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 […]