It’s Their Job: Monica Nuckols

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Name: Monica Nuckols Job: Second grade teacher at James Elementary Background: Nuckols has been teaching in the Portales Schools for 15 years, before teaching at James Elementary she taught at Valencia as a Title I reading and math teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Education with an endorsement of […]

Veteran helps those in need

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts. Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has […]

September 23, 1969

• Portales residents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Johns were preparing to travel to Seoul, Korea where Mr. Johns will be an advisor to Korean manufacturing firms under the auspices of International Executive Services Corps. The couple had served as Vista workers for the past year. • During a meeting of the Roosevelt County Soil and Water […]

Police: Man hit girlfriend’s parents with SUV

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A 20-year-old Clovis man was charged Thursday night with ramming a sport utility vehicle into his girlfriend’s parents in an ongoing domestic dispute, according to police and court records. James Medina Jr. is being held in the Curry County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond on two counts of aggravated […]

Portales couple promenades way into hall of fame

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If there is square dancing in heaven, James Pettus is probably calling one right now. The Portales resident, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and his wife Wanda were the heart and soul of square dancing in eastern New Mexico for three decades, according to local square dancers. […]

James teacher wins newspaper award

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer James Elementary third grade teacher Maria Villanueva has been chosen as the Portales News-Tribune Newspapers in Education teacher of the year. “I just couldn’t believe that I was chosen. We have a lot of great teachers out there and it was a great honor to be chosen,” said Villanueva. […]

New evidence found in death penalty case against area dentist

Freedom Newspapers New evidence was discovered Tuesday in the death penalty case against a Clovis dentist accused of killing a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural ditch, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Members of the Curry County Major Crimes Unit found the evidence during a search at 316 […]

James Elementary hosts family night

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The 11th Family Math and Science Night at R.M. James Elementary School in Portales had students and parents scratching their heads from time to time Friday night but most said they had a great time. The night is put together by Eastern New Mexico University students majoring in elementary […]

ENMU rush-ing for new pledges

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Rush week is in full swing at Eastern New Mexico University and according to university officials, local Greek organizations are working hard to rise above the bad reputations pinned on college fraternities in recent years. According to Interfraternity Council President and ENMU student Adam Sanchez the image of wild […]

R.M. James elementary to stress three R’s, mainly reading

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Second- and third-graders at R.M. James Elementary School will get educated in the three R’s – Reading, ‘riting and rithmetic – but principal Michael Terry really wants to stress the first R this school year. “Our goal is to make sure that every student is reading on level by the […]

Patience: Virtue well worth learning

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers How long does it take to learn a lesson? Sometimes it takes quite a few years. The lesson for me this past week was in patience — something I’ve handled well at times and not so well at other times. I’ve trained college interns all summer long at the newspaper and […]

Obituaries for May 25, 2006

Ronald James Hammar Services: 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church. Ronald James Hammar, 58, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at Southwest Regional Medical Complex in Lubbock. Born Aug. 7, 1947, in Clovis to Arnold and Beverly Ann Hammar, he married Carla Blair on Oct. 28, 1995, in Clovis. He was a member […]

Obituaries for April 28

James Joiner Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Fort Sumner. James Nelson Joiner, 78, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales following an illness. Born Nov. 10, 1927, in Peacock, Texas, he was the son of Otis R. and Martha Mae (Crawford) Joiner. He grew […]

ObituariesGeorge W. Walker

George W. Walker Services: No services are planned. George W. Walker, 80, of Portales, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born April 1, 1925, in Yuma, Ariz., to Marie and James Walker. He was the son of Scottish immigrants. He grew up in Coronado, Calif., where the family […]

Resident says Smith comes from good family

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Laura McNaughton’s family members told police a dentist had been “weirding” her out. The resulting investigation led to Tuesday’s arrest of Dr. James Smith, a dentist with La Casa de Buena Salud in Clovis and Portales, police records show. Smith is charged with an open count of murder in connection with […]

Jones, James, Morris, and Taylor Obituaries (Nov. 1)

Mike Jones Services: 2 p.m. (MST) Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Wolfforth, Texas. Michael “Mike” Edwin Jones, 56, of Wolfforth, Texas, died Oct. 31, 2005, at a Lubbock hospital. He was born Dec. 19, 1948, in Portales to Arthur and Jewell (Woodward) Jones. He graduated high school from Roswell Military Institute. He received a […]

Serviceman evokes feelings of faith, volunteerism

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just before I start to lose faith in the human condition and get swept away in a torrent of apathy, I usually meet someone who restores my faith. James Montgomery, a young National Guardsman from Portales did that for me this week. James is home for a short two weeks, […]

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 […]

Portales schools see increase in enrollment

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Principals are reporting higher enrollment numbers throughout the Portales School District after the first four days of school. Todd Morris, Valencia Elementary principal, said there is a slight increase at Valencia Elementary with 210 fourth-grade students and 223 fifth-grade students, totaling 433 students. The fourth-grade students have hit the ground […]

Hatch surrounded by accomplishments and art

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Linda Hatch had a sparkle about her that family members called the Midas Touch. She had a radical artistic nature about herself that overflowed into everything she was involved with. According to Marcia Rackley, Hatch’s sister, “Everything that left her hands ended up better and shinier including her family and […]