Quilter to showcase work at Ag Expo

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Tony Parra Laura Merrick will be one of many who will show their talents in the quilt show of the 12th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo, Feb. 23-25 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Her family is rich in a quilting tradition which dates back to the 19th century. Merrick knows all too well about quilting. […]

Hounds protect LSC South lead

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Junior guard Kennis Green, scoreless at halftime, lit up Midwestern State for 16 second-half points Thursday night and Eastern New Mexico University pulled away for a 77-67 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over the Indians at Greyhound Arena. Green hit back-to-back, open-court 3-pointers to extend the Hounds’ lead […]

Zias work (double) overtime for win

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By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University Zias aren’t about to go down easily. Down by 12 points with less than 13 minutes left in the second half, the Zias dug down to force overtime on a last-second baseline shot by freshman guard Heather Brown, then pulled away in the second overtime to beat […]

Broken Bat Tourney in its last hurrah

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh is a little sad that this year marks the end of the Broken Bat Tournament. A four-team event featuring wood bats, the Greyhounds will host the sixth — and final —edition of the event beginning at Greyhound Field. Because the teams play with wood […]

Murray coaches, collect memories

By Kevin Wilson John Murray collects all kinds of things, from a record collection that exceeds 7,000 vinyl discs to a grouping of toys that would make his office a good subject for a VH1 “I Love the 80s” special. His most valuable collection, though, grows in a file folder. It is a collection of […]

Valencia principal suspended

Mike Linn A Portales school principal has been suspended for improper distribution of the New Mexico Writing Assessment, a school official said Thursday. David VanWettering, principal of Valencia Elementary, has been suspended for an undisclosed amount of time for distributing the assessment to his teachers too early, Portales School Board President David Brooks said. “David […]

Officials seek funding from Legislature

David Arkin Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he expected a huge funding bill that included numerous capital outlay requests to be voted on sometime during the next few days. Harden, who headed for Clovis on Thursday to attend to family matters, said he submitted his priorities for capital outlay before he left. There’s expected to […]

Veteran uses faith to get through tragedy

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Some people know pain and suffering. As a Marine who lost an eye and arm while leading his men in combat during the Vietnam War, Clebe McClary said he has more cause than many others to speak of his own pain. “I didn’t get drafted, I didn’t […]

ENMU hosts Festival Romanico

PNT Staff More than 500 high school students from around New Mexico are expected to participate in the annual Festival Romanico at Eastern New Mexico University. Schools confirmed so far include: Clovis High School, Clovis Christian School, Portales High School, Jal High School, Artesia High School, Lovington High School, Carlsbad High School, Muleshoe High School, […]

Couple reminices on Valentine memories

Michelle Seeber Tom and Sandy Simensen of Portales have celebrated 15 Valentine’s Day anniversaries since their marriage on Nov. 19, 1988, in Denver. The Valentine’s Day they remember most, though, was in 1986, when they lived at Windsor Gardens in Denver before they got married. “It was a Roarin’ ‘20s party,” Tom, 68, said last […]

Valentine’s Day is about sacrifice, acts of love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]

House OKs bill that qualifies more students for scholarship

David Arkin A local lawmaker’s proposal to change a portion of the Lottery Scholarship cleared a big hurdle on Thursday. On Thursday, the House gave the OK to a bill sponsored by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, that would allow students who graduate from high school to sit out a year before going to college and […]

Life is precious where there’s love

Joan Clayton Several years ago, Emmitt was given a dog. This time I put my foot down — “This dog is not going to be a house dog,” I said. Chalk up one for me for the only case I won. Winter came and although it brought mild temperatures Emmitt thought Bear might be cold, […]

Snow blankets county

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Tony Parra The Roosevelt County residents got a taste of something they haven’t seen this winter season. A good hard snow. This is the first time this year between 1 to 2 inches of snow fell in Roosevelt County, according to meteorologist Chuck Jones of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. A few times this […]

Snow cancels Portales classes

PNT Staff Portales public schools canceled classes on Thursday because of snow and icy conditions, school officials said. Weather officials said many areas in eastern New Mexico received more than two inches of snow overnight. . Here’s a rundown of other area schools:  Clovis schools were closed.  Eastern New Mexico University classes were […]

State champs begin new tennis season

Kevin Wilson The year is getting a lot busier for Portales High senior Hailey Quick, and that’s not even counting her responsibilities as a student. The 5-foot-2 1/2-inch Quick (“Gotta have the half-inch,” she said) is getting prepared for her final season of Portales tennis, as she and her teammates prepare to defend the Class […]

Zias’ stellar play vaults them to first

Dave Wagner PORTALES — There they were, picked for last place in the Lone Star Conference South Division. Ho-hum, just another year of Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball. Don’t look know, but the Zias are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into the stretch run, with wins over nationally ranked division […]

Obits Feb 12

Edith Mae Akers, 93 Edith Mae Akers, 93, of Clovis, a seamstress, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on Nov. 8, 1910, in Dora, Nolan County, Texas, to George R. and Willie Bloxom Sagely. She married William L. Akers on Oct. 17, 1931, in Clovis. She was […]

Burglary arrests down in city, county

Mike Linn Burglary is becoming less and less popular in Roosevelt County and Portales, something police say is attributed to aggressive patrolling and information sharing between law enforcement officials. Arrests for the crime in 2003 are the lowest in at least six years in both the county and city. And burglary arrests in the city […]

Property purchased for new hotel

Tony Parra TNJ Management on Wednesday purchased the property of the Hillcrest Motel off of U.S. 70, where they plan to build a 70-room hotel by 2005, city officials confirmed. Mayor Orlando Ortega and Kim Huffman, chairman of the Roosevelt Community Development Corporation, confirmed on Wednesday that TNJ Management has closed the deal on the […]