Editor’s note: The following is a brief look at the stories that made news locally in 2005. The PNT will run the year-in-review in each of the coming issues through Jan. 1.
• Miller trial set — The trial of Shawn Miller, 33, is set for Jan. 27 who is accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Miller was released from jail in August after three months in custody.
• ENMU cross country opens — Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams are ready for a new season with a season-opening against the Buffalo Stampede in Canyon, Texas.
• ENMU volleyball opens with loss — Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team struggled in a loss to Wayland Baptist in the season-opener. The Zias set their sights on New Mexico Highlands, today.
• ENMU helps out students displaced by Katrina — Eastern New Mexico University is accepting college students displaced from their own colleges by Hurricane Katrina, and will allow them to pay in-state tuition and fees.
• Governor confident about BRAC — The day before the Defense Base Closure and Realignment hearings opened in Washington, Gov. Bill Richardson was exchanging high fives and feeling confident Cannon Air Force Base could be spared from closure.
• Hounds savaged by Southeastern Oklahoma — Sophomore quarterback Kolby Williams hit senior wide receiver Jeremie Berry on a 62-yard scoring bomb on the first play of the second half and the Southeastern Oklahoma Savages went on to a 28-12 win in a Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Stadium.
• Zias get a win — Eastern New Mexico University Zias soccer team defeated the Colorado State-Pueblo team in a 2-0 shutout.
• County passes Meth ordinance — Roosevelt County Commissioners pass a meth ordinance regulating the sale of nasal decongestants. The ordinance will go into effect in one week.
• Portales helps Katrina victims — City representatives commended Portales citizens for their generosity in helping Hurricane Katrina victims and in raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
• Rams take five, beat Clovis — The Portales Lady Rams’ volleyball team survives in five on their way to a victory over the Clovis Lady Wildcats in Clovis.
• Killer bees invade home — Roosevelt County residents are having to deal with Africanized honey bees. One resident made a few phone calls later confirmed her house was home to nearly 80,000 Africanized honey bees.
• Privatized housing bid at ENMU — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents give a Texas firm the go-ahead on plans for a privatized housing project east of Eddy Hall. The project will have 96 units with 270 beds in four apartment complexes.
• Raton hands Rams first loss — Raton jumps out to a 14-point lead on it’s way to a 28-8 win against the host Portales Rams’ football team on Friday night at Greyhound Stadium.
• Tragedy brings native back to Portales — Jose Garcia and his family along with Craig Kirby moved out of hurricane-stricken areas to stay in Portales.
• Chief retiring — Jesse Mowrer, Portales fire chief plans to retire after more than 20 years of fire fighting. His resignation will be effective on Oct. 1.
• Broncos get first win — The Floyd Broncos’ football team earns its first victory of the season with a 38-18 win over Magdalena.
• Cronk heads to Wichita Falls — Former Greyhound baseball player, Brian Cronk, takes over reins as head coach of Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas.
• Musicians wash cars for charity — Unbreakable, a local music group, and other artists spent Sunday afternoon using soap, hoses, water and brushes to do their part for Hurricane Katrina survivors.
• Yard sale for Katrina relief — Portales community leaders decided they will combine efforts with various Clovis organizations to raise money for the victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster through the High Plains Yard Sale.
• Riding accident claims local youth — Ivan Bordayo died doing what made him happy. A horse ride Monday evening ended tragically for the 11-year-old when he died from injuries resulting from a horseback accident west of Portales.
• New restaurant nears completion — The Shillings’ family is anxious to open the new Territorial Restaurant and family members are hoping to have it open approximately two to three weeks from Wednesday.
• Lady Rams 9-2 after sweep — The Portales Lady Rams’ volleyball team is off to a quick start with a 9-2 record after sweeping Roswell Goddard on Tuesday.
• Mexican Independence marked — Portales people prepare for celebration of Mexican Independence with many activities scheduled over the weekend.
• First Latino Summit held — Latino leaders from around the United States traveled to Portales to try to instill hope in the young Hispanics of New Mexico during the first Latino Summit on the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Friday. Approximately 500 New Mexico high school students attended.
• Denver City routs Portales — Denver City stayed undefeated by taking advantage of good field position early and holding off Portales the rest of the night in a 35-0 rout at Greyhound Stadium.
• Espinoza speaks at Latino Summit — Eastern New Mexico University senior Diego Espinoza is part of the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. The Census Bureau reported in 2003 Hispanics had passed blacks as the nation’s largest minority. Espinoza was a keynote speaker at the Latino Summit at ENMU.
• Hounds down East Central — The ENMU Greyhounds’ football team took control in the second quarter and wore down East Central in the second half in posting a 30-13 Lone Star Conference crossover win over the Tigers at Greyhound Stadium.
• Mexican families celebrated — The Mexican culture was in full display in the city of Portales in the eastern plains of New Mexico on Sunday with the “Dia de las Familias” fiesta.
• Bonds set for wind plant — Roosevelt County Commissioners gave final authorization of bonds for the wind power plant outside of Elida, which will bring electricity to Excel customers in eastern New Mexico, west Texas and Oklahoma.
