Scary stories create memories

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

Divorce expensive for some military members

By Tom Philpott An Army officer’s complaint during a Pentagon “town hall” meeting might breathe new life into an issue Congress has ignored for years: a 1982 law that allows state divorce courts to divide military retirement as marital property, jointly earned. The particular “injustice’’ cited by the officer, whose comments caught Defense Secretary Donald […]

Clovis standoff ends with no one hurt

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Pastor Richard Masterson Jr. said his prayers were answered early Friday morning when a 14-hour standoff near The Restaurant at Fox Run ended without serious injury. Police said Shireen Simon (also known as Shireen Nalley) barricaded herself in a house at 2225 Llano Estacado about 1 p.m. Thursday after firing […]

Month celebrates Hispanics, history does not

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Someone asked me the other day what has been the most exciting story I’ve written during my 15-year journalism career. Without a second thought, I knew it was the story about a forgotten Mexican folk hero in an unmarked grave in Anson, Texas, which I wrote in 2001 for the […]

Learn to be satisfied with what you’re good at

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Sometimes the best advice one can get is the least appreciated. I’m reminded of this observation when I hear of the honest, some would say cruel, comments the English judge Simon makes to mediocre contestants on American Idol. But blunt doesn’t necessarily have to be cruel. I had a nice […]

Man accused of abusing infant

By Tony Parra A pre-trial date of March 14 has been set for a man accused of abusing his infant son. Robert Neely, 24, was indicted on Jan. 18 on first-degree child-abuse charges and is accused of injuring Dezauron S. Neely, who was 3 months old at the time of the incident. The baby was […]

Udall: Timing wrong for water project

By Jack King U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not support federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, an ENMRWA official said Wednesday. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said Domenici told ENMRWA members — who were in were […]

Bradfutes believe in Mother’s Day every day

By Tony Parra The Bradfutes believe Mother’s Day as a day set aside to appreciate your mother. But if this is the case, the Bradfutes believe every day should be Mother’s Day. Zoe Bradfute raised her three sons, Richard Jr., David and Steven in Portales and stressed the importance of getting an education and believing […]

Girl says reunion an act of God

Mike Linn When Tracy Chavez saw her father three years ago she gave him a chilly reception. She didn’t give him a hug. She wouldn’t let him carry her bags. It had been almost 16 years since Ronnie Simmons disappeared from her life, and Chavez felt no need to embrace a man who for so […]

Charming man graced family with story-telling

Michelle Seeber When Alfred Crawford was 22 he asked a young lady he had just met if she would like to dance. Moments later they were engaged to be married. The story may shock some people, but not his family, who describe the long-time Portales resident as quite the dancer. Crawford died on Dec. 4, […]