Chopper crash details

By Sharna Johnson Bryan Kos was planting wheat north of Melrose when the sounds of a low-flying helicopter caught his attention late Monday morning. As he watched, the chopper flew past him before crashing into a nearby maize field, he said. Jumping from his tractor and running toward the cloud of dust and debris, Kos […]

Checks may be thing of the past

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m terrible when it comes to my health, but it’s mainly a personal failing of negating positive efforts. I have a multi-vitamin every day, for instance, but neglect to wash it down with water because I’ve still got a Dr Pepper in the fridge. I’m not the same way with […]

Skelton vows closer oversight of war, forces

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Greater congressional oversight of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and more open discussions of rising recruiting and retention challenges are two likely outcomes of Democrats taking control in January. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., who will chair the House Armed Services Committee, said wartime declines in recruit quality will be examined […]

Local writer leaves lasting legacy

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]

Local man wins national contest

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Using a computer as his canvas, a mouse as a paintbrush and software as his drawing tool, Dusty Deen created prize-winning animation. A 2004 Eastern New Mexico University graduate who studied animation and graphic design, Deen was one of 43 artists selected to showcase their original artwork in the national […]

ENMU Men’s rodeo team wins competition

Senior Stetson Hererra finished first in the bareback riding and Ty Foster won the tie-down roping to lead the Eastern New Mexico University men’s rodeo team to a first place finish at the recent first-ever New Mexico College-High School Challenge Rodeo in Farmington. The women’s team turned in a fourth-place finish. Herrera won all three […]

Area fire departments seeing red

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor State requirements calling for higher levels of firefighter certification for reimbursement on wildland fires have area fire departments poised to jump from the frying pan into the fire. Local fire departments recently learned that their agreements with New Mexico State Forestry will be canceled in the next 90 days […]

Board approves soccer program

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Answering the cries of several local soccer moms and dads, the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the development of a boys and girls soccer program at their regular meeting Monday night. But with the program set to start in the 2007-2008 school year, school officials say […]

ENMU participates in literacy program

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer R.M. James Elementary students had a special storytime Monday with members of the mens basketball team from Eastern New Mexico University. Members of the Greyhound basketball squad participated in the annual literacy program sponsored annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches by reading to the students. The national […]

Holiday showcase held in Portales

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Festooned with Christmas decorations, intermingled with family photographs and items from her home, Roosevelt County Home Economist Connie Moyers set the stage for her program, “A Christmas to Remember”, held on Monday at the Memorial Building. Showcasing projects that utilize unique ways to use family photos and preserve memories, […]

Helicopter crashes near Melrose

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wind gusts caused a helicopter to crash midday Monday in a field about 11 miles north of Melrose, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig. Officials said the crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Herwig said both of the copter’s passengers were injured but had no additional information. One person […]

Greyhounds send seniors off in style

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer The Greyhounds finished their 2006 season with style Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Stadium. The Hounds set a school record with 531 yards rushing on the way to eight rushing touchdowns in a 63-14 rout of Oklahoma Panhandle State. ENMU finishes the season at 3-7. “Our offense, they set a […]

Texico girls win state

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Texico Wolverines didn’t let a little thing like losing the first game affect them. After all, they’ve been here before. Texico, which reached last year’s Class 2A finals, turned the tables on Estancia on Saturday in rallying from a first-game loss to beat the Lady Bears 23-25, […]

Rams play Saturday

According to Portales Ram head football coach Andy Correll, the Portales, Bloomfield Class 3A state quarter-final football game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 P.M. at Bloomfield’s Bobcat Stadium. The game time is subject to approval by the New Mexico Activities Association. District 4-3A champion and seventh-seeded Portales beat 10th-seeded Cobre at Greyhound Stadium […]

Annual lighting schedueld for Mayor’s Christmas Tree

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales firefighters and city officials were busy on Thursday putting up lights in preparation for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, which will take place on Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse. Started 22 years ago, the program has provided clothing items and […]

Grackles wreaking havoc at Roosevelt County Courthouse

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as dusk settles in each evening. According to Charlene Hardin, Roosevelt County administrator, the birds have gradually taken over the trees at the courthouse. They’ve been there since the summer and have […]

Children’s illnesses can be unpredictable

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I spent most of this past week at the pediatrician’s office. As every parent of a sick child knows, some days our main activity is getting to the doctor and waiting to see the person who makes our life easier with the right medicine, quickly transforming a cranky child back to […]

Writer’s works, ideas will never die

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales and Eastern New Mexico University lost a favorite son, true pioneer and a genuinely nice person with the passing of Jack Williamson on Friday. I was humbled by the responsibility of writing about the death of such a prolific writer and great mind in the Portales News-Tribune. The […]

Democrats must keep promises to keep majority

For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican boat […]

Sci-fi legend Williamson dies

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The man considered by many the “Dean of Science Fiction” — Jack Williamson — died Friday at his home in Portales. He was 98. A prolific writer, Williamson authored more than 50 novels and numerous short stories, including eight novels completed after he turned 90. His first story, “The […]