PAT going for Mondays, too

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer More than 450 passengers used the Portales Area Transit System in May, according to city officials. “We’re really pleased with how things are going,” Portales City Manager Debi Lee said. “Everything is positive. Some of the seniors found out that they could get rides through our senior program for […]

Cannon expansion team dormant

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis-Portales team envisioned last August to plan for a possible expansion at Cannon Air Force Base has laid dormant. Since a group of Clovis and Portales city and county representatives agreed to form the team nearly a year ago, the team has done little, besides attend a base realignment […]

Town set for military boost

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For the mountain community of Colorado Springs, Colo., change is certain. In the next few years, the size of nearby Fort Carson will more than double. As overseas assignments in Germany, Europe and Asia shrink to create a more mobile military, more than 10,000 troops will be assigned to the […]

Church holds family bash

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Church of God in Portales held its second block party Saturday, which focused on family fun. The event included a softball game, water activities, basketball, volleyball and the children’s favorite, two blow-up bouncing houses. “This is part of our youth outreach program,” Church of God Pastor Donald Hay […]

June 11, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were filed this week at the Roosevelt County clerk’s office. • Joseph Randy Montoya, 25, of Roswell, to Sonya Renee, 22, of Portales. • Russell Roberts, 50, of Portales, to Alicia Garcia-Martinez, 40, of Clovis. • Joshua Webster, 19, of Portales, to Stacy Swinney, 18, of Portales. • Joel Erich Adams, […]

June 11, 2006 Police Blotters

The following is a sampling of calls made to Portales police dispatchers in the past week. According to the reports: June 3 • At 10:05 a.m. an officer was advised of a vehicle accident at Boston and Kaywood. All subjects were fine and refused transport. • At 11:39 a.m. a caller advised of some stolen […]

June 11, 2006 Portales Junior High News

Portales Junior High students and their families ended the school year with an awards assembly May 22. Principal Steve Harris, teachers, and others recognized students for their hard work throughout the year. American Legion awards Webb Hutchins presented the American Legion awards to Kaitlyn Stratton and Timothy Smith. The nominees are selected on the basis […]

Portales to focus on speed

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High Lady Rams basketball team finished up their summer tournament Saturday and head coach Brenda Gomez said she is looking forward to next year. The Lady Rams went 6-3 in the tournament against teams from Hobbs, Roswell, Texico, Capitan, Goddard and Lovington. The tournament was held Friday […]

Armitage qualifies for finals

Freedom Newspapers Kenna Armitage of Elida qualified for the National Finals College Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Armitage, a Portales native who graduated from Elida High School in 2003, is a sophomore at New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas, N.M. “There are not many teams that start a rodeo program, and then go […]

Tombstone race a Fort Sumner tradition

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent FORT SUMNER — There’s legends and then there’s legends so big that they beget even more legends. The Billy the Kid tombstone races at Old Fort Days are all about an offshoot activity at the legendary outlaw’s gravesite. And it makes for an athletic event that certainly is unique by […]

Politics not for sissies, but restraint would be nice

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, […]

There’s good, then there’s larrupin’

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor One of the duties of an editor and columnist is to introduce readers to new and interesting words — words that work well but don’t necessarily get used by everyone. This week’s word is larrupin’. Some of you may know the word, but it’s surprising how many folks get […]

Old age has many benefits

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist Here at the Foundation for Doing Away with Old Age, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you get perks in your golden years that make you giggle with delight. The bad news is the perks seldom make up for the price you have to pay. […]

Pharmacist prepares for retirement

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Sitting in his chair, his arms folded across his chest, 71-year-old Walter Chambliss reflected on his life and career as a longtime Portales pharmacist. Things have certainly changed in the 42 years since he’s been in Portales, yet Chambliss said he’s not the type to dwell on the past. […]

June 11, 2006 Honors

McIntosh Army National Guard Pfc. Daniel A. McIntosh has graduated from the Light-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Advanced Individual Training (AIT) course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. The course is designed to train soldiers to perform maintenance, troubleshoot, and repair wheeled vehicles and related mechanical components, which include internal combustion engines and power trains, spark- and compression-ignition […]

June 11, 2006 Anniversaries

Banks Loyd and Darlene Banks of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. June 24 with a come-and-go reception at the Holiday Inn Express, 1901 W. Second St. in Portales. The celebration is hosted by their children Beverly Hall, Janet Fields and Lynda DeFoor, along with their grandchildren. The couple […]

June 11, 2006 Engagements

Haller/Gutierrez Dwight and Pam Haller of Tucumcari announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Tana Rae Haller to Jose Jesus Gutierrez both of Portales, son of Joe and Maria Gutierrez of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows July 15 at Tucumcari Convention Center. The reception will follow the ceremony. The bride-elect is a […]

June 11, 2006 Weddings

Keim/Crawford Erika Keim of Albuquerque and Adam Crawford of Albuquerque were joined in marriage May 27 at Central Christian Church in Portales. The Rev. Jason Thomas performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Alan and Selina Roberts of Portales and the granddaughter of Jim Simpson, Nell Simpson and Wilma Knudson of […]

Beating the heat

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Landscapers are some of the busiest day laborers during the summer months. Loren Chatterton and Chris Hernandez work for Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping. Recently, they have been assigned to work out in the spring heat laying pavers for a new patio outside of a Portales restaurant. Chatterton, who has […]

Obituaries for June 10, 2006

Gary Don Burns, 46, of Clovis, and formerly of Roswell, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Clovis. He was born Feb. 23, 1960, to Robert (Bob) and Dorotha Burns in Roswell. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1978 and worked at Xcel Energy for 22 years. He was preceded in death by his father […]