Hounds set for NCAA track nationals

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Zach Gerleve has always been close to earning a berth in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championships. In each of his four years at Eastern New Mexico University, the senior from Truth or Consequences has reached the “provisional” qualifying distance in javelin, meaning he’s thrown far […]

Calendar for week of May 26-June 1

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Friday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 7:30 – […]

Child-like faith, hope, helpful when trying to say goodbye

Anita Doberman Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, before going […]

Change is inevitable

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections May is a month where change is evident in more ways than one. The weather heats up, the grass turns green and schools release the students for a couple of months of relaxation. And around the Fennell house there has been much change as well. Our oldest child, 17-year-old Josh, has […]

Volunteers fight to keep history alive

Fort Stanton, near Ruidoso, has had a varied and long history, but according to those working to preserve it, the former cavalry post remains in remarkably good condition. Located in the shadow of the Sierra Blanca mountains, Fort Stanton was established on May 4, 1855. It was named for Capt. Henry W. Stanton, who was […]

Novak case heard

Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections By Sharna Johnson Cannon Connections A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Daniel Kiefer agreed May 18 to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article […]

Whole new world

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections By Sharna Johnson Cannon Connections Airman 1st Class Yi Liu felt she had no hope for a future in China. Immigrating to America and enlisting in the Air Force changed her outlook. The 24-year-old will soon be promoted to senior airman. She is hoping to trade her job at the […]

Asian Artistry

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections By Tonya Fennell Cannon Connections On nimble bare feet, Soumaly Orlando stepped gracefully across the wooden floor. With a dimpled smile, she coaxed the small crowd to clap along to the upbeat tempo of a Laotian song. Orlando, a Staff Sgt. based at Cannon Air Force Base, performed a traditional Laos […]

Memorial Day event slated

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Members of the American Legion Post 31 will honor fallen veterans and their families during the 61st annual Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday under the flagpole at the Portales Cemetery. The memorial service will last from 45 minutes to an hour, said post commander Joe Blair. “They (veterans) […]

Jury selection on schedule in death penalty case

PNT Staff Report Jury selection is still on schedule 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. So far, District […]

Marijuana stolen from Fort Sumner police

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Fort Sumner police chief said he discovered a break-in of his department’s evidence storage area two weeks ago when he spotted a trail of dried marijuana leaves. Wayne Atchley said dried marijuana plants were stolen May 10 from a batch of about 2,500 plants in the village’s evidence storage […]

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 […]