Conservationists believe Ogallala Aquifer recharged through playa lakes

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Birds dart toward the edge of the great saucer-shaped depression and disappear in a patch of yellowed grass. John Wood stands in the middle of his concave field, and observes the flurry, amused. Some seasons, his field fills with water. This summer, a drought has caked the root-beer dirt, driven […]

Smith case counsel changes third time

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A third attorney has taken over as defense counsel in the death penalty case of a Clovis dentist accused of murdering a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural Curry County ditch. Also, District Attorney Matt Chandler told the court at a hearing Thursday morning he […]

One dies in crash

PNT Staff Report A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, […]

June 14, 2006 Obituaries

Jeffrey Townley Services: Have been held Jeffrey (Scott) Townley, 44, of Capitan, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Capitan. He was born on Nov. 24, 1961, in Portales, to Sam and Lela Jo Townley. He moved to Capitan in 1971 and attended Capitan schools. He graduated in 1980. He attended New Mexico State University. He […]

Politics not for sissies, but restraint would be nice

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, […]

June 4, 2006 Floyd School News

Upcoming events Registration and First Day of School will be August 18th. A Honor Roll Brittney Burns, Carley Dement, Kelli Johnson, Adriana Abarca, Randi Hale, Hannah Love, Brook Reed, Hannah Benoit, Jordan Terry, Madeline Love, Tanna Whitecotton, Nallely Mendoza, Tait Nall, Tori Tucker, Jose Mendoza, Roberto Mendoza, Delta Navarette, Tessa Nall, Shelby Essary, Brandon Nunn, […]

City remembers its fallen

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A group of Portales residents assembled in the bright sun at the Portales Cemetery Monday to remember the country’s fallen soldiers with a Memorial Day ceremony sponsored by American Legion Post 31. With the lawn before them displaying white crosses representing the dead from each war America has been […]

Words are all we have to honor soldiers’ sacrifices

Editorial They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was serving […]

PHS grads celebrate success

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is ready to face the world, but asked, “Is the world ready for us?” O’Hare’s classmates applauded his observation as he gave the welcoming address during the PHS […]

Chef finds joy in serving others

As the new chef at The Landing, Karl Smith plans to win over the palates of Airmen and their family with food that is special and out of the ordinary. Janet Taylor-Birkey Karl Smith knows that for Airmen to put their money where their mouth is, it’s got to be good. Really good. As The […]

Smith hits right note

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School choir teacher Franklin Smith tried to talk himself out of his music calling, but a college music professor told him he had what it takes to instill a love of music in teens. “I was at a crossroads. I was working as a server at […]

Portales choirs rate high at district

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Choir director Franklyn Smith said he was happy with the performances from the Portales High School and Portales Junior High choir students this week at district competitions, but it is the “journey” which makes him most proud. “It was a very good showing for Portales students,” Smith said. “My […]

Earth Day support

Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon supports Earth Day in a big way. From sports activities to children’s story hour, Earth Day has a base-wide focus, providing something for almost everyone on base to participate in. Part of Cannon’s effort to involve base personnel is the 2006 Earth Day “Caught in the Act” Recycling Contest, which takes place […]

Cannon volunteers mentor nation’s future

Janet Taylor-Birkey Stationed on the high plains of eastern New Mexico, some Airmen may fume and complain there is nothing to do. But something must be happening somewhere nearby to keep more than 500 Cannon volunteers in demand. “I tell them if they’re bored to come visit me. I’ll keep them busy,” said Ellen Saccoia-Smith, […]

Garcia embezzlement case proceeds to jury trial

By Tony Parra A plea agreement was set for a Portales woman accused of embezzling more than $138,000 from the New Mexico Higher Education department but the two sides could not come to an agreement and instead the case will go to trial. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker presided over a scheduled pre-trial agreement […]

Perfection PHS band’s main goal

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By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band has already won a superior rating in marching band competition this year, and now the band hopes to get superior ratings at the concert band and sight reading district competition next week in Clovis. Jeremy Smith, an alto saxophone player in the band, said he is […]

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 […]

Earth Day ‘Caught in the act’

Janet Taylor-Birkey Global warming trends and shortage of natural resources are debatable, but there is little debate that people worldwide need to take care of the Earth. The goal of making people aware of their role and responsibility in taking care of planet Earth is something embraced on both sides of the political platform. According […]

Smith’s attorney resigns

By Sharna Johnson The attorney for former Clovis dentist and homicide suspect James Smith filed a motion Wednesday to withdraw from the case, according to court documents. Stephen Doerr cited two reasons for withdrawal in his motion to the court. Doerr stated he was not retained to represent Smith in a death penalty case. He […]

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 […]