Mascot talk makes one weary

By Jim Lee I really appreciate that relatively new statue in front of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. But I have always been intrigued by naming a university mascot after a bus going through town. According to the official account of acquiring the greyhound as the symbol of the teams published […]

Greg Brown Life Story

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Greg Brown gave his life to the people that he met, becoming a beacon of friendship to them. His life ended on a sad note but it was his love for people that has left behind a legacy in the hearts of those that were affected by the purity of […]

Lady Rams trounce Lovington in District 4-3A opener

No one knew exactly what to expect in Friday’s District 4-3A girls opener between Portales High and Lovington. Certainly, no one really expected what happened. Leading just 12-10 late in the opening stanza, the Lady Rams went on a 44-9 blitz that carried into the early moments of the fourth quarter in a 70-26 rout […]

Zias collect win over Kingsville

PNT Staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Junior forward Tia Doss scored a career-best 24 points and Eastern New Mexico University finished the game on a 14-4 run Saturday to beat Texas A&M-Kingsville 77-67 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s game. Guard Heather Brown added 18 points and six assists for the Zias (9-10, 3-3 […]

Javelinas roll past Hounds

PNT Staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior forward Robert Hamilton led five players in double figures and Hamilton and junior guard Quendale Allensworth compiled double-doubles Saturday as Texas A&M-Kingsville rolled past struggling Eastern New Mexico University 85-72 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball game. Hamilton scored 21 points and led the Javelinas (13-6, […]

Foxes, Vixens sweep past Elida

PNT Staff FORT SUMNER — Junior forward Jeremy Gaunana scored 22 points Friday night as Fort Sumner posted a season high in points in an 85-63 District 3-1A win over Elida. The Foxes (13-6, 3-1 district) outscored Elida 27-11 in the third quarter to break away from a 35-35 halftime tie. Junior guard Derek Dimitroff […]

ENMU baseball team optimistic

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By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s Mark Wallace is glad to finally have a set position. An infielder most of his high school career at Alamogordo, Wallace has moved from left field as a freshman to center field as a sophomore to first base last year. This season, he’s ticketed to return to first […]

Jan. 25 Obituaries

Lenard Bigler, 72 Mr. Lenard Lee “Buck” Bigler, 72, of Portales, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 13, 1932, in Bell County, Texas, to Ollie and Ed Bigler. He grew up in Anton, Texas. In 1950 he entered the Air Force and was stationed […]

Residents have varying concerns on expansion

By Tony Parra FORT SUMNER — There are no major environmental impacts revealed from the Environmental Impact Study of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative to expand the airspace for Cannon Air Force Base, according to Brenda Cook, the project manager for the initiative. Cook and other CAFB officials held a hearing with members of […]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet […]

Cannon Timeline

Freedom Newspapers Timeline 2003 — Idea for airspace expansion and initial gathering of information. January 2004 — Air Force officials present airspace expansion proposal to public. Four public meetings held in areas affected by proposed expansion. Spring 2004 — Air Force gathers information from public meetings, begins analysis of proposal’s impact to environment. Summer of […]

Second person charged with murder

PNT Staff A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

Group wants men to redefine their spiritual roles

By Tova Fruchtman As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a call from Portales resident […]

Jan. 28 Obituaries

Helen M. Bow, 85 Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery. Mrs. Helen M. Bow, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Feb. 28, 1919, in Paul’s Valley, Okla., to Ethel and Jonathan Short. She grew up in Oklahoma and New Mexico. She […]

Raising a family takes lots of work

By Helena Rodriguez Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare, according to actor Ed Asner. As the parent of a teenager, I couldn’t agree more. Now here’s my take on raising children: Raising a kid is yourself at that age coming back to haunt you — it’s a mix of what you lacked […]

Live a blessed life every day

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Time is too precious to waste. Children grow up and leave the nest. Our grandparents and parents grow older and are gone. Did we make the moments count? Time spent worrying about tomorrow or regretting yesterday drains our life of the “now.” The gift of life is squandered and wasted […]

Zias edge Texas Woman’s

PNT Staff DENTON, Texas —Bouncing back from a 47-point loss on Monday at rival West Texas A&M, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team gutted out a 62-57 Lone Star Conference South Division victory Thursday night over Texas Woman’s. Juniors Riikka Lehtonen and Tiana Bryant led a balanced Zias attack, each scoring 12 points. […]

Lady Rams meet Lovington sans coach

By Dave Wagner When the Portales Lady Rams begin District 4-3A play tonight in a 7 p.m. game against Lovington at the PHS gym, they’ll be without longtime head coach Brenda Gomez. Gomez left Thursday morning for her native Farmington to be with a sister who is seriously ill. In her absence, volunteer assistant Sharon […]

Students sending packages to former classmates in Iraq

By Tony Parra Portales High School students are devoting their time and efforts to provide food and hygiene supplies to United States soldiers in Iraq. Approximately 35 PHS students are helping soldiers, who are former PHS graduates, by sending toothpaste, chips, granola bars, wipes and other non-perishable food items in boxes. Students sent out their […]

Dairy Queen owners try to stay part of community

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent The owners of the Portales Dairy Queen, Tom and Susie Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series on local business owners who have been with their respective business for five years or longer. Houtchens will celebrate Dairy Queen’s 20th anniversary in March. The family business was purchased in […]