Lady Rams turn back Lovington, Ruidoso

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Portales got solid pitching from junior Sasha Parker and just enough offense Saturday to post a pair of wins in the District 3-4A predistrict softball tournament, beating host Lovington 5-0 and topping Ruidoso 3-1. Parker pitched three-hitters in both games, and nearly had two shutouts — she had Ruidoso blanked until […]

Judge allows jailed dentist unrestricted communication

By Sharna Johnson Judge Joe Parker has denied a request by the district attorney’s office to restrict verbal and written communications between homicide suspect James Smith and potential state witnesses. Smith is accused of killing 30-year-old Laura McNaughton in December. After reviewing written arguments from defense attorney Stephen Doerr and 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt […]

DA concerned about Smith’s witness contact

By Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler asked a judge Thursday to stop all communications between a former Clovis dentist and potential state witnesses involved in James Smith’s murder case. Chandler said the conversations could compromise the testimony in Smith’s trial. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Joe Parker said he will make a ruling on […]