Budget proposal seeks tuition hike

David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University would have a few things to look forward to and a list of items that aren’t so favorable if a senate committee’s budget proposal holds up. The Senate Finance Committee’s budget, which was approved on Tuesday and now is headed for the Senate, requires universities to increase tuition by […]

Snow expected as temperatures drop

Freedom Newspapers Cold weather below freezing and wind-swept snow may grace Portales residents this morning, weather officials say. Chuck Jones, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said Portales will have a snow and blowing snow advisory in effect through this morning. Portales school officials will decide at 6 a.m. today whether […]

Rams rout Warriors

By Kevin Wilson Tuesday was Daniel Aranda’s 16th birthday, and the Ram guard made sure his teammates would be celebrating the night as well. Aranda hit a 3-pointer that sparked a pivotal 11-0 run to close out the third quarter, turning a close game into a blowout, and host Portales went on to a 46-28 […]

Lubbock Christian edges ENMU, 5-4

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Down to their final two outs, the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals pushed over two ninth-inning runs despite hitting only one ball out of the infield to edge Eastern New Mexico University 5-4 in college baseball Tuesday. Sophomore Jesse Garcia-Perez, ENMU’s third pitcher of the day, worked two scoreless innings before running into […]

Dora boys pound Vaughn

Freedom Newspapers DORA — Clayton Stokes score 17 to lead all scorers, and the Coyotes outscored Vaughn 24-4 in the third quarter en route to a 62-24 win Tuesday night at Guy Luscombe Gymnasium. Dora (5-15, 3-4) also got 10 from Travis Belcher. Chris Mateson led Vaughn with 13 points. The Coyotes will go on […]

Obits Feb 11

Molly Teague, 64 Molly Teague, 64, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at her home. She was born on Feb. 14, 1939, in San Antonio, to Ruby and Walter Rodgers. Her father was a trapper and game warden and the family moved from place to place in New Mexico while she was growing up. When she […]

Four wheels for a buck

Mike Linn Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett doesn’t shop for police cruisers at the dollar store. But he recently stumbled across a deal from an agency that sells police vehicles for $1 in an effort to beef up Homeland Security nationwide. Here’s the catch: The cars would be laced with advertisements from local, regional and […]

Tucumcari jailer accused of sex crimes

William Thompson TUCUMCARI — Robert Gonzales, the Quay County detention center employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving minors, will be arraigned in 10th Judicial District Court soon, according to Nancy English, an attorney for the district attorney’s office. One of the alleged victims has ties to Portales, and claimed the jailer made sexual advances […]

U.S. dairies will be preserved

Mike Linn A Free Trade Agreement negotiated this weekend with Australia will preserve the American dairy system, local lawmakers say. Increased pressure from lawmakers in both parties and the dairy industry has prompted the U.S. Trade Ambassador to preserve most of America’s existing dairy tariff structure in the just-completed U.S.—Australia Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Rep. […]

Nursing home tax gets mixed reviews

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

Zias finish softball tourney on roll

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, Nev. — It didn’t take the Eastern New Mexico University softball team long to bounce back from an 0-4 start. The Zias captured two wins on both Saturday and Sunday to pull up to the .500 mark while finishing 4-2 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competition in the South Central Region […]

Hounds gain Sunday baseball split

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team opened its season by going 1-3 in the Southwest Shootout hosted by Tarleton State. The Greyhounds split two games Sunday, including a 10-4 whipping of the host Texans behind a complete-game nine-hitter from sophomore right-hander Kelly Crain. In its second game of the […]

Hounds win fifth straight

Dave Wagner CANYON, Texas — It took Jamaal Hunnicutt a while to settle down Monday night. Essentially playing in his hometown, the Eastern New Mexico University junior from Amarillo struggled with his offense, shooting just 2-of-11 from the field. But he put down 7-of-8 free throws in overtime, helping the Greyhounds nail down a 77-72 […]

ENMU to mourn tragic death of former student

Darrell Maurina Co-workers and friends expressed shock and disbelief Monday, following the apparent suicide of Clovis Community College instructor William H. Windley Jr. Police said Windley, 32, of Portales, purchased a gun and ammunition on Friday afternoon at the Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City store in Clovis, then shot himself in the head in front of […]

Local school wants to teach dual-languages

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales school officials are hoping to implement a dual-language program beginning next school year for kindergartners at L. L. Brown Grade School. The Portales School Board approved an application Tuesday night for the program to be presented to the state’s education department by March 1. Currently […]

Helping hands make all the difference

Tony Parra The mid-day sunlight shined through the blinds and revealed what appeared to be a road map created from the wrinkles on the left side of his face — the face of 84-year-old Wayne Green. As Green sat on the shiny cushion of his chair, he slouched at an angle. His seat rested on […]

Obits Feb 10

Inez McCain Brown, 95 Mrs. Inez McCain Brown, 95, of Portales, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Aug. 25, 1908, in Hamlin, Texas, to Bertha and Henry Clay Bush. She grew up on the family farm in Paducah, Texas. She married Lee McCain in 1924. […]

Analysis: Lawmakers feeling the pressure

David Arkin Lawmakers last week crossed into the second half of their short legislative session — one that’s supposed to be focused on budget matters — with little accomplished. Hundreds and hundreds of bills still face lawmakers and special committees. There’s no doubt lawmakers are starting to feel the pressure of the shortened session, which […]

Rams end game “one jump shot away”

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By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Military Institute Colts were just happy to finish off Friday night with a 3-0 district mark. The Portales Rams were disappointed to finish off 0-for-12. The host Rams and the visiting Colts were both held to season lows, but the Colts survived an abysmal shooting night thanks to a […]

Lady Rams clinch top spot in district

Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — Erika Cook scored 15 points, and the Portales Lady Rams clinched the top seed in District 4-3A with a forgettable 49-28 win at Ruidoso. Ruidoso (9-10, 1-2 district) used a stall tactic throughout, which helped to explain a 17-12 halftime score. Portales (16-4, 4-0) steadily built a double-figure lead and left […]