Rams prepare for tourney

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For some it might seem a little like the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray’s character wakes up and relives the same day over and over. But to coach Mark Gallegos and the Portales Rams, facing the same opponent this year in the first round of the Stu Clark Tournament […]

Lady Wildcats prepare for eight-team tournament

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The Clovis Lady Wildcats, only a desperation heave from being unbeaten, figure to become even more formidable heading into this week’s third annual Plateau Holiday Classic. As they prepare to host eight-team tournament beginning today at Rock Staubus Gym, the Lady Cats have been buoyed by the return to […]

Celebrate protection of freedom during Hanukkah holiday

Freedom Newspapers Hanukkah is sometimes called the “Jewish Christmas” because it occurs at the same time of the year, and this year, as it happens, actually began on the same day. Hanukkah, however, has its own origins and meaning, and begins with the triumph of the Maccabee guerrilla fighters, around 165 BCE, against the Seleucid […]

ObituariesGeorge W. Walker

George W. Walker Services: No services are planned. George W. Walker, 80, of Portales, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born April 1, 1925, in Yuma, Ariz., to Marie and James Walker. He was the son of Scottish immigrants. He grew up in Coronado, Calif., where the family […]

County News, Briefs

Local Briefs Free radon tests available The New Mexico Environment Department is offering free residential radon test kits, while supplies last, during its January campaign against indoor radon. According to a press release from NMED, radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in most soils. It is linked to lung cancer when individuals are […]

BRAC process engulfs local area during summer

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 at least Jan. 1. May 1 • Softball squad wins first district title – For the Portales softball team, it was a Saturday like no […]

Violent weekend adds third homicide in Clovis

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis recorded its third homicide of the year late Saturday, but that wasn’t the extent of the violence over the Christmas weekend. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers responded to five unrelated violent crimes between Christmas Eve and Christmas night. In addition to the homicide, an attempted armed robbery took […]

Foresight 40 years ago gave industries a start

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By Kevin Wilson If you were to play word association with Portales residents and use the words, “Industrial Park,” you might have one faction think of church softball, another think of youth soccer and yet another think of the nearby senior citizen center. But do the same thing with Portales business leaders and they’ll probably […]

Even Santa has occupational hazards

By Karl Terry “No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.” — New York Sun Editor Francis P. Church Little 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote the New York Sun […]

Edwards family sharing Christmas reunited

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By Tony Parra When Harold Edwards of Portales left for Iraq on Jan. 2 he told his family he probably wouldn’t be back in time for Christmas. Things took a turn for the better as Edwards and the members of his platoon were allowed to return after 11 months of duty in Iraq giving him […]