Teachers speak of bittersweet end to school year

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With school ending, and teachers breathing a sigh of relief, the Portales News-Tribune took a few moments to ask area teachers about the past school year, as they prepared for a well-earned summer break. Sally Smith Third Grade Teacher James Elementary Q. What was the high point of your year? […]

Citizens air concerns over lagoon

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Emotions were running high Thursday evening as residents filled the Memorial Building to participate in a public hearing on operation of a sewer lagoon at dairy just south of Portales. The New Mexico Environment Department hearing was called by Environment Secretary Ron Curry after response, including a petition with […]

May 25, 2007 Local Briefs

Fund established for Alford family A memorial account is open at Portales National Bank in the name of Kelly Alford, who recently died of cancer. According to friends, the funds will go to help the family with expenses associated with her death and illness. To make a donation, drop it by any Portales National Bank […]

When are students held accountable?

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers While helping my daughter Laura study for finals, two news stories commanded our attention: The grade-changing controversy in Albuquerque and a story about 100 Amarillo students not graduating because they failed the TAKS test. The TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) is similar to the New Mexico High School […]

Telecom ruling bad news for frivolous suits

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling Monday rejected an antitrust class-action lawsuit brought against Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and four other phone companies. Basically, the high court decided that before an antitrust case can be brought, there must at least be some evidence beyond what antitrust scholars call “parallel behavior” of […]

May 25, 1948

• Elida reported another third of an inch last night with rain totals even greater west and northwest of Elida. • Rain amounting to around three inches was reported Sunday night from Lingo, Garrison, Bluit and a section six miles and three or four south of Dora.

May 24, 1976

• Dr. Robert Matheny, associate professor of history at Eastern New Mexico University is named dean of the Clovis campus. Matheny has been a member of ENMU’s faculty since 1968. • Dairymen across the country lobby Congress to put pressure on the Department of Agriculture to keep butter mandatory for all school lunches.

Lagoon permit hearing set for today

PNT Staff Report A public hearing on a groundwater discharge permit for a Roosevelt County dairy is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Memorial Building, according to a press release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The hearing, originally scheduled for May 10, was postponed to allow the public more time to participate, according […]

Jury selection about halfway finished in death penalty case

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Jury selection is roughly half-finished for the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. 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. So far, 9th […]

Taquerias offer authentic Mexico taste

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A taqueria is a small taco stand popular along the beaches and city streets of Mexico. In the High Plains, however, a taqueria is a brightly-painted restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine. Taqueria Jalisco and La Espiga de Oro of Clovis and La Paz restaurante in Portales are not your typical […]

May 23, 1976

• The Portales News-Tribune purchased the Quay County Sun and planned to continue publication of the weekly newspaper. The PNT has been printing the Quay County Sun since its inception. • Eastern New Mexico University’s Mike Boit set two NAIA records in leading the Hounds to the NAIA outdoor track championship and ENMU head track […]

Portales pool opens today

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Pool patrons are sure to notice a few changes as they get ready to dive in at the local swimming hole this summer. With school letting out at noon today, the pool officially opens an hour later at 1 p.m. Phase I of renovations at the pool […]

Selection continues in Bedford trial

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the trial of Stanley Bedford, who is accused in the killing of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. 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. […]

KENW auction now online only

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer It’s time to bid and buy in KENW-TV’s 31st annual summer auction but you won’t be watching your television — instead, you’ll be watching your computer screen and clicking your mouse. The auction is going completely online for the first time this year because of the station’s ongoing transition […]

Deputy D.A. does double duty

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Tatum lives a double life as a crime fighter. Most days she serves as a deputy district attorney, handling 100 to 200 cases at any given time. She also spends a minimum of 30 days a year as an Air Force Reserve Judge Advocate General officer at Cannon Air […]

Some candidates out of touch when food involved

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s a guy running for president, and he’s facing all kinds of questions. One question spoke volumes, and it wasn’t about terrorism, taxes or gasoline. Instead, it was about milk, and how much stores charge for a gallon. His answer was $1.50. I won’t name the candidate because I haven’t […]

Torture tactics not cure-all

Editorial One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as a legitimate […]

City soaked

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor More than half the city of Portales was without water until noon Monday, after a water main break at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday forced shutdown of parts of the water system. Similar to an incident that occurred in February of 2006, city officials say the emergency response and shutdown […]

Valve upgrades not in place soon enough

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales has spent a little over a year working to avoid the water problems caused in February 2006 when a 24-inch water main failed. The upgrades were still a couple months off when another big line burst Sunday. Installing a series of valves that would enable […]

Dora seniors turn tassels

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor DORA — For one Dora High School graduate, summing up her experience at the school was simple following commencement exercises Sunday in Guy Luscombe Gymnasium. “We’re all family,” said Iyesha Pareo, who plans on attending Eastern New Mexico University to seek a veterinary degrmee. “I’ve had a blast, it’s […]