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 […]

Park officials must re-evaluate elk plan

Editorial Attention SEAL Team Six! Stop all overseas operations and return to base. Your next mission takes you to Rocky Mountain National Park, where, under cover of night, you’ll be stealthily stopping an invasion … of elk. We’re joking, of course. Navy SEALs won’t be helping to thin the herd in Colorado’s most popular crown […]

Portales remembers fallen warriors

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A respectful silence fell over the crowd as members of the American Legion Post 31 raised the American flag to half mast in honor of those who have given the utmost sacrifice for the United States. The raising of the flag was a small part of the 61st Memorial […]

Clovis store caters to New Mexico music lover’s heart

By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers Carolina Sierra hopes to fill a niche market with her recently opened music store. Located at 615 N. Main, Clovis. Carolina’s New Mexico Music specializes in the fast-paced, drum and bass-guitar driven sounds she grew up listening to in Santa Rosa. The New Mexico brand of Latino music has a […]

Final deployment for 27th Fighter Wing under way

By Tonya Fennell, Freedom Newspapers More than half a dozen Cannon Air Force Base pilots donned flight gear early Sunday morning in preparation for their final deployment from the 27th Fighter Wing. The pilots are members of the 522nd Fighter Squadron, which is also known as the Fireballs. The pilots are part of a large […]

Fists and feet of fury

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Keene Brown is like most 13-year-old boys. He works hard in school, helps his family on the farm and loves annoying his older sister. But there’s something different about this Portales boy — something revealed by that dark length of cloth wrapped around his waist. Keene is a first-degree […]

Murder trial nears its opening

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The family of Odis and Doris Newman is expected to be in Albuquerque from the opening arguments to the final verdict in the case of a man accused in their deaths. It’s a necessary commitment to her parents, daughter Vickie Dixon of Portales said, as opening arguments are set to […]

Hounds falter at Div. II outdoor track meet

Freedom Newspapers CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Things didn’t go quite as well as had been hoped on Saturday for Eastern New Mexico University’s entrants in NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field competition. Senior Zach Gerleve fouled on each of his first two throws in javelin, then threw 185 feet, 3 inches on his final […]

Area woman turns 100

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nell Morgan never set out to reach the age of 100. Her friends and family said she had more important pursuits to conquer — but she did reach the milestone age Saturday, surrounded by loved ones at Portales’ Heartland continuing care center. “It is a big deal,” Nell’s granddaughter […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt General Hospital

The Roosevelt General Hospital meet for their monthly meeting on Friday in the hospital board room. • Financial reports show RGH is under budget for the past two quarters. • The RGH board approved three new policy and procedure manuals for various departments within the hospital. • 750 patients were seen in the Emergency Room […]

American movie icon always cast as hero

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Heroes, manufactured or real, we don’t have enough good ones these days. Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of America’s greatest hero — John Wayne. My earliest memories of the Duke come from Portales’ old Varsity Drive-In west of the city. My family never missed a John Wayne […]

Plastic surgery not instant fix to problems

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, I was waiting for an aerobics class to start when I casually started chatting with a woman standing next to me. Thirty seconds into our superficial conversation, my new friend couldn’t contain her excitement, and told me that in two days she would have some “work” done, […]

Soldiers should be honored appropriately on Memorial Day

Editorial It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of May 30. […]

May 27, 1976

• Portales Women’s Softball Association announced they’re hosting a Memorial Day weekend round-robin softball tournament. • The Kenna Ladies hosted a candidate speaking event at the Kenna Community House. The event was well attended with the Kenna Ladies reporting about $98 in donations collected at the event. • David Coleman joined the Staff at First […]

Arr, maties

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Garrett Arington takes tickets from pirates, from left, Sabrina Rhoads, Ashley Roads and Jessica Pagle. The trio were at the Tower Twin Friday to see “Pirates of the Caribbean, At World’s End.”

Jury selection to resume Tuesday in death penalty case

Freedom Newspapers Jury selection won’t be completed until at least Tuesday in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen property. The […]