June 21, 1974

• Wilbur Smartnick, former director of audits for the New Mexico State Auditors Office, was named internal auditor for Eastern New Mexico University • Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales Police Department were awarded a combined total of $38,000 in grant money from a $1.2 million federal grant. ENMU received $30,000 of the money […]

Death row rare, lengthy

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection to the March 3, 2005, deaths […]

City fines Abengoa

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Abengoa Bioenergy got no extra time to comply with new regulations for industrial waste water treatment customers, but they could have fines forgiven if they are in compliance by Oct. 15. Portales city councilors voted Tuesday at their regular meeting to find Abengoa in non-compliance of an ordinance passed […]

Officials want more space

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County commissioners discussed office space issues at the Department of Public Health and the county administrator’s office during their regular meeting Tuesday. Public Health Nurse Carol Morgan gave commissioners an update of her office’s activities and said high on her priority list is additional room in the office. The office is […]

Housing unit estimates too pricey for councilors’ comfort

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors are concerned pricing estimates for putting together an affordable workforce housing project may not be affordable enough. Councilors met in a special meeting Tuesday morning to revisit the project, which has been under study for several months by UniDev of Bethesda, Md. on the city’s behalf. […]

June 20, 1980

• Twenty-two members of the Portales High School DECA Club departed Portales for Miami, Florida to attend the National Convention. • Britt’s 4 Tables Steakhouse advertised one full pound of crab legs for $9.50 and jumbo shrimp and a five ounce filet mignon for $6.50 • Eastern New Mexico University student Terry Leatherwood continued to lead […]

Forgetting Paris harder than expected

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ve been on a mission lately, and I’m sad to say I’ve been failing. On my desk is a copy of the 1987 classic, “Throw Momma From the Train,” starring Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal. I look forward to any awards ceremony, or pretty much any movie with Crystal involved. […]

Forced giving tyrannical use of power

Editorial “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Who could deny such words? Who among us would want our money taken from us and used to aid political groups and to advance political ideas that we find offensive and […]

Former Ram drafted by Cubs

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A former Ram could become a Cub — or possibly a Bulldog. In the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, the Chicago Cubs picked former Portales Ram Ryan Acosta from Clearwater Central Catholic High School in Florida. And the 17-year-old also has a full-ride […]

June 19, 1980

• City crews installed the last of four new civil defense sirens at the four corners of Portales. • Grand opening specials at the Alco Discount Store included a king size lunch kit for $4.99 and an electric can opener for $8.99 • Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Jane Alexander starred in the Academy Award […]

Business offers one-stop shopping

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Moving from a home-based business to a storefront was the next logical step for the recently opened Fiestas y Mas, located at the corner of Main and Second streets in Portales. Fiestas y Mas specializes in providing all the services needed for events such as quinceañeras, weddings and other […]

Attorneys prepare for penalty phase

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A dozen Albuquerque jurors found Stanley Bedford guilty last week of killing Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. The same jury will reconvene Thursday in Albuquerque to determine whether Bedford should die as punishment. The death penalty phase is unlike any other trial in New Mexico, District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

ENMU evaluates safety measures

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In the wake of last spring’s campus shooting at Virginia Tech, Gov. Bill Richardson and the state of New Mexico are implementing a campus safety plan for all 28 state public colleges and University campuses, including Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “We have a lot of security plans […]

Bovine tuberculosis testing ongoing in Curry County

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers The ramifications of last week’s discovery of bovine tuberculosis in dairy cattle in eastern New Mexico is still being determined, according to State Agriculture Secretary Miley Gonzalez. Gonzalez said if the infected cattle are within the current federally restricted zone covering parts of Roosevelt and Curry counties, there would be […]

Portales Little League applauds pitch limits

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer New guidelines for little league baseball pitchers is changing the way coaches and players approach the game and according to many — is saving little arms for high school, college and beyond. Roosevelt and Curry County have played the 2007 season under Little League International’s new pitch count program […]

North all-stars complete sweep

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — In her last game at Lady Wildcat Complex, Clovis High’s Jordan Garrett went out with a bang. Unfortunately for her South squad, Garrett made about the only noise for her team on Saturday in the finale of a three-game New Mexico High School Coaches Association all-star series. Garrett […]

Playing in the park

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A festive atmosphere filled the air as families filled City Park in Portales during the 23rd annual Heritage Days on Saturday. A variety of floats kicked off the festivities. The parade traveled down Second Street from Eastern New Mexico University to City Park, where festivities were already underway. “It […]

Officials: Cannon transition going smoothly

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing is moving along without issues, officials said. However, until the Secretary of the Air Force signs off on moving the 16th Special Operations Wing to Cannon — which is expected toward the end of summer — […]

2-1-1 service offers free information

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt and Curry county residents seeking assistance can turn to a free phone service to help guide them to the proper resources. The 2-1-1 system is a service being provided by United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Callers to the number are connected to the proper organizations for help. […]

Lasting marriage takes work

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twenty-five years ago today, my wife and I were just finishing up our honeymoon in Colorado and ready to start our life together. Some days it seems like we’ve just barely gotten started on that life and all the plans; other days I’m so comfortable with my life that […]