Prayer can help in everyday life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Caring for my ailing mother while winding down the school year brought many anxious moments. I remember one incident in particular. I tossed and turned and sleep evaded me. I glanced at the clock, which read 3:30 a.m. In just a few hours I would be in my classroom, a […]

Power naps have a purpose

By Helena Rodriguez My one and only nephew, Bobby Stoppel of Albuquerque, introduced me to a phrase called “power napping” when he visited recently. I’d never heard of a “power nap,” but since it came from Bobby, I figured it was a cool new concept sweeping America by storm like Krispy Kreme donuts and reality […]

Portales teen arrested on murder charge

By Kevin Wilson A Portales teenager was charged with murder on Wednesday. Richard Baca, who turned 18 on May 2, is accused of killing Amber Robinson, 19, of Portales. Robinson’s body was discovered fully intact Friday afternoon, buried in the back yard of a residence at 717 N. Ave. J, where Baca lives. Portales Police […]

Switching parties a tactic for local voters

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said Democrats want to have a say as to who fills Roosevelt County positions, and they’re willing to switch parties for that purpose. Fraze said she has seen 22 voters change their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican so they can vote on key positions during June […]

Cannon plane makes emergency fuel drop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release happened due to […]

May 13 Obituaries

Amber Robinson Services: 2 p.m. Friday at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Portales. Amber Robinson, 19, of Portales, was born on Dec. 3, 1984, in Portales, to Joann Martinez and Rodney Robinson. She grew up in Portales, where she attended school. Family members said she was artistic and enjoyed doing needlework, crocheting, painting and crafting. […]

Gomez signs on to play for Garden City next year

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Kevin Wilson Roni Gomez went right from high school basketball to golf, helping her teammates win the Class 3A title on March 12 in Albuquerque and competing in a golf scrimmage three days later in Hobbs. Gomez went right back to basketball Wednesday, as she arrived back from the state golf meet in time to […]

Young Ram team looking to make mark at state track

By Kevin Wilson Amador Lujan is a youngster in the definition of a high-schooler, but the sophomore is a veteran when the Portales Rams take the track today in the state meet. “I won’t be as nervous,” the 5-foot-11, 155-pound sprinter said of his second foray into the state track meet at the University of […]

Quick/Self pairing makes way to finals

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — No major surprises for took place for Portales teams on Wednesday’s opening day of the Class 1A-3A individual state tennis championships. That meant that all Rams and Lady Rams singles entries were eliminated by day’s end, although eighth-grader Bethany Self did score a win by default before bowing in […]

City expresses grief after identification

By Mike Linn Portales residents expressed shock and grief on Tuesday after police identified the body of a woman found on Friday, buried in a Portales back yard. Amber Robinson, 20, a former student at Broad Horizons in Portales, made a lasting impression on friends, who described her as a joy to be around. “She […]

Teachers look towards grants with tight budgets

By Tony Parra Teachers and administrators are finding different ways to fund educational programs in the form of grants for schools which would otherwise dip into the Portales school budgets. Grants can consists of thumbing through paper after paper of applications, gathering information and providing documentation by teachers to the foundation which provide the funding […]

May 12 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays this week: James Whitecotton; Shelly Buzard. Anniversaries: Kendell and Shelly Buzard. Upcoming Events • The Back Porch Pickers will meet Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Community Building. Everyone is invited. • 4-H will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the Community Building. • Floyd High School Graduation is May […]

May 12 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays May 15-21 Ronald Berry, Becky West, Kelby Widner, Twanya Craig, Roberta Burkstaller, Joe West, Russell Craig, Peggy Patterson, Cinco Boone, Cathy Daughtery and Eileen Husted. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Graves, Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hymes, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Nuckoles, Mr. and Mrs. Troy Fine, […]

May 12 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There have been showers all over the area, from Portales to Lea County and on south. To the north of Portales has probably been heavier with rainfall from the looks of all the TV reports. No matter where it comes down every drop is needed and appreciated on crops and pastures alike. […]

May 12 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Sunday was a beautiful day for everyone celebrating Mother’s Day — even those spending the day inside. There were some mothers visiting families in Dora and Dora Mothers traveling around visiting their “younguns” and families. Ivy Allison was out from Portales visiting with her daughter, Laqueda Chavez and family, and came with […]

May 12 Obituaries

Ruth Evans, 61 Mrs. Ruth Evans, 61, of Dora, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at her home. She was born on May 30, 1942, in Alma, Okla., to Vera and Walter T. Lane. She graduated from the Velma-Alma High School in 1960 and went on to study at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Okla. […]

Great mystery is just good business

By Kevin Wilson Two. Six. That’s me on Saturday, 26 years old. This might not be the time to spout off about a midlife crisis, but it’s pretty daunting to realize that a full quarter-century is about to take place, and I have yet to A) write the Great American Novel, B) cure cancer or […]

Ram rotation key to tournament success

By Kevin Wilson Portales senior T.C. Nusser insists that if there’s a must-win game, Seth Clabaugh’s the pitcher the Rams need to use. When he took the mound on Saturday against Cobre, though, he gave the Rams a victory in a must-win game mainly because he wouldn’t let the Rams lose. “It was just a […]

School board members approve budget

By Tony Parra Portales Schools Finance Director Murphy Quick had Portales school board members place their stamp of approvals on the 2004-05 fiscal budget for the Portales Municipal school district. All of the members, except for Inez Rodriguez, signed the budget at the end of the meeting. Rodriguez was unable to attend the meeting, and […]

Police: No ID yet on dead body

By Kevin Wilson aw enforcement officials said they will know today the identity of a body found buried in a Portales back yard three days ago. That information and the cause of death, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, would be available this morning after completion of the autopsy. “There’s not enough (in relation to) […]