Portales and Clovis Farm Service Agency offices could merge

By Marlena Hartz A federal initiative to modernize the Farm Service Agency could lead to a merger of the Portales and Clovis offices. The agencies serve as federal program liaisons for thousands of local ranchers and farmers. According to an FSA press release, the consolidation is a result of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns initiative to […]

Volunteer firemen always on call

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the scene expecting the worst. “We got there and found a woman who had a bloody finger,” he said, laughing, “she had hit it on something and […]

PNT welcomes new managing editor

PNT Staff A Portales native has been named managing editor of the Portales News-Tribune. Karl Terry, 46, assumed his new duties last week. Terry recently moved to Portales with his wife Carol after living the last nine years in Carbondale, Colo. He assumes the position formerly occupied by Kevin Wilson. Wilson will remain in the […]

City councilor undergoes cancer surgery

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer A Portales city councilor is hospitalized following surgery Wednesday to remove cancerous tumors in his colon, officials said. Alfred Bachicha, 79, was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday and taken to the Amarillo Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, City Manager Debi Lee said. “Our family has always been faith […]

Parents deem scoring unfair

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer Some Portales parents feel federally designated proficiency levels used to measure student performance are unfair. The proficiency standards, which are mandated by President Bush’s No Child Left Behind, Act makes the schools responsible for the students’ performance. Test results released Monday by the state Department of Education indicated Portales failed […]

Cousins prepare for family effort at national rodeo

By Marc Schoder One part of an eastern New Mexico family has taken the life of rodeoing since the age of seven. Cousins Kodi Armitage and Tori Bilberry, both 17 and seniors-to-be at Elida High School will compete along with their first cousins Rana and Payton Terry, both 17 and seniors-to-be at Dora High School. […]

4/29 Obituaries

Ruby Beeckler Services: 10 a.m. (CDT) Saturday at Robertson Chapel of Memories in Clarendon, Texas. Ruby Beeckler, 95, of Clovis, died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on July 18, 1909, in Elida, to Billy Latth and Mary Elizabeth Stewart Moffitt. She was a salesperson at Casual […]

Terry remembered for way with people

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Keith Terry tried to never leave people feeling abandoned as he distributed respect and friendship towards people he encountered. According to family members, Keith had a way with people. On March 25, 2005, Keith Terry died in his home of pancreatic cancer. Judy Terry, Keith Terry’s wife, said that she […]

Board discusses nutrition: PJHS students teach eating habits

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eva Dean Stephens, a family consumer science teacher at Portales Junior High, told the Portales school board Monday about the Eat Smart, Play Hard program in which PJHS students teach third graders the importance of eating healthy. Austin Inge was one of 18 PJHS students who took turns helping […]

March 27 Obituaries

Barbara Goddard Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Barbara Mae Goddard, 66, of Chandler, Texas, died Friday, March 25, 2005, at her home. She was born on Feb. 1, 1939, in Anson, Texas, to Holbert and Blanche Wallace Shirley. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She was employed as […]

March 6 Obituaries

Ruby Riley, 74 Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. Ruby Riley, 74, of Muleshoe, died Friday March 4, 2005, at Parkview Retirement Home in Muleshoe. She was born on March 15, 1930, in Portales, to Mary and J.W. Terry. She was born and raised west of Portales. She […]

Lady Rams rout Ruidoso to clinch title

By Todd Fuqua: Special to the PNT RUIDOSO — For one quarter at least, it looked as though the Ruidoso Lady Warriors had a plan against Portales — effective pressure defense, plus a spectacular buzzer-beating halfcourt shot from Allison Rigsby. Then the Lady Rams began slowing the game down and used their superior size and […]

PHS girls get back on track

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By Dave Wagner Now that the Portales Lady Rams have the District 4-3A lead back, they intend not to let it go. Portales ended a two-game losing streak Friday night at the PHS gym with a 55-36 victory over a Lovington squad they swamped earlier by 44 points at home before losing by 11 on […]

Ruidoso tops struggling PHS

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By Dave Wagner It’s becoming evident that you can expect the unexpected in District 4-3A girls basketball, and the Portales Lady Rams are the best example of that. After stomping Lovington by 44 points at home and soundly beating Ruidoso 55-39 on the road, Portales has lost the rematches to those teams — including Friday’s […]

Lady Rams win at Ruidoso

By Todd Fuqua RUIDOSO — Although the Portales Lady Rams entered District 4-3A play with a less-than-stellar 8-9 record — not something you’d expect from the defending Class 3A state champions — they opened that district play Friday with a 70-26 thrashing of Lovington Friday. Any remaining doubts about Portales’ abilities when it comes to […]

Lady Rams trounce Lovington in District 4-3A opener

No one knew exactly what to expect in Friday’s District 4-3A girls opener between Portales High and Lovington. Certainly, no one really expected what happened. Leading just 12-10 late in the opening stanza, the Lady Rams went on a 44-9 blitz that carried into the early moments of the fourth quarter in a 70-26 rout […]

Lady Rams’ solid play overwhelms Goddard

By Dave Wagner Bethany Self was hot, and her teammates kept on feeding her. Self, a 5-foot-11 freshman, took advantage of crisp passes to score a career-best 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting Tuesday night as Portales High’s girls rolled over Roswell Goddard 64-37 at the PHS gym. The Lady Rams collected 18 assists — spread […]

Lady Rams bounce back for split in Shoot Out

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By Dave Wagner Kirtland Central girls coach Mike Christie says that when junior guard Devin Diehl isn’t making shots, the Lady Broncos often struggle. Diehl was certainly on her game Friday night in the Ram Shoot Out at the Portales High School gym, pouring in seven of Kirtland’s 11 3-pointers en route to a career-best […]

City, relative tries to rekindle Portales ties for soldier

By Tony Parra One American soldier in Iraq wanted to get back the hometown feeling, and Portales residents are putting together of package to rekindle the Portales hometown feeling for him. Sgt. Ernie Aguilar of the Medical Section of the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion is currently in Iraq this Thanksgiving. Aguilar provides medical care and […]

Lights, camera, education for Faith Triumphant students

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By Laurie Stone The Faith Triumphant Christian School is adding more action to its arts program this year —action preceded by the words “lights” and “camera.” Besides its drama and music classes, a film class is in the works for the school’s Friday arts schedule. The film class will enable students to enlarge their academic […]