Bodies not identified, no arrests made

By Kevin Wilson Two bodies found Thursday in a burned car southeast of Portales were still not identified on Friday. But law-enforcement officials said they have found a blue pickup that may be connected to the deaths. Now officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying anyone who may have been in the vicinity [...]

Rams win, gain semis in tourney

By Dave Wagner LITTLEFIELD, Texas — Justin Gilchrist and the Portales High Rams may have had a slight case of the jitters early in Thursday’s first-round game of Littlefield’s Wildcat Classic. Unfortunately for Tulia, Texas, the Hornets didn’t take advantage when they had the chance. Gilchrist issued a walk and committed a throwing error, putting [...]

Hounds, Zias set to play at home

by Dave Wagner So far, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball season has been pretty much a win-one, lose-one proposition. The Greyhounds (6-6) have neither won nor lost more than two in a row as they prepare for a four-game Lone Star Conference crossover series against Northeastern State (7-8) this weekend at Greyhound Field. The teams [...]

Rams, Lady Rams playing for high seeds in state meet

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By Dave Wagner Mark Gallegos would like to have known before Thursday night just who his Portales High boys basketball team would face in Saturday’s 7 p.m. District 4-3A tournament championship game at the PHS gym. “Until you see who you’re going to play, it makes it a little hard (to prepare),” said Gallegos, who [...]

Authors ponder post-humanity

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By Tony Parra Science fiction writers and readers gathered in Portales to celebrate the work of Jack Williamson and to ponder what exactly post-humanity evolution is on Thursday. Williamson has devoted 76 years of his life to science fiction writing. Patrice Caldwell, an organizer of the lectureship, said Williamson was ahead of his time with [...]

Officials believe car fire, house fire are related

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By Kevin Wilson Roosevelt County authorities are searching for a blue 1997 Ford truck in connection with human remains found in a burned car. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said the initial investigation showed two bodies in the trunk of the car, which was found about 8 a.m. Thursday on a dirt road a few miles [...]

Moderator has own history in spelling bee

By Lesli Radford Carol Nash has been participating in spelling bees for nearly 50 years. She won the Quay County spelling bee as a San Jon student in 1957. Then when she became a first-grade teacher at now-defunct Eugene Fields School in Clovis, her principal asked her to help out by pronouncing words for contestants. [...]

Let the joy bells ring

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Today is all you have. Make the most of it. Say “I love you” to someone dear. This opportunity may be gone tomorrow. Please don’t wait until “this or that happens” to be happy. If you cannot be happy now…this breath breathing, heart beating moment then when will you [...]

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional for those under 18

Freedom Newspapers Civilization has developed an imperfect but constructive system for transitioning error-prone children to responsible adulthood: We designate by law at what ages young people are designated partly and then fully responsible for their actions. Sixteen-year-olds can drive, but not vote or sign contracts. At 18 they are generally recognized as full adults, though [...]

Proof of humanity required, no contact necessary

by Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I had to provide proof the other day that I am a human being — and to a machine of all things. I was sending out e-mails for a class project to people — you know, those real-life, in the flesh-and-blood creatures that have overtaken this planet. Anyway, I was [...]