Personalities Plus — Melvin McAfoos

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Melvin McAfoos is a Portales police officer. He likes water and cop shows. He has two dogs … and a healthy interest in Sandra Bullock. What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Spending the day at the lake on our boat, with my family and friends.” Tell us about your pets: “Sox, a 13-year-old Pekingese; […]

Roosevelt twin called ‘good ole boy’

By Tony Parra Charley Elbert “Dude” Hill was a “good ole boy,” according to his twin brother and friend, Harley Delbert “Pug” Hill of Portales. Charley and Harley lived in the Roosevelt County community for 74 years. They worked together on the farm, driving tractors and established a dirt moving and land leveling business. It […]

Lady Rams pick up first win

By Kevin Wilson CLOVIS — Megan Kabrick and Kelly Parkey keyed a match-ending 5-0 run, and the Portales Lady Rams salvaged a seventh-place finish in the gold bracket at the Lady Wildcat Invitational on Saturday. Portales (1-3) slumped after a strong showing in pool play, but swept Artesia to claim its first win of the […]

Greyhounds will key on defense

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By Dave Wagner If the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds are to end a 20-year playoff drought, they will rely heavily on a veteran defense and an offense that has some explosive weapons. The Greyhounds have posted a 28-14 record over the past four seasons under head coach Bud Elliott, including 8-3 last year when […]

Zia soccer comes up short in opener

Freedom Newspapers ALAMOSA, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University played competitively but came up short in its first regular-season venture into women’s soccer on Saturday, losing to Hobbs-based College of the Southwest 3-2 in a three-team round-robin hosted by Adams State College. Freshman forward Megan Dozier scored ENMU’s first goal about 26 minutes into the […]

Elida impresses field again at Clovis

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — Elida’s volleyball team cut a swath of surprise into the Clovis Volleyball Invitational a year ago and, in 2003, the Tigers got the chance to do it again. While the little Class 1A team didn’t pull off as many surprises as last year when they advanced all the way to […]

Floyd teams earn first wins of season

PNT Staff The Floyd Broncos changed the outlook on the six-man football rankings on Saturday, blowing out No. 3 Mountainair 66-20 on the road. Senior Chance Chenault caught two touchdown passes from Jerrod Long, threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jason Martinez, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a surprisingly easy win […]

Drowning victim known for autographed bike

Mike Linn Frank Davis went from grade school dropout to successful business man to worthy of an appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. And while his $360,100 purchase of Leno’s celebrity-autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle in 2001 caught the attention of millions, it was his gentle kindness and zest for life that won the hearts of […]

City car dealer faces harrassment lawsuit

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A Portales car dealership has been named in a federal lawsuit in which four women say they were harassed while they worked at the company. The allegations against Chuck Daggett Motors, now called Big Valley Auto, were made in the lawsuit by the Equal Employment […]

Long weekend starts with thunderstorm

Gary Mitchell Portales may best remember Friday night’s thunderstorm as the one that interrupted the Portales-West Las Vegas football game at Greyhound Stadium for 15 minutes. But while the city received just one-tenth of an inch of rain, other area towns received their best soaking in two months. Rain prevented Ranchvale farmer Dudley Bailey from […]

Coast Guard adventures were less than thrilling

Bob Huber When I was a kid — a period that hung over my head willy-nilly until I was 60 — Don Winslow of the Coast Guard was an icon of American patriotism. During World War II he spent many colorful Saturday matinees chasing Nazi submarines off Catalina Island. I’ll bet you didn’t know the […]

Solving life’s problems one invention at a time

Jim Lee A friend and I were discussing Thomas Edison a few days ago. The conversation brought up the inventor’s reliance on tenacity and trial-and-error. He simply kept at something until he got the desired results. As admirable as that was and as well as it worked out for him, I think there had to […]

Crime Stoppers 8/31

The Portales Police Department is searching for an armed robbery suspect possibly in his late 20s or early 30s. The suspect robbed the Allsup’s on North Main of $100 on Aug. 15, using a knife or switchblade to commit the crime. Suspect has very short hair, is approximately 5-foot-6-inches tall and has a tattoo on […]

Public Record 8/31

Recent dispositions from Roosevelt County District Court: Chris Keim, 20, found guilty of receiving or disposing of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will serve 2 1/2 years of supervised probation. Lonnie Colglazier, 45, found guilty of fraud (over $250) and shoplifting (over $100). He will serve 18 months of supervised probation. Recent […]

Obits 8/31

Frank Davis, 38, of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, as the result of a boating accident at Ute Lake. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Sammy Sanchez, 47, of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, as the result of a boating accident at Ute Lake. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler […]

Two from Moriarity being held on drug charges

Tony Parra Two transients who attempted to steal a gallon of iodine from a local feed store were arrested Wednesday for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, among other charges. Clorinda Lopez, 23, and Vincent Duran, 30, both from Moriarity, are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. They are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, […]

Residents kick back, enjoy long weekend

Tony Parra Portales may not be celebrating Labor Day with any official events, but officials said Rotary Park and Portales Municipal Park will be busy this weekend with families barbecuing and enjoying a three-day weekend. Oasis State Park is also expecting crowds and the lake is stocked with trout and catfish. The Department of Transportation […]

Two drown at Ute Lake

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men drowned in a boating accident at Ute Lake on Thursday night. One victim was Frank Davis, who gained national attention when he paid comedian Jay Leno more than $320,000 for a celebrity-autographed motorcycle soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The money went to the Twin Towers Fund for the victims […]

Rams rain on Dons’ parade

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PNT Staff BLACKWATER DRAW — Friday night’s football opener survived a rainstorm, and the Portales defense made sure it survived a challenge from West Las Vegas on an off-night for the Ram offense. Junior Tyler Rutherford had two of five interceptions for Portales, which earned a 19-7 win over the visiting Dons at Greyhound Stadium. […]

Volleyball tournament features many storylines

By Eric Butler The Clovis Lady Wildcats’ bid to win their own tournament for the first time is one of many storylines heading into this weekend’s seventh annual Lady Wildcats Invitational volleyball tournament. The 16-team tournament begins Friday morning with pool play at the high school and Marshall Junior High, with quarterfinals beginning at 2 […]