Chamber’s fireworks displayed enhanced

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The goal for the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks display has exploded. Donations not only met the $8,000 mark for the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July on Sunday, but exceeded it by $2,000. Portales Mayor Sharon King, who is also executive director of the chamber, said Tuesday […]

I won’t be deterred by 5k run

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Saturday was my second 5K race. I hoped to erase memories of my 37:58, when I pulled up injured and saw other racers driving home while I was still running/walking. Mark Bussen, a coach at Clovis High School, reassured me by saying, “That’s better than everybody who didn’t show up.” […]

Volunteer profile: Mark Gormley

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Name: Mark Gormley Residence: Portales Occupation: Principal of James Elementary School Volunteer: Boy Scouts Council Why he does it: “I’ve been doing this my whole life. I joined Boy Scouts in second grade and stayed with it. I was an Eagle Scout.” — Compiled by PNT correspondent Linda Long

Volunteer profile: Mark Dillard

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Name: Mark Dillard Residence: Portales Occupation: Florist at Joe’s Flower Volunteer work: Since 1983, Dillard has been calling the elderly and others in the community as a personal ministry. He sings with the First Baptist Church choir. Dillard has also volunteered at Heartland Continuing Care Center since 1985. Why he does it: Dillard says it’s […]

ENMU sets spring enrollment mark

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES—Eastern New Mexico University in Portales has set an all-time school record for spring enrollment with 4,359 students, according to a school press release. The previous record spring enrollment was 4,142 in 1972. This spring’s enrollment is up 8.4 percent over the 2009 spring enrollment of 4,021, and is the second highest […]

Legislature at halfway mark

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican With the halfway point of the legislative session coming Wednesday — and with nearly 500 bills in the hopper — lawmakers have passed only one bill. But a couple of tax increase bills that would raise sales tax for everyone and impose a surtax on upper income New Mexicans […]

Residents mark MLK day with march

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By Clarence Plank:PNT Staff Writer Sixty Portales residents joined together in marching in the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. As the group made its way up Second Street to Abilene Street and the Memorial Building, people did stop to take notice. For the Sigma Chi fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University, this […]

Press Release: Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society will mark its 34th Great American Smokeout

Hounds test No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico As of Friday afternoon, Mark Ribaudo was still hedging on who would be his starting quarterback today. With Eastern New Mexico University’s football team in southeast Texas to face Lone Star Conference South Division foe Texas A&M-Kingsville tonight, Ribaudo said he wasn’t quite sure if sophomore J.J. Harp, one […]

Suspended players to return for ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday that four players suspended last week for “violation of university policy” will be active for Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at 14th-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville. Included were sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp, the NCAA Division II leader in passing yards per game […]

Clovis teen makes mark in weightlifting

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Zack Williams, 15, has been lifting weights since he was 12 years old. The Clovis native was going through some Web sites looking for competitions in weightlifting. He came across Natural Athlete Strength Association, and entered. “I won my division in junior,” Williams said. “I was a little nervous.” […]

Oct. 12, 1975

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Mark Baca and Christine Gutierrez were named “Carrier of the Year” and runner-up of Portales News-Tribune carriers this week.

Council honors century mark with new flag

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer Portales officials took a major look at the city’s past while ushering in the future. A council meeting Tuesday marked the first in which members used laptops instead of paper to look over the evening’s agenda. But after regular business items were tended to, the council reconvened outside for […]

My Portales: City proud to mark successes

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PNT Staff Report Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of reports related to the history of Portales. The city celebrates the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2009. So what was Portales like 100 years ago? On Jan. 6, 1910, the Roosevelt County Herald newspaper listed 12 of Portales’ accomplishments in 1909: […]

ENMU sprinter sets mark

Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Eastern New Mexico University track athletes Kyle Harris and Tyler Anderson had strong outings Saturday in the Tailwind Invitational track meet, hosted by the University of New Mexico. Competing against largely Division I competition, Harris, a junior, earned a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II national outdoor meet […]

Harris breaks school triple jump mark

Freedom New Mexico LUBBOCK — Kyle Harris won the triple-jump with a school-record jump of 49 feet and 10 1/2 inches, leading the Eastern New Mexico University track squad Friday at Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex at Texas Tech University. Harris’ jump was ruled as wind-aided and did not qualify for the NCAA national […]

Local restaurant hosting record release party

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Freedom New Mexico Local musician Keeson Bell will perform at a Blues Farm Records CD release party Saturday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Blues Farm Records country recording artist Mark Kelley is bringing the release party for his December album to Clovis. Mark Kelley released his second CD, ‘Til I Get Home, in December of 2008. […]

It’s their job: Lacy Price

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Name: Lacy Price Job: Waitress at Mark’s Restaurant and Catering Background: Price was raised in Texico, but moved to Portales to study speech therapy at Eastern New Mexico University Time on job: Two years What does your job entail? Typical waitress duties. My overall job is to keep customers happy. What is a typical day […]

PHS students choose McCain in mock election

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Maybe there is hope for John McCain yet. Based on the results of a vote by students in Mark Gallegos’ government classes at Portales High School, the Arizona Republican won by a slight margin. Citing Barack Obama’s nationwide popularity among young voters, Gallegos was surprised by the result based […]

Hounds gear up for No. 4 WT

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Mark Ribaudo has no illusions about what his squad faces tonight. Eastern New Mexico University’s football team, currently on a four-game losing streak, has the unenviable task of taking on rival and fourth-ranked West Texas A&M in a 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Divison clash. “They’re No. 4 […]