5/22 Obituaries

Services Pending Rosa J. Wofford, 96, of Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township, Pa., died Thursday, May 19, 2005, in Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township, Pa. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Dora P. Lucero, 68, of Hereford, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at Baptist Saint Anthony’s Hospice in Amarillo. Arrangements will be announced by […]

Lewis named NIE Teacher of the Year

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Leslie Lewis, who teaches at Portales Junior High and Broad Horizons Educational Center, won the Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award for Roosevelt County. Lewis teaches a Taking Charge and Life Skills class for seventh- and eighth-graders at the PJHS and Anatomy and Physiology at BHEC. Lewis […]

Delegates talk BRAC in Clovis

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Politics were not involved in the selection of Cannon Air Force Base for the Base Realignment and Closure list, according to members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., all stood strong on this point at a meeting with […]

Maypole to unwind at high school

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tana Prewitt has been planning the perfect waltz for four years. It was in eighth grade that Prewitt and Bradley West, her friend since kindergarten, agreed to wind Maypole together during their senior year at Portales High School. Prewitt and West, along with 27 other couples, will do just that […]

Community working to save Cannon

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales aspect of the Operation Keep Cannon campaign is well under way with city officials and community leaders wanting as many people from Roosevelt County to be at the regional public hearing where Base Realignment and Closure committee members will be present. The hearing is scheduled to take […]

School is never out for the Biblical scholar

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember those wonderful days of childhood when the last day of school arrived? “I’ve got to hurry home and get to playing,” our youngest son would say. He could hardly wait to make every summer day count. In my memory bank I thought high school would never end. Then the […]

The religious game has rules everyone must follow

Freedom Newspapers F ootball coaches are football coaches: We don’t expect them to be political science professors. But we still have to take issue with some of the comments made by Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden at Sunday’s meeting of the Southern Colorado Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bowden, in defending Air Force Academy football […]

Arm yourself with information

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist At springtime I often have the honor of speaking to state FFA conventions and at college graduations. The students are bright, above-average young people who have chosen to enter agricultural or veterinary endeavors. I say to them, there is a difference between the study of science and the study of […]

Better to achieve goals late than never

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Dear Family, friends, fans and foes: You are cordially invited this twentieth day of May two thousand and five to celebrate a milestone in the life of Helena Amanda Rodriguez — her first all-out, no-holds nervous breakdown — at 4 o’clock today (We knew spelling out the dates and times […]

Car versus train, no injuries

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle attempting to cross the railroad tracks just west of St. Vrain was struck by a train shortly before 7:55 a.m. Thursday, according to railroad officials. No one was injured. “There was a car that tried to beat the train, and obviously he didn’t make it through the crossing,” said Lena Kent, […]

Road crewman struck, killed by construction vehicle

Freedom Newspapers A Socorro-area man was struck and killed by a road construction vehicle Thursday morning on U.S. 60/84 west of St. Vrain, according to state police. Melvin Lucero, 56, of Polvadera, an employee of Cutler Construction, was working as part of a road crew when the accident occurred at about 8 a.m., according to […]

Police say woman barricaded in house

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Local and state police officers spent the most of Thursday in a standoff with an armed female subject at a residence on Llano Estacado. According to sheriff’s officials, deputies encountered an armed female subject about 1 p.m. at a residence near the Restaurant at Fox Run at 2225 W. Llano […]

Portales’ business climate is good

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Business is booming with more than 10 new businesses which have been started in Portales over the last year, according to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Annual Report. It’s an encouraging sign for Kim Huffman, Community Development Director, and chamber officials. “Portales is growing,” Huffman said. “The business […]

BRAC commissioners to hold hearing in June

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico residents will have the opportunity to square off face-to-face with Base Realignment and Closure commissioners in June. On June 24, between one and three commissioners are scheduled to visit Clovis for a regional hearing, according to officials at the commission. The meeting is slated for 8:30 a.m., […]

Fire department receives grant from Homeland Security program

PNT Staff The Portales Fire Department is in operation mainly to stop fires that endanger the lives and property of Portales residents. The department also attempts to educate people in an effort to stop potential fires, and has received more than $20,000 to support their efforts. The Portales Fire Department was one of two New […]

Agreement proposed to align abilities and resources

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor When Orlando Ortega is asked about the upcoming meeting regarding Cannon Air Force Base’s place on the Base Realignments and Closures list, his standard response is, “Which one?” From steering committees to letter-writing committees to finance committees to Washington committees, Portales’ mayor said that numerous meetings have taken place […]

Clovis among 16 cities for BRAC hearings

By Mary Clare Jalonick: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The commission reviewing the Pentagon’s recommended base closings will travel to 16 cities this summer to hear from communities potentially affected. Between June 7 and July 14, commissioners will hold hearings in Salt Lake City; St. Louis; Dallas; Atlanta; Boston; Los Angeles; Fairbanks, Alaska; Portland, Ore.; […]

Jordan chosen again

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University junior Tracy Jordan has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI College Division softball first team for the second consecutive year. The all-district team is chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jordan, a physical education major from Rosamond, Calif., owns […]

Rancher opinions vary on BRAC

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Some eastern New Mexico ranchers are long-standing critics of Cannon Air Force Base. When Cannon announced plans in January to expand its training air space, a handful of ranchers were vocal in their opposition at a meeting with Air Force officials at Eastern New Mexico University. Anticipating some may raise […]

Superintendent search ongoing

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The search has begun for a new superintendent of schools for the Portales Schools District with the screening of applications is only a few days away. Members of the Portales Schools Central Office have already been receiving applications for the position, which they would like to fill by June […]