Rams help South prevail

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LAS VEGAS, N.M. — It was an offensive standstill or a defensive slugfest, depending on the point of view, but for the South, the result was just fine. The South earned a 7-6 victory in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 3A all-star game, claiming its fifth triumph […]

Groups offer support, share experiences

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on methamphetamine, a manmade chemical, and its growing impact on local communities. At the southeast corner of Portales Cemetery is a granite headstone with a letter titled, “My Sad Story,” embedded on the surface for visitors and passers-by to read. […]

Documentary to focus on hope

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Cancer survivor Kevin Gardels is working to turn his experience with cancer into one that will help others struggling with the disease. “It changes your outlook if you have some kind of hope and empathy,” Gardels said. Gardels, who is pursuing a masters degree in religion at Eastern New […]

Calendar for week of July 14-20

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. Saturday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — Noon to […]

Reunion chance to relive times past

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s been 30 years and plans have been laid for the Class of 1977 to reassemble for a party and portrait. We’ve been away long enough now that even the classmates too busy or intimidated to come to the last two reunions are curious to see what others are […]

Finding identity can be difficult process

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin M. was recently divorced. During a family gathering, she shared with my sister and me how difficult it was to start a new life as a single woman after having been married for many years. M. joked that her couch cushions permanently show her body imprint because, since getting […]

Invasion of Iraq large mistake

Editorial A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland Security Secretary […]

PHS’ Gomez honored during North-South tilts

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M. — When the Class 3A North-South all-star basketball games took place Friday night, five recent Portales seniors were there to represent the South squad. It seemed only right that Brenda Gomez, who coached them throughout their high school careers, was also honored. Prior to the girls contest, […]

Small towns, big problem

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series dealing with the growing problem and unique challenges posed by addiction to the manmade chemical of methamphetamine. Meth, which is said to be mostly a “small-town America problem,” is being attributed locally as a reason for increased crime and calls […]

Holly bandmate is back

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Tommy Allsup’s hands slid up and down the fret board of his guitar with a fluid grace, his fingers plucking at the strings. A smile played across his face as if he knew a secret. Matching the acoustic notes of Allsup’s guitar, Scott Porter’s raw voice filled the room, singing […]

Roosevelt defeats Zia in semifinal

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PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County overcame a two-run deficit and home run taken away on appeal Thursday to defeat Clovis Zia 5-3 in the 11- and 12-year-old semifinal of the District 3 Little League tournament. The two teams battle again at 7 p.m. Saturday on Zia’s home field. “It took ‘em awhile to get pumped […]

Storm skips around county

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales received a drenching afternoon rain that left streets running full Thursday while farmers in the outlying communities reported little or no rain. The measurement at the National Weather Service reporting station at KENW-TV showed .60 inches at 5:30 p.m. Other reports in Portales ranged up to .75 inches […]

Sharing superstitions

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Made famous by movies, dreaded by the superstitious, passing unnoticed by others, Friday the 13th only comes around a few times a year. The Portales News-Tribune asked residents if they had any stories or superstitions to share. Destini Trujillo, a pre-med student who works at Roosevelt General Hospital, had […]

Plans rolling for state-of-the-art museum

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Roswell draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its UFO museum every year. In Lubbock, they flock to the Buddy Holly Museum. Clovis officials hope to get visitors rolling into town, too, with the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ’N’ Roll Museum. “One thing we have that is unique to […]

Director weighs in on state Republican party

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Scott Darnell, communications director for the Republican Party of New Mexico, visited Clovis this week to speak at a joint meeting of Curry County’s Republican Party and Federated Republican Women. Darnell, 23, managed Vickie Perea’s unsuccessful run in 2006 for secretary of state. He spoke to the Clovis News Journal […]

One man dead in Clovis shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 39-year-old Clovis man is dead and police are searching for an armed suspect who fled the scene following a shooting around 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Eladio Valdez Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center around 2 p.m., Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. An arrest warrant for Albert Ramirez, 18, […]

People must stand strong

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Several years ago I planted holly hock flower seeds. They never came up and I thought “so much for holly hocks. The abundance of rain this spring and summer has brought a vigorous growth to our yard. Imagine my surprise when I discovered holly hocks growing profusely. Not only that, they […]

Julio: Popular month, name in family

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Before the month is over, I must write about how popular the name Julio is in my family. My dad is named Julio. His favorite uncle was named Julio and he has cousins named Julio. Many males born in July on my father’s side of the family are named Julio. […]

Cause concerts won’t solve problems

Editorial We didn’t catch much of Al Gore’s “Live Earth” extravaganza last weekend. A Gilligan’s Island marathon was running on TV Land and we couldn’t tear ourselves away. But we weren’t surprised to read that it was a poorly received, and reviewed, dud. Some “cause concerts,” like some causes, are better than others. And while […]

July 22,1977

• Clovis Magistrate judges Ralph Duty and Wandel Massey were assigned to cover cases in Roosevelt County due to Judge Jesse Porter being in the hospital with a hand injury and Judge Fred Hensley attending the National Judge’s College in Reno, Nevada. • The Colts claimed the Pee-Wee league title in boys baseball recording a […]