Our people: Living in the moment

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Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all over the world in this job,” Russ, 30, said. She enjoys working outside most of all. Her job duties include coordinating […]

Democrat Dodge will face Republican Russ for District 63 seat

Santa Rosa’s George Dodge Jr. grabbed the Democratic nomination for District 63 State Representative from Clovis’ Jose Griego with a wide lead. Claiming 78 percent of the votes in 96 percent of the precincts, retired educator Dodge will go on to face Republican Melinda Russ from Fort Sumner in the November general election. Russ ran […]

Oasis to become more stargazer-friendly

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Visitors to Roosevelt County’s Oasis State Park this spring and summer will be able to see the night sky more clearly than they ever have, thanks to new lights installed this winter. The park is retrofitting all of its current lights to more night-sky friendly lighting to benefit the […]

Oasis State Park announces summer programming

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As summer rolls into the area, Oasis State Park is gearing up to offer visitors a variety of activities in which to participate. Sponsored by the Friends of Oasis, the second annual Old Tyme Music Concert will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, said Valerie Russ, park technician […]

Zias swept by Texas Woman’s

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas — It’s probably fair to say that Texas Woman’s Lindsy Russ-Keller has Eastern New Mexico University’s number. The senior right-hander ended a streak of 149 games of scoring at least one run for the Zias on Friday, pitching the Pioneers to a 1-0 win in the first game of a Lone […]

Sixth-grader prepares for Spanish spelling bee

By Tony Parra A Lindsey Elementary sixth-grader will be making a trip to Albuquerque on Saturday to compete against the best spellers in the state of New Mexico. Laura Lopez, Lindsey sixth-grader, will be competing at the Spanish state spelling bee on Saturday morning. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. and the competition […]

Zias salvage series finale at TWU

PNT Staff DENTON, Texas — Junior Natasha Lindsey pitched a three-hitter and first baseman Elizabeth Whipkey drove in three runs as Eastern New Mexico University beat Texas Woman’s 4-0 Saturday to earn a split of their Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader. The Zias lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in the opener when the Pioneers pushed over […]

Prisoner comes up short on escape attempt

By Tova Fruchtman A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the window as the […]