Sunland Inc. celebrates opening of new building

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said it’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday he and other Sunland representatives unveiled a new peanut butter processing building. Sunland Inc. officials had an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The Sunland Inc. plant was […]

Proposed townhouses to go up in Portales

By Tony Parra A proposed affordable housing unit of 72 townhouses is in the works to go up on property just east of the Roosevelt General Hospital, according to Beverly Bennett, Vista Nueva Realty realtor. Bennett is working with Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed and Associates, a housing development firm from Albuquerque, on the proposed […]

NMFA helps fund Ute Water Project

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Finance Authority and the governing body of the Ute Water Project reached an agreement Wednesday for a $2 million grant to help fund the initial stages of the proposed project. Much of the money will go toward engineering services, which include rounds of public meetings at towns and […]

Heartland takes care of minor issues

By Mike Linn and Tony Parra A government Web site that compares the quality of area nursing homes has been criticized for being too vague, poorly updated and sometimes displaying incorrect information. Officials say information on nursing homes displayed on the federal Medicare.gov Web site can be a useful starting tool for people researching nursing […]

Hounds start LSC play

By Dave Wagner As he looked ahead to tonight’s Lone Star Conference South Division opener against Texas A&M-Commerce, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan wondered just how much of his team would be available. Senior guard Irshaun Pinckney (ankle) and junior forward Daniel Sherman (back) missed last weekend’s LSC crossover games at […]

Red-hot Lions may be South team to beat

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University may be the two-time defending Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball champion, but if early-season performances mean anything it’s Texas A&M-Commerce coming in as the team to beat. While everybody else in the South sits between 6-9 and 9-6 heading into Thursday’s first full night of division […]

Elida boys ease past Dora in District 3-1A opener

PNT Staff ELIDA — The Elida Tigers outscored Dora 20-10 in the fourth quarter Tuesday night to rally for a 60-57 victory in the District 3-1A opener for both teams. Senior Dylan Radcliff scored 19 points and freshman Wesley Gilmore added 14 for the Tigers (11-6, 1-0 district). Juniors Tyler Wilhoit and Brent Hays led […]

Lady Rams’ solid play overwhelms Goddard

By Dave Wagner Bethany Self was hot, and her teammates kept on feeding her. Self, a 5-foot-11 freshman, took advantage of crisp passes to score a career-best 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting Tuesday night as Portales High’s girls rolled over Roswell Goddard 64-37 at the PHS gym. The Lady Rams collected 18 assists — spread […]

City officials commit to Ute Water Project

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and city officials approved a Portales commitment to the Ute Water Project during Tuesday’s city meeting. Ortega said senators and federal government officials have heard verbal commitments from eastern New Mexico communities but they do not have documentation of each community’s commitment. Ortega advised city councilors to review water […]

RCDC addition will cost $2.6 million

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners were told Tuesday it would cost an estimated $2.6 million to build a 72-bed addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The proposed addition to the current 83-bed facility would be funded in part by a gross receipts tax increase of 1/16th of a cent that went into effect […]

Children learn from lockin

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By Tony Parra Martin Luther King Jr. said he had a dream that one day “all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing” in the speech he gave on Aug. 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in […]

Fraternity founder tabbed as new student regent

By Kevin Wilson Whether he’s lining up for a sprint or getting ready to work on Eastern New Mexico University’s budget matters, Diego Espinoza knows the importance of being prepared. That’s why the senior from Moriarty was recommended for — and eventually nomiated as — ENMU’s new student regent. Espinoza is the founder of ENMU’s […]

Paralegal career full of challenges

By David Irvin By David Irvin CNJ STAFF WRITER david_irvin@link.freedom.com The clock is ticking and the paperwork is piling up. Two-hundred pages to brief, 30 minutes till court and little room for error. Welcome to the paralegal profession. “There is never a day that you are caught up,” said Shannon Cassidy, who works as a […]

Soldiers offered chance to tell story

By Mike Linn Countless stories of hometown war heroes have graced the pages of newspapers across the country. News stations broadcast the coming and going of troops, their funerals and their family’s joys and sorrows. But no news service can get completely in the minds of soldiers, to tell the most intimate stories of their […]

VFW patrons come to aid of sick child

By Tony Parra Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Portales held a benefit dinner and concert on Saturday to help raise money to help with the medical costs of ocular surgery for 2-year-old Jacob Strong of Albuquerque. Strong is the grandson of Bud Strong, who lived in Portales for more than 20 […]

Jan. 18 Obituaries

Lu Lu Thomson, 94 Lu Lu Lenora Thomson, 94, of El Paso, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, in El Paso.  She was born to Charles Albert and Lu Lu Ford Christa on May 15, 1911, in Roswell. She started school in Belen and graduated from high school in Clovis. She also attended classes at […]

Zias’ Lee out for year as South play begins

By Dave Wagner On the eve of the start of the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s race, Eastern New Mexico University acting head coach Dustin Klafka said Monday that senior guard Laci Lee will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Lee, a four-year regular, has missed the team’s five games […]

Rams dominate second half against Goddard

PNT Staff ROSWELL — Portales High boys coach Mark Gallegos wasn’t that worried at halftime, even with his team trailing by eight points. Gallegos figured if the Rams could keep getting good shots and pick up their defense a little, the rest would take care of itself. Portales (9-7) dominated the second half to the […]

Inauguration still serves a purpose

By Jim Lee On Thursday, President Bush will take the oath of office for the second time. To most of us, a second term inauguration is about as exciting as an instant replay at a chess tournament. After all, we won’t get a new president. We may get some entertainment value in seeing him try […]

Love, marriage and Santa’s reindeer

By Bob Huber It’s hard to let go of Christmas. Take for example a yuletide footnote I have in hand signed off by none other than the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. It has to do with love and marriage among Santa’s reindeer. By the way, Alaskans call their reindeer “caribou,” although we know […]