Portales softball team wins district title

By Kevin Wilson For the Portales girls softball team, it was a Saturday like no other. It was like most April days in Portales, with a slight wind and the sun beating down, but today was different — for when the Lady Rams arrived back in Portales that afternoon, they did it as District 4-3A […]

Rams swept, but still earn state berth

By Kevin Wilson Portales needed a sweep to win district or a split to earn a playoff berth. The Rams got neither, but backed into the Class 3A state tournament after New Mexico Military Institute dropped its nightcap against Ruidoso, 3-1. Portales coach Arturo Ontiveros wasn’t happy about his team’s games at Lovington, and admitted […]

Track teams finish fourth

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Both Portales High track teams finished fourth behind host Lovington, Artesia and Roswell High in Friday’s seven-school Ross Black Relays. For the boys, the best finishes were seconds by Tyler Johnson in discus (125-8 3/4) and the 1,600 relay team of Steven Heckert, Amador Lujan, Joey Moore and Jason Needham (3:45.10). […]

ENMU gets physical — again

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By Kevin Wilson For the second time in as many years, teachers and athletes at Eastern New Mexico University took a day to show local children how important education was — in a physical sense. Greyhound Arena played host Saturday to the university’s second annual physical education day, a part of the national P.E. day […]

Hounds fall short of winning season

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s bid for its first winning season since 2000 came up just short. After earning a Lone Star Conference South Division split with NCAA Division II fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on Friday with a 5-0, three-hit shutout from junior left-hander David Swinconos, the Greyhounds went down twice on […]

Fort Sumner cruises in 3-1A

By Dave Wagner MELROSE — Floyd’s girls nearly slipped up and stole a Class 1A state track championship a year ago, falling three points short of heavily-favored Fort Sumner. The Lady Broncos’ job will be much harder this year, but they have hopes of doing well in next weekend’s Class 1A state meet in Albuquerque. […]

Ropers descend on Clovis

Shorty Sanders of Capitan said it’s more American than baseball. Organizer Scot Stinnett said it’s more difficult that golf. Wendy Lacina, who came from Amarillo with her two young sons to support her husband, described it as great family fun. All were in Clovis on Saturday for the second day of the Joe’s Boot Shop […]

5/1 School News

Portales Junior High School Track results The Portales girls’ team members earned the following awards at the Hagerman track meet: 110 meter hurdles, Dallas Russell, second and Ashlee Banister, fourth; 100 meter dash, Tara Johnson, first; mile run, LeAnne Blaeser, sixth; 800 meter relay, eighth grade, fifth place; 400 meter dash, Lindsay Keller, third and […]

Car accident kills teen, injures another

Freedom Newspapers A one-vehicle crash north of Clovis early Saturday morning left one Clovis teen dead and another in critical condition. Adam Romero, 15, the passenger, died at the scene of the crash, according to Sgt. Wesley Waller of the New Mexico State Police. The driver, Charles Valero, 16, of Clovis, was in critical condition […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

Rules change as one gets older

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist It’s May again, time to gather ye the first gay blossoms of the greater stitchwort and go a-Maying. But if you’re into less strenuous activities, just give thanks you got through another winter. By and large, that can be a heady sensation. That said, let’s today delve into the human […]

What really matters? I can’t remember

Jim Lee: PNT columnist Sometimes I forget things. Wait a minute, I should correct that statement. After all, I need to be specific and accurate here — if I can remember how to do that. I rarely have difficulty remembering things from a long time ago, or other things that don’t really matter. The real […]

Four N.M. newspapers win ‘best of show’

The Associated Press The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Tribune, Hobbs News-Sun, The Durango Herald and Clovis News Journal won top honors Saturday in the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest. Awards for excellence in news coverage for 2004 were given in three circulation divisions for newspapers in New Mexico, as well […]

5/1 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: • James Truelove, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and was ordered to pay fines. • Phillip Hammons, 18, pleaded guilty to concealing identity and minor in possession and was ordered to serve 6 months supervised probation. • Jessica Aguilar, 23, pleaded no […]

5/1 Local Briefs

Vietnam veteran event today Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515, has announced that a Vietnam Veterans Recognition event will be held at 2 p.m. today at Becky Sharp Auditorium on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. This is one of hundreds nationwide, and overseas, being conducted by VFW members and Ladies Auxiliary members as […]

5/1 Obituaries

Elizabeth Carter, 92 Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mount Zion Cemetery near Dora. Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, 92, of Portales, died Friday, April 29, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on April 16, 1913, in Elida, to Zadie and Charles McClain. She grew up on a ranch south of Taiban. She […]

City, college plan Cinco de Mayo events

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer As the calendar turns over to May, people can look forward to Cinco De Mayo celebrations throughout the week in Portales. Cinco De Mayo organizers are preparing their festivities for the people of Portales to enjoy from Tuesday to Saturday. Eastern New Mexico University faculty, staff and students are […]

Program provides gun locks

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents in Roosevelt County have free at their disposal gun locks to help protect children from accidental shootings. The Project Safe van made a stop in Portales on Thursday and gave away 800 gunlocks to law enforcement officials — 500 to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department and 300 to […]

4/29 Obituaries

Ruby Beeckler Services: 10 a.m. (CDT) Saturday at Robertson Chapel of Memories in Clarendon, Texas. Ruby Beeckler, 95, of Clovis, died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on July 18, 1909, in Elida, to Billy Latth and Mary Elizabeth Stewart Moffitt. She was a salesperson at Casual […]

Area fund-raising leaves family ‘overwhelmed’

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor DORA — When Kellie Bilbrey was getting the word out on a fund-raiser for her 3-year-old niece Hope Bilbrey, she tried to be realistic about the donations she and her family would receive. “We were hoping maybe we could get $20 each from the kids and get $2,000 or […]