Non-testers work on world problems

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By Kevin Wilson While most of their classmates were spending their school days taking a national test, the sophomores of Portales High School got an opportunity for a global test. Tuesday and Wednesday found the PHS 10th-graders in the Campus Union Ballroom of Eastern New Mexico University, where they were organized as part of a […]

Century of horsemanship involved in business

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Ray and Wendy Toombs are owners of the Abrazos Adventure horseback riding school and between them have 100 years of horse experience. They […]

ACLU files suit on behalf of man with bumper sticker

By David Irvin By David Irvin Freedom Newspapers David_Irvin@link.freedom.com Lawyers for a Clovis man charged with distribution of sexually explicit material to minors for placing two nude she-devil stickers on his car have filed a civil motion in state court asking for declarations on the issue. Specifically, the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the […]

Arbitrator decides in favor of dismissed Dora teacher

By Tony Parra Almost eight months after a Dora High School teacher was terminated from her job, an independent arbitrator has ruled she was wrongfully discharged. Stuart Shanor of the Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor and Martin law firm in Roswell ruled Friday that Derinda Carter was wrongfully discharged by the district without just cause, according to […]

Track team making strides, but still has far to go

PNT Staff Eric Boll believes he is making progress in trying to build a track program at Eastern New Mexico University, but he knows the Greyhounds and Zias are battling steep odds. Unlike most of its Lone Star Conference counterparts, ENMU isn’t that close to larger areas of population. And it also is competing against […]

Commission approves land for housing

By Tony Parra County commissioners approved a preliminary plat of territorial estates for the development of a housing development in the southeast part of Portales. The proposed development will be located on the eastern side of Kilgore Avenue alongside East University Drive, according to Chad Lydick, surveyor for Lydick Engineers and Surveyors of Clovis. Lydick […]

Cockfighting ban passes in House

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A proposed ban on cockfighting remains alive in the New Mexico Legislature, where the House on Tuesday voted for it overwhelmingly. The bill went to the Senate on a vote of 50-15 after brief debate. “We are as game as the gamecocks to stay […]

Deputy accused of excessive force

By David Irvin A Clovis man recently acquitted of battery charges against a county sheriff’s deputy has filed a notice to the county that he intends to sue the deputy for using excessive force. Gilbert Martin Lopez, found guilty of evading arrest in his Feb. 2 jury trial, claims his civil rights were violated during […]

Public broadcasting helps democracy, rather than hamper it

By Kirby Rowan: Guest columnist I listen to National Public Radio almost every afternoon, and find it an intelligent, informative alternative to the typical fare on afternoon radio. The same goes for public television. Both provide lots of public policy discussion/debate, funded in part by taxes. Some of my friends who love Rush Limbaugh complain […]

My days as a locker hockey jock

By Kevin Wilson My friends and family — and anybody who talks to me for five minutes — usually suggest that maybe Kevin Wilson watches a little too much television for his own good. But Sunday’s NBC broadcasting was a little too much for even me. It was professional lacrosse, with an all-star game, on […]

PHS has some shoes to fill heading into 2005 campaign

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By Dave Wagner After three consecutive trips to regional competition, the Portales High softball team has some shoes to fill this season. Portales graduated its pitcher (Kassandra Richards), catcher (Ashley Flores), shortstop (Kelly Parkey), center fielder (Erica Feliciano) and right fielder (Carissa Martinez) after going 12-12 (8-4 District 4-3A) last season. Richards pitched for the […]

Land sale approved

By Tony Parra City councilors during Tuesday’s city council meeting approved a resolution for the sale of city property to a Portales attorney to create offices for his law firm in the downtown area. Councilors approved the sale of 301 S. Ave. A. for $5,000 to Eric Dixon. City Attorney Stephen Doerr said the real […]

March 2 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Some of the irrigation farmers are really getting things in order for corn to be planted then the other crops will fall in line as their turn comes. I see quite a few young calves in the pastures and saw a new colt yesterday. There were a few geese in the air […]

March 2 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Dena Davis; Dave Nash. Upcoming events • Lions Club will meet tonight at 7. • There will be a fire meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • Booster Club will meet Monday at 6 p.m. • City Council will meet Tuesday at […]

March 2 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Sure does seem like spring has sprung, but I imagine it is just a short “Indian Summer” spell. However, the farmers are as busy as can be. The wheat is looking good. The height of the wheat is pretty relative to whether or not cattle graze in each area. Shower There have […]

Sci-fi lectureship set for Thursday

By Tony Parra Jack Williamson, who turns 97 in March, still works to pique sci-fi readers’ interests. While he usually does this through his writing, Williamson also is part of a lectureship series in its 29th year at Eastern New Mexico University. “I enjoy the lectureship,” Williamson said. “It gives me a chance to visit […]

March 1 Obituaries

Susanna Jilek, infant Services: 10 a.m Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Susanna Hope Jilek, 4 1/2 months, of Albuquerque died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at her home. She was born on Oct. 12, 2004, in Albuquerque, to Evie Marie Sullivan and Brook Anton Jilek. Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Cathy and Tom Sullivan, […]