Girls State offers practical experience

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Approximately 150 high school senior girls from around New Mexico have thrown their hats into the political arena this week to get a first-hand feel for government in action. They are all taking part in New Mexico Girls State, a week-long program being staged at Eastern New Mexico University in […]

Bedford jurors chosen

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — With a series of hypothetical questions, showings of hands and criticisms of popular television shows, a panel of 65 men and women was pared down to 16 jurors in the case of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Wednesday was the final day of jury […]

Portales Recreation Summer Youth Program to begin Monday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales area youth will once again have the opportunity to participate in the Portales Recreation Summer Youth Program, set to begin on Monday. A variety of games and activities will be offered during the two four-week sessions of the program. Activities will range from sports games to swimming to […]

Benitscheck looks toward next spelling bee

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but perhaps a photo of her with a blue tongue will be her claim to fame. The 11-year-old Clovis girl correctly spelled the word, “factoid” in the second round of the national […]

Marine returns to Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Memorial Day was especially poignant for one Portales couple whose son was home on leave from a tour in Iraq. Kody Ashmore, 20, a U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and Portales High School graduate, returned home May 19 after nearly nine months in Iraq. “It’s such a relief,” his […]

Trial expected to start Thursday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The court has reached its stated goal in a jury pool for the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. However, all sides involved feel they’d be best served with one more day of selection. There are 61 potential jurors on a panel to […]

Police attempt to ascertain identity of body

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Police are attempting to identify a badly decomposed body found Tuesday morning in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart. There were no immediate signs of foul play, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Tuesday afternoon. However, Whitney said because of the extensive decomposition, only a medical examiner can determine time and […]

Extreme makeover for Zia basketball

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers To say the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team will have a different look in 2007-08 could be considered a serious understatement. Only four players who were active on last year’s 14-12 squad (5-9 Lone Star Conference South) will be back, plus redshirts Erica Cook and Vanessa O’Neal. Second-year […]

May 30, 1976

• Portales High School graduated 165 students and the Portales News-Tribune has learned that only 57 (34 percent) have indicated they will attend college. • Eastern New Mexico golfers head to Burlington, N.C. to compete in the NAIA golf championships. • Swamp Coolers on sale at Poyners for $99

Blame should be placed with proper party

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist When tragedy comes along, it serves nobody well unless a valuable lesson is taught. If that’s the case, it’s tough to admit what’s become of the car crash that killed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. Hancock was killed the morning of April 29 when he left a sports bar […]