Cannon Timeline

Freedom Newspapers Timeline 2003 — Idea for airspace expansion and initial gathering of information. January 2004 — Air Force officials present airspace expansion proposal to public. Four public meetings held in areas affected by proposed expansion. Spring 2004 — Air Force gathers information from public meetings, begins analysis of proposal’s impact to environment. Summer of […]

Second person charged with murder

PNT Staff A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

Group wants men to redefine their spiritual roles

By Tova Fruchtman As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a call from Portales resident […]

Jan. 28 Obituaries

Helen M. Bow, 85 Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery. Mrs. Helen M. Bow, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Feb. 28, 1919, in Paul’s Valley, Okla., to Ethel and Jonathan Short. She grew up in Oklahoma and New Mexico. She […]

Raising a family takes lots of work

By Helena Rodriguez Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare, according to actor Ed Asner. As the parent of a teenager, I couldn’t agree more. Now here’s my take on raising children: Raising a kid is yourself at that age coming back to haunt you — it’s a mix of what you lacked […]

Live a blessed life every day

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Time is too precious to waste. Children grow up and leave the nest. Our grandparents and parents grow older and are gone. Did we make the moments count? Time spent worrying about tomorrow or regretting yesterday drains our life of the “now.” The gift of life is squandered and wasted […]

Zias edge Texas Woman’s

PNT Staff DENTON, Texas —Bouncing back from a 47-point loss on Monday at rival West Texas A&M, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team gutted out a 62-57 Lone Star Conference South Division victory Thursday night over Texas Woman’s. Juniors Riikka Lehtonen and Tiana Bryant led a balanced Zias attack, each scoring 12 points. […]

Lady Rams meet Lovington sans coach

By Dave Wagner When the Portales Lady Rams begin District 4-3A play tonight in a 7 p.m. game against Lovington at the PHS gym, they’ll be without longtime head coach Brenda Gomez. Gomez left Thursday morning for her native Farmington to be with a sister who is seriously ill. In her absence, volunteer assistant Sharon […]

Students sending packages to former classmates in Iraq

By Tony Parra Portales High School students are devoting their time and efforts to provide food and hygiene supplies to United States soldiers in Iraq. Approximately 35 PHS students are helping soldiers, who are former PHS graduates, by sending toothpaste, chips, granola bars, wipes and other non-perishable food items in boxes. Students sent out their […]

Dairy Queen owners try to stay part of community

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent The owners of the Portales Dairy Queen, Tom and Susie Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series on local business owners who have been with their respective business for five years or longer. Houtchens will celebrate Dairy Queen’s 20th anniversary in March. The family business was purchased in […]

Jan. 27 Obituaries

Gene Simmons, 80 Services: 2 p.m. Friday at the Portales Cemetery. Mr. Gene Simmons, 80, of the Dora community, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born on June 7, 1924, in Post, Texas, to Maude and John Simmons. He moved with his family to the Dora area […]

Health fair coming this weekend

By Tova Fruchtman Organizers and participants agree that Saturday’s Health and Wellness Fair is a much needed opportunity to explore the health-care options available in eastern New Mexico. With health tests, demonstrations, information from health- and wellness-oriented businesses and non-profit organizations, and safety information for the kids, the health fair has something for everyone, said […]

ENMU hoops teams having struggles

By Dave Wagner For the better part of a month, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was competitive game-in and game-out despite the loss of senior guard Laci Lee to a season-ending injury. That all came apart in Monday’s 91-44 thrashing at rival West Texas A&M, leaving the Zias to regroup for Lone […]

Floyd man breaks leg in car accident

PNT Staff Clay Anderson of Floyd was involved in a car accident at approximately 7:59 a.m. on Wednesday at mile marker four of New Mexico Highway 267, according to the New Mexico State police officials. Sylvia Lopez, driver of a 2000 Ford pickup, made a left hand turn and hit Anderson, who was in a […]

FTCS boys win over San Jacinto

PNT Staff Junior post Caleb Richards scored 23 points and senior guard Luis McCain added four 3-pointers and 20 points Tuesday night, leading four players in double figures as Faith Triumphant scored a 73-60 victory over Amarillo San Jacinto at the FTCS gym. The Conquerors (9-3) trailed 19-13 at the quarter, but held the Patriots […]

New ENMU coach anxious to get to work

By Dave Wagner Armando Quiroz wasn’t looking to change jobs. A month or so ago, Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t preparing to change softball coaches. The 55-year-old Quiroz, who has won three Arizona prep state championships in a four-year span at Tucson’s Flowing Wells, is ENMU’s fourth head softball coach in just over two years. […]

Rams down Tucumcari in final non-district tilt

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By Dave Wagner If the Portales Rams were sluggish Tuesday night, it hardly showed to Tucumcari boys coach John Span. Portales jumped on the Rattlers for the game’s first nine points and never relinquished the lead in posting a 61-41 victory at the PHS gym. Senior Chris Kirchner posted a double-double with 12 points and […]

Jan. 26 Obituaries

Kenneth A. Shaw, 55 Services: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Mr. Kenneth A. Shaw, 55, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, in Orlando, Fla. He was born on Jan. 28, 1949, in Raton, to Lorene and James A. Shaw. He graduated from Roy High School in 1965. He then […]

Small business seminars offered

By Tony Parra Members of ACCION and West Corp. are targeting Portales small business owners and entrepreneurs in an effort to help them with their businesses from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during a Thursday workshop in the Portales City Hall. There is no charge for the workshop and it is designed to inform business […]

New bonuses, pitfalls for taxpayers in 2005

By David Irvin A new tax season often means new tax laws. This year is no exception. There are a number of changes that may assist taxpayers in filing their taxes and may qualify some for larger deductions and less taxes. IRS Spokesperson Bill Brunson said this year’s changes are just business as usual. There […]