Van Wettering, Bulls claim doubles title in all-Portales final

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Having previous experience in state championship doubles matches, neither Sara Bulls or Kristen Van Wettering of Portales found winning the doubles title quite the fulfullment most say it is. The reason was simple: the championship came at the expense of teammates Hailey Quick and Rachelle Self. Bulls and Van Wettering […]

Change of plans for PHS Tennis

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By Kevin Wilson Imagine planning a date for three months. Making sure everything’s set up for the situation. Finding out what to say and not to say. Finally, a week before the big date, somebody calls to say you still have a date — only with a different partner. In a way, that’s how the […]

Eastern graduates class of 2003

By Janet Bresenham JD Brown beamed with joy as he clutched his Eastern New Mexico University diploma Saturday and greeted a proud circle of relatives and friends at Greyhound Arena. “It feels great,” said Brown, who received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture. “It’s about time. Eastern was wonderful. My instructors were amazing, and […]

Portales girls tennis team moves on to state

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Portales Lady Rams continued their drive towards their second state title in three seasons, and the Rams came four games away from pulling off what would have been the biggest upset in Class 1A-3A tennis. Host New Mexico Military Institute defeated the Rams 4-1 in boys action for the District […]

Portales adds to state track list

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — It wouldn’t be too hard for Ruth Chavez to show that the 2003 Lady Ram track season is going smoother than the 2002 campaign. She’d just have to compare rosters for the state meet. The Lady Rams have four individuals and three relay teams qualified following Friday’s District 4-3A meet at […]

Oasis State Park the site of a summer of activity

By Mike Linn If you’re a hopeless romantic who likes to gaze at the stars, or a rugged outdoors type with an infatuation for snakes, there may be some fun in the future for you. Oasis State Park officials have a full slate of outdoor and wildlife programs scheduled this summer. “It’s educational as well […]

Sports roundup

By Kevin Wilson Qualifying in track events has proven to be no challenge for Noel Carpenter. What’s difficult for the Floyd sophomore is to remember them all. Carpenter qualified for nine events in this weekend’s state track and field tournament in Albuquerque, though meet rules stipulate that an athlete can only compete in five at […]

Richardson swings through area

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By Jack King On a swing through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, Gov Bill Richardson expressed support for a Ute Lake surface water distribution system, but was peppered with questions about his education reform plan by educators in Roosevelt County. Richardson’s visits were part of a three-day, 11-city tour of eastern and southern New Mexico […]

Top names in water

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By Haley Rice Editor’s note: The following are profiles of movers and shakers in the world of water — from the man who dug the first wells on the Llano Estacado to the high-profile voices in the ongoing debate about the future of our water supply. Although each presents a different solution to the problems […]

State oversees water issues

By Claire Bushey In New Mexico, water is such a precious resource it naturally follows that many people and organizations devote their efforts to researching and managing it. The two major state organizations that control water-related matters are the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the Interstate Stream Commission. Separate government agencies, they […]

Agriculture top water user in area

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By Tony Farkas Agriculture is the foundation for eastern New Mexico’s economy. The cotton gins that didn’t stop production even on Thanksgiving Day, the farm implements seen along the roads and highways every spring and fall, and the aroma from the local feedlots and dairies offer plenty of physical evidence to support the statement. Statistics […]

Lady Rams win district in golf

By Kevin Wilson The Portales golf teams are peaking at the right time. The Lady Rams won district for the second straight season, and the Portales boys finished firmly in second place thanks to a 73 from medalist Dale Welch in Monday’s district golf championship at New Mexico Military Institute. Both Portales teams had already […]

Eastern struggles at LSC meet

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University had a rough go of it on Friday and Saturday in the Lone Star Conference track meet, hosted by Abilene Christian. ENMU, rejuvenating the program after an absence of about 15 years, finished last with six points in both divisions of the meet. The order of […]

Obits 5/4

Ollie Corbin, 72 Ollie Fay Flinn Corbin, 72, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell. She was born June 9, 1930, in Clovis, to Arilla and John W. Flinn Jr. She lived in Clovis, Causey, Truth or Consequences, Albuquerque and Morton and Dimmitt in Texas. For a period of time, she […]

Community gathers in prayer

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By Mike Linn Portales residents found comfort under a shelter of invocations on Thursday as they lifted their requests to God on the 53rd annual National Day of Prayer. The event took place under the canopy on the town square, where prayers of protection and soft choir music drifted onto nearby Main Street. For more […]

Portales roads under construction

By Angela Peacock Construction is under way on the first of three City of Portales street maintenance projects. Joe Perry, Portales’ street superintendent, said cost for the projects is $65,000. He said the state pays 75 percent of costs, with the city paying the balance. Road crews are expected to have Avenue E repaved from […]

State alters standards for assessment tests

By Angela Peacock New Mexico State Department of Education Assessment and Evaluation Unit has implemented new standards for non-English speaking students in an effort to meet the principals of President Bush’s 2001 No Child Left Behind law. And in an effort to meet those standards, students are now required to take all standardized assessment tests […]

Legislature leaves schools frustrated

By Mike Linn Local school board officials are frustrated about the disbursement of Legislative funds for new federal mandates that promise to increase teachers’ salaries and other expenses next school year. The amount the New Mexico State Department of Education (NMSDE) has designated to Portales Municipal Schools for salary hikes and yearly expenses will leave […]