Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1961 Hometown: Grants, New Mexico Family: Sons Brandon, 22, and Craig, 15, and daughter Mariah, 17 Rhonda Sparks is also known as Mama Sparks. It all started when her oldest son’s friends started calling her Mama Sparks. The nickname trickled […]

County preps for primary elections

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Freedom New Mexico Early voting for candidates running in the Roosevelt County June 1 primary election begins May 4 and continues through May 29 at the county courthouse. Additionally and starting May 15, early votes can be cast at the Portales Public Library. There are 16 candidates running for positions including sheriff, county assessor, magistrate […]

Ute project could start as early as 2011

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Construction on the Ute Water Project is projected to begin as early as next year with completion slated by 2019, according to the Eastern New Mexico Water Rural Authority. During a presentation to the Curry County Commission, officials laid out a timeline for the Ute Water Project and set […]

Roadwork projects expected to begin

Freedom New Mexico Roadwork on two Portales projects is scheduled to begin this week. The first project involves drainage improvements and additions of gutters, curbs and sidewalks on East First Street from Elgin Avenue to Knoxville Avenue, East Amazon Street from Elgin to Globe Avenue, and East Brazos Street from Elgin to Globe. It is […]

Portales Municipal Court closing early

PNT staff report The Portales Municipal Court is closing at noon Thursday for training and will not open again for normal hours until Monday. A court spokesperson said anyone scheduled to appear during the days of the closure will not be penalized for not appearing.

Dora schools have early release

Freedom New Mexico Dora has early release In order to allow fans and families to watch the Dora Lady Coyotes play in the State Basketball Tournament this week, Dora schools will release school early on both Tuesday and Thursday. On early release days, the high school will be on an abbreviated, seven-period schedule, so no […]

Anniversaries honor trials of early settlers

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The second weekend of September, 2009, stands out in my mind as one of those “not to be forgotten” times. I had been one of a group to hike up Pike’s Peak — or rather, hike halfway up Pike’s Peak, to turn around and hike back down from the halfway […]

City clerk: Early voter turnout strong

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Portales officials expect a good turnout for today’s municipal election, especially if early voting is any indication. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said 296 have voted early, compared to 94 early voters in the 2008 municipal races. “If that’s an indication, I’m going to say there’s a good turnout (expected […]

Early votes more than triple 2008 numbers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Portales officials expect a good turnout for today’s municipal election, especially if early voting is any indication. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said 296 have voted early, compared to 94 early voters in the 2008 municipal races. “If that’s an indication, I’m going to say there’s a good turnout (expected […]

Pride comes from being early riser

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Many country people are afflicted with a strange ailment I call “Bet I Got Up Earlier Than You Syndrome.” The number of hours they beat the sun up is their measure of worth. They go to great lengths to prove it, too. The radio is turned on full blast so […]

Bronchos blow out Zias early

Freedom New Mexico EDMOND, Okla. — Central Oklahoma took advantage of a frigid start by Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night, and the Bronchos coasted to an 87-75 Lone Star Conference women’s crossover victory over the Zias. UCO (9-3) won its fifth in a row overall and its ninth consecutive home game. The Bronchos opened […]

National final rodeo not for timid

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 10 days in early December in Las Vegas, just finished. Events include bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, steer roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding. The top 15 competitors of the year in each event could compete for the world […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

K-Bob’s Steakhouse gutted by fire

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Investigators suspect arson in a fire that destroyed a 43-year-old Clovis restaurant Wednesday morning. K-Bob’s Steakhouse on Mabry Drive was lost to the blaze by the time firefighters received a call, officials said. No one was injured. “Suffice it to say we suspect arson and we’re investigating it as […]

Mammogram screening recommendation riles cancer survivors

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Danielle Swopes was 41 years old when her first mammogram turned up the result most women fear: Positive for breast cancer. Because the lump that turned out to be a cancerous tumor was discovered early, the Portales city library employee has continued on with her life. When Swopes thinks […]

Hounds win exhibition tilt

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds gave a lot of reasons to be optimistic early in Wednesday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Arena. The New Mexico All-Stars responded with a few reasons for the Hounds to be concerned. The Greyhounds built a 30-point lead, saw it chopped in half in six […]

Oct. 25, 1978

According to the Portales News-Tribune, the Golden Arches emblematic of McDonald’s restaurants would soon appear in Portales, reflecting a further expansion of the worldwide chain’s tri-state area franchise. Construction in Portales began in July and was to be completed early in 1979, according to Ron McVean, owner-operator of the McDonald’s franchise in the tri-state area. […]

Seems early for election campaigns

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist “Hey, since you work for the newspaper, there’s a guy I know…”I hear this statement a lot, but I’m finding these guys they know are most often considering running for office. “He’s not running yet, but he’s considering it, and I wonder if you could give him some coverage.” I’m […]

Heritage Days Parade marches through Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Other than yet one more case of bad timing for the Portales High class of 1969, Saturday’s Heritage Days Parade went off without a hitch. The Portales High School Band marched with alumni and current members up Avenue O, U.S. 70, Second Street and down Abilene Street to City […]

Some folks naturals behind wheel

By Baxter Black: Syndicated columnist Most farm kids learn to drive early. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores.