School board readies for superintendent selection

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales School Board members have moved on to the first steps of hiring a new superintendent of schools to replace the outgoing James Holloway, a task they hope to accomplish in the next two months. School board members held an executive session on Wednesday afternoon and met for more […]

Depth a strength for Hound running game

By Dave Wagner The Lone Star Conference’s top rushing team in 2004, Eastern New Mexico University expects to put together another potent flexbone attack next fall despite the graduation of quarterback Steven Hinson. ENMU averaged just over 220 rushing yards a game last year led by the elusive Hinson, who finished with 1,006 yards and […]

School superintendent to take job in Santa Fe

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales schools superintendent James Holloway said he will resign at the end of the school year to take a position with the New Mexico Public Education Department in Santa Fe. Holloway will be finishing his eighth year as superintendent of schools in May. The only obstacle remaining with Holloway […]

Fire marshall named Clayton city manager

By Kevin Wilson Mike Running said that just a few minutes after he was hired as Clayton’s city manager Thursday night, he was asked for input on a fire department grievance and dangerous property within the city. It was a quick introduction to the position for Running, currently fire marshall at the Portales Fire Department, […]

Search starts for new Clovis superintendent

By Ryan Lengerich The search for a Clovis schools superintendent is officially under way. Monday was the first day Clovis school officials accepted applications to replace former Superintendent Neil Nuttall. The board will take applications through Feb. 28. No applications were received on Monday, but Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Jim McDaniel said that’s not a […]

Navarro remembered as asset to students

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Minnie Navarro played a key role at Eastern New Mexico University leaving behind a legacy of life for all those that were affected by her deeds of service and devotion. Navarro died on Nov. 30, 2004. In 1976, she worked for the College of Liberal Arts and Science as a […]

ENMU graduate joins CCC board

Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday selected a Clovis schools employee to fill the board’s vacant position. Arnold A. Martinez, a drug prevention coordinator with Choices Alternative School, was elected unanimously. Martinez, 53, will replace Charles Guthals in District 2. Guthals left the board in October when he moved out […]

Politics teachers reflect on four more years

By David Irvin Sen. John Kerry gave a moving concession speech Wednesday, pleading that President Bush work toward national healing and unity in his next term. An hour later Bush said something quite similar, promising to work for the respect of those who didn’t vote for him. However, some area professors are skeptical Bush will […]

Sanders’ victory fills commission with Democrats

By Tony Parra Democrat David Sanders will take control of the District 2 County Commissioner position on Jan. 1, ending the Chad Davis era after Sanders defeated Republican Charles May in the District 2 race. According to the unofficial final results, Sanders finished with 851 votes while May earned 775 votes. May accumulated more early […]

Nuttall accepts job in Missouri

By Ryan Lengerich Neil Nuttall said presiding at a college is something he always prepared for as he pursued his doctorate degree. The Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent agreed Monday to chase what he called a “new dimension” in life by accepting a position as president at North Central Missouri State in Trenton, Mo. The college’s […]

Carter to interview for public defender

By Mike Linn The outgoing district attorney and a longtime public defender are vying for the top position in the district defender’s office, which will become open after Oct. 29. Assistant public defender Jim Wilson, an Idaho native, and District Attorney Brett Carter are scheduled to meet with the state’s top public defender in two […]

Principals shift throughout Portales school district

By Tony Parra When Portales children go to each of their schools in the fall, they’re going to see some changes, starting at the top with their principals. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said Principal Rick Segovia (who was the Steiner Elementary principal) will be the principal at Lindsey Middle School, Todd Morris (who was […]

Maguire balances dual roles

By Abby Dunn: PNT Correspondent He’s been a head coach at the collegiate level for 18 years, but Mike Maguire still can never get enough of the action. “I love what I do,” said Maguire, “I want to be at all the games; I want to make sure that (athletes) are making academic progress, and […]

May 12 Obituaries

Ruth Evans, 61 Mrs. Ruth Evans, 61, of Dora, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at her home. She was born on May 30, 1942, in Alma, Okla., to Vera and Walter T. Lane. She graduated from the Velma-Alma High School in 1960 and went on to study at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Okla. […]

Lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Four running for county commissioner

Tony Parra Tuesday was the last day for people to declare their candidacy for Roosevelt County positions, and one particular position received a lot of attention. There are four candidates for the District 2 commissioner’s seat: Harvey Teague, David Sanders, Charles May and George Martin. Incumbent Chad Davis decided not to run for re-election. Sanders, […]

Mayor sticking to local politics — for now

Mike Linn For the next two years the only offices Mayor Orlando Ortega will hold will be in his hometown of Portales. The Democrat on Tuesday made public his decision to not seek the District 66 position with the New Mexico House of Representatives. But Ortega said he plans on running for the position when […]

Tucumcari grieves death of mayor

TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — The mayor of Tucumcari, Calvin Litchfield, 60, died at home early Wednesday morning. Tucumcari Emergency Medical personnel responded to a call from the Litchfield residence on Sixth Street at 6:36 a.m. Wednesday for an individual apparently suffering from a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital […]

Hound baseball looking for fresh start

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By Dave Wagner Veteran Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh is looking forward to a fresh start for his team in 2004. The Greyhounds had a miserable time last season, going 12-39 overall and winning just four of their 24 Lone Star Conference South Division games. Clabaugh, who helped revive a defunct program […]

ENMU guard: a coach on the floor

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Brent Cooper can think of no bigger assist than to pass along his knowledge of the game. A two-year starter and steadying influence for the Greyhounds, Cooper said he’d like to be able to coach someday, probably at the high school level. “I enjoy […]