Commodities distribution Thursday

PNT Staff Commodities will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. For more information, contact 356-2005.

Bees buzzin’ again; residents beware

By Tony Parra Temperatures are warming and flowers will bloom soon. ’Tis the season to beware of bees in Roosevelt County. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said officers responded to a call about bees at a residence on the 1700 block of South Avenue B on Tuesday. He said officers confirmed bees were on the […]

Buzard is out as Zia basketball coach

By Jesse Wolfersberger Dan Buzard’s contract as women’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University will not be renewed, university officials announced on Tuesday. ENMU Athletic Director Mike Maguire said the move is an attempt to kick start the program. “We looked at our program’s record over the past few seasons,” Maguire said, “and we […]

Freedom of expression must be protected

By Tibor Machan A Colorado teacher recently compared President George W. Bush to Adolph Hitler in one of his classes, saying later this was only one side of a controversy he had been covering and he would get to the other side soon. The president himself was asked about it when he addressed newspaper publishers […]

Milosevic encouraged hatred and hostility

In the end, Slobodan Milosevic may be best remembered as simply one more petty example of what Hannah Arendt called the “banality of evil.” A midlevel communist apparatchik who took advantage of various incidents as the former Yugoslavia was unraveling along with the rest of the communist enterprise in the late 1980s to propel himself […]

Freedom of Information Act marks 40 years

Minneapolis Star-Tribune When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) nearly 40 years ago, he wasn’t exactly whooping for joy. In fact, former press secretary Bill Moyers has recalled, “LBJ had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the signing ceremony.” Why the reluctance? “He hated the thought of journalists rummaging in […]

Parade organizers still accepting entries

PNT Staff Entries are still being accepted for the “Welcome Home Troops” parade scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The parade will begin on Avenue O, follow Second Street, then end on the square downtown. Nancy Gentry, an organizer, said there is no cost for entries and she will still be taking entries this week. […]

Two injured in car crash

PNT Staff A Monday night accident in Portales sent two people to the hospital, according to police reports. The accident occurred about 10 p.m. at the intersection of 14th Street and South Avenue D. Portales Fire Department responded to the scene to extricate Toni Wood of Portales from the 2000 GMC pickup she was driving. […]

Dickens comes to PHS

By William P. Thompson A slice of Victorian London comes to Portales this week when students from Portales schools take to the stage in a production of the musical “Oliver!” based on the Charles Dickens classic “Oliver Twist.” It’s a Portales High School performing arts department production, but the department’s director, Bob Strong, said he […]

Bees buzzin’ again

By Tony Parra Temperatures are warming and flowers will bloom soon. ’Tis the season to beware of bees in Roosevelt County. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said officers responded to a call about bees at a residence on the 1700 block of South Avenue B on Tuesday. He said officers confirmed bees were on the […]

Buzard out at ENMU

By Jesse Wolfersberger PORTALES — Dan Buzard’s contract as women’s basketball coach at Eastern New Mexico University will not be renewed, university officials announced on Tuesday. ENMU Athletic Director Mike Maguire said the move is an attempt to kick-start the program. “We looked at our program’s record over the past few seasons,” Maguire said, “and […]

Portales school officials unhappy with governor’s veto on salaries

William P. Thompson Gov. Bill Richardson recently vetoed $6.3 million in funding to the state’s three-tiered licensure system for teachers, and now the Portales school district will have to make adjustments in its budget to come up with $300,000 to $400,000. Debbie Zurzolo, business manager for Portales schools, said she doesn’t know yet what will […]

Everybody in the pool! It’s time for March Madness

Staff and wire reports Every year about this time, Eddie Gontram’s architecture firm becomes one of the most popular in the country. Hundreds of people he doesn’t know — and probably will never meet — check out his Web site, eagerly awaiting the latest news. And we’re not talking about blueprints for that new day […]

Fires roar across New Mexico

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By William P. Thompson High winds plus dry grass added up to little sleep for local firefighters over the weekend. One Portales home was destroyed and another damaged in separate fires on Sunday. About 2,000 acres of grassland were scorched near Causey, and local firefighters also helped battle a 100,000-acre grass fire between Tatum and […]

ENMU BRIEFS: Rodeo team struggles in opener

Freedom Newspapers WEATHERFORD, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico women’s rodeo team finished fourth while the men were 12th in the Weatherford College Rodeo over the weekend. ENMU’s Tyrell Flewelling, competing with Kyle Roberts of New Mexico Junior College, finished second in team roping. Also for the men, Max Fortmuller tied for third in bullriding. […]

Lady Rams celebrate win

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — No point in being greedy, according to Portales senior Morgan Hill, after she helped the Lady Rams to win their third Class 3A state title in four years. Portales made it to the finals in 2005, but was upset by Santa Fe Indian School. “I don’t want to think about […]

Garcias welcome home son stationed in Iraq

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By Tony Parra Manuel and Esperanza Garcia feel that every moment spent with their children is precious. Those moments are magnified when one of those children is visiting between stays in Baghdad. Army Capt. Lupe Garcia, 35, has been in Iraq since August, assigned to the multi-National Security Transition Command and the civilian police assistance […]

Speech meet an ENMU tradition

By Tony Parra Portales High School students in speech competitions may not receive as much fanfare as the students in the basketball state tournament but nonetheless they still had the spotlight shine on them this week during the 2006 New Mexico High School Speech Tournament in Portales. Anthony Schroeder, tournament director and Eastern New Mexico […]

Obituaries for March 12, 2006

Sue Dennis Dean Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery in Portales. Sue Dennis Dean, 64, of Roswell died Friday, March 10, 2006, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. She was born on May 7, 1941, to Frank and Vera Brinson DeWeese in Dimmitt, Texas. She married Harold Dean on Dec. 4, 1993. As a […]

Clovis fifth grader wins regional spelling bee

By Andy Jackson Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when her chance came to win the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee, she left off the “e” at the end of the word. Zia Elementary School fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson pounced on the opening, spelling the […]