Labor of love

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer For the fifth year, a Portales couple used the Labor Day holiday to expand its friends and family. More than 20 people took advantage of the cool temperature for a Labor Day barbecue at Rotary Park, organized by Joe and Dia Kelting. “This is a family event,” Joe Kelting […]

Memories keep Kids in the picture

By Kevin Wilson It just took five words. It killed a conversation, showed our differences and outlined our dependence on the superficial. But a few months ago, those five words started a conversation, showed our similarities and outlined our dependence on the superficial. “I don’t have a television,” she said, starting the conversation, “so I […]

Senior gets diploma after more than 60 years

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Howard Vaughn Luckett is different kind of senior than the ones he will graduate with Sunday. While it took most of Clovis High School’s graduating class of 338 about four years to earn their diplomas, it has taken Luckett more than 60 years. Luckett, 81, dropped out of high […]

Edward Salas trial begins in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Ruben Perez, the person police have said was the intended target of the shooting that took his 10-year-old brother’s life, was the first witness to take the stand Monday in the first-degree murder trial of a Clovis man. He detailed the events of Sept. 14, 2005, the day leading […]

County proactive on losses

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners took action Tuesday they hope will lead to loss prevention related to insurance claims by employees, which the county manager says are climbing at an alarming rate. Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority gave commissioners a presentation on a relatively new program aimed […]

Congress overstepping bounds with bill

By Kevin Wilson Congress is about to tell you it’s OK to break the law, as long as somebody in the government is paying you to do it. The Senate on Tuesday voted in favor of giving telecommunications companies immunity for their roles in a National Security Administration eavesdropping program previously ruled unconstitutional by the […]

Agent accused of botching investigation

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad […]

Laws still important in flag flaps

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I’ve heard both sides of the Confederate flag debate, once as a student participating in an online intercultural communication class discussion, and last summer, as an instructor teaching an Upward Bound class in multicultural history. In both debates, the overwhelming consensus was the Confederate flag is more divisive and […]

Lady Rams win five-game thriller

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Lady Rams scored eight of the last nine points to win a decisive fifth game 15-11 to beat Artesia three games to two, in a back-and-forth match Thursday night in Portales. The scores were 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11. “We were too up-and-down,” Portales head coach Ruth […]

Zia beats Roosevelt All-Stars

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer As Collin Guthas stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning, a fan yelled, “Just get on base Collin, that’s where you’re most dangerous.” The fan was right, as Collin’s feet helped the Clovis Zia All-Stars in a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over the Roosevelt County All-Stars […]

May 31, 1963

• Two hundred and forty-five students graduated from Eastern New Mexico University during commencement exercises that took place in Greyhound Arena. • The first game of the new 9 – and 10-year-old junior league baseball season took place at the new ballpark for Portales youth. • E & B “Sherwood” carpet was on sale for […]

Elida quarterfinal comeback spells defeat for Questa

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a three-run deficit and moved into today’s semis with […]

Zias sweep, win fifth straight

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers There’s nothing like a little cushion to make a pitcher feel comfortable. Eastern New Mexico University freshman Kristen Cruickshank was the beneficiary of an early onslaught by the Zias in the first game, then took matters into her own hands in the second. Cruickshank picked up wins in both games […]

Lady Rams win Buffalo Relays

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Heading into the first Portales track meet in almost 10 years, the Lady Rams are riding high after taking first place at Thursday’s Buffalo Relays at Melrose. Junior Jordan Roehl put plenty of points on the board for Portales, qualifying for the state tournament once again in the discus […]

From stripes to brassBy Capt. Rebecca Garcia

After attending ROTC in college, Cadet Martinez-Paez learned that he would not be able to become an officer until his U.S. citizenship was finalized. This would take five years unless he enlisted to speed the process. Capt. Rebecca Garcia Jonathan Martinez-Paez had what many would consider a successful career and a promising future. He had […]

Friona residents remember twister of 1995

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Ron Carr had been in Friona for a month in 1995 and was still feeling the place out when he accepted a job as a reporter at the city’s newspaper. “I asked him if anything exciting happened around Friona,” Carr said of his conversation with then-owner Bill Ellis. “He said, […]

Hound batsmen defeated

Freedom Newspapers Third baseman Brett Cook went 3-for-4, scoring three runs and driving in two, and Wayland Baptist took control with a four-run third after the first two hitters were retired to beat Eastern New Mexico University 10-5 on Tuesday in a non-conference baseball game at Greyhound Field. The Pioneers (15-13) finished with 11 hits, […]

Elida Tigers advance to semifinals

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers RIO RANCHO — For most of Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game, Elida played more like the No. 1 seed than did top-seeded Cliff. The Tigers, competing in a state tournament for the first time since 1983, showed that they may have been underappreciated coming in at No. 8. […]

Bulldogs sweep Greyhound baseball

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team is probably glad to see Southwestern Oklahoma leave town. The Bulldogs (4-9) came to Portales winless, but left with a stunning four-game Lone Star Conference crossover sweep of the Greyhounds after taking 7-2 and 8-6 verdicts on Saturday at Greyhound Field. Southwestern’s Gabe Winn (1-1) pitched a […]

March 11, 1971

Mrs. R.I. Wallingford has returned to her home north of Portales and is happy to see the good old NewMexico sand after experiencing the California earthquake. MRs. Wallingford was in bed at the time of the tremor and her pet cat that slept on the foot of the bed took off in a fast run. […]