Rams look to build on Moriarty win

By Dave Wagner A heartbreaking, last-second defeat at Los Lunas on Dec. 17 left Portales High senior Chris Kirchner and his teammates seeing red. Kirchner scored 19 points and helped the Rams pull into a tie in the final minute, only to see Los Lunas’ Alex Stein hit a desperation 3-point bank shot at the […]

Christmas delivered throughout city

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By Kevin Wilson Mike Parkey genuinely feels two emotions when he’s in a Santa Claus outfit for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. He’s delighted to see the look on the eyes of children he brings gifts to, and he’s relieved that he still needs a pillow under the coat to give an accurate portrayal of Santa. […]

Lady Rams finish fifth in tourney

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — It was Portales coach Brenda Gomez’ express wish, after a quarterfinal loss in the Mel Otero Rio Rancho Invitational on Thursday, that her Lady Rams break an 0-4 winless streak to start the season. As soon as possible. Two days later, Portales (2-4) had done just that with a […]

Children get early Christmas

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County residents, Eastern New Mexico University students and staff took the time to bring an early Christmas to children on Thursday. They all participated in the Hanging of the Greens on Thursday evening in the Campus Union Lobby on the campus of ENMU. There were more than 40 children and teenagers […]

Portales snow less than most across state

By Kevin Wilson On the year’s busiest weekend for travel and shopping, Portales residents were subjected to a little bit of inclement weather. However, Portales’ weather was not as extreme as weather that caused accidents and road closures across northern areas of New Mexico. Jim Kratzer, a meteorologist at Cannon Air Force Base, said that […]

Gardner giving campaigning another try

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent In 2002, with two weeks to go before the primary, Keith Gardner’s campaigning for a seat in the House ended. His mother, who was living in Arizona, died. Gardner, who was running against Rep. Earlene Roberts, R-Lovington, left New Mexico — leaving behind his run for a seat in Santa […]

PHS teams end regular season on high note

Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis teams finished off their home season with 5-0 wins against Roswell High Thursday afternoon. The wins put the Portales girls at 18-2, the boys at 15-5. The matches were played in district format, with players compete only in singles or only in doubles. Hailey Quick, Rachelle Self and Morgan Erf […]

Oil man campaigns on water issues

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Water is one of those issues that always seems to be a talker around election season. It’s also the No. 1 reason why William V. Palmer wants to be a New Mexico Senator. Palmer, a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor, thinks he can do something about […]

DA candidates among many filing for a chance in statewide county elections

David Arkin The Brett Carter-Matt Chandler race has officially begun. On Tuesday, both Chandler and Carter filed their appropriate papers with the New Mexico Secretary of State in Santa Fe for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s post and will face each other in a June 1 primary. The general election will be held on Nov. […]

State lawmakers seeking re-election

David Arkin Many eastern New Mexico lawmakers described this year’s 30-day Legislative session as the worst and most difficult of their political careers. But the challenging session that ended a month ago hasn’t kept any of them from running for office again. Every eastern New Mexico lawmaker in the House and Senate is seeking re-election. […]

Mayor Ortega considers state politics

Mike Linn Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega is seriously considering expanding his political aspirations to the stately stage of the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Democrat said there’s a 50 percent chance he will run for the District 66 position. He said he will make his decision on Monday morning. If he decides to run, […]

Lady Rams open against Los Alamos

PNT Staff PNT Staff What better way to do forget about losing in a tournament championship game than winning one the next week. Portales (4-2) plays the Los Alamos Lady Hilltoppers at 1 p.m. Thursday in the opening round Lady Horseman Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe. “They have some good […]

Public Record July 20

Recent dispositions from Magistrate Court: • Erika Lucero, 22, found guilty of minor in possession of alcohol and will perform 30 hours of community service. The following marriage certificates were filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Johnny Michael Quintana, 49, of Santa Fe, and Cindy C. Quintana, 45, of Santa Fe.

Joe Melendez, 78

Joe Melendez, 78 Mr. Joe Melendez, 78, of Santa Barbara County, Calif., died Wednesday, May 21, 2003. He was born on April 26, 1925, in Roswell, to Eduardo and Urbana Juarez Melendez. He was educated in Roswell Public Schools, Eastern New Mexico University and University of New Mexico, earning a bachelor of science degree in […]

Lawmakers face new governor, packed agenda

Deborah Baker Santa Fe – The winds of change blowing through the state Capitol amount to welcome fresh air for some – but may give others the chills – as the annual meeting of the Legislature gets under way. Lawmakers return to Santa Fe on Jan. 21 for what promises to be a jam-packed 60-day […]