Bible-based teaching helps couples

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Karen Tidwell remarried after a difficult first marriage, but she and her new husband Mike knew they needed help to make their marriage work. While stationed in England for her husband’s Air Force career, they joined a Christian program known as University of the Family and said the Bible-based teaching […]

South team has local presence

By Dave Wagner Charlene Reyes has regularly fielded quality teams in nine years as Alamogordo’s softball coach, including two state champions. Still, she feels almost an embarrassment of riches in coaching the South squad in this year’s North-South all-star series at Lady Wildcat Field. The teams meet in a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader today. The teams […]

Thurman-Kelly drafted by Mets

By Dave Wagner In three seasons at Eastern New Mexico University, Ian Thurman-Kelly had modest numbers — a 7-14 record with a 6.33 earned run average. Still, the New York Mets saw enough in the senior left-hander from Thornton, Colo., to select him in the 43rd round of this week’s first-year player draft. Injuries plagued […]

Portales teen arraigned on murder charge

By Kevin Wilson A Portales teenager was arraigned Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca lives. Baca was indicted last week […]

Committee makes budget cuts

By Tony Parra Finance Committee members were in limbo as to the status of funding for the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce and the Community Services Center, but eventually made cuts during Wednesday’s meeting. Finance committee members decided to make a 6.8 percent cut to the contracted services of Community Development coordinator Kim Huffman’s salary and […]

Ute water bill now up on Capitol Hill

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Lawmakers in the nation’s capital on Wednesday got the ball rolling for a project that could be the answer to eastern New Mexico’s water needs. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Act of 2004 on Wednesday to Congress, which would allow the U.S […]

June 10 Obituaries

Frances Hawkins, 79 Frances M. Hawkins, 79, of Bovina, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Nov. 17, 1924, in Kado, Okla. She married Lloyd Gober on Dec. 19, 1946, in New Mexico. She married Erith Hawkins in 1995, in New Mexico. She worked for Security State […]

Clovis team qualifies for national tourney

By Dave Wagner After winning four of six games over the weekend for third place in the girls state AAU 12-and-under basketball tournament at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, the Clovis Sparks are hoping to take the next step — to play in national AAU competition June 26-July 2 at Kingsport, Tenn. The Sparks […]

Longtime coaches host camp

Kevin Wilson Within the four walls of the old Portales Junior High gym, and within four walls of the new PJHS gym, longtime girls coaches are trying to make sure their students don’t hit a wall when it comes to basketball. About 45 girls are taking part in this week’s girls fundamentals camp, taught by […]

Teleauction survives minor glitch

By Tony Parra The beginning to the KENW-tele auction wasn’t what organizers had planned on, but all the kinks were worked out before the second day of the tele-auction and they were able to raise over $55,000. “It started off rocky when our computers locked down on Monday,” KENW tele-auction coordinator Sheryl Borden said. “We […]

Reagan memory endures for Edwards

By Kevin Wilson For Ronald Reagan, it was an early-morning layover at a small train station in Clovis. For a 20-something ticket agent, the Cold War-era words they exchanged are still memorable 42 years later. “We just talked about a lot of things,” said Dennis Edwards, now the president of Wells-Fargo Bank in Portales. “I […]

Students focus on careers

By Mike Linn Lori Noland feels lucky she’s on the verge of landing a job in her field, just three weeks after graduating college. The 2004 Eastern New Mexico University graduate said she has been through the interviews, and if she gets security clearance, she’ll work as a contracting specialist for the National Security Agency, […]

June 9 Obituaries

Christopher Gikas, 78 Mr. Christopher Gikas, 78, of Farwell, a retired professor, died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at his home. He was born on Jan. 26, 1926, in Lincoln, Neb., to Nestor O. and Freida Coronas Gikas. He graduated from high school in Borger, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during World […]

June 9 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The area, along with the nation, are remembering our beloved actor/president, Ronald Regan. We can’t all pass by his casket to honor his life and pay our regards. However, we can sympathize with the family from our homes and also rejoice that he is now at peace in a far better place. […]

June 9 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Windy, dry and hot pretty well says it all about the weather in this whole area. I’m told from Lubbock, Lamesa and Amarillo on too the east has had rain, hail and twisters; hearing from friends and relatives being my information source. Sure pray it starts here soon so our dryland farmers […]

June 9 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays this week: Winifred West, Dink Miller, Felecia Harvey. Anniversaries: Lewis and Bertha Gregory (61 years);. Upcoming Events • City Council will meet Monday at 7pm in the Community Building. • School Board will meet Monday at 7pm at the school. Swimming Lessons The Floyd session for swimming lessons at the […]

June 9 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays June 12th-18th Amber Hamilton, Macy Rae Jordon, Joel Taylor, Stephanie West, Barney Chandler, Leah Chenualt, Cutter McLain and Taylor McLain. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Terry and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Autrey. Breakfast The monthly men’s breakfast will be held at the Baptist Church Saturday […]

Camp start of road to Ram basketball

By Kevin Wilson Long before Jack Hale played post for the Portales High basketball team, he was a grade-schooler just learning the ropes at the Ram Fundamentals Camp. Now, he looks at this year’s campers and hopes they take a similar path. “It’s weird looking at the little kids in the morning session, remembering we […]

June 8 Obituaries

Andrew Kersey, 80 Andrew Troy Kersey, 80, of Albuquerque, died Saturday, June 5, 2004. He was born on April 29, 1924, in Manitou, Okla., to Andrew and Lela Cook Kersey. He was raised in Oklahoma Lane, Texas. He was a World War II veteran. He retired from Sandia National Labs in 1986. Survivors include his […]

Tucumcari hopes for race track and casino

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Tucumcari may soon be gambling on its location as a way to boost tourism. Ben Kendrick, director of the Tucumcari Economic Development Corp., said officials are in the early planning stages of landing a racetrack and casino in the area. Few details are available about the specifics of the plan. […]