Effort often worth more than result

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I try to focus on living in the moment and not get fixated on results. I attempt to do this with my children, my husband and in all areas of my life. I often fall short of my good intentions and measure myself against others’ accomplishments and successes. And while […]

Nov. 4 Birthday

Tollett Sammie Tollett of Portales will celebrate his 80th birthday at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Victory Life Church, 801 W. 18th St. in Portales. The celebration will be hosted by his family. Sammie was born Nov. 10, 1927 in Rogers. He has four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The celebration is open […]

Sept. 16 Birth

Dunsworth Kadence Cierra Dunsworth was born Aug. 21, 2007 to Jason and Sophia Dunsworth of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 10 pound, 7 ounces. Grandparents are Willis and Mary Wade of Portales, Salomon Salas of Portales and Josie Lozano of Midland, Texas. Great-grandparents are Oleta Dunsworth and Louann and Bob […]

Festival’s final night brings music legends to stage

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Shane Cooney, of Clear Lake, Iowa, grew up listening to Buddy Holly as a kid. “I grew up in Clear Lake (where Buddy Holly crashed), so it’s hard not to be a Buddy Holly fan,” he said. Cooney toured the Norman Petty studios for the first time this week and […]

Sky-high goodbye

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As the clock reached 5:24 p.m. Friday, the last flights of the 524th Fighter Squadron flew overhead in a final hurrah at Cannon Air Force Base. Two planes from the 524th, known as the “Hounds of Heaven,” touched down moments later to signal the end […]

Rams ready to step up to expectations

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer So much for low expectations. Andy Correll took over the Portales Ram football team last season and promptly won the District 4-3A championship followed by hosting the Class 3A state championship contest at Greyhound Stadium. Now, less than a month before Correll begins his sophomore effort as the Ram […]

Racers cruise through Portales

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Amid cheers and whistles from bystanders, participants in the 25th annual Great American Race rolled in for a breakfast pit stop Tuesday in Portales at the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce volunteers were on hand to serve the Great Race participants and staff a hearty […]

Great Race coming to breakfast

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer Entrants participating in the 25th annual Great American Race will make a breakfast stop in Portales on Tuesday morning. Sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, the cars will begin arriving around 6 a.m. and will be parked at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, said Sharon King, executive director […]

Great American Race to motor through area

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By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Clovis stands to earn its third Great American City Award in a row, the first city to do so, as the Great American Race passes through town Monday. After spending the night in Clovis, the racers will arrive in Portales 6 a.m. Tuesday for breakfast on their way to their […]

Holiday festival features food, fun, friends

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer For the first time in several years, the people of Portales had a place to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with food, fun and friends — all in a family atmosphere at the Smokin’ 4th of July Bash at Greyhound Arena Wednesday afternoon. The first-of-its-kind festival featured live […]

Benitscheck looks toward next spelling bee

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but perhaps a photo of her with a blue tongue will be her claim to fame. The 11-year-old Clovis girl correctly spelled the word, “factoid” in the second round of the national […]

Area woman turns 100

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Nell Morgan never set out to reach the age of 100. Her friends and family said she had more important pursuits to conquer — but she did reach the milestone age Saturday, surrounded by loved ones at Portales’ Heartland continuing care center. “It is a big deal,” Nell’s granddaughter […]

In midst of turmoil, Tony Blair exhibits grace, dignity

Editorial British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after weeks of speculation and leaks about when exactly it would come, has announced he is stepping down as leader of the Labor Party and therefore as prime minister — as of June 27. As the longest-serving prime minister besides Margaret Thatcher in recent British history, he leaves behind […]

Second resident dies from tornado injuries

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Last month’s tornado claimed its second victim Thursday when Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died at a Lubbock hospital. Thomas V. Cravy said his father had been hospitalized with multiple injuries since the March 23 tornado tore through a trailer home “Snap” Cravy shared with a friend on Oak […]

Air service plan crashes to halt

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ air service deal with Great Lakes Aviation has been grounded. City and state officials raised concerns after the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Wyoming-based company a contract to provide air service between Clovis and Denver instead of the city’s choice — Albuquerque. The $2 million contract awarded last […]

Gateway hunts down Dora for title

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Dora knew it would have to contain Gateway Christian brothers Jevvon and Joshua Hunter in Saturday’s Class 1A boys state championship game at The Pit, and the Coyotes did that. What they weren’t counting on was a dominating performance by burly 6-foot-3 senior Antonio Oaxaca. Oaxaca (pronounced wau-HOCK-uh) […]

McAlister says goodbyes

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer To honor his more than 22 years of service as the Roosevelt County Extension Agent, family and friends gathered on Saturday to pay tribute to Floyd McAlister during a retirement reception. “He’s just a wonderful person to work with,” said Connie Moyers, Roosevelt County Home Economist. Moyers, who has […]

ENMU leads way to cultural understanding

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Leading the way for the next generation was the foundation for the annual African-American Affairs banquet Wednesday evening at Eastern New Mexico University. Guest speaker Bryian K. Phillips Sr., pastor of the New Light Baptist Church in Farwell, encouraged the audience to prepare for the future. He also emphasized […]

Clovis to recommend Great Lakes Airlines

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Clovis city commissioners said constituent wishes guided their Thursday endorsement of Great Lakes Aviation as the city’s air service provider. Their recommendation the Wyoming-based airline provide flights to and from Clovis will be sent to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will decide in March what airline gets a […]

Airline fears fiscal crash

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Great Lakes Aviation recently settled overdue rent payments with Boeing Capital Corp., but the airline still owes more than $10 million to Raytheon Aircraft Co., according to documents Great Lakes filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Clovis Civil Aviation Board Chairman Roger Hatcher said he does not […]