Heritage Days all fun and games

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The Heritage Days parade, filled with everything from horses and John Deere tractors to water-spraying puppets and the Rat Pack Jeep Club, drew a crowd of Portales residents Saturday. Attending the parade has become part of tradition for Vicki Aguilar and her family. “We come every year, for the […]

Downtown hotel could be open as soon as 2007

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The deal is moving forward, and if a local developer realizes his dream, Portales could have a refurbished historic hotel downtown within two years. Portales developer Larry Combs has the option to purchase the former Portales Inn property, which the city of Portales and the MainStreet Organization acquired earlier […]

Researcher claims he has photo of 1976 UFO over Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Thirty years after UFOs were reportedly sighted hovering over Clovis skies, another photograph of the event has surfaced. A UFO researcher said this week he has a photo — albeit fuzzy — of a tubular-shaped craft that danced above Clovis on Jan. 21, 1976. Canadian resident Brian Vike said […]

Fostering Fathers

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer At the Baptist Children’s Home and the Christian Children’s Home in Portales, there are men who devote their days and nights to raising children in need of a father figure. These men are called houseparent dads. Being a houseparent is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job. They raise child after child, […]

Obituaries for June 18, 2006

Steven Lynn Horton Services: Have been held. Steven Lynn Horton, 59, of The Woodlands, Texas, died Friday, June 9, 2006, in Houston after a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born May 2, 1947, in Portales, he graduated from Clovis High School in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from […]

Supreme Court’s ‘drug war exception’ endangers privacy

Editorial In Hudson v. Michigan, handed down Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out yet another “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons and homes. Unfortunately, the ruling is likely to lead to more military-style no-knock raids of people’s homes and […]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be […]

North sweeps twin bill in All-Star series

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent The North squad won’t have to wait until Saturday to find out whether it can wrap up its second straight overall win in the North/South All-Star Softball series. That’s because a doubleheader sweep on Friday night in Clovis meant that the North stars already clinched the series victory — its […]

Greatest Father’s Day will be for eternity

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My granddaughters, Traci 7, and Kallie 4, looked out the window and ran through the house shouting: “Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home!” When Daddy came through the door, he had to brace himself for two happy little girls running to their daddy’s arms. He picked them up as they almost […]

Being Julio’s daughter is enough

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Many people mistake me for my mom, but not many have said over the years that I resemble my dad. With that said though, most people do know me as “Julio’s daughter.” I’m proud to be Julio’s daughter, the daughter of a baker, the daughter of a “musico,” the daughter […]

Reeds nominated for pioneer award

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Weldon and Vernell Reed have resided in Floyd since 1951, where they bought land and settled into the farming lifestyle. They raised four children and grew crops such as cotton, peanuts and wheat. However, after finances on the farm became tight they decided to attend college. Weldon Reed said […]

Gay marriage draws political lines

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Cynthia Diaz of Portales doesn’t understand why same-sex marriages are an issue. “I just don’t think that there should be any reason why they can’t get married,” she said. “I mean they’re not hurting anybody.” Diaz said she has homosexual friends and of those she said many would like […]

Local oil wells reactivated

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Orbit Petroleum recently activated seven more oil and gas wells in the southern tip of Roosevelt County, bringing their total number of active wells to 35, according to a company press release. The Oklahoma City-based company has plans to re-activate an additional 25 wells in what is known as […]

Car clubs ready to shine

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer This weekend’s Heritage Days boasts a number of events, including the annual car show at the Portales City Park. The event is hosted by the Sun Country and Eastern New Mexico Antique Auto car clubs. All classes of cars will be lined up at the Portales City Park Saturday […]

Bryant among nominees for pioneer award

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer One of the main events of Roosevelt County’s Heritage Days celebration is the announcement of the Pioneer of the Year Award during Friday’s reception dinner in the Memorial Building at 5 p.m. The nominees for the award are selected for being 75 years or older, living in the county […]

Abstinence program could be continued at Lindsey

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Health officials said they would rather deliver the message about sexual abstinence to Portales students before students get it from their peers. Terry Theti of the Roosevelt County Health Council said she hopes an abstinence program introduced to Lindsey Elementary sixth-graders and fifth- and sixth-graders in Elida, Dora and […]

Novak hearing ends

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The prosecution and defense agreed on one thing at the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing to determine if a Cannon Air Force Base airman should stand trial for murder in connection with his wife’s death: the case hinges on circumstantial evidence. Defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg told the hearing investigator […]

Local leaders in Washington to pitch Ute Project

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Representatives of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to lay groundwork for the expedition of the Ute Water Project. Years in the planning, the project would pump water for residential use from Ute Reservoir, near Logan, to eastern New Mexico communities via a […]

Bellamy Brothers to headline Dairy Fest

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The first Dairy Fest will be held at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Clovis from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, with games and activities to educate the community about dairy products. Topping the night off will be a performance by country duo the Bellamy Brothers. […]

Concerts

Freedom Newspapers June 23 — Beck, Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque 24 — Bellamy Brothers, Curry County Fairgrounds July 2 — Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band, Sandia Resorts and Casino Albuquerque, 883-7800 4 — Ozzfest 2006, featuring System of A Down, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, 246-8742 August 10 — Los Lonely Boy, Sandia Resorts and […]