Ex-Texico star not returning to Zias hoop team

Eric Butler By Eric Butler PNT Correspondent Jennifer Strebeck, who helped lead Texico to three straight state girls basketball championships, has decided to leave the Eastern New Mexico University program. A psychology major, the 5-foot-8 Strebeck was a backup guard for the Zias last year as a freshman. Eastern coach Dan Buzard said that Strebeck, […]

Student senators elected, ready for issues

Tony Parra The votes are tallied and the Eastern New Mexico University students selected 23 members for the student government to serve the 2003-2004 year. There was a tie in one of the senate positions between Thomas Wortman and Lia Romero in the College of Education Department. There will be a voting session today between […]

Residents kick back, enjoy long weekend

Tony Parra Portales may not be celebrating Labor Day with any official events, but officials said Rotary Park and Portales Municipal Park will be busy this weekend with families barbecuing and enjoying a three-day weekend. Oasis State Park is also expecting crowds and the lake is stocked with trout and catfish. The Department of Transportation […]

Gov. says education secretary will improve school boards

Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Richardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday to solicit support for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform, which voters will decide on Sept. 23. He spent about an hour with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff members, answering questions on a variety of issues. Q. Would the creation of […]

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, […]

Calf dumping causes concerns

Tony Parra Several Roosevelt County residents expressed concern at Tuesday’s county commission meeting about what they say is an increase in dead calves being left along rural roads. Roosevelt County Crimestoppers are offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone illegally dumping dead calves. “We need to let them know […]

Two arrested for embezzling

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state employees face charges of stealing at least $2,900 from accounts meant to assist low-income Portales residents, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis, and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud over $250 and conspiracy to commit fraud […]

Heritage Days to celebrate a century

Kevin Wilson More than three months of planning and 100 years of history will come full circle this weekend when Roosevelt County celebrates Heritage Days. “Heritage Days is a time where a community can come together and celebrate our history, our present and look towards the future,” said Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega. Ortega said the […]

Balloon Jubilee takes off

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Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a safe […]

ENMU on course with soccer program

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s venture into women’s soccer is on course, and then some. Coach Travis McCorkle has signed 21 prospects, and said he may add one or two more players. The Zias are the 10th women’s soccer program in the Lone Star Conference. They are scheduled to begin practice on Aug. […]