Lady Rams seeded No. 1 in 3A state team tennis

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Portales High girls tennis coach Michelle Wallis went to a seeding meeting in Albuquerque on Sunday determined to get the Lady Rams the No. 1 slot for the Class 3A state team tennis tournament. Mission accomplished. Now the next step is to go out and prove the seed is […]

Fingers crossed over hotel redevelopment

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A deal that could lead to the redevelopment of the Portales Inn has those in economic development circles excited about the prospects it could hold for business in downtown Portales. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity of redevelopment of the hotel,” Portales Economic Development Director Jeremy Sturm said. […]

Boeing tests definite at Melrose range

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Flight training for a Boeing-designed robotic airplane, dubbed the ScanEagle, will be conducted at the Melrose Bombing Range beginning this summer, according to Boeing spokesperson Chick Ramey. The range is a 66,000-acre swath of land located west of Cannon Air Force Base, which serves as the primary training site […]

Playday a day for horse, rider

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer It’s called a Playday because the competitive pressure is off if you choose, and it’s a chance for both horse and rider to get involved in an organized riding event with fun awards for the winners. Playday is sponsored by the Cattle Capitol Cowbelles local chapter. Laura Southard, of […]

Keith Gardner loses court battle to keep challenger off the ballot

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Republican lawmaker from Roswell has lost his court fight to knock a challenger off the June 6 primary election ballot. The state Supreme Court, affirming a lower court decision, ruled Wednesday that Lucille B. Tucker’s name will appear on the ballot in the race for […]

PRMC hires administrator

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A New Mexico hospital administrator with a history of tending to hospitals in need volunteered to lead Plains Regional Medical Center. Officials from the hospital — scrutinized earlier this year by several regulatory agencies and bogged down by board member resignations — announced Hoyt Skabelund landed the position Wednesday, […]

Obituaries for May 4, 2006

Harvey Ray Bailey Services: 10 a.m. (CDT) at First Church of the Nazarene in Temple, Texas. Harvey Ray Bailey, 65, of Temple, Texas, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. He was born Aug. 12, 1940, in Newkirk to J.C. and Hattie Bailey. He was a graduate of Fort Sumner […]

Live music, games, piñatas, to be featured at eastern New Mexico celebrations

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When a band has been together for more than a dozen years, it’s only natural that every once in a while they get sick of each other. “It’s kind of like being married,” E.J. Rodriguez said. “You have some good days and some bad days.” Zumbale, a Clovis dance band, […]

Western Bank looking for new home

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city councilors approved a resolution which would allow Western Bank officials to demolish apartment buildings in Portales to build a new commercial banking building. The Western Bank officials are purchasing the apartments with the help of the Portales MainStreet Association members and the city of Portales. According to […]

ENMU hosts end of semester concert

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University events organizers say they’re going to end the school year with some “Texas Country” music Thursday. The ENMU Associated Students Activities Board is putting together a concert that will feature the Randy Rogers Band in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building. “He’s (Randy Rogers) […]

Cinco de Mayo celebration to embrace all families, people

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There will be no shortage of events celebrating Cinco de Mayo in eastern New Mexico Friday and Saturday. Organizers say they want to make their celebrations family venues and not just for Hispanic families. Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari. There will be a […]

Vickie Perea seeking secretary of state post

Freedom Newspapers Vickie Perea Candidate for Secretary of State Vickie Perea was born and raised in Los Lunas. Married for 43 years, she has two sons. She is a former president of the Albuquerque City Council and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Q: What is your highest priority if elected? […]

Obituaries for May 3, 2006

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Romero Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Virginia “Ginny” Romero, 62, of Clovis died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born April 7, 1944, to Onesimo J. and Emma Leyba Encinias in Melrose. She married Raymond Romero on Dec. 16, 1972, in Clovis. […]

Fakers while reprehensible, harm no one

Editorial: Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of […]

Smile; We still have cookies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Most weeks, I’ve got a great idea that I can bore my readers about for at least 500 words. That being said, this isn’t one of those weeks. Instead, this is a week of four really good ideas that are just below the mark of deserving their own column. Enjoy: […]

Lady Rams earn No. 1 seed at state

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Lady Rams have earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A girls state tennis tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Sierra Vista Tennis Complex. Portales takes on eighth-seeded Ruidoso in a quarterfinal match at 9 a.m. Saturday. If the Lady Rams win, they advance to a semifinal […]

Coyotes fall to Magdalena in regional final

PNT staff MAGDALENA — Host Magdalena used two big innings to beat Dora 13-4 on Tuesday in the finals of a Class 1A regional tournament. The tourney was one of two three-team events involving district runnersup to determine the final two spots in next week’s 1A state tournament. The other six berths were filled by […]

PHS track teams looking to qualify events for state

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Coming off a solid overall performance in Lovington’s Ross Black Relays on Friday, Portales High’s track teams return to Lovington this Friday for the District 4-3A meet hoping to add to their lists of state qualifiers. Boys coach Glenn Johnson knows the Rams probably won’t win the team title, […]

Lady Rams awarded first-round home game

PNT staff The Portales Lady Rams earned a No. 7 seed in the 16-team Class 3A state softball tournament, and will host 10th-seeded Santa Fe Indian School in a 4 p.m. first-round matchup on Friday. Pairings for state baseball and softball tournaments in Classes 3A-5A were announced on Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. […]

Zias place two on All-LSC South softball team

PNT staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Junior right fielder Kelsey Kubik of Tucson, Ariz., and senior shortstop Jessica Nocas of Riverside, Calif., have been named to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division softball first team in selections released on Monday by the conference office. All told, eight Zias were honored by the LSC, with three second-team […]