• Online courses take off — Portales High School students have been taking online classes for a month. The program is allowing close to 80 PHS students to take their core classes online for the first time this school year.
• Goddard rolls over Rams — The host Goddard Rockets, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, built momentum behind a three-man attack of Jesus Baca, Tommy Spangler and Steven Chaves and rolled to a 42-0 victory over the Portales Ram football team on Friday night at the Wool Bowl in Roswell.
• Portales hosts karate tournament — Martial arts took center stage as Greyhound Arena played host to the Yom Chi Taekwon-Do Association’s New Mexico state tournament with over 140 competitors from five states.
• ENMU edges ACC — Sophomore quarterback Michael Benton rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score Saturday to help lift Eastern New Mexico University past Abilene Christian 33-30.
• Songfest opens homecoming — Eastern New Mexico University students embarked on homecoming week Monday with the 15th annual Songfest.
• Crash kills ENMU student — A three-vehicle crash near Lubbock on Tuesday morning claimed the life of an Eastern New Mexico University student and sent a second ENMU student to a Lubbock hospital.
ENMU junior Sheena Arnes Ray, 21, of Odessa, Texas, died at the scene. Daquita Mitchell, 22, of Anton, Texas, also an ENMU student, was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock in stable condition.
• PHS sweeps Goddard again — The Portales Lady Rams’ volleyball team opened strong and struggled at the finish, but swept Roswell Goddard, 25-16, 25-16, 25-20 Tuesday night at Portales High.
• Huntons open video production business — Paul Hunton and his wife Andrea Hunton, both of Portales, opened AV (AudioVisual) Productions in the downtown area to film short movies and weddings.
• Zias sweep Tarleton — Eastern New Mexico trailed only three times Thursday night and rode a steady attack from Rhea Wortman, Lindsay Schiely and Grace George en route to a 30-20, 30-21, 30-28 sweep of Tarleton State in a Lone Star Conference South Division match at Greyhound Arena.
• Bedford trial set — 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 Fuller, 33, also faces two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the Newmans’ deaths. His trial is set to begin June 19.
• Enrollment highest since 1975 — 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.
• Guardsman home on leave — Spc. James Montgomery, a member of the 126th Military Police, a National Guard Unit out of Albuquerque, is enjoying his first break from active duty in five months at his parents’ home in Portales. He is currently stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq.
• Lady Rams down Ruidoso — The Portales Lady Rams’ volleyball team cruised past Ruidoso 25-11, 25-15, 23-25, 25-10 in the District 4-3A opener for both teams Saturday afternoon.
• Rec center hours change — The Portales Recreation Center has gone almost two months with new hours in an effort to cut costs and a concern of not enough family time for children at their homes.
Starting on Aug. 16, the hours of operation changed to 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
• Zias shut out College of Southwest — Eastern New Mexico University’s Megan Dozier said Sunday’s 3-0 shutout of Hobbs-based College of the Southwest meant a lot to the Zia soccer team.
• Woman questions racial issues — A Portales woman voiced her displeasure for how the north part of Portales is perceived by people and let it be known during the Portales City Meeting on Tuesday.
Rachel Randall, a high school graduate from 1960, said there is a public relations problem in Portales. She said the perception of the north part of Portales as Taco Town is not talked about and addressed.
• Baby injured in deck fall — Portales Police Department Capt. Lonnie Berry said on Wednesday the case of a baby falling from a balcony onto a sidewalk is still under investigation.
Berry said the 10-month-old boy fell 9 1/2 feet from a balcony and onto a sidewalk.
• Zias win again — The ENMU Zias volleyball squad stayed in control for most of the fifth game Tuesday night to turn back Lubbock Christian 25-30, 30-27, 24-30, 30-25, 15-12 at Greyhound Arena.
• Baby who fell in intensive care — A 10-month-old Portales boy was still in intensive care in a Lubbock, Texas hospital Wednesday after he took a fall early Tuesday afternoon. The boy fell 9 1/2 feet from a balcony onto a sidewalk at his family’s residence.
• Elida falls to Vixens — Fort Sumner held on to a 25-18. 19-25, 19-25, 25-18, 18-16 victory over the Elida Lady Tigers’ volleyball team on Thursday night at Elida High School.
• Rams suffer big loss — The Portales Rams’ football players limped off the field during a 55-8 loss at the hands of Artesia, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A team.
• Peanuts look good — Up until this week it was all good news for peanut farmers, but they’re not out of the woods, yet.
Many peanut fields still need to be harvested and until there are consecutive days of warm weather and no moisture, those fields remain at risk. But yields so far this year have been good, according to farmers and mill operators.
• Hounds lose in OT — The numbers were staggering — 1,183 yards of offense, 103 points, 14 touchdowns — and an overtime.
After all that, a record 22,993 fans left Kimbrough Memorial Stadium after seeing West Texas A&M beat Eastern New Mexico 52-51 in overtime.
