Ex-Portales man charged in 1976 homicide

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A former Portales man was arrested in Colorado on Friday after a cold-case homicide lead was developed through a DNA database. Officers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Clear Creek County, Colo., deputies arrested Ricky Lee Harnish, 52, in connection with the 1976 death of 16-year-old Holly Marie [...]

Mountain ski visit about getting back to nature

By Helena Rodriguez I had an altitude adjustment last weekend. Altitude Adjustment was the name of the ski retreat that my daughter Laura and I went with her church youth group on last weekend. It was high up in the snow-covered rocky mountains of Denver. Many people think of going off to the mountains as [...]

10-18: Local Briefs

Blood drive comes to library The Portales Public Library is hosting a blood drive from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday in front of the library at 218 S. Ave. B. Donors should bring a list of their medications, a photo ID and travel information. T-shirts and refreshments will be provided to all donors. A door prize will [...]

Man finds comfort in masculine surroundings

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Greetings from the man cave. Maybe I’m going through a mid-life crisis, maybe it’s just a desire to focus on me. Either way things took a decidedly masculine turn for me over my recent vacation. First of all, before the vacation really got started, I decided I would totally [...]

Wild animals must be managed

Editorial Leave it to career bureaucrats to make a federal case out of a little wildlife problem. The federal government’s answer to an exploding elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically complicated and unnecessarily expensive, with the Park Service planning to hire specialized sharpshooters, at undoubtedly inflated rates, to cull the herd gradually [...]

Feb. 11, 1978

Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Melton of Milnesand have been informed that their son-in-law, Staff Sergeant Harrie Black has received the U. S. Air Force Commendation medal at Mountain Home, Idaho Air Force Base. Sergeant Black, a fabric leather rubber repair technician was decorated for meritorious service while assigned to Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, Vietnam. [...]

Watch out for Old Man Clonch this holiday season

Bib Huber (Christmas carols playing.) Ah the holidays, that time of year for fireplaces and hot spiced cider, the sounds of crinkling wrapping paper and children squealing, and, of course — THE CURSE OF OLD MAN CLONCH! (Carols segue to ominous music.) When I was a kid, it was tough being bad during the holidays, [...]