Obituaries for March 8, 2006

Bill Melton Services: Private Billy Bryan Melton, 75, of Texico died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Lynn County, Texas, to Noble and Erminie Melton. He grew up in Crane, Texas, and Ozona, Texas, and was a graduate of Ozona High School. He married Sue Meinecke in […]

Minimum wage puts state at economic disadvantage

By Walter Bradley Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average minimum wage […]

Shaming Congress away from pork barrel won’t work

Editorial There’s a serious flaw in the thinking of reformers who believe congressional pork-barrel spending can be curbed by forcing members to attach their names to the pet projects (or “earmarks”) they slip into appropriations bills, in circumvention of the normal budget procedures. They hope bringing more transparency and accountability to the process will shame […]

Clovis defeats La Cueva

By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — As his team approached the state tournament, Clovis coach Miles Watters preached to his starters that early fouls were bad news. In the Lady Wildcats’ first game in Albuquerque, they got in foul trouble again. It didn’t cost them the game, but it helped to give them a scare. The […]

Elida rallies to beat Des Moines

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Melrose Lady Buffaloes gave it a shot Tuesday against the top seed Tatum, but came up short. Now the Elida Lady Tigers will have a crack at the top seed in the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament. Tatum, which went unbeaten in winning the 1A volleyball championship in November, […]

Lady Rams get a scare at state tournament

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Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Three-pointers from Portales’ Briana Hernandez may have kept a large Thoreau cheering section quiet at the start. But, after awhile, silence turned into a murmur. That changed into a swell, which finally culminated in a roar as Thoreau chipped away at the Rams’ lead. Just as well, said the Portales players, […]

Portales man pleads guilty in murder case

By Tony Parra A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Clifford “Bubba” Baca, 21, after Baca pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. A week-long trial had been scheduled to […]

Municipal judge race sparking some interest

By William Thompson A number of Portales City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a three-way race for municipal judge by incumbent Fred Arnold, Oscar Robinson and Arla Hitson is generating the most pre-election buzz, according to city clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “I’ve heard quite a bit about the judges’ race,” […]

Portales teen in jail for sex crime

By Tony Parra A Portales High School senior was arrested last week and remains in the Roosevelt County Detention Center after being charged with first-degree criminal sexual penetration, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Daniel Aranda, 18, is charged as a juvenile. Bond has not been set, Berry said. “The only thing we (family) can […]

Cannon ceremony marks changing of command

By Andy Jackson Military and community members filled hundreds of folding chairs inside a massive aircraft hangar at Cannon Air Force Base Monday. They were there to witness Col. John D. Posner relay command of the base to Col. Scott D. West. Posner told the crowd that serving as the base’s commander has been the […]

Obituaries March 7, 2006

Wanda Riley Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Chavez Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Sumner Wanda Riley, 77, of Taiban, died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital following an illness. She was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Clovis to Albert and Lilly Moss. She was raised in Clovis where she attended school. She attended […]

Women get day out

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By Tony Parra It was a day for the women to enjoy and learn beauty tips, personal development and health in Portales as part of the second annual Women’s Day Out. The Portales Women’s Club helped sponsor the event along with the Roosevelt County Chamber of Comerce, Freedom Newspapers and Dillard’s Department Store. A couple […]

Parade planned for returning local troops

By Tony Parra The idea started out as a way to welcome back Portales members of the 126th Military Police and soon it blossomed into a way of showing appreciation to all of those who have served in the military. That appreciation will come in the form of a “Welcome Home Troops” parade which will […]

Locals have their own take on Oscar

By Jean Verlich Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is tonight when the Academy Awards are presented. But Hollywood insiders are predicting low ratings for the ABC broadcast because four of five best-picture nominees did not have the benefit of a big studio’s big marketing budget. It’s a mixed bag for area movie buffs, some […]

Storm spotter training offered to amateur weather buffs

By Andy Jackson Steve Summers has been a storm spotter for 12 years. Although he’s never seen one up close or heard the signature freight train sound, he is well aware of the damage they can do. The director of the Clovis Municipal Airport, Summers is one of 20 storm spotters in Curry County. “You […]

Rams take care of Dons

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer Earlier in the week, Portales coach Mark Gallegos said his team likes to get an early lead and try to hold it. On Saturday, the Rams did that — it just took a little longer than usual. The Rams forced 26 turnovers to defeat West Las Vegas 71-44 in […]

Obituaries 3/4/06

Donnie Ray Stroup Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Tatum Cemetery. Donnie Ray Stroup, 65, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at his sister’s home in Elida. He was born Feb. 28, 1941, in Portales to Audrey and Robbie Lee Stroup. A lifelong resident of Roosevelt and Curry counties, he lived with his parents until they […]

Hounds sweep doubleheader, earn nickname

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer After winning their third game of the weekend and improving to 16-4 on the season, the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds looked more like little-leaguers than college students. One player was spraying people with the field hose. Two others were wrestling on the infield grass. All the while veteran […]

TVLand better than reality

By Karl Terry Two of my earliest memories of television faded last week as Barney Fife and Chester Goode passed on to the black and white screen in the sky. The characters that Don Knotts and Dennis Weaver created on TV were about as far back as my childhood memories go. I remember my brother […]

Zias stay hot, sweep Mustangs

Freedom Newspapers You could say the Eastern New Mexico University softball team fattened up on offense on Saturday. The Zias hit better than .500 in both games of a doubleheader, pounding out 33 hits with every starter getting at least one in both games in a 9-1, 14-0 pounding of College of the Southwest at […]