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 […]

Valentin Mendoza

Services: 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Roswell. Valentin V. Mendoza, 74, of Roswell, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at his residence. He was born on Feb. 14, 1932, in Mesilla to Pete Mendoza and Juana Valencia Mendoza. He also lived in Hobbs. He married Esperanza “Hope” Rosales on March 26, […]

Local retailer going out of business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales business for 28 years, Southwest Books and Gifts announced today it will be going out of business later this year. John and Connie Pugh, owners of the store for the last 10 years said they just want to go in a little different direction with their lives […]

Texans cause second-straight loss for Hounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University got a little too big a dose of senior Derrick Ross. Ross, who entered the game as the second-leading rusher in NCAA Division II, carried 27 times for 212 yards and four touchdowns to lift Tarleton State to a 34-27 Lone Star Conference […]

Buffaloes pound shorthanded Broncos

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — With the future of senior Carlos Ruiz uncertain, the Melrose Buffaloes did nothing to take away from their certainty as favorites to repeat as state champions. Brock Graham led an efficient offense by throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another as Melrose pounded a shorthanded Floyd […]

Portales volleyball team wins sixth straight

Freedom Newspapers Portales clinched the top spot in the District 4-3A tournament Saturday night after posting a sweep against Ruidoso. Scores were 25-21, 25-21, 21-16 in favor of Portales. “We were kind of sluggish,” Portales coach Ruth Chavez said. “We’d been off for so many days. But we still won in three, so we’ll take […]

ENMU men post win at South Plains

Freedom Newspapers LEVELLAND, Texas — Redshirt freshman Felix Boit led five Eastern New Mexico University runners in the top 10 Saturday as the Greyhounds took first place in men’s team standings in the South Plains College Invitational cross country meet. Boit was the individual winner in 27 minutes, 53 seconds on what was called an […]

Oct. 16 School News and Menus

PJHS News Making Music Franklin Smith, choir director announced Portales Junior High choir students will have their first performance Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the high school’s Performing Arts Center. Smith said the program will include a variety of music styles. All family and friends are welcome.   First Quarter Ends Students completed their nine-weeks’ […]

Oct. 16 Police Blotter, Public Record, and Local Briefs

Police Blotter The following is a sampling of calls taken by the Portales Police Department Oct. 8. According to the reports: Oct. 8 • At 2:32 a.m. a caller advised that a man, who appears drunk is parked in front of local store in a gray car. • At 5:08 a.m. a caller on North […]

Oct. 16 Community Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30-8:30 p.m., […]