La Llorona legend still wails by the riverbank

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer The Hispanic horror tale of “La Llorona” has always been used by parents to scare their children and keep them from staying out late at night and for some eight- and nine-year-olds from Portales, the tale reiterated their fears. “My mom told me that story first,” Andrea Ontiveros of […]

Murder trial set to begin in Portales

Freedom Newspapers The trial of one of the men accused of first-degree murder of a Portales teen girl begins on Monday in the Roosevelt County District Courthouse. Clifford Baca, 21, will be on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Clifford Baca is facing charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and contributing to […]

Freshman explores universe for regional science fair entry

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By William Thompson Portales High School freshman G.T. “Teddy” Gordon began his foray into science at the age of seven when he began taking the engines out of remote-controlled cars. He wanted to see how they worked. He also made electric fans out of the engines. Gordon’s latest scientific effort, a display called “The Soaring […]

Jack Williamson honored at 30th annual lectureship

By Tony Parra They came to discuss science-fiction and they also came to honor one of the genre’s most enduring masters, Jack Williamson, at the 30th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University Thursday. Williamson, a Portales resident, who has been writing for 77 years, turns 98 in April. Friends and family said […]

Stewart’s life of civic pride celebrated

By Marlena Hartz He is the commander of more than 1,000 aircraft and the leader of more than 100,000 men. But Thursday at the memorial service of Ernest “Doc” Stewart, he simply mourned the loss of a friend. On bended knee, Gen. Ronald Keys gently handed Stewart’s wife a meticulously folded American flag. It was […]

Greeks and Christians mingle at ENMU Cross Campus mixer

By William Thompson Eastern New Mexico University’s Cross Campus ministry had fraternity and sorority students over for an evening of outdoor cooking and indoor video games Wednesday. Most of the guests were from sororities or female fraternities who said they were looking to make new friends. Keeley Angel of Zeta Tau Alpha women’s fraternity was […]

Thankful for water, spiritual and physical

By Joan Clayton The 24-hour shutdown of water recently brought to my attention appreciation of the lack of, simple things. I thought of my great grandparents who had 11 children. They carried buckets to the windmill and filled them with water and thanksgiving. They had only the basics of life … no plumbing … no […]

Lenten meals hold special memories

By Helena Rodriquez The 40-day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday has begun. It’s during this time of year that I think of Grandma Emma, her Friday meals without meat and the stories she’d share with us. If you’re Catholic, you know meat is out on Fridays during Lent. But with Grandma Emma’s special Lenten dishes, […]

Lady Rams feel slighted by seeding

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: PNT staff writer The Portales Lady Rams dominated Class 3A all season, never losing to a team in their own class. Heading into the state tournament, Portales thought they would be the overwhelming favorite. The seeding committee thought otherwise — the Lady Rams were seeded second. “That is huge motivation to us,” […]

Fort Sumner survives regional matchup with Grady

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Because Fort Sumner had won the previous two meetings by an average of 27.5 points, it seemed pretty obvious what the Foxes would do to the Grady Bronchos Thursday in a Region A boys basketball semifinal. But on second thought… The favored team did indeed win, but not […]