Portales High band superior

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor They sound great, and now they have the rating to prove it. The Portales High School marching band came away with a “One” or superior rating at the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Association District Marching Band Festival Tuesday at the Bulldog Bowl in Artesia. Bands are rated on a […]

Zias pound winless Oklahoma Panhandle State

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s Mike Maguire downplayed his 400th victory as a college head coach. Maguire’s Zias had little trouble dispatching winless Oklahoma Panhandle State 30-19, 30-17, 30-23 Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. ENMU (7-15) returns to the rugged Lone Star Conference South Division Thursday night at rival West Texas […]

Oct. 20 ENMU football notes

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers WHEN TARLETON STATE BEAT Eastern New Mexico University 34-27 on Saturday, it was the program’s first win at Blackwater Draw in six tries. This week, the Greyhounds travel to Texas A&M-Kingsville — a place they’ve never won (0-10). So could another “jinx” come to an end? “There’s a difference, though,” […]

Hounds picked fifth in LSC poll

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan participates in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll every year, but he admittedly doesn’t put much stock in it. “I couldn’t tell you a half-dozen names of players who’ve signed with other schools, with maybe one exception — Tarleton State,” said […]

Melrose sweeps past Dora

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer DORA — Melrose wanted to be less afraid to make mistakes. Dora made enough errors on its own to ensure that Melrose’s errors didn’t matter. The visiting Lady Buffs were far from perfect, but jumped out to big leads and rode them to an easy 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 win […]

Distribution of road money sparks county contention

By Tony Parra A dispute arose during Tuesday’s county meeting over the issue of how much money should go to each district for road repairs. An issue that Tom Clark, county commissioner, said he was willing to take to court in the form of a lawsuit. The issue at hand is just how much money […]

Portales city council sets sights on U.S. 70 project

Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and city councilors have U.S. Highway 70 listed as their top construction priority for funding from the New Mexico State Department of Transportation during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting. The money would be requested through Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership program to improve state highways during the 2006 legislative session. […]

Obituary

Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Twila Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Aug. 14, 1927 in Billings, Mont., to Junie and Ora Johnson. She lived in Montana until she was 8 years old, when her family moved to Portales. […]

Factory Direct expansion to double store’s size

By Tony Parra Store representatives said customers will have a better idea of what their house will look like once more showrooms are added to the Factory Direct furniture store in Portales. June Merrick, co-owner of Factory Direct furniture, said she is hopeful for having expansion complete at the furniture store by Jan. 2. Merrick […]

Portales and Clovis Farm Service Agency offices could merge

By Marlena Hartz A federal initiative to modernize the Farm Service Agency could lead to a merger of the Portales and Clovis offices. The agencies serve as federal program liaisons for thousands of local ranchers and farmers. According to an FSA press release, the consolidation is a result of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns initiative to […]

Zias closing in on first playoff berth

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With two weeks left in the Lone Star Conference’s regular season, Eastern New Mexico University’s women have their eyes squarely on an LSC postseason tournament berth. ENMU (10-5, 3-2 LSC) is tied for third in the 10-team league with four matches left. The Zias will need at least one and […]

Hounds held off in home finale

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo hoped the Greyhounds could improve on the six wins they recorded in their inaugural season in 2004 — perhaps even reach the .500 mark. Instead, they find themselves playing out the string after Sunday’s 3-1 Southwest Soccer Conference loss to St. […]

Oct. 18 Obituaries

Syble Moore Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. Mrs. Syble Moore, 92, of Portales, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born July 15, 1913, in Derden, Texas, to Susan and George L. Blackshear. She married Curtis Moore on Dec. 23, […]

Dairies receive Green Zia award

Tony Garner: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Environment Department has honored three local dairies for progressive efforts at streamlining and managing waste. The Do-Rene Dairy and the Rajen Dairy, both of Curry County, and the Milagro Dairy of Roosevelt County received Green Zia commitment awards for their efforts. The award signifies a commitment to the […]

Experts say pollution trend needs reversing

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Experts in the fields of political science, meteorology, geology and science for the most part felt that air pollution is causing global warming but also felt it would be difficult to change the mindset of government officials and general public members to conserve energy and stop air pollution. Ken Leap, […]

Bear statue stolen from Portales assisted living center

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer He never said a thing and he never had a name, but his absence has left a mark on the employees and the residents of the Bee Hive assisted living center in Portales. Nearly two weeks ago, a 5-foot-tall wooden bear was stolen from the porch of the house. The […]

Citizens preparing to go nuts at Peanut Valley Festival

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Every year in late October, the town of Portales uses the Eastern New Mexico University campus to go a little nuts. This year, there is also a chance to turn back the clock. The Office of Student Activities and Organizations at ENMU is putting on the 32nd annual Peanut Valley […]

Volunteer firemen always on call

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The 9-1-1 report said the caller was “bleeding profusely.” Texico Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lewis Cooper said he and fellow firefighters rushed to the scene expecting the worst. “We got there and found a woman who had a bloody finger,” he said, laughing, “she had hit it on something and […]

Some dairy owners want aid program scrapped

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some local dairy owners would rather the government do away with a program set up to help dairies. They believe it’s hurting the dairy industry and milk market and they’re actively lobbying against the program. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, indefinitely […]

Parents forming local bereavement support group

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers She keeps his tiny, blue socks in a plastic container on a closet shelf. They are buried in a bag with clothes he wore — a Dalmatian print outfit his grandmother had hand-sewed along with a striped baseball jumper and matching hat. “It still holds the shape of his little […]