Obits 10-28

Kathleen Betts, 69 Kathleen Betts, 69, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Sept. 7, 1934, in Birmingham, Ala., to Miss Sallie Mae Campbell. She grew up in Smyrna, Tenn., where she attended schools. She married Charles William Betts on May 27, 1955, in Chatsworth, […]

Cannon Air Force Base going wild

Darrell Maurina When the sun sets on the evening of Oct. 31, many Clovis parents will be helping their children get into costumes and walk the streets to collect candy and treats. The next night, a group of military spouses is hoping many of those same adults will put on their own — Wild West […]

Oasisi State Park ranger bids farwell

PNT Staff There is a position open for an Oasis State Park ranger, after Brad Nance recently stepped down from the job to pursue another passion, being a paramedic with the Clovis Fire Department. “I was doing it before and it was something I loved doing,” Nance said. “I wanted to go back to helping […]

Parents visit with teachers, cafeteria

Tony Parra Portales school officials were able to accomplish two goals when they held a parent-teacher conference in the newly-renovated Portales High School cafeteria on Monday. Parents were able to talk with teachers about student progress. And they got to view the new cafeteria. The cafeteria had an addition to it which eliminated an open […]

Greyhound football player dies in crash

Mike Linn He could make everybody laugh. He was always smiling. He was brutally honest. That’s how friends remember 19-year-old Eric Hodgest, a redshirt freshman linebacker on Eastern New Mexico University’s football team. Hodgest died early Sunday morning in a car crash on Interstate 40 in Amarillo. “This type of thing happening to somebody you […]

Personalities Plus — Frank Smith

Frank Smith has lived in Portales since 1972. He retired from his job in deliveries at the former Poynor’s Home and Auto Store in 2001 and is full time pastor of First Spanish Baptist Church. Preaching has become his life, and he does it in both English and Spanish. Smith spends his free time reading […]

Ram turnovers prove costly

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By Kevin Wilson RUIDOSO — Like a football on a fumbled handoff or an intercepted pass, a chance for a second-straight District 4-3A title has very nearly slipped out of the collective grasp of the Portales Rams. Portales’ district opener saw turnovers by both teams in the first half, but the host Warriors held onto […]

Greyhound defense comes through

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Given Saturday’s brisk conditions, Eastern New Mexico University was less inclined than it might otherwise have been to throw against Texas A&M-Commerce’s suspect pass defense. Matching strength against strength, the Greyhounds controlled the ball just enough with their ground attack and let their defense take care of the rest […]

Zia volleyball squad beats Kingsville

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — It’s been a long climb to the .500 mark for the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team. The Zias finally made it Saturday — and also put themselves in an improved position in the Lone Star Conference South Division race — with a 30-26, 37-35, 30-26 victory over Tarleton State. […]

Zia soccer drops road match

Freedom Newspapers Northeastern State 4, ENMU 1 — At Tahlequah, Okla., the host Lady Reds got two goals and an assist from Marie Widerman to improve to 11-3 (4-2 LSC). Widerman assisted on a goal by Stacey Cutler just over three minutes into the game, then scored on a penalty kick to give NSU a […]

Huskey has career finish

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By Dave Wagner Karissa Huskey had just finished running the race of her life, and she looked like she was ready to go again. Huskey placed fifth overall with a time of 23:44.6 over 6 kilometers to lead Eastern New Mexico University’s women to a fifth-place team finish in the Lone Star Conference cross country […]

Lack of brew makes for a boring Oktoberfest

Jim Lee About three weeks ago I performed an experiment. I discovered that if I droop the end of the toilet paper roll into the bowl and push down the flush handle, the force of the swirling water will pull the paper off the roll. I didn’t check to see if the paper would go […]

In a child’s adventure, dad ends up the hero

Bob Huber When Big War II broke out, every red-blooded American kid who believed in baseball, cowboys, and the American Way shouldered his Red Ryder BB gun in the relentless struggle against tyranny. The scenario involved the building of small forts hither and yon in the Colorado foothills so enemies of the free world could […]

Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts

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Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from noon […]

PNT wins award for investigative reporting

The Portales News-Tribune has won the New Mexico Press Association’s second place investigative reporting award for newspapers under 10,000 circulation. Staff members Tony Farkas, Mike Linn, Gary Mitchell, and Kevin Wilson received their award for the paper’s coverage of a conflict between the Portales police department and the Portales municipal judge. During the association’s Saturday […]

Obits 10-26

Kathleen Betts, 69 Kathleen Betts, 69, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Services are pending.

Daylight savings has its reasons

Sue Gilmore Welcome to the dark side … of the day. Yes, it’s that time again. Time to set back the clocks and bid farewell to that extra hour of daylight. Except, of course, in Arizona (not including the Navajo Nation), Hawaii and most of Indiana. Their time zones are constants — always standard time. […]

Officials narrow finalist list for city manager

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com A former Eastern New Mexico University student and New Mexico-native. A dentist turned politician who loves challenges. And a former city manager with 15 years experience. One will be Portales’ next city manager. Debi Lee of Hobbs, Richard Elliott of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Michael Steele […]

Rams look to get into driver’s seat

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By Kevin Wilson By virtue of a win at Greyhound Stadium last December, the Ruidoso Warriors are the defending Class 3A state champs in football. By virtue of a punishment from the New Mexico Activities Association, the Portales Rams are the best 2-5 team in the state. Neither circumstance matters at 7 p.m. today in […]

Lady Rams clinch top seed

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By Kevin Wilson Two down, one to go. For the Portales volleyball team, it’s not one season. It’s three. There is the pre-district schedule, the district season, and there’s the playoffs. The Lady Rams ended season one with a 6-10 record last week and ended season two on Thursday with a 25-22, 27-25, 25-21 sweep […]