Discovery home safely

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia. Discovery swooped through the darkness of the Mojave Desert and landed on the Edwards Air […]

Rams looking for better season

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer Portales football coach Glenn Johnson said that there are no excuses for the way his team finished last year and he plans to do things differently as two-a-day practices started for the Rams. “We are going back to working on the fundamentals of football,” said Johnson, “both teaching it on […]

Call center coming to Clovis

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer When many people order at a fast-food drive through, they assume they’re talking to a person in that building. In the near future, however, it could be an operator in Clovis taking their orders from around the country. An SEI call center is scheduled to open in Clovis before the […]

8-9-05 Obituaries

Elfigo Montano Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Mr. Elfigo Montano, 56, of Portales, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005 in Portales. Mr. Montano was born June 21, 1949, in Portales to Rosa and Juan F. Montano. He lived in Portales all of his live. He served in the New Mexico […]

Ranger killed in war

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Staff and wire reports Jaime Garza said his son wanted to be in the military since he was youngster growing up in Portales watching planes take off from Cannon Air Force Base. Army Pfc. Damian Garza, 19, of Odessa, Texas, died Thursday in Afghanistan after his vehicle slid off the road into a river near […]

Tax-free holiday more successful in large stores

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Many large retail stores in the Clovis-Portales area reported doubling their back-to-school sales during this past weekend’s tax-free holiday. Meanwhile, mostly smaller stores reported little to no impact. “This is the first year that we got to actually participate in the tax-free weekend in the Portales store so we had […]

Cancer survivor ‘wishes’ for others

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Exhibiting a rare talent for a child her age, Carlee Luscombe, 8, has mastered the skill of being completely still. Every six months, the flaxen-haired cancer survivor needs an MRI. The machine takes magnetic photographs of her brain, only four years ago, home to a malignant tumor. The process requires Carlee […]

Army Ranger from Odessa killed in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Jaime Garza said his son wanted to be in the military since he was youngster growing up in Portales watching planes take off from Cannon Air Force Base. Army Pfc. Damian Garza, 19, of Odessa, Texas, died Thursday in Afghanistan after his vehicle slid off the road into a river near Jalalabad. It […]

8-7-05 Obituaries

Elfigo Montano, 56 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Mr. Elfigo Montano, 56, of Portales, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005 in Portales. Mr. Montano was born June 21, 1949, in Portales to Rosa and Juan F. Montano. He lived in Portales all of his lived. He served in the New […]

Melrose to celebrate 100th anniversary

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Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer MELROSE — Melrose is the birthplace of the late William Hanna, an animator of Flintstones fame, and Col. Travis Hoover, one of the famous Doolittle Raiders who led the first U.S. retaliatory raid on Japan during World War II. Also once home to an opera house and a legendary girls’ […]

Portales kicks off tax-free weekend

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer For the first time in the state’s history, New Mexico shoppers and merchants are doing something that Texans have been able to do for years. Signed into law this past legislative session by Governor Richardson, New Mexicans are getting their first taste of a tax free holiday in the state. […]

Portales peanut farmer back on national board

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer R. Wayne Hardin, a local peanut grower, was appointed to his second six-year term by the United States Department of Agriculture to the 18-member Peanut Standards Board. When Hardin was originally appointed to the position the New Mexico Peanut Growers recommended him for the appointment. His term will end on […]

Wishes broadcast from locals

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Laverne Robbins waited for hours. Her feet hurt as TV cameras panned the crowd that lined Main Street in search of the perfect moment. Meanwhile, the 75-year-old waited. And then she got her chance. She told Grammy award-winning singer Amy Grant her wish. “My grandson’s wife died from blood clots. […]

State football playoffs expanding in 2005

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers As far as Portales football coach Glenn Johnson is concerned, the New Mexico Activities Association’s new expanded large-school playoff format is a good thing. Classes 3A through 5A will go from eight teams to 16 in the postseason beginning this fall, with non-automatic qualifiers getting in with at-large berths. Thus, […]

Ex-Clovis star Baskett looking for big year at UNM

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In his 22 years, Hank Baskett has grown into a 6-foot-4, 220-pound specimen that Mountain West Conference defenses can’t ignore. Recently, he’s also grown out of many things, like creating himself as a video game football character. After all, he does play Division I football, so he already exists in […]

ENMU’s Davalos hoping for larger role in 2005

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Fide Davalos enjoyed a dominating six-man high school football career at Floyd. Now the redshirt junior is hoping for a breakout season this fall as a slotback in Eastern New Mexico University’s triple-option attack. “I’ve been working out hard this summer, and I had a good spring,” Davalos said as […]

NMSU research facility field tests seeds for farmers

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The 164 acres feature alfalfa and wheat and other ordinary crops, including sunflowers that grow to an average person’s eye level. For some, the land represents a career; for others, a classroom. Many area farmers would say it’s an insurance policy they can’t afford to be without. The land, 15 […]

City councilor undergoes cancer surgery

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer A Portales city councilor is hospitalized following surgery Wednesday to remove cancerous tumors in his colon, officials said. Alfred Bachicha, 79, was diagnosed with cancer on Tuesday and taken to the Amarillo Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, City Manager Debi Lee said. “Our family has always been faith […]

Cheese plant still scheduled to open in October

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fresh layer of concrete coats the county road leading to the Southwest Cheese company. Adding asphalt to that layer is just one of a shrinking number of items left on the plant’s to-do list. The company’s Web site, www.southwestcheese.com, monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds that remain […]

Vandals damage mailboxes, windows Thursday night

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Staff reports Numerous criminal damage incidents were reported to Clovis police late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Sgt. Jim Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said residents throughout the area had American flags stolen, mailboxes damaged and windows broken. Clovis police said they received between five and 10 formal reports and […]