My turn: Fears pondered after dad’s accident

To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The saw bounced back from his […]

Slice of life: A matter of inches

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The […]

June 7 Weddings

Swann-Wilkerson Stephenie Rae Swann of Las Cruces and Dane Travis Wilkerson of Portales were joined in marriage Jan. 3 at Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces. The Rev. Lamar Morin performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Sam and Brenda Swann of Albuquerque. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Missy Swann […]

Banned drugs provide great medical benefit

Freedom New Mexico Baseball player Alex Rodriguez finally came clean Monday, admitting he took performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003 while he played with the Texas Rangers. The admission follows a Sports Illustrated report that Rodriguez was one of 104 players who tested positive for such drugs in a 2003 survey. It’s important to note that at […]

Aug. 17, 2008 Engagements

Chuck and Rachael Brown of Lubbock announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Danielle Brown of Clovis to Teofilo J. Rodriguez of Portales, son of Teofilo and Inez Rodriguez of Portales. The couple will exchange vows 2 p.m. Oct. 11, 2008 at St. Helen Catholic Church. The reception will be held at the […]

It’s Their Job: Aaron Rodriguez

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Aaron Rodriguez Job: Lifeguard for the Portales Municipal Pool. Background: Rodriguez is currently a student at Eastern New Mexico University studying education, and he has played three years on the ENMU basketball team. Time on the job: Two summers. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. It’s pretty much […]

Funerals not always sad occasion

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I told my sister Maria recently, “You missed a good funeral,” and she looked at me like I was nuts. “No, I mean it,” I explained. “It was a good funeral, getting to meet and visit with Dad’s side of the family.” It’s something we rarely got to do while […]

Friends, family remember homicide victims

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Paula Rodriguez, of Clovis, fought through her tears as she recited a poem of loss and mourning Monday evening at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. With the help of counselor Charlotte Farkas, she managed to push out words from the poem, “If Tears Can Build a Stairway.” “No farewell […]

Sun Devils take third at Lubbock tourney

PNT Staff Report After jumping out to a 2-0 start at a Lubbock 10-and-under girls softball tournament last weekend, the Portales Sun Devils finished the tournament 4-2 to take third place. “We did OK,” head coach Ben Rodriguez said. “We took third. Our girls wanted to go further but that’s an achievement for them. We […]

Portales girls start Lubbock tourney with two wins

PNT Staff Report The Portales Sun Devils 10-and-under girls fast-pitch softball team won their first two games in pool play at the Regional softball tournament in Lubbock and earned a bye in the first round of bracket play. The Sun Devils beat the Hobbs Rangers 16-3 late Friday night in the first game of pool […]

Portales Sun Devils headed for Nationals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A dozen 10-and-under girls softball players were brought together earlier this summer to extend their softball season and to have some fun along the way. Now, after winning the 10-and-under state tournament in Clovis last week, this group of girls are headed to the National Softball Tournament in Lubbock, […]

Portales sees need for rehab

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Working together and not giving up on youth and those in the grasp of illegal drugs was the focus of a community forum Tuesday evening at Portales city hall. Among the highest concerns expressed by the public during the forum was the lack of rehabilitation options available in the […]

Escapee caught in Texas

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when we […]

Career on the rise

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Quiet and unassuming, Eastern New Mexico University head baker Julio Rodriguez spends his work days rolling out pastries and breads to feed hungry students, faculty and staff. Starting in 1966, Rodriguez began working in the dish room, then later moved to the kitchen, washing pots and pans. His hands […]

Head Start looks to consolidate

By Casey Peacock and Karl Terry: PNT Staff The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency’s Early Headstart program in Portales is hoping to expand and centralize its operation. Program’s officials are hoping to accomplish that by adding on to a building leased from the city of Portales on Boston and moving out of one on South […]

Escapees from DeBaca detention center caught

Freedom Newspapers Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Live music, games, piñatas, to be featured at eastern New Mexico celebrations

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When a band has been together for more than a dozen years, it’s only natural that every once in a while they get sick of each other. “It’s kind of like being married,” E.J. Rodriguez said. “You have some good days and some bad days.” Zumbale, a Clovis dance band, […]

PRMC still mum after report returned

By Marlena Hartz A report detailing deficiencies discovered at Plains Regional Medical Center was released Wednesday afternoon to PRMC officials. Its contents were compiled by state health officials during an unannounced February hospital inspection, which was conducted in response to a complaint against the medical facility. Though hospital officials could release details of the report, […]

PRMC gets time to respond before inspection is public

By Marlena Hartz New Mexico Department of Health officials did substantiate an allegation against Plains Regional Medical Center during a February inspection of the hospital. But federal regulations bind them from releasing their findings to the public expeditiously, according to David Rodriguez, chief of the Health, Facility, Licensing, and Certification Bureau. Rodriguez said “the public […]

Plains Regional Medical Center administrator resigns

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By Marlena Hartz Plains Regional Medical Center officials on Friday announced that Administrator Brian Bentley has resigned. No reason for the resignation was given and officials would not say if Bentley’s leaving is related to an unannounced hospital inspection earlier this month by New Mexico Department of Health officials. Bentley did not return telephone calls […]