Commissioner wants jail bills sent to state

Jack King A Curry County Commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s board […]

Roswell woman convicted of vehicular homicide

Eric Butler A Roswell woman was convicted of vehicular homicide in District Court on Friday in connection with a head-on collision just north of Portales in July 2001 that took the life of a Ruidoso mother of two. Deanna Willis, 29, a single mother of four sons, faces a maximum penalty of six years in […]

Commissioner opposes new senate bill

Mike Linn A Roosevelt County commissioner is seeking signatures from county residents to help halt a Senate bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law applies to both private and public businesses. At Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Creighton spoke adamantly against Senate Bill 28 — signed this year […]

Boys get lesson in government

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Kevin Wilson Deg Gordon is celebrating his 25th year as a part of New Mexico Boys’ State, but he’s probably not going to get a silver platter or anything of the sort. That’s just fine by him, as he’ll be more than satisfied with the same thing he gets most years: a pin for his […]

Former queen has spent half a century grooming others

By Janet Bresenham Faith, family and a passion for what she loves to do have been the driving forces in Wilma Fulgham’s life. For more than five decades now, Fulgham has continued to invest her time and boundless energy into helping young women and girls participate in competitions and pageants related to horsemanship and rodeo, […]

Hill content with being a Wildcat … for now

By Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson PNT Staff Writer Kevin_Wilson@link.freedom.com CLOVIS — Under other circumstances, the sight of Morgan Hill in a Clovis jersey would be enough to scare her coaches at Portales High. This summer, she has their blessing. Hill, a 6-foot, 145-pound post, is playing with the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats team at this […]

Homans makes stop in Portales

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By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]

Portales high finishes off successful season

By Kevin Wilson Portales High School concluded another year of athletics, with trophies in some sports and missed expectations in others. The Portales volleyball team started the year with one of the more difficult tasks in the state — defending a state championship despite losing 10 seniors. Behind second-year coach Ruth Chavez, the Lady Rams […]

Gentry, Jones claim top honors at PHS banquet

By Kevin Wilson It was a lot shorter, but just as sweet for Jeremy Jones and Jennie Gentry. Jones and Gentry were named the greatest athletes for the 2002-03 year at Portales High’s annual athletic awards banquet, held Monday night at the Memorial Building. The event was trimmed down from years’ past, amid feelings that […]

Portales girls win state tennis championship

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales girls tennis team swept Ruidoso 5-0 on Saturday at the University of New Mexico on Saturday, capping its run through Class 1A-3A with the state title. The title is the third in school history and the second in the last three seasons for the Lady Rams, which […]