Grady gets past Floyd

By Eric Butler TEXICO — The last time Jim Kneipp coached a Grady team in an EPAC tournament, the opponents had names such as Causey on the jersey and the games were played at Portales High School. On Tuesday, Kneipp saw another raucous, old-fashioned see-saw game — played in the former main gymnasium at Texico […]

Lady Coyotes dominate early, cruise past San Jon in EPAC

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By Dave Wagner TEXICO — Pressure defense overwhelmed the San Jon girls early in Tuesday’s EPAC Tournament opener. Dora harassed San Jon into 11 first-quarter floor errors and the Lady Coyotes cruised to a 69-43 victory. Senior Kassandra Clark was the beneficiary of the early opportunities, scoring 14 of her game-high 25 points in the […]

Commissioner upset over road funding changes

By Tony Parra A rash of holiday crimes has the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s department deputies tracking down cases of burglary and forgery. Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said during the Roosevelt County meeting on Tuesday that burglaries during the holiday season amounted to a loss of an excess of $32,000 in cash and property. Rick […]

Residents cite need for speed control

By Tony Parra Portales residents presented concerns during Tuesday’s city meeting over road conditions, speeding and public safety. Rick Matthews said he has seen tractor trailers traveling at a high rate of speed in residential areas. “These trucks are using residential areas as shortcuts,” Matthews said. “God-forbid if a kid is bouncing a ball on […]

Man claims drug debt played role in homicide

By Mike Linn A Clovis man charged with killing his mother told police another man actually committed the homicide in an effort to collect on a drug debt. Dwight Wagner, 49, told police that Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, killed Wagner’s mother, 75-year-old Essie Thomas, after the woman refused to hand over $300 for payment on […]

Jan. 5 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Birthdays Last week: Casey Buzard. This week: Jill Thompson; Char Rector. Anniversaries Last week: Dinky and Mitzi Miller (22 years); Upcoming events • The Lions Club will meet Wednesday night at the Community Building. • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • The Fire Department will also meet on Thursday […]

Jan. 5 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael This area has all been blessed with beautiful weather all through the double holiday weekends and in between. Most were happy to have a white Christmas and then have the weather clear up quickly so the kids could get outside to enjoy their new remote controlled toys and ride their bikes and […]

Movie watching has peaks, and plenty of valleys

By Kevin Wilson One of my friends and I have a long-standing agreement that we do holiday gifts after the holidays have passed, so we don’t repeat gifts and we have time to find the best deals. A request I put in to her was for a movie poster of Citizen Kane, The Usual Suspects […]

Texico knows target is on its back in EPAC

By Dave Wagner On paper, the Texico Wolverines look like they’ll be a tough out in the 2005 boys EPAC Tournament, which begins today. For one thing, the Wolverines have been in the finals for four consecutive years, winning in 2001 and 2004. For another, because of a scheduling conflict at Eastern New Mexico University’s […]

Vixens slated as EPAC favorite again

By John Eisel Unbeaten Fort Sumner appears to the favorite going into the 29th annual EPAC girls basketball tournament. The Vixens (9-0) have the best record and one of the No. 1 seeds in the tourney, which brings together 10 area 1A schools for the double-elimination tournament today through Saturday at Texico High School. “Fort […]

Tax changes to create new budget balancing

By Tony Parra New Mexicans are now free to purchase groceries without a tax, but it simply means they have to pay a higher tax for everything else. Portales residents may need to take another look at their receipts after they purchase groceries since the tax cut was imposed on Saturday. The gross receipt tax […]

Second man charged in Clovis homicide

By David Irvin A second Clovis man has been charged in connection with last week’s slaying of Essie Thomas, 75, at her home on West Grand Avenue. An arrest affidavit was filed Monday charging Larry “Jake” Lucero, 38, of Clovis with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Thomas. He also faces charges of […]

Search starts for new Clovis superintendent

By Ryan Lengerich The search for a Clovis schools superintendent is officially under way. Monday was the first day Clovis school officials accepted applications to replace former Superintendent Neil Nuttall. The board will take applications through Feb. 28. No applications were received on Monday, but Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Jim McDaniel said that’s not a […]

New airline serving Clovis

By David Irvin The air service at the Clovis Municipal Airport will be changing in the next couple of months. The city’s request made to the Department of Transportation for service change has been upheld at the federal level. However, the number of flights in and out of the airport will decrease under the new […]

Jan. 4 Obituaries

Greg Brown, 48 Mr. Greg Brown, 48, of Portales died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at his home. A lifelong resident of Portales, Brown was born Oct. 23, 1956, to Gordon and Mary Lela “Pete” Brown. He graduated from Portales High School in 1974. While in high school, he started working at Bishop Printing. He remained […]

Dec. 28 Obituaries

Hank Merrick Mr. Hank Merrick, 68, of Causey, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, in Causey. He was born on March 13, 1936, in Horse Springs, to Thelma and Robert C. Merrick. In 1954, near Magazine, Ariz., he graduated from high school and later returned to Causey. On Mar. 4, 1958, in Portales, he married Marcelle […]

Dog days can be harmful to family

By Bob Huber In the years when I was forming, I attracted several pet dogs of dubious persuasion. One of them was so ugly we named him “Gag.” It was actually my father who named the dog while deep in the throes of a terminal malady called Boozus Griefus, or as they say in medical […]

Language can complicate lunchtime

By Jim Lee I read or heard somewhere that predators have eyes in the front of their heads while plant-eaters have eyes at the sides of their heads. This makes sense since carnivores have to move forward to see and keep track of their prey, and herbivores hang out in herds with everybody watching what’s […]

Shafer believed in living busy life

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Bea Shafer lived life to the fullest, not allowing negativity to strain a personality which brought laughter and joy to those closest to her. She lived life on the go traveling, playing cards and dancing. Bea Shafer died on Dec. 17, 2004. Douglas L. Shafer, Bea’s husband, said his wife […]

Jan. 2 Obituaries

Essie Baker, 90 Essie Baker, 90, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Aug. 2, 1914, to Nancy and Chester Lee Dement. She graduated from Portales High School. She married Arlon Baker on Aug. 5, 1933. She raised her children in Portales. She spent her […]