Interviews ongoing for Chamber director

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is interviewing candidates to replace resigning executive director Sharon King and hopes to hire someone within the next few weeks, chamber board President Wanda Graham said Monday. Graham declined to name the candidates. She said the new director would be paid up to $35,000 per year, […]

Immigration reform should not be rushed

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. Sen. Lindsey Graham seems the odd man out in Congress these days. The South Carolina Republican has taken heat from both parties for trying to work with the Democratic majority on major legislation, […]

It’s Their Job: Wanda Graham

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Name: Wanda Graham Job: Owner/broker of Kiva Realty Background: Born and raised in Santa Fe, Graham came to Portales to attend college at Eastern New Mexico University, where she was hired after graduating. She has lived in the Portales area since. Time on job: Three years What does your job entail? We get to help […]

Oct. 14 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Parenting Magazine’s Baby Must-Haves Having a baby means having lots of gear, so it can be a huge challenge to figure out what you must have and what you can live without. This book is like having hundreds of friends who’ve already been there pointing […]

Ride for Life makes comeback

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Some will walk. Some will ride. But all are working for a cure. After a two-year hiatus, the Ride for Life is returning. According to event coordinator Monte Graham, the Ride for Life is a 10-mile horseback trail ride that benefits the American Cancer Society. The ride, which is scheduled […]

Local Altrusa chapter receives national recognition for project

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Altrusa Club members are known for raising money and contributing to various community projects and helping out those in need. The club is receiving national recognition this weekend for one of those projects . During the national “Make A Difference Day,” last October, the club chose to be more […]

Police release new information about kidnapping

Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI released […]

Recovered girl reunites with family

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Though visibly exhausted, the parents of a missing 10-year-old girl recovered Friday in Clovis were in high spirits when they met with the media to share their relief and joy at the return of their daughter. Marissa Graham’s parents battled poor road conditions to be reunited with their daughter, who […]

Abducted girl rescued in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor. Marissa Marie Graham was able to escape when her abductor stopped at the Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive, according to Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair. Police said […]

Eighth-graders now eligible for FFA

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales-area eighth-graders now have the opportunity to participate in a vocational/industrial class at Portales Junior High School that can lead to participation in the National FFA Organization. PJHS implemented the program two years ago, said Eric Greer, the program’s teacher. Many students do not know what the FFA is, […]

Buffs beat ENMU twice, earn split in series

PNT staff For a team that gave up 44 runs in a doubleheader one day earlier, the West Texas A&M baseball team managed to turn things around dramatically on Saturday. WT parlayed a close call followed by consecutive ENMU errors on bunts into seven unearned runs in the 10th inning for a 9-2 win in […]

Buffaloes pound shorthanded Broncos

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — With the future of senior Carlos Ruiz uncertain, the Melrose Buffaloes did nothing to take away from their certainty as favorites to repeat as state champions. Brock Graham led an efficient offense by throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another as Melrose pounded a shorthanded Floyd […]

Melrose senior-gridders taking names

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock Graham has a suggestion for anyone who doubts their chances. “Come see a game. The scoreboard says it all,” Graham said. “We could stand here and yack all we want, but we talk […]

6/10 Obituaries

Danny Ruther, 21 Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Danny Ruther, 21, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 16, 1984, in Hollister, Calif. He grew up in Floyd where he attended school. He graduated from Centennial High School in […]

Bill proposes same healthcare benefits to reservists

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Three weeks before the TRICARE Reserve Select program begins, a key senator predicts Congress this year will embrace his plan to offer even better healthcare benefits to drilling Reserve and National Guard members. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, described as […]

Sept. 17 Obituaries

Michael Dallas, 52 Michael B. Dallas, 52, of McFarland, Calif., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, in Stanford, Calif. He was born on Oct. 27, 1951, in Portales. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Donette; three children, Dewayla Glover (and husband, Gene), Darvin Dallas (Deanna) and Daniel Dallas (Jennifer); and two grandchildren, Glenn and Madison […]

Melrose receiver in running for six-man record

By Rick White He’s not big. Nor particularly fast. Harvey Park just has a knack for catching footballs — and finding the end zone. His coach and teammates rave about his hands, knowledge of the game and determination. The combination of skills and intangibles has the Melrose senior wide receiver closing in on a 60-year-old […]

Melrose teacher honored, humbled by award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers did. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The annual award is presented to teachers who represent […]