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 [...]