Two of three tax increases approved

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed two of the three proposed tax increments on Tuesday during the county commission meeting and they will be in place on Jan. 1. Commissioners passed two 1/8 tax increments, which will mean an additional .125 percent on gross receipt taxes beginning Jan. 1. For each tax, there would […]

Rain expected to be constant for next few days

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Linda Martinez came to New Mexico from California’s San Bernardino Valley in search of a safer environment for her family. So far, the weather has not cooperated. A tree fell on her car Sunday night in Clovis as a storm whipped through the region with lightning and winds at speeds […]

May 13 Obituaries

Amber Robinson Services: 2 p.m. Friday at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Portales. Amber Robinson, 19, of Portales, was born on Dec. 3, 1984, in Portales, to Joann Martinez and Rodney Robinson. She grew up in Portales, where she attended school. Family members said she was artistic and enjoyed doing needlework, crocheting, painting and crafting. […]

City enters agreement with Elida

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the Portales city councilors approved a joint powers agreement during Tuesday’s city council meeting between the city of Portales and the town of Elida to provide dispatch services to Elida. The agreement is for two years and the Elida officials will pay the city of Portales, $5,000 a […]

ENMU fraternity raises money for former student’s family

Abby Dunn CLOVIS — On Friday, 104 students from Eastern New Mexico University made the drive to Clovis for a bowling tournament sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, a campus service fraternity. The tournament, which took place at Mainline Bowl, was held as a fundraiser for the family of Monica Martinez, an ENMU student who passed […]

ENMU student killed in car crash

Kevin Wilson An Eastern New Mexico University sophomore was killed near Amherst, Texas, while heading back from spring break. Monica Martinez, 20, died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 84 near the Amherst city limits. Martinez, a sophomore theater major, was partially ejected from a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, which overturned about 7 a.m., […]

Council seat up for vote today

Tony Parra The election polls for four Portales city council positions will open today but only City Councilman Mike Miller will face a challenger, Eddy Hiner, in Ward D, the southwest section of town. Hiner, a Portales native and owner of Berkeley and Arizona Apartments, said he is opposed to taxpayer money spent to fund […]

Obits Jan 22

Manuel Lopez, 85 Manuel Lopez, 85, of Abilene, Texas, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at his daughter’s home in Abilene. He was born on April 21, 1918, in Clareville, Texas, to Tomasa and Francisco Lopez. During World War II he served in the Army working with messenger pigeons. He married Elida Lopez in 1949 in […]

City celebrates civil right’s leader

Tony Parra Portales will commemorate one of the nation’s most remembered civil rights’ leader with festivities over the weekend. The 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a parade beginning on South Avenue O and 2nd Street to Abilene to the Memorial Building. Veda Urioste, the Mistress of Ceremonies for […]

Obits 13

Sandra Martinez, 42 Mrs. Sandra Garcia Martinez, 42, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 24, 1961, in Portales, to Veneranda and Frank Garcia. She grew up in Portales and was a 1979 graduate of Portales High School. She went on to attend Highland University for a […]

City considers mail-out voting for beer, wine

Mike Linn An election to decide whether to allow beer and wine licenses for restaurant owners in Portales may come as soon as April. The Portales City Council authorized a search for city funds to conduct a mail-out election that would cost the city roughly $13,500. According to City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry, the mail-out election […]

Portales woman wins big on scratch-off lottery ticket

PNT Staff A Portales woman won a $50,000 prize on Saturday after she scratched a winning lottery ticket while working at the locally operated KC Express No. 4. Rachel Martinez, who is the manager of KC Express, said she claimed a check totaling $34,500 after taxes on Monday in Albuquerque. She said she has already […]

Miss Native American crowned at ENMU

Helena Rodriguez By Helena Rodriguez Freedom Newspapers Helena_Rodriguez@link.freedom.com The new Miss Native American ENMU will use her crown and title to be an ambassador for Eastern New Mexico University’s Native American Club and the school, helping to recruit students. “I would like to visit Native American reservations and schools and try to influence students to […]

Portales Attorney may file suit against the city of Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Portales attorney Eric Dixon may file a lawsuit against the city of Clovis in connection with a July 4 car crash that killed Bobbie Lynn Sandoval. Sandoval died after being struck by a pickup truck driven by Joe Martinez Jr., who was fleeing a Clovis police officer. Martinez, 32, is in the […]

No locals apply for city manager position

By Mike Linn As of Monday afternoon 19 applicants have applied for the Portales city manager position, not one of whom live in Roosevelt County. City clerk and co-interim city manager Joan Martinez-Terry said a majority of the applications are from New Mexican candidates, a few from Oklahoma and one from as far as New […]

Clovis woman gets crushed by truck

Janet Bresenham A Clovis woman attending a family Fourth of July party was killed Friday night by a pickup truck fleeing police, according to Clovis police. The pickup was traveling east down the 500 block of West 18th Street, which was crowded with hundreds of children and adults who had been watching the city fireworks […]

Obits June 20

J.D. Cox, 77 J.D. “Red” Cox, 77, of Lubbock, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Elida, to Sally Ann and J.D. “Dory” Cox. His mother died when he was 2 weeks old. He was raised by his grandmother until the age of 13. When his grandmother […]

Spelling champ goes on to D.C.

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom […]