Richardson heading to Portales High School

Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in Portales on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at the high school at 4:30 p.m., and answer questions about changes he is proposing to the state Constitution. One of Richardson’s amendments would transfer the […]

Obits Aug. 19

Kay Goodman, 56 Mrs. Kay Goodman, 56, of Albuquerque, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at her home. She was born on Feb. 28, 1949, in Portales, to Sue and Ed Harris. She grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1965. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1970. She received […]

Personalities Plus — Gloria Ortega

What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Just kicking back, not worrying about your work being completed at the end of the day.” What did you think about on Sept. 11? “Thought it was a very sad day. Never thought something like that would happen in the United States of America. “ What is your […]

Single mom personifies persistence

By Angela Peacock Though Juanita Black’s later years of life were filled with pain and suffering due to a rare immune deficiency disease, family members said her faith in God never once failed. No matter what the circumstances Juanita’s oldest daughter Juena Hickman said her mother would tell her children to place their faith in […]

Rams aim high with aerial attack

By Kevin Wilson It wasn’t a strong-armed quarterback or the graduation of Less Long that did it. It wasn’t the emergence of a potential all-state receiving corps. It was a film session a few seasons ago that let the Portales High Rams know they needed to throw the ball to get to the next level. […]

Hounds loaded at safety

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By Dave Wagner Ty Touchstone and Jonathon Solis were interested bystanders in Eastern New Mexico University’s football scrimmage on Saturday morning, but they won’t be on the sidelines for long. Solis started at free safety two years ago as a junior but suffered a broken leg during a preseason scrimmage in 2002 and was replaced […]

Obits Aug. 17

Donald Crockett, 67 Mr. Donald R. Crockett, 67, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Life Care Center in Farmington. He was born Aug. 5, 1936, in Comanche, Okla., to Virginia and Eddie Crockett. He grew up in Portales. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1960 and his master’s degree in 1966. He taught in Roswell […]

State made heroes out of violent criminals

Jim Lee Not too many Americans realize the capital of Latvia is Riga. Then again, not too many Americans give a rat’s left ear about the capital of Latvia. That’s why this week’s topic has absolutely nothing to do with Latvia, or Riga for that matter. Instead, I want to mention an anniversary from a […]

Good one-liners never get old

Bob Huber One of my scholarly pursuits is the care and feeding of one-liners. I get most of them from my wife Marilyn who seems to have an endless supply and loves to toss them out to brighten my day, as follows: • “You may think you’re still young, but you need your false teeth […]

City ready to look to future

Tony Parra The city of Portales is looking for the right person to help guide it into the future. Mayor Orlando Ortega selected a diverse, seven-member committee to help select a city planner responsible for creating a Comprehensive Plan within 12 months. The plan will determine in what direction the Portales community is headed for […]

Offcials combating truancy

Mike Linn Portales school officials are teaming up with the local district attorney to help thwart truancy in area public schools. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said he plans to actively prosecute offenders. The law, however, will not apply to parents whose children cut classes after their parents have arranged for them a ride […]

Local library reveals family history

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Eric Butler It’s a 15-by-15 foot room in the back of the Portales Public Library with lists of names that may unlock the past. With city directories, phone books, census results and other resources, the library’s Genealogy Room brings family histories to light. “What people can learn is where their families lived, what jobs they […]

Public Record Aug. 17

Recent dispositions in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court: l Rachelle Vanderdussen, 19, found guilty of driving while intoxicated, first ofense and duty upon striking fixtures upon highway. Sentenced to serve 90 days of supervised probation and pay $588 in fines and court costs plus $20 a month probation fees. l Sergio Navarrette, 45, found guilty of […]

Jury indicts man accused of vehicular homicide

PNT Staff A grand jury in Portales on Thursday returned an indictment against a Roswell truck driver who is accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a two-week-old boy. Brian Moshier, 40, is accused of homicide by vehicle involving driving while intoxicated, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident result in death, […]

Woman sentenced for fatal crash

Tony Parra A Roswell woman was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in connection with a deadly crash two years ago that claimed the life of a Ruidoso woman. Deanna Willis, 29, was convicted in June of vehicular homicide for her part in a head-on collision north of Portales on U.S. Highway 70 that […]

Zias lose soccer scrimmage 1-0

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Freedom Newspapers The first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team played competitively in a 1-0 loss to the Midland (Texas) Alliance Under-19 club team Saturday in the Zias’ initial scrimmage. ENMU, which opens the regular season on Aug. 29 against College of the Southwest in a four-team get-together at Adams State College in Anamosa, […]

PHS coaches pleased with opening week

By Kevin Wilson Going into the end of the week, both Portales High athletic teams are running smoothly, efficiently and (insert knocking sound here) injury-free. Practices started Monday for the PHS football and volleyball teams. Leading up to today’s practices, each coach is happy with the way the team is performing leading up to next […]

Missouri woman stabs daughter in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Two onlookers chased down and captured a woman from Missouri who stabbed her daughter-in-law about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Clovis police reports. Clovis Police Capt. Dan Blair said the daughter-in-law, Dawn Southern, 28, of Clovis, was treated and released at Plains Regional Medical Center following the incident outside an eatery […]

Obits Aug. 15

Maria Tarango Maria Tarango of Portales died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at St. Helens Catholic Church in Portales. Funeral services are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Helens Catholic Church in Portales. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of […]

What is a ‘real’ politician anyway?

Helena Rodriguez The California governor’s race has literally become a circus of the stars. From the “Terminator” — a.k.a. “Governator” — to a “hustler” to a 1980s sitcom star who doesn’t even plan to vote for himself. By now, we’ve all heard just about every Arnold Schwarzenegger line being pitched like campaign slogans and I […]