Holiday Inn Express opens in Portales

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By Tony Parra Travelers will be able to “Stay Smart” in Portales now that the new Holiday Inn Express is open. Chelsey Banister, Holiday Inn Express general manager, said it has been a slow start but feels business will pick up once the word gets around that the hotel is open. “Stay Smart” is the […]

30th Williamson lectureship comes to ENMU campus

By Tony Parra Portales will be the center of those who view the world in a different way on Thursday when experts in the field of science-fiction join local science-fiction writing legend Jack Williamson of Portales for the 30th annual Williamson Lectureship. “I enjoy the variety of people who have different points of views,” Rick […]

Portales man shot Sunday

PNT Staff Report A 19-year-old Roosevelt County man was shot in the leg sometime Sunday night in Portales, but police aren’t sure exactly where the incident occurred or who shot him. Police were summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital by an emergency room desk clerk at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The clerk reported a patient with a […]

Governor orders flags to half-staff Thursday in honor of Doc Stewart

Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson ordered all state flags be flown at half-staff today through Thursday in honor of Clovis civic leader and devout Cannon Air Force Base supporter Ernest “Doc” Stewart. Stewart, 81, died Monday due to heart and pulmonary complications. A crowd of more than 1,000 is expected to attend Stewart’s memorial service […]

Future water projections discussed at regional water meeting

By Kevin Wilson TUCUMCARI — Public welfare and future water projections took center stage this week at the Tucumcari Convention Center, as the Northeast New Mexico Regional Water Plan’s public steering committee met throughout Monday afternoon. The committee, made up of representatives of cities and counties throughout eastern New Mexico, is in the process of […]

Third party dealing with Iran may be best course for now

Editorial The announcement that Iran and Russia have reached a tentative deal for Russia to enrich uranium in Russia for nuclear plants in Iran offers a faint hope that a showdown between Iran and the “international community” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be averted — for now. No doubt there will be deviltry in the […]

Hounds ousted from conference tourney

Freedom Newspapers DURANT, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University scored the first basket Tuesday night. The rest was pretty much downhill. Junior guard Jason Stampley led five players in double figures with 21 points and Southeastern Oklahoma routed the Greyhounds 93-63 in a first-round game of the Lone Star Conference tournament Southeastern (18-9), the No. […]

Elida coach depending on seniors

PNT staff Heading into regionals and a possible trip to the state tournament in Albuquerque, Elida girls coach Dan Howard said he is counting on the senior duo of Kodi Armitage and Jewlie Paiz to lead the Lady Tigers on a long run in the playoffs. “I’m leaning on my two seniors right now,” Howard […]

African drummers provide rhythm to ENMU activities

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By William Thompson The drummers of the Yoruba Cultural Troupe of Nigeria brought the “heartbeat” of Africa to Eastern New Mexico University Monday with a performance at the business school and a session at the Office of African American Affairs’ annual banquet. Among the many drums the three drummers brought to Portales were a “djembe” […]

School system lacking adequate roof repair funds

By Tony Parra The New Mexico Public School Facility Authority allocated money to the Portales School District to fix roofs of some of the school buildings. The problem is it wasn’t enough to fix all the roofs that need repairing, according to school officials. During a work session on Monday afternoon, Randy Fowler, Portales School […]

Spanish speller moves on to state spelling bee

By Tony Parra It started with eight students from the Portales School District, but quickly it dwindled down to two girls and Jessica Lavalle was able to correctly spell “volver” to win the district Spanish Spelling Bee. Lavalle won on Feb. 24 and will be competing in Albuquerque in the New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee […]

Area civic leader, businessman Doc Stewart dies at 81

By Marlena Hartz With a bellowing laugh, a deep voice and a stature to match at 6 feet 4 inches, Ernest “Doc” Stewart commanded attention. But it was his good nature that won the friendship of some of the most influential men in the military and steered a course for Cannon Air Force Base. Stewart, […]

Portales boys dominate tennis opener

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PNT staff The Portales tennis team kicked off its season with a solid effort against a mixed bag of Clovis’ varsity and junior varsity squads on Monday at the Portales tennis complex. The Portales boys dominated, with Logan Brown, Matt Tucker, Kyle Adams, Davey Riser, Justin McCasland, and Walker Partin picking up wins as the […]

Hounds ready for first round

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Suffice it to say, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team picked the right time to play arguably its best road game of the season. In a winner-take-all situation, the Greyhounds edged Midwestern State 84-82 in overtime on Saturday at Wichita Falls, Texas, claiming the Lone Star Conference South […]

Residents buy bargain groceries through charity

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By William Thompson About 200 Portales residents went to First Baptist Church Saturday to take advantage of a new charity program, initiated locally, that provides low cost groceries to anyone who wants to participate. The Angel Food Ministries, a Georgia based non-profit, where the local program orginates, claims on its Web site the average retail […]

City water meeting focuses on improving emergency response

By Tony Parra Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said the purpose a Friday water meeting was to create a history of the events leading to the recent water outage and find out what can be done differently next time. Managers and directors for the city of Portales discussed every aspect of response from each department […]

Scott highlights Black History Month at ENMU

By Tony Parra Barry Scott said that despite dealing with racism he has remained positive and wanted ENMU students and other audience members to do the same no matter what obstacles they confront. Scott is an African-American motivational speaker who has been on other campuses and preached the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.. “He’s […]

Community Service Center drops transit service in city’s lap

By Tony Parra Portales Area Transit system will have a new operator next month. Community Services Center will end its affiliation with the bus system on March 24, its Executive Director Pam O’Malley announced in a press release. O’Malley said the reason was because the city wanted to run the PAT system. The city of […]

ENMU victorious, on to LSC tourney

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Freshman guard Joshua Jackson’s baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left in overtime Saturday lifted Eastern New Mexico University past Midwestern State 84-82 in a battle for the Lone Star Conference South’s fourth and final berth in next week’s LSC tournament. The Greyhounds (12-15, 6-6 South) will travel Tuesday to […]

The virtuous legacy George Washinton set forth kept us free

George Washington has become something of a mythical figure in our national consciousness, a distant and perhaps even dour personage. We may know that we’re supposed to revere him, but he was hardly cuddly. There is some truth in that image, which to some extent he himself cultivated. It is worth remembering, however, the debt […]