• CRP land to be reduced — Roosevelt County residents rely on the agricultural economy and sometimes news from the United States Department of Agriculture means bad news for county farmers with farm land in the Conservation Reserve Program.
According to James Bostwick, chairman of the New Mexico Farm Service Agency committee, there would be a reduction of CRP land amounting to 60,068 acres in Curry County, 45,433 acres in Roosevelt County and 38,189 in Quay County.
• Zias lose to WTAMU — After an 0-6 start this season, the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team has shown signs of progress.
On Tuesday night, though, the Zias were guilty of too many mistakes to beat rival West Texas A&M, falling to the Lady Buffs 30-25, 29-31, 30-24, 30-23 in a Lone Star Conference South Division match at Greyhound Arena.
• PHS theater highlighted — Audience members enjoyed the opening night of the Cyrano de Bergerac theater production by the Portales High School students on Thursday night, but the actors still feel like they could do better.
• Floyd downs Melrose — Darcee Chenault led the way with 12 kills, and the Floyd Lady Broncos needed a little more than an hour to dispatch visiting Melrose 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 Thursday night at FHS.
• Lady Broncos defeat Rams — The Roswell Coyotes’ football team rolled to 443 yards of offense, had a pair of defensive touchdowns and a safety on an interception miscue by Portales to cruise to a 48-27 win at Greyhound Stadium.
• Buffs hammer Floyd — Brock Graham led an efficient Melrose Buffaloes’ offense by throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another as Melrose pounded a shorthanded Floyd Bronco football squad 48-0 Saturday afternoon at Floyd High School.
• Bear heist makes news — Nearly two weeks ago, a 5-foot-tall wooden bear was stolen from the porch of the Bee Hive assisted living center.
The bear, a gift from Ortega and Sons Construction about three years ago, was discovered missing on the morning of Oct. 3. There are no clues as to its whereabouts or who is responsible.
• ENMU soccer drops finale — Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team lost it’s season finale on Sunday 3-1 to St. Edward’s at the ENMU pitch.
The Hounds (3-11-1, 1-8 SSC) have been competitive in most of their matches this season, with six losses by a single goal.
• Road money dispute re-ignites — 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 each district is entitled to.
• Buffalo Soldier Hill official — If a hill located near Lingo is ever mentioned in a federal map from now on, it shall be called Buffalo Soldier Hill honoring African-American members of the United States Cavalry.
Buffalo Soldier Hill is located in Lingo, a town 40 miles southeast of Portales near the Texas border.
• PHS band superior — 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 scale of 1-5 with one being superior.
• Hill commits to Navy — Morgan Hill — a 6-foot-1, 150-pound center who has played three years for Portales — has verbally committed to the United States Naval Academy to play basketball, starting in the fall of 2006.
• PHS sweeps final regular match — With the top spot in the District 4-3A tournament already in hand, Portales cruised to a 25-12, 25-12, 25-9 sweep against Lovington in its final regular season district match.
• Protecting Cannon vital to state — The importance of protecting not just Cannon Air Force Base, but all New Mexico military bases was underscored Friday at a meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission.
The cumulative economic impact of even a gradual withdrawal of jets at Cannon Air Force Base sans a new mission could add up to more than $600 million, according to Keystone International data analyst Erin Ward.
• Rams beat Lovington — After Friday’s 48-16 Lovington win, it seems the Portales Rams football team and Wildcats have started on opposite paths in the Class 3A playoff race, and the Rams’ path is not one of least resistance.
• Peanutfest well attended — Huge crowds took the opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping Saturday at the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales.
• Lady Rams tromp Dexter — After playing the visiting Lady Demons close in the opening two games, Portales unleashed a 25-3 blitz in the third game and held off a small Dexter run in the fourth to claim a 25-15, 23-25, 25-3, 25-19 non-district victory at the Portales High School gym.
• Javelinas defeat ENMU — Junior defensive back Blair Anderson returned an Eastern New Mexico University fumble 21 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, giving Texas A&M-Kingsville the lead for good Saturday night as the Javelinas defeated ENMU 26-14 in a Lone Star Conference South Division football game.
• Zias tie Southwestern Oklahoma — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team inability to put the ball in the net lately is proving frustrating.
Trying to nail down their first Lone Star Conference postseason tournament berth, the Zias scrambled to a scoreless tie against Southwestern Oklahoma Sunday at the ENMU pitch.
• Uncle charged in baby’s fall — The uncle of a 10-month-old boy who fell from a deck on Oct. 4 has been arrested in connection with the case.
Derek Parker, 22, of Clovis, was charged with abandonment abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said.
• Lady Tigers beat Buffs — Elida recovered from a 9-1 deficit in the first game and had little problem after that in claiming a 25-21, 25-17, 25-13 victory over the Melrose Lady Buffaloes’ volleyball team in Thursday night’s District 3-1A playoff match at Elida High School.
• Lady Rams win state — The Portales Lady Rams’ volleyball team defeated Ruidoso in the District 4-3A title game winning 25-21, 25-7, 25-13.