Clovis resident killed in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died Friday from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, a news release […]

ENMU great Boit keynotes 40th anniversary

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By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent A trip back to the states for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s all-time greats gave ENMU cross country coach Joel McMullen the chance to tie the past to the present. And that he did through a 40-year celebration of Eastern’s program Saturday night at Cannon AFB’s The Landing. While […]

Hitson says people skills, common sense her strengths as judge

Editor’s note: The following is part of a question and answer series on candidates running in the municipal election on March 7. Candidates are asked questions regarding the city’s future. Arla Hitson is running for election to the municipal judge’s position. Hitson will be running against Oscar Robinson and incumbent Fred Arnold. 1. What qualifications, […]

Twelve file for five Portales municipal posts

By Tony Parra Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega first announced he would be running for re-election on Dec. 22 and now he is running unopposed in the March 7 election. Tuesday was the only day for filing candidacy for the mayor’s position, four city wards and the municipal judge. Ortega, 43, won the mayoral election in […]

Local Briefs (Nov. 8)

Methodists hold turkey dinner The First United Methodist Church in Portales will hold it’s 52nd Annual Turkey Dinner and Bazaar from 11 a.m.. to 1:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church at Second Street and Avenue C. Adults are $7 and children 10 and under are $4. Delivery and carryouts are available. For […]

Hounds stopped in overtime

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — The numbers were staggering — 1,183 yards of offense, 103 points, 14 touchdowns — and an overtime. After all that, a record 22,993 fans left Kimbrough Memorial Stadium after seeing West Texas A&M beat Eastern New Mexico 52-51 in overtime. After the Buffaloes scored in their first […]

Melrose senior-gridders taking names

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock Graham has a suggestion for anyone who doubts their chances. “Come see a game. The scoreboard says it all,” Graham said. “We could stand here and yack all we want, but we talk […]

ENMU’s Davalos hoping for larger role in 2005

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Fide Davalos enjoyed a dominating six-man high school football career at Floyd. Now the redshirt junior is hoping for a breakout season this fall as a slotback in Eastern New Mexico University’s triple-option attack. “I’ve been working out hard this summer, and I had a good spring,” Davalos said as […]

Ex-PHS runner qualifies for Boston Marathon

By Dave Wagner When he was laboring away nearly a quarter of a century ago for the Portales High track team, no one could have guessed Bob Harmon Jr. would eventually qualify for the Boston Marathon. Harmon, though, plans to run to marathoning’s major event on April 18 after qualifying for the 26.2-mile race with […]

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, […]

Christmas decorations not the biggest holiday fire hazards

By Tony Parra People during Christmas time may be focusing on Christmas trees and lights as a fire danger, but in Roosevelt County, they will need to turn their attention to what keeps them warm more than anything else. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Running said his major concerns in Portales are space heaters and fire […]

Fire claims home of couple

By Tony Parra An elderly couple will be without their home this Christmas after a fire burned down their two-bedroom house late Wednesday evening. Portales Fire Department fire fighters responded to a call at 10:44 p.m. on Wednesday of a fire at the residence of 288 South Roosevelt Road U. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Running […]

Local business’ building cracks under pressure

PNT Staff The Prestige Carpets building began to break down and Heflin Construction and Portales Fire Department officials responded to the breakdown on Wednesday afternoon. Portales Fire Marshall Mike Running said the department received a call at approximately 2 p.m. and the area was cleared about 15 minutes later. In his first few minutes at […]

Firefighters try to fill the boot

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By Tony Parra The Portales Firefighter department members are out in full force again this year with “Fill the Boot”, and people can see signs of of the fund-raising effort for muscular dystrophy and Jerry’s Kids across the city. “This is our only major fund-raiser of the year,” Portales Fire Marshall Mike Running said. “This […]

Ex-ENMU athlete recalls Olympic dream

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — When most people turn on their televisions this week to tune into to the 2004 Olympics from Athens, they see little more than a gathering of athletes competing for awards and recognition. For oneformer ENMU student, however, watching the Olympics is different. It is different because he represented his country […]

Power outages cause little trouble

By Kevin Wilson Several were inconvenienced Wednesday afternoon, but no accidents or injuries resulted from a series of small power outages in the Portales city limits. The blackouts, ranging from about 30 seconds to three minutes in length, hit the area for a two-hour stretch starting at about 1:30 p.m. Wade Whitehead, a coordinator for […]

Commission plans second phase of tax implementation

By Tony Parra County commissioners made the second step towards the implementation of additional gross receipt taxes on Friday during the Roosevelt County Commission meeting. Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said the announcement was made of the intent to adopt the ordinance. There will be a special session for the members of the public to […]

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 […]

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 […]

ENMU signs nine to squad

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott announced the signing of nine players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, including possibly the team’s quarterback of the future. Anthony Carter led Class 2A Jacksboro (Texas) High School to a 20-4 record over the past two seasons, and Elliott believes he could […]