Senate panel OKs proposal for minimum wage

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a worker who had […]

Johnson resigns as Portales High School football coach

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By Tony Parra Randy Fowler, Portales School District Superintendent, announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting. Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams’ football team for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Young valentines delight today

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By William Thompson Kindergarten students at Brown Early Childhood Center were busy Monday putting the finishing touches on homemade valentines and treats. Today students in Jean Harberts’ class will exchange store-bought valentines with their classmates and eat heart-shaped cookies they baked in class Monday. “I told the students that Valentines Day is a day to […]

Senate approves capital money

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Senate unanimously approved a measure on Monday to finance nearly $144 million worth of capital improvements for universities, colleges, senior citizen centers and libraries. Projects for Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are included in the measure. Senate Bill 301 authorizes general obligation bond financing, if […]

Municipal candidates sound off

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By William Thompson Portales city council candidates shared hope for continued ecomomic growth at a political forum Monday while differing on ways to achieve that growth. About 50 people attended the forum sponsored by city government and the Portales Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Monday night at the Memorial Building to hear candidates for city […]

Rams look for first win of crucial week

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Heading into the final week of the regular season, three out of the four boys teams in District 4-3A are still alive for the top seed in the district tournament and the automatic state playoff berth that comes with it. Lovington (17-9, 3-1 in district), Ruidoso (16-9, 3-1), and Portales (11-11, 2-2) […]

Slugging Zias grab two wins in WT tourney

Freedom Newspapers AMARILLO — Despite bringing out the big bats on Sunday, Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team could only manage two wins in three games in the West Texas A&M Invitational. That’s because Regis outslugged the Zias 16-12 in the middle contest, belting seven home runs — including two each by three players — […]

Walkoff double gives Hounds series

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh got what he was hoping for in the Greyhounds’ four-game set against Colorado School of Mines — a series victory. Senior right fielder Justin Gee hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, then beat out a fielder’s choice with two out in the bottom […]

N.M. Ag Expo preparing for 14th year

By Tony Parra The New Mexico Ag Expo held each year can be best described as the face of the community. The 2006 New Mexico Agricultural Expo will feature everything from old tractor driving games, quilt and fashion shows to important, up-to-date industry developments for dairymen, ranchers and farmers. There are also several demonstrations and […]

Winter games have different meaning here

By Karl Terry The world may be focused this week on the XX Winter Olympic games, but in eastern New Mexico the excitement is … well let’s just say a little more subdued. Winter games around here take on a completely different meaning. First of all, most visitors to this area immediately notice that the […]

Portales crushes Lovington for fifth district win

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Portales continued its domination of District 4-3A, holding host Lovington to six total field goals and four second-half points in a 66-21 dismantling Saturday night. Portales (18-7, 5-0 district) had 11 players score, and only two reached double figures in a balanced effort. Portales only led Lovington (8-17, 2-3) 10-8 after […]

Municipal candidates square off in Monday forum

By Tony Parra Portales residents wanting to know more about the candidates for the municipal election will get their chance during a candidate forum on Monday sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Portales. All 12 candidates are scheduled to talk about their views on different topics dealing with the […]

Tennis teams get set for Saturday

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer A lot of things have changed for the Portales tennis teams, but several things have not as the Lady Rams hope to take the next step. Last year’s state runnerup boasts the state’s No. 2 singles player, but will still adjust to a new roster and a completely different […]

Texas Woman’s beats Zias with treys

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas — Things certainly aren’t going favorably of late for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. Coach Dan Buzard says it’s not for lack of effort. The Zias overcame a five-point deficit with a 17-5 run to end the half and led virtually all the way in the second half. […]

Hounds suffer first loss in split with Orediggers

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With a six-game winning streak hanging in the balance, the Greyhounds ended up taking measures to give them better odds of avoiding a two-game losing streak. Matt Thome allowed two runs on two hits and struck out nine in a complete-game effort, and three-run efforts in the third and […]

Lopez new state police commander

By Andy Jackson Stationed in Clovis for seven years as a narcotics agent in the 1990s, veteran State Police Officer Daniel Lopez is returning to the area he considers home. Lopez, who got into law enforcement shortly after graduating from Tucumcari High School, will take over Monday as commander of District 9, which includes Curry, […]

In Tribute — January Deaths

The following is a list of people with area ties who died in January 2006. Astorga, Juan, 74, Portales, Jan. 4 Baker, Joe, 50, Portales, Jan. 12 Bell, Maurice, 93, Clovis, Jan. 26 Bobbitt, Mattye, 97, Artesia, Jan. 16 Bono, Isabella, 3 months, Portales, Jan. 15 Brittain, Ruth, 86, Melrose, Jan. 20 Carter, Eugene, 67, […]

McCulloch banks on background in Senate run

Compiled by Andy Jackson The following is the first of a series of profiles on political candidates campaigning in the area for the November general election. Candidate: Dr. Allen McCulloch Party: Republican Office: U.S. Senate Incumbent: Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Background: McCulloch is urologist from Farmington. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical […]

Patchwork of new generation

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By Helena Rodriquez The Red Barn Quilters shatter the image of the Quilted Northern Quilters, a group of old ladies in a TV bathroom tissue commercial who quilt together around a big table. The Red Barn Quilters is a new group of quilters designed for the young working women of Portales. They meet once a […]

Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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By William Thompson Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of weeks his crop will fail. Miller grows wheat and grazes cattle at his farm off state Highway 236, about 13 miles […]