Spending Saturdays at yard sales way of life for some

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By Kevin Wilson By most accounts, Saturday’s High Plains Yard Sale will be the biggest yard sale in eastern New Mexicans’ memories if it lives up to expectations — and by other accounts, it will even if it falls short of expectations. That doesn’t mean a garage sale is just some one-time event, though. For [...]

Trial dates set in slaying of Portales couple

By Tony Parra A man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple will go on trial a year from now. District Judge Stephen Quinn on Friday set Stanley Bedford’s jury trial for Sept. 5 through Oct. 13 next year. Bedford, 42, is accused of killing Odis Newman, 70, and Doris Newman, 69, in March. Jerry [...]

Board of Regents informed of ENMU enrollment increase

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were told Friday enrollment at the Portales campus topped 4,000 for the first time since 1975. According to university officials, 4,052 students enrolled at ENMU for the fall semester. The fall enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959. [...]

Oct. 1 Obituaries

Jerry Lee Hunter Mr. Jerry Lee Hunter, 59, of Las Vegas, N.M., died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at Las Vegas Medical Center in Las Vegas, N.M. He was born Jan. 31, 1946, in Clovis to Clay Francis and Helen Calder Hunter. Survivors include his sister, Edith Winegeart of Tucumcari; brother, Johnny Hunter of Nowata, Okla.; [...]

Zias claim second-straight win

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Zia freshman volleyball player Rhea Wortman points to better chemistry for the team’s recent success. Her coach hopes that chemistry hasn’t produced fool’s gold. Eastern New Mexico trailed only three times Thursday night and rode a steady attack from Wortman, Lindsay Schiely and Grace George en route to a [...]

Clovis man found guilty of murder

Marlena Hartz and Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The man Cindy Gallegos holds accountable for her brother’s death was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday afternoon. Minutes after the verdict was announced, Gallegos, triumphant, said justice prevailed. “I feel somewhat relieved,” she said outside the courtroom, “but it doesn’t bring him back.” A Curry County [...]

Board requests skate park budget

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Recreation Board members want some fine-tuning and a final proposal presented to them by the Portales Skate Park Organization members before approving a new skate park. Recreation board officials listened to a presentation from skate park club members on Thursday during a meeting. Recreation board members have already given [...]

Career fair sharpens student resumes

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some college students fear there won’t be a job for them when they graduate. A career fair held in Portales Thursday should help ease that fear. Ty Walker, director of Counseling and Career Services for Eastern New Mexico University, said there were more than 40 employers in the Campus Union [...]

Questions remain on rebuilding city of New Orleans

Freedom Newspapers The hurricanes that lashed Louisiana and parts of Texas unleashed not only misery but an outpouring of generosity and tangible help from people all over the country. There is little question that most of what has been destroyed will be rebuilt, including New Orleans. The question is: Who will do the rebuilding, and [...]

Helena Rodriguez: FreToo young for a cara de suegraedom Newspapers

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers While visiting my grandma in Lubbock last weekend, she said I have a cara de suegra. In translation, that’s the face of a mother-in-law. Grandma Chaya was basically saying that my 15-year-old daughter Laura is maturing into a young lady and it may not be too long before Laura gets married [...]