Proposed ethanol plant concerns neighbors

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Some days, a fine dust settles on her porch furniture and an odor washes through her neighborhood. “I used to think someone was baking beans,” Marilyn Dottle said. The dust — actually fine particles of grain — and the smell come from the ConAgra Trade Group grain elevator across […]

Zia losing skid hits seven

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — If nothing else, Texas-Permian Basin proved Thursday’s 3-2 volleyball win over Eastern New Mexico University was no fluke. The Lady Falcons (4-7) beat ENMU in five games again on Friday in the Lady Buff Invitational, hosted by West Texas A&M. This time, they had to come from a 2-1 deficit, […]

Smith case counsel changes third time

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A third attorney has taken over as defense counsel in the death penalty case of a Clovis dentist accused of murdering a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural Curry County ditch. Also, District Attorney Matt Chandler told the court at a hearing Thursday morning he […]

PHS tennis squads cruise past Valley Christian

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PNT staff Portales’ tennis teams were virtually assured of dual wins Tuesday when they took on the first-year Roswell Valley Christian program at the Eastern New Mexico University tennis courts. Valley Chritian brought just four girls and three boys to the contests. Although some of the matches were fairly competitive, the Rams and Lady Rams […]

Garcia embezzlement case proceeds to jury trial

By Tony Parra A plea agreement was set for a Portales woman accused of embezzling more than $138,000 from the New Mexico Higher Education department but the two sides could not come to an agreement and instead the case will go to trial. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker presided over a scheduled pre-trial agreement […]

Goddard netters turn back PHS

PNT staff ROSWELL — Portales’ tennis teams were competitive with Roswell Goddard on Tuesday. They just came up a little short. Goddard posted a 6-3 win in the boys dual, while taking the girls matchup 5-4 in a dual that featured four matches decided by third-set “super-tiebreakers.” “Roswell High (which edged the Lady Rams 5-4 […]

Setting the example is a standard for all Airmen

Master Sgt. Brian Rogers Do you set the example or are you the one waiting until the very last moment to join the rest of the Air Force? The Air Force changes constantly and everyone is responsible to be aware of new policies and procedures. If you don’t grasp the changes you will find yourself […]

Portales woman found guilty of arson, abuse

PNT Staff A Portales woman was found guilty of arson, child abuse, extreme cruelty to animals and attempted fraud on Friday, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Dayna Kendall, 27, could face a maximum of 12 years in prison, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said sentencing […]

City set to participate in Ute Project meeting

PNT Staff City officials promoted an upcoming Ute Water meeting in Portales at the conclusion of a short council meeting Tuesday night. Councilor Gary Watkins brought a 45-minute minute meeting to a close by encouraging citizens to attend the public meeting, set to being at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Building. Scott Verhines, the […]

Oct. 20 ENMU football notes

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers WHEN TARLETON STATE BEAT Eastern New Mexico University 34-27 on Saturday, it was the program’s first win at Blackwater Draw in six tries. This week, the Greyhounds travel to Texas A&M-Kingsville — a place they’ve never won (0-10). So could another “jinx” come to an end? “There’s a difference, though,” […]

Littlefield roughs up Rams

Freedom Newspapers LITTLEFIELD, Texas — Portales’ preseason scrimmage at Littlefield saw the Rams somewhat overmatched Friday against the host Wildcats. Littlefield scored once during a 15-play set, once during a 10-play set and three times in game-type possessions against the Rams. Portales couldn’t muster a score under the same conditions, but got the ball inside […]

Top students to speak at PHS graduation

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Kari Jones has always been one to set long-term goals. The future New Mexico State University pre-chiropracty student had wanted to be just that since eighth grade. “When my mom went to the chiropracter,” Jones said, “I wanted to do a better job than he did.” Six years before […]

Trial date set for May

By Tony Parra A trial date has been set for one of two Portales brothers accused in the April slaying of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Richard Baca, 18, will go to trial May 16-25, on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, senior prosecutor Donna Mowrer said. Clifford Baca, 20, also appeared Thursday before 9th […]

Filming provided memories

Editor’s note: Cotty Chubb, a producer of the “Believe In Me” movie filmed in eastern New Mexico this fall, recorded a few fragments of his memories of our part of the world. In his words: • The girls showing up on set complaining of soreness. Too much training? No, they’d been riding the mechanical bull […]

Residents try to help community by aiding movie crew

By Tova Fruchtman A Clovis family spent a few hours looking through old yearbooks on Friday night getting ideas for their costumes. By 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Ratledges were all dolled up and waiting with about 80 other people in a gym at Gattis Junior High School to be a part of the crowd […]

Lady Rams rely on Self to defend title

ALBUQERUQUE — Things didn’t look good for the Portales Lady Rams tennis team Saturday morning. But it’s amazing how a prayer can turn things around. Portales’ Rachelle Self had just dropped the second set — a set she could have won — to Sandia Prep’s Kathryn Short during the 1A-3A girls tennis team championships at […]

Second time a charm for Quick, Self

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — A little excuse-me swing at the net, an ensuing on-court celebration — and another Portales doubles team into the record book as a state champion. After Lady Rams junior Rachelle Self hesitantly stabbed at a shot on match point and watched it fall in for a winner, she […]

May 6 Obituaries

Francisco Tarango, 79 Mr. Francisco Tarango, 79, of Portales, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Dec. 27, 1924, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Felicitas and Juan Tarango. He grew up in Chihuahua where he attended school. He married Maria Rodriguez on Aug. 4, 1953, in Coyame, Chihuahua, […]

Chi Omega setting up for Slamma*Jamma

By Kevin Wilson Slamma*Jamma, set for Wednesday night at Eastern New Mexico University, is first and foremost a concert. But it’s also a lesson in networking. What started as two friends talking eventually branched into a four-band concert, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Campus Union Ballroom. Bands scheduled to perform are Whatsoever, Last […]

Logan holds off Dora in second half

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — With tough schedules earlier in the season, Dora and Logan were better than their combined records of 5-11 might suggest. With 8-1 Texico waiting in the bracket, though, it was the Lady Longhorns that were able to hit crucial jumpers and start off the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament with […]