Elida seniors celebrate graduation

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Seven Elida teenagers have closed the book on one chapter of their lives and are about to set sail on another. Ron Haley, Brandy Hudson, Tanner Kube, Daniel Lee, Alicia Cross Smith, Lindsey Ward and Caleb Widener comprise Elida’s seven member class of ‘07 and Saturday was their night. […]

Elida fights hard, but loses in state semi’s

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. In a Class 1A state semifinal, Thursday morning in Los Lunas, Ward inserted reliever Caleb Widner in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team […]

Elida Tigers are determined to advance in state playoffs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Elida head baseball coach Jimmy Ward says he’s not repeating the mistake he made last May that brought the Tigers an early exit from the Class 1A state playoffs — this time, he’s not looking ahead and he’s starting hard throwing junior Wesley Gilmore in Elida’s state quarterfinal game […]

Tigers unload on Broncos

PNT Staff Report Active Elida bats complemented a live Elida arm as the Tigers used two five-run innings to beat Floyd 12-1 in five innings Monday night. Junior pitcher Wesley Gilmore confounded the Broncos, allowing one run on three hits. Gilmore struck out 10. “He threw very well,” Elida coach Jimmy Ward said. “We’re about […]

Elida edges Portales JV

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PNT Staff Report The Elida Tigers played extra baseball against the Portales JV Monday night at Portales and won in eight innings 10-9. The Tigers (3-2) are still tinkering with their pitching staff as Ben Massey started the game and pitched two innings. Caleb Widener pitched two innings as well. Junior Wesley Gilmore threw for […]

Elida beats Texico on diamond

Freedom Newspapers DEXTER—A big third inning rallied Elida past Texico and lifted the Tigers to their first win of the young baseball season 8-4 over the Wolverines this morning in the annual Hal Bogle tournament in Dexter. Texico scored two runs in each of the first two innings to lead 4-1 heading into the third […]

Elida, Dora defeated in diamond debut

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Elida Tiger and Dora Coyote baseball teams began their seasons at different tournaments around southeastern New Mexico but came home with the same result Thursday night. Elida lost in the first round of the Hal Bogle Tournament in Dexter to the host Demons 13-3 in five innings, while […]

Police release new information about kidnapping

Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI released […]

New Orleans’ Mayor Nagin little too edgy

By Freedom Newspapers Ray Nagin must find it hard to walk with a foot perpetually lodged in his mouth. The New Orleans mayor was at it again last week, trashing New York’s Ground Zero rebuilding efforts in a pathetic attempt to deflect criticism over the slow progress in cleaning up his city’s Ninth Ward. Nagin […]

Tigers notch 1A tourney’s second seed

PNT staff After a 30-year absence from state baseball competition, the Elida Tigers could get used to this. Elida ended its long dry spell last season, reaching the Class 1A semifinals before losing to eventual runnerup Roswell Gateway Christian. Second-year coach Jimmy Dale Ward has led the Tigers (9-4) back to this year’s event, and […]

Incumbents make sweep in municipal races

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By William P. Thompson All Portales incumbent city councilors kept their seats on the council after Tuesday’s municipal election and Municipal Judge Fred Arnold retained his seat on the bench. A total of 997 voters participated in the election, about 15 percent of the city’s 6,322 registered voters. The closest race was in Ward D […]

ENMU baseball team sweeps Northeastern

Freedom Newspapers TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University rode hot hitting of second baseman Mike McDuffie and stellar relief work by sophomore right-handers Charlie Ward and Keith Balderaz to a sweep of Northeastern State in a Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader Saturday at Rousey Field. The Greyhounds won the opener 7-6 and scored twice […]

Municipal candidates sound off

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By William Thompson Portales city council candidates shared hope for continued ecomomic growth at a political forum Monday while differing on ways to achieve that growth. About 50 people attended the forum sponsored by city government and the Portales Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Monday night at the Memorial Building to hear candidates for city […]

Twelve file for five Portales municipal posts

By Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega first announced he would be running for re-election on Dec. 22 and now he is running unopposed in the March 7 election. Tuesday was the only day for filing candidacy for the mayor’s position, four city wards and the municipal judge. Ortega, 43, won the mayoral election in […]

Ortega announces candidacy for second term

By Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega made his announcement to run for re-election on Thursday feeling there is still some unfinished business in the office of the mayor. “I want to start by thanking the citizens of this community for allowing me to serve as mayor for the last four years,” Ortega said. “I […]

City decides to move polling places before spring elections

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council approved two election related resolutions Tuesday night as they moved swiftly through their regular agenda. Councilors gave unanimous approval to a resolution moving two polling places in time for municipal elections next spring. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said she had been approached by school officials from L.L. […]

8-26 Obituaries

Lawrence Thurman Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Lawrence (Bob) Thurman, 91, of Farwell, Texas, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005, at Farwell Convalescent Center. Mr. Thurman was born Jan. 8, 1914, in Hopkins County, Texas, to Robert and Dollie Thurman. He came from a large family in which he had 11 […]

Elida mayor resigns after two years

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor After nine years in Elida, some might argue with Gerald Lee’s sentiment that he’s a relative newcomer to the community. One thing that’s not up for argument, though, is the end of his time as the mayor for the village of about 250 people. Lee’s resignation was given during […]

Economist wants community assistance for impact study

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Erin Ward, New Mexico State University economist, wants to pinpoint the economic effect the closure of Cannon Air Force Base will have on Portales and she needs help from Portales business owners. Ward is putting together an economic impact study on the effect to Portales to be presented to […]

E.U. constitution was short on political inspiration

Freedom Newspapers I t wasn’t exactly the French Revolution, but French voters’ decision Sunday to reject the European Union constitution is as revolutionary an action as one might find in Europe these days. It’s all for the good, as we see it, even though the reasons for the rejection weren’t entirely laudable. A coalition of […]