Nusser no-hits Wingate, Lady Rams advance

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent FARMINGTON — Portales may have gone unbeaten in district and, yes, the Rams were the fifth-seeded team playing the 12th seed in the Class 3A softball state tournament. So, all of those things considered, the Rams merely lived up to expectations by clobbering Wingate 15-0 on Thursday. But Portales was […]

Portales prepares to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Music, cars and ethnic dancers will all be a part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Lindsey Park in Portales Saturday. The festivities are set to begin at 1 p.m. and are being sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, said Jennifer Ornelas, chairperson. “We have it in […]

Kene Terry Band wins state award

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Based upon the recommendations of people from the Portales and Clovis area and across New Mexico, the Kene Terry Band has been chosen as the April Artist of the Month by the New Mexico Music Commission. “It’s pretty cool,” said Logan High School graduate and lead vocalist Kene Terry, […]

Hooterville candidate packs plenty of pork

By Arnold Ziffel: Guest columnist Editor’s note: Karl Terry is on safari in the African country of Foolswana in search of the rare pink hippopotamus. In place of his column this week is a piece from TV actor and presidential candidate Arnold Ziffel of Hooterville. My fellow Americans, I realize it’s been years since most […]

Board honors past members

PNT Staff Report Past Portales Municipal School Board members will be honored with a new plaque displayed in the board room. Michael Terry, principal at James Elementary, updated the board on the progress for the updated board member wall at Monday’s board meeting. Terry showed off the new plaque, created by Clyde Powell, which shows […]

Firefighters fear nasty fire season

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A fire that began on the north end of the Melrose Bombing Range on Wednesday had area firefighters concerned for a while that a fire disaster similar to the 35,000 acre fire that roared through the community of Floyd last December could be on their hands. Wednesday’s fire was […]

Annual lighting schedueld for Mayor’s Christmas Tree

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales firefighters and city officials were busy on Thursday putting up lights in preparation for the annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, which will take place on Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse. Started 22 years ago, the program has provided clothing items and […]

Rural firefighters hang on after worst fire season in years

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Fueled by strong winds, the Nov. 30 Melrose Bombing Range fire consumed over 27,000 acres of land and kick-started one of the worst wildland fire seasons that this area has seen in years. As it continued into August, the fire season stretched the limits of rural fire department budgets […]

City of Portales dedicates garden to former employee

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales is hoping to honor a long-time employee while promoting water conservation with the dedication of new landscaping at city hall. Last Friday city officials and employees dedicated the new xeriscape garden at city hall in memory of Dan Swopes, who died in 2005. “Dan had […]

Wrestling reenactments kept boys busy

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor My grandmother thought we were going to kill each other. Some days we might have been close to it as we imitated our favorite TV wrestlers every Saturday. Growing up in eastern New Mexico, one of my brother and I’s favorite Saturday TV shows was Championship Wrestling. We never […]