Hounds go 12 to beat Kingsville in opener

PNT staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Freshman Evan Orsak pitched 4 1/3 strong innings in relief and sophomore Keith Balderaz earned a school-record ninth save as Eastern New Mexico University outlasted Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-7 in 12 innings on Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader. The Javelinas came back to […]

Lady Rams take district team crown

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Michelle Wallis had been waiting four days for a rematch after her Portales High girls tennis team lost at Lovington 5-4. The Lady Rams got their revenge on Saturday, beating the Lady Wildcats 6-3 in the finals of the District 4-3A tennis team championship. Both squads qualified for next week’s Class […]

Struggle to immigrate sometimes long

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared one room and a kitchen in home with a dirt floor. She left the coastal city — rich in agricultural products but mired in poverty — for the United States at the […]

Local plans set for ‘A Day Without an Immigrant’

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer If all goes as planned, it may not be business as usual in the United States on Monday, which is “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant” Day. Nationwide, immigrant supporters hope to disrupt the day to illustrate, like the 2004 movie, “A Day Without […]

Sheriff debate begins

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer People will get the chance to hear how two sheriff’s candidates envision law enforcement working for the next four years Thursday as part of the Roosevelt County candidate forum. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and county officials are putting together a forum scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in […]

Draper weaves together, art, war and Navajo tradition

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Teddy Draper III has visited lots of battlefields over the last few years, including some in Iraq. But it was his trip to one historic battle site that has had a half century to heal that provided the inspiration for a mural he completed at the Community Services Center […]

Smith hits right note

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School choir teacher Franklin Smith tried to talk himself out of his music calling, but a college music professor told him he had what it takes to instill a love of music in teens. “I was at a crossroads. I was working as a server at […]

Prankster shows up

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Those of us who worked the news side of the Denver Post became concerned when Downhill Updyke stopped inventing elaborate practical jokes. When we asked him about it, he said he was just getting too old to play games. Pranks in those days were common in the city room, […]

Obituaries for April 30, 2006

Fred Schaap Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Fred Schaap, 74, of Farwell died Thursday, April 27, at Farwell Convalescent Center. Mr. Schaap was born March 8, 1932, in Terkaple, Fr., Netherlands. He immigrated to the United States on March 31, 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and […]

Death tax will hurt people, not help; time to put it to rest

Editorial Family farms and small businesses are depending on Congress to make permanent the 2001 phase-out — leading to complete repeal in 2010 — of the “death tax,” otherwise called the estate tax. The U.S. Senate will take up the measure in the next couple of weeks. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning to […]

A little bit of fiber can do wonders

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A little more fiber in our lives would be a good thing. Right? I hope so. This week I signed up for the fiber optic package that Yucca Telecom just started peddling. They’re supposed to come out next week and run the fiber under my yard and replace traditional […]

Hounds blow ninth-inning lead, drop twin bill

PNT staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Even a standout performance by Eastern New Mexico University freshman left-hander Seth Clabaugh couldn’t save the Greyhounds on Friday. Clabaugh, who came in with an 0-5 record, was in line for his first collegiate win after throwing eight innings of three-hit ball in the opener of a Lone Star Conference […]

Portales netters qualify four individual entries for state

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Portales High qualified one singles and one doubles for the boys and both doubles teams for the girls on Friday in Class 1-3A District 4 individual tennis competition with top-three finishes. The Rams and Lady Rams return to Lovington today for team competition. Class 1-3A state tennis team competition is scheduled […]

Judge denies motion to dismiss death penalty

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Thursday denied defense motions to dismiss the death penalty as a possible sentence and separate the charges of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 33, is accused of killing his uncle and aunt, Odis and Doris […]

Streetscape proposal would make big changes on square

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The heart of Portales — its downtown square — could soon look radically different following streetscape improvements planned within the next year. Portales city councilors and Roosevelt County commissioners met Thursday to review drawings of the proposed streetscaping spearheaded by the city of Portales and Portales MainStreet project. In […]

Lady Rams split, finish second in district

PNT staff LOVINGTON — The Portales Lady Rams crumbled in the first game Thursday. To their credit, they bounced back from a 13-0 District 4-3A loss to rival Lovington to salvage a split with a 4-2 victory. Still, they had to settle for second place in the district behind the Lady Wildcats (9-15, 6-2 district). […]

Rams earn team title in Clovis meet

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer CLOVIS — With district competition looming Monday, Portales boys golf coach Patrick Crowley doesn’t believe his team is where it needs to be at this point. Still, the Rams were good enough Thursday to shoot a four-man score of 306 and take team honors by five shots in the […]

Dora gets past Floyd in playoff

PNT Staff Report FLOYD — The Dora Coyotes scored five runs in the top of the eighth Thursday to turn back Floyd 7-3 in a playoff for second place in District 6-1A. The teams tied at 1-3 behind district champion Elida during the regular season. The six second-place district teams advance to two regionals next […]

Clovis/Portales hope to build on ‘microplex’ successes

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining […]

PHS wins in tuneups

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PNT staff CLOVIS — It’ll be a quick turnaround today for Portales High’s tennis teams, but at least they weren’t severely tested on Thursday. The Rams and Lady Rams completed dual matches against Clovis suspended by rain and lightning last week, with the Rams winning 7-2 and the Lady Rams posting a 9-0 shutout. Portales […]