Unrelated crashes leave one dead, 6 injured

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt […]

Courthouse to install surveillance system

Tony Parra There will be a close watch on those in the courthouse in the near future as the Roosevelt County Commission approved to have the installation of surveillance equipment in the courtroom. It was a no-brainer for the commissioners when, during the presentation by 9th Judicial District Deputy Court Administrator Renne Mains, she assured […]

Mustangs top Rams 26-21

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PNT Staff BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams had trouble taking care of the ball, and Denver City was able to take care of business as a result. The visiting Mustangs took advantage of five Ram turnovers and rolled up 407 yards of offense to hand Portales its first defeat of the season, 26-21, Friday […]

Rams get set for Mustangs

By Kevin Wilson If there was an opponent the Portales Rams needed reinforcements for, it would be the Denver City Mustangs. So it’s fortunate that coming into Friday’s 7 p.m. game against Denver City (2-0), the second-ranked Rams are as close as they’ll be to a full squad all season. Portales (3-0) gains back the […]

Clovis moves past Portales in four games

By Kevin Wilson In the matchup between sister cities, big sister won yet again. The visiting Lady Wildcats struggled at times, but had enough in the tank for a 25-11, 28-26, 21-25, 25-17 win over Portales Thursday evening at Portales High School. Clovis earned a season sweep of Portales (3-0) and moved to 10-1 on […]

Elliott does not expect Hounds to cruise

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s football team had an easy time with Northeastern State in 2002, rolling to a 46-14 victory at Blackwater Draw. Coach Bud Elliott doesn’t expect that type of game when the teams collide at 1 p.m. (MDT) Saturday on the Redmen’s home field in Tahlequah, Okla. ENMU owns a […]

Pat Green rocks ENMU

By Helena Rodriguez About 1,000 people packed the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom on Thursday night, all eager to hear the Texas phenomenon of the moment, Pat Green — who is making waves on national country music charts — perform a free concert. From die-hard fans to those unfamiliar, but curious about the recently unknown […]

Obits 9/19

Edward Savage, 71 Edward Ernest Savage, 71, died Thursday, Sept. 18, at his home in Clovis. Mr. Savage was born on Feb. 29, 1932, in Weatherford, Okla., to Horace and Libbie Frazier Savage. He was raised in Portales and came to Clovis in 1974. He married Dorothy May Thompson on Jan. 26, 1951, in Portales. […]

Rattlers shaking county residents

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Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, who […]

Ute water officials plan funding

Jack King SAN JON — The state Interstate Stream Commission has begun briefing New Mexico Congressional representatives on the Ute Water Project in preparation for asking for federal funds. Doug Murray, the ISC’s liaison to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, told ENMRWA’s board at a meeting in San Jon on Wednesday he has […]

Trio of Rams lead football team

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Mike Linn Jordan Harrison was bouncing around practice on Wednesday, calling plays at the line of scrimmage, fighting off offensive lineman and clashing helmets with running backs and wide receivers. During one play the senior Portales High School middle linebacker struck the running back at the line of scrimage, reversing his forward motion for a […]

Residents worry about commodities

Tony Parra Low-income Portales residents may be worried about a new proposal in the commodities distribution, but organizers are not quite ready to begin panicking. A group of residents at Tuesday’s Portales city hall meeting expressed concerns that they would have to travel to Clovis to pick up commodities and that the amount would be […]

St. Helen Fiesta mix of faith, fun and food

Helena Rodriguez People can get well fed — spiritually and physically — at St. Helen Catholic Church’s annual Fiesta and Car Show which begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday and continues with daily activities through Sunday. The four-day fiesta of faith will feature “good food, praise and preaching,” according to Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of […]

Council against tax reduction on groceries

Mike Linn The Portales city council want residents to buy their milk for $3.19, not $2.99. The city council at Tuesday’s meeting adopted a resolution opposing a proposed tax reduction that would save the average Portales resident about $40 annually on groceries. City Council members said the city’s budget would lose about $424,000 annually if […]

Committee to lobby for fairground funds

Mike Linn County officials and residents have formed a committee to lobby for federal funding to revamp the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Ag. Extension Agent Floyd McAlister presented a case for pursuing funds to the Roosevelt County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting, stating increased capacity would make the Fairgrounds more attractive to exhibitors at the […]

Obits 9/16

Buster Caviness, 81 Mr. Buster LeRoy Caviness, 81, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, in Amarillo. He was born on Jan. 13, 1922, in Emzy, near Portales, to James Everett and Fronie Caviness. He graduated from high school in Causey. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corp at the beginning of World War II […]

Governor appoints Clovis man to District Court

Gary Mitchell When Ramona Parker found out the governor appointed her husband, Joe, to fill a vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court bench, she realized she had just lost her job. Ramona Parker is her husband’s bookkeeper and business manager for his law firm, but she won’t be making the transition to the Curry […]

Student group hosts Mexican celebration

Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University will embark on a Mexican Independence Day celebration today, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Campus Union Ballroom. The ENMU Hispanic Affairs organization is sponsoring the event. “It allows the community to celebrate their culture,” Student Advisor of Hispanic Affairs Nancy Valeras said. “It shows how diverse the community […]

Volunteers install smoke detectors

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Mike Linn A couple of Portales residents have volunteered to install over 100 smoke detectors in the residences of senior citizens, dedicating time and energy to a recent campaign spearheaded by officials at the Portales Fire Department. Carl Wilson, a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has installed about 84 detectors, and Mike […]

PHS volleyball takes third at Roswell

PNT Staff Freedom Newspapers The Lady Ram volleyball team swept its pool and won two of three matches in bracket play for a third-place finish in the Zia Classic at Roswell this weekend. “I thought we did really well,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez said. “It was a great tournament for us.” After sweeping Pool D […]