Nutt remembered for humor, helping nature

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent James W. Nutt brought sunshine into the lives of many people during their dark times. According to family and friends, Nutt knew how to give direction and comforting companionship when the pressures of life began to take their tole. James W. Nutt died on July 19, 2005, of cancer at […]

Swopes known for being humble

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Dan Swopes was a mild-mannered man that was honest and humble. He kept to himself but set a strong example of what a man of character should look like, according to family and friends. Whether at work or with his family, Swopes worked towards what needed to be done and […]

Student enjoys good friends, sun, ocean

Name: Christy Fields Your job: Student Your age (and Birth Date): 16; May 1, 1988. Your hometown: Portales  Your family: Parents Philip and Janet, my brother Stephen, and a sister Janay. Your Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: “I’m a Sunday school teacher for the 3 and 4 year olds at Trinity Family […]

Self-promotion: The latest tax deduction

By Kevin Wilson My friends — what can I say about them that hasn’t already been said? I’ve got a collection of friends with the most enjoyable quirks, the kindest dispositions and willingness to help out at all times. Of course, they have their weaker moments as well, like when they wrongfully accuse me of […]

3/10 Obituaries

Doris Newman Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. Mrs. Doris Newman, 69, of Portales, died Thursday, March 3, 2005. She was born on Sept. 28, 1935, in McAlister, to Maude and Raymond H. Jackson. She lived in the Clovis-Melrose-House-Ranchvale area as a girl. She graduated from high school […]

Personalities Plus: Homero Aguirre

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Your name: Homero Aguirre Your age: 41; Feb. 11, 1964 Your hometown: Des Moines, N.M. Occupation: Custodian for the Portales Public Schools/Owner of Authentic Auto Your family: Terri (wife), my two boys; Kaleb (16) and Brandon (11) Your hobbies: I enjoy riding motorcycles. I also coach city league basketball and baseball. What do you think […]

Feb. 16 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael More showers last week and more forecast for the latter days this week. No one is fussing that I know of even though some elder folks don’t venture out on muddy roads to church. I haven’t even heard any school bus drivers complaining about the dirt roads. Reports Elton Parkinson had his […]

All types of discrimation are harmful

By Kevin Wilson I fear I may be a victim of discrimination. But before every lawyer within the area tries to reach me, let me explain that it’s a tough case to win. There’s no concrete evidence, and this isn’t based on race, religion, nationality or skin color. No, it’s quite simply name discrimination. I’ve […]

Ward always worked overtime for friends, family

By Laurie Stone Bill Ward, age 52, died Sept. 2, 2004, at his home. Family members said he was a man of integrity to all those that were touched by his loving generosity and kindness. He was an employee for the city of Portales, supervising street repairs and the construction of buildings. He was a […]

Aug. 4 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Beautiful weather is forecast for this week in the whole area. We have had some showers with thunderstorms the past few days. I don’t know if anyone got any measurable moisture or not. Summer The summer vacation period is about to come to a close for all local parents. Some are taking […]

Carr helped keep county agriculture going

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories profiling the nominee’s for this year’s Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year. Jack Carr moved to Portales when he was a teen-ager in 1930 and spent a large part of his time helping out farmers and ranchers in Roosevelt County. On […]

‘Dances with Wolves’ author returns to ENMU

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By Tony Parra He was homeless for a year, lived in a garage for awhile, slept on a lot of friends’ couches. The life of a Hollywood screenwriter is not all glamour. Michael Blake, 58, a former Eastern New Mexico University student best known as the author of “Dances with Wolves,” told his story to […]

ENMU Student Profile, April 27

Your name: Sarah Lyn Boone Your classification: Senior Your major: General Agriculture Your age (and birthdate): 24 (October 24, 1979) Your hometown: Elida What’s your idea of a perfect day? My idea of a perfect day would be hanging out with my friends and family and not having to worry about going to class or […]

Jolly man rejoiced with gossip group

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com He was a high-spirited man who liked nothing better than to hang out on the porch for a good conversation with his friends. “He was a jolly man who used to slap his knee when he talked to his friends,” Cecil Faye Watkins, friend and neighbor, […]

Man makes friends selling realty

Name: Ken Bedinger Job: Real estate broker, appraiser and instructor Age and (birth date): 60 (June 3, 1943) Hometown: Portales Family: Wife Sandy; son Brett; daughter Sonja Sanders. What do you think of Portales? “I am fortunate in that I was able to find a profession that allowed me to stay in Portales. I consider […]

Perfect Life: Something for which to be thankful

Jim Lee Well, here we are three-fourths of the way through November already. This Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day. Time sure slips by when we’re having fun, doesn’t it? I have such an enjoyable life that sometimes I think I should feel guilty about it. But guilt is dumb; it’s like making payments on a […]

Be thankful for God’s greatness

Joan Clayton After retirement 10 years ago, I mustered up courage and walked into the News-Tribune office and introduced myself. I asked if I might volunteer a weekly column, the goal being to share my faith. The editor graciously granted my request. This one opportunity has brought more blessings than I can count. I have […]

Greyhound football player dies in crash

Mike Linn He could make everybody laugh. He was always smiling. He was brutally honest. That’s how friends remember 19-year-old Eric Hodgest, a redshirt freshman linebacker on Eastern New Mexico University’s football team. Hodgest died early Sunday morning in a car crash on Interstate 40 in Amarillo. “This type of thing happening to somebody you […]

Creamer loving man to friends and family

Tony Parra He was a caring man to his wife and four daughters and that’s how his family and friends knew him. “He was a very pleasant man,” sister-in-law and friend Irene Ribble said. “He was a good man and took care of his daughters.” Ross Creamer of Portales died at the age of 82 […]

Note to students: Possibilities are unlimited

Helena Rodriguez It doesn’t matter if you were an honor roll student last year or if you were barely passing classes. Every student gets a fresh start Monday on the first day of school. I can promise you, every teacher’s grade book will be blank when the first bell rings. Every student, in every class, […]