April 19, 2009 CSC menu

Monday: Baked ham, broccoli with cheese, roll, margarine, pineapple upside-down cake. Tuesday: Beef tips, rice, broccoli, green salad, dressing, wheat roll, margarine, pears. Wednesday: Frito pie, pinto beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, angel food cake. Thursday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, wheat roll, margarine, apple cobbler. Friday: Tuna casserole, wild rice, buttered squash, […]

April 19, 2009 On the shelves

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey. Steve Harvey — the host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, comedienne and actor — can’t count the number of impressive women he’s met over the years. He has met women who can run a small business, keep a household with three […]

April 19, 2009 Club notes

Portales Women’s Club Portales Women’s Club met on April 8, and First Vice President Della Kobernick called the meeting to order in the absence of the president. The Collect was led by Jan Smartnick, the pledges were led by Wanda Pettus, and June Ferguson gave the invocation. The minutes from the March meeting were approved […]

Hounds, Bronchos split twin bill

Freedom New Mexico EDMOND, Okla. — Ethan Wagner singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the ninth and Eastern New Mexico University edged Central Oklahoma 4-3 on Saturday, earning a split of their Lone Conference baseball doubleheader. The Bronchos took the seven-inning opener 8-4 behind five RBIs from left fielder […]

Abilene Christian blanks Zias

Freedom New Mexico Right fielder Jenny Culp hit a pair of homers and Jacque Gregoire pitched a five-innng one-hitter Saturday, leading 13th-ranked Abilene Christian to an 8-0 win over Eastern New Mexico University at Zia Softball Field. The Wildcats (39-11, 15-3 South) assured themselves a share of the division championship. Angelo State (36-7, 12-3) played […]

Convicted killer shares deep remorse over death

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico “That day was just crazy.” And it is one that Tommy Willis replays in his head over and over again. He was at Elizabeth Kelton’s house and they were arguing over money from a drug transaction the day before. He remembers her throwing a beer bottle at him, and […]

Family opted not to seek death penalty for daughter’s sake

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico “She usually found what she thought to be the underdog of things… I’m sure she would have defended the guy and his actions.” And that was Elizabeth in a nutshell. Her dark hair, big brown eyes and huge smile were those of a tough advocate who would jump to […]

Texas native took plea deal in ‘bathtub murder’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico In the early afternoon hours of Saturday, June 19, 1993, concerned neighbors reported hearing a scuffle and a woman’s screams coming from a duplex at 406 S. Avenue B in Portales. Police entered an unlocked front door to find 21-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Kelton dead in a partially filled bathtub, […]

Man convicted in 1993 ‘Bathtub murder’ to be released from prison

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Background for this story was compiled from court records, news archives and interviews with law enforcement and family members. After the crime scene tape was long gone, a young woman laid to rest, the dust settled in the courtrooms and the case etched in the law books, […]

Proposed restaurant to appeal zoning decision

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales City Councilors will hear an appeal of a zone change for a proposed restaurant at their meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Glen Johnson of J-4 Barbecue is appealing a denial of his and his partners’ request to change the zoning of a piece of property at 1309 […]

Commissioners to discuss inmate health care

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners plan to consider awarding a $232,000 inmate health care contract at their meeting, 9 a.m. Tuesday. County Manager Charlene Hardin said the annual contract would secure medical, pharmacuetical and mental health services. The county received one response to its request for services, from Correctional Healthcare Management Inc. of Greenwood […]

ENMU to host mud volleyball tournament

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Things are about to get down and dirty with some fun in the mud at Eastern New Mexico University’s mud volleyball tournament on May 2. The annual event sponsored by Associated Students and the ENMU Foundation is open to the public. All proceeds go toward ENMU scholarships. “We usually […]

April 19 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were filed with the county clerk’s office between April 1 and April 17 in Roosevelt County. • Tahnee M. Nixon, 23, to Michael A. Quintero, 42, both of Portales. • Cristy R. Watts, 18, to David A. Holden, 19, both of Portales. • Carolyn J. Morrison, 33, to Kolby W. Tollett, […]

Portales man charged in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year Portales man was charged Thursday in connection with a stabbing last week in the 800 block of South Avenue B. Jose Zapata is charged with aggravated battery and parole violation, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales PD. He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on […]

Woman arrested on drug charge

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputies seized about a pound marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $500 from a Portales residence on Thursday, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. A 24-year-old female was arrested leaving the residence on misdemeanor drug charge and for resisting arrest. A sheriff’s deputy used a Taser to immobilize […]

Cloivs sets Great American Cleanup date

Freedom New Mexico The Great American Cleanup is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25, starting at 500 Sycamore. The Clovis landfill will waive fees from noon Friday to 5 p.m. April 27 in conjunction with the event. Tire dumping will only be allowed for residential customers. The cleanup effort will cover the […]

Plenty of work ahead on Ute water project

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By Kevin Wilson The Ute Water Project’s been approved. But there are plenty of details left to pour over. The dry facts: The Ute Water Project would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to the eight member entities of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. Those members are Clovis, Portales, Melrose, […]

April 20, 1960

Keith Rowland took the reigns as city police judge and by 11 a.m. had collected $50 in fines from four defendants. Former judge C. O. Turner moved three doors away from city hall to set up business as justice of the peace.

April 19, 1955

Charles Wesly Tull Jr. and James Weldon Crow, two U.S. Marines who were absent without leave from their California station, were implicated in the burglary of two Portales service stations after one was arrested for car theft in Snyder, Texas. After a unprofitable stint in Portales, the two had traveled to Snyder, stolen a vehicle, […]

April 18, 1981

A rain that brought a third of an inch of moisture to Portales and more in other parts of the county did not come in time to save the area wheat and rangeland from damages from the dry winter and spring filled with devastating wind storms. The News-Tribune reported that Elida was the only area […]