Artists moving in

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new artists-in-residence program kicks off in Portales next week. Ryder Richards and Sue Anne Rische, a married couple and visual artists working and teaching in Dallas, are set to spend Sunday through May 29 living and creating art in Portales. After a public reception and artists’ talk, their […]

Clovis school superintendent candidate withdraws

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Freedom New Mexico Texico school superintendent R.L. Richards has withdrawn his name from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent. A news release from Clovis Municipal Schools said Richards withdrew on Friday in a letter to CMS board members. The news release did not provide a reason for Richards’ decision. Rhonda Seidenwurm announced earlier this year she […]

Driver charged with felony manslaughter

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards, is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Fund established for former Portales athlete

PNT staff A fund has been established for Ashleah D. Richards, the former Portales High School athlete killed in a car wreck Sunday. Contributions can be made at any eastern New Mexico Wells Fargo branch.

Portales native dies in wreck

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Freedom New Mexico Ashleah Richards liked to do things that stereotypically interest many girls — fix up hair, put on makeup and the like. But Richards was tough as nails, too, and that was evident in her playing days at Portales High School in the sports of volleyball, basketball and softball. Though standing only around […]

Clovis City Commissioners, BNSF reach Hull demolition agreement

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis City Commission approved a $500,000 contract with the BNSF Railway to remove the top structure of the Hull Street overpass despite the strong objections of Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and several citizens. The commission approved the proposal 6-1 during a special meeting Friday, with Sandoval casting the dissenting […]

Anniversary: Richards

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Marion and Mary Jo Richards of Texico will celebrate their 60th anniversary from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Leal’s Restaurant, 2115 N. Prince St. The celebration will be hosted by R.L. Richards, Lecil Richards, Damon Richards and Quata Casaday. The couple was married Oct. 26, 1948, in Fame, Okla. They have four […]

Business is always green for artificial turf installers

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A new landscaping option is available for residents that promises a green yard without the high water bill. The Geneva Sports Surfaces LLC, based out of Las Vegas, Nev. has been installing synthetic turf for three decades on sports fields from New Mexico to Idaho, said Russell Richards of […]

Hestand under new ownership

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hestand Floral and Gifts, a Portales business that’s been around for nearly 60 years, is under new ownership and management. Rosalie Richards and her husband, J. Mark Richards, are the new owners. They purchased the business in late November from Trish and Richard Lovorn, who owned the florist shop […]

Richards leads Zias to win

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — For a change, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was playing from ahead, and there was no way the Zias were going to let this one slip away. Senior forward Elizabeth Richards posted her 10th double-double of the year with 26 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and […]

Zias win third straight

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Zias have matched their best start in team history thanks to solid free-throwing shooting down the stretch. With Heather Brown leading the way, Eastern converted 11 of 13 free throws in the final 3:13 to hold off pesky Oklahoma Panhandle State 77-70 Thursday in […]

ENMU womens basketball at home

By Freedom Newspapers ENMU (5-1) vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-6), 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena. Radio: none. On the Net: www.enmusports.com. Notes: The teams met in the Zias’ season opener on Nov. 18 at Goodwell, Okla., with ENMU winning 64-57. That started the Lady Aggies on a six-game losing streak following a 78-41 rout […]

Zias defeat Lady Ags

Freedom Newspapers GOODWELL, Okla. — Senior guard Heather Brown kicked off an 8-0 run by hitting a tie-breaking 3-pointer with eight minutes left Saturday night as Eastern New Mexico University’s women defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State 64-57 in their season opener. Brown finished with a team-best 12 points for the Zias, while Elizabeth Richards and Ashley […]

Zia basketball trio back from injuries

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Elizabeth Richards, Riikka Lehtonen and Rochelle Vance have a lot in common — starting with torn ACLs in consecutive games that proved devastating to the 2005-06 Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball season. All had their surgeries on the same day in January at Amarillo, and all have rehabbed successfully. […]

Lady Rams celebrate win

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By Jesse Wolfersberger ALBUQUERQUE — No point in being greedy, according to Portales senior Morgan Hill, after she helped the Lady Rams to win their third Class 3A state title in four years. Portales made it to the finals in 2005, but was upset by Santa Fe Indian School. “I don’t want to think about […]

Lady Rams cruise to district title against Lovington

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By Tony Parra It wouldn’t be a district championship game without coach Brenda Gomez marching back and forth on the sidelines and on Friday Gomez and her girls marched to a District 4-3A championship win over the Lovington Lady Wildcats. The Portales Lady Rams defeated Lovington, 68-33, on Friday behind double-digit scoring from Briana Hernandez, […]

Portales crushes Lovington for fifth district win

PNT Staff LOVINGTON — Portales continued its domination of District 4-3A, holding host Lovington to six total field goals and four second-half points in a 66-21 dismantling Saturday night. Portales (18-7, 5-0 district) had 11 players score, and only two reached double figures in a balanced effort. Portales only led Lovington (8-17, 2-3) 10-8 after […]

Zias lose two starters to knee injuries

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Off to its best start in several seasons, the ranks of Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team have thinned considerably in the last couple of weeks due to knee injuries. First, junior reserve forward Rochelle Vance went down in a win over Fort Lewis at the West Texas A&M […]

Zias whip Montana State-Billings, improve to 3-0

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University used three scoring runs of at least nine points in overcoming a 10-point, first-half deficit en route to an 82-67 victory over Montana State-Billings on Friday in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Shootout. Junior forward Elizabeth Richards posted her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 12 […]

Richards paces Zias in blowout win

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By Dave Wagner Playing her first home game in more than a year, Eastern New Mexico University junior Elizabeth Richards came out like a house afire. Richards hit 6-of-7 shots from the field in just over five minutes at the start and finished with a career-high 25 points as the Zias routed Western New Mexico […]