Obits March 26

Ken Bedinger, 60 Ken Bedinger, 60, of Portales died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at his home. He was born on June 3, 1943, in Portales to Lillie and Andrew E. Bedinger. His family moved to Portales in 1960 and he graduated from Portales High School in 1961. In 1962, he joined the Army Reserves. While […]

Huffman answers construction questions

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation and Portales contractors have heard a buzz from Portales residents concerned about local jobs going to Clovis constructors for the new Roosevelt County Chamber of Business Center in the downtown plaza. RCCDC officials selected LCI 2 Inc. out of Clovis to do the construction work or contract […]

Cheatham plays quiet role in Ram offense

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By Kevin Wilson For a guy who’s 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, Portales senior Kevin Cheatham has been pretty easy to lose sight of, even as the cleanup hitter for a Rams that has scored 86 runs in seven games leading up to the Fighting Colt Invitational this weekend in Silver. The right fielder has no problem […]

Setting it straight

The PNT’s Wednesday edition listed the wrong phone number people should contact to make donations to the Portales Skate Park Organization. People interested in making donations can call 769-3237.

Taxpayers keep airport up and running.

Mike Linn Airport officials have managed to keep the Portales Municipal Airport in tip-top shape thanks to grant money even after a subpar year in revenues. The airport pulled in almost $83,000 in revenues in 2003, between $40,000 and $50,000 less than reported in a year prior to 9/11, Airport Manager Ray Pallares said. The […]

ENMU student body president may want to sit this battle out

By Mike Linn Good ole Bob Cornelius has taken aim at Gov. Bill Richardson. The Eastern New Mexico University student body president and director of Associated Students of New Mexico is a little perturbed by Richardson’s recent vetoes affecting ENMU and other state universities. A little advice from the bleachers: Look out Bob. Bill is […]

Lady Rams prep for Dexter tourney

Freedom Newspapers Spring break ends early for the Portales High softball team, as it resumes playThursday in the Dexter Tournament. Portales (2-2) plays against District 4-3A rival Ruidoso in an 8 a.m. game, one of three the Lady Rams will have during the weekend when most students are enjoying their mid-semester break. “There really isn’t […]

Wallace belts two homers in Hound win

Freedom Newspapers ALVA, Okla. — Junior right-hander Jesse Garcia-Perez pitched five innings of three-hit relief and junior Mark Wallace belted a pair of solo home runs as Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team defeated Northwestern Oklahoma State 11-6 on Tuesday to gain a split of their two-game series. The Greyhounds (9-17), who were routed 16-1 […]

Obits March 24

Ralph Helms Services: 2 p.m. (CST) today at DeArman Funeral Home of Wynnewood, Okla. Ralph Murray Helms, 81, of Wynnewood, Okla., died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Pauls Valley General Hospital in Pauls Valley, Okla. He was born on Jan. 27, 1923, in Minco, Okla., to Benjamin Harrison and Elma Mae Jones Helms. He was […]

Civilian pilot makes emergency landing at Cannon

Darrell Maurina A civilian pilot suvived because Cannon Air Force Base took emergency steps to guide his damaged plane to Cannon’s runways during severe weather on March 12, according to Col. Robert Yates, 27th Fighter Wing commander. “When you have a fellow pilot in trouble you just pull out all the stops to get them […]

Skaters trade in their boards for brushes

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Tony Parra A good number of adults and teens say teens don’t have anything to do in Portales. Some fear some of the activities they do pursue — skateboarding, roller-blading and bicycling — may be stripped from them because of the deterioration of the equipment at Rotary Park. “We’ve had some ramps and equipment removed […]

Mayor plans housing goals for Portales

Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega has 20/20/20 vision. He wants 20 new homes for 20 new homeowners in 20 months. Ortega said he is aggressively pursuing an affordable housing program, something that may be a city-initiated project. “It’s one of the major efforts for the mayor and city council to establish more affordable home […]

PHS student to advise governor

Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson has many advisors. On Monday he added Portales High School’s Joderick Rodriquez to the list. Richardson swore in Rodriquez and 56 other high school students to the New Mexico Youth Alliance, also known as the Children’s Cabinet, on Monday afternoon in Albuquerque. The group will serve as an advisory committee […]

Gunshot to head kills Clovis man

Michelle Seeber A Clovis man has been arrested and charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Clovis resident, said Lt. Jimmy Glascock, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police. Jacob Roberts, 18, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center in the shooting death of Justin […]

Officials find booby traps after standoff

Darrell Maurina Booby traps left behind after a hostage standoff in Friona prompted local officials to call Cannon Air Force Base on Sunday for help. SWAT officers discovered the devices when attempting to enter the parsonage of First Baptist Church of Friona after fatally shooting Robby Lynn Vaughn of Muleshoe, the man they say took […]

Injuries give new Hound players opportunity

Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Several veterans are nursing injuries during Eastern New Mexico University’s spring football drills, but coach Bud Elliott and his staff aren’t too concerned. It just gives them more opportunity to look at less experienced players. The Greyhounds, who have been practicing for three weeks, had an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning […]

One year after war’s start leaves stories to tell

Darrell Maurina It’s been a year since the war in Iraq began. While many servicemembers assigned to the initial assault have rotated back home, some are still deployed in Iraq, some have been sent there more recently and others have just recently returned. Here are some of their stories. n n n Julian Urioste, a […]

ENMU track team has solid showing

Freedom Newspapers LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University’s track squads opened the regular season in the Texas Tech Invitational on Saturday, and coach Eric Boll came away impressed with several performances. For the men, freshman Zach Gerleve earned second place in javelin with a throw of 188 feet, 9 inches, while sophomores Ricardo Hernandez and […]

Hounds lose in blowout fashion

Freedom Newspapers ALVA, Okla. —Eastern New Mexico’s start to a five-game, four-day road trip couldn’t have been worse. Northwestern Oklahoma State pounded seven home runs off two Hounds pitchers, including a pair of grand slams, as the Rangers routed Eastern 16-1 Monday at Ranger Field. The game was ended by a seven-inning rule. The Rangers […]

Local teen awarded for investment skills

Mike Linn A teen with familiy in Portales recently won a national marketing contest by investing in some of the nation’s retail giants. Whitney Sepeda, 15, of Effort, Penn., and two other classmates at the Monroe Career and Technical Institute turned $100,000 of funny money into $123,375 in 10 weeks to win the NASDAQ/DECA-sponsored Stock […]