Seminar explores online sex crimes

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Sexual predators eyeing young children no longer need a crowbar and a window to get into a child’s room. All they need is a computer. Organizers of the Ensuring Children’s Online Protection held a seminar for Portales residents in the Pecos Room on the Eastern New Mexico University campus […]

School investigation not all it’s wrapped up to be

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A concerned citizen spotted a male juvenile carrying a suspiciously concealed item into Marshall Junior High School early Thursday morning. Police were called. The school was locked down. Adjacent streets were closed and law officers were perched on roofs with weapons. The drama ended about two hours later […]

Portales coasts by Roswell

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PNT Staff Tiebreakers didn’t go Portales’ way on Tuesday when the high school girls tennis teams needed them. They broke Portales’ way on Thursday, when the Lady Rams didn’t need them. Morgan Erf played a role in two of four tiebreaker wins for Portales, and only a defaulted match kept the host Lady Rams from […]

Many go for broke

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer If anyone is gonna go for broke, they’re gonna do it now. At least that’s what U.S. Bankruptcy Court clerk for New Mexico Norman Meyer predicts will happen in droves from now until Oct. 17 when a new bankruptcy law goes into effect. Officially called the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention […]

Rams finish second at Clovis

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Even though the Portales High boys golf team again came up short against Clovis in Thursday’s Clovis Invitational, Rams coach Patrick Crowley likes the way his team is playing. Portales shot a four-man score of 307 to finish three shots behind the host Wildcats, who rallied down the stretch to […]

Right choices make happy living

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Each dawn brings a brand new day … one that has never been lived before. It comes tiptoeing through my window with spectacular splendor. The hues of pink streaked with rays of sunshine make an indescribable painting of beauty. The mockingbird’s overture begins as he cheerfully bows before nature’s audience. […]

U.S. needs to defuse conflicts instead of exacerbating them

Freedom Newspapers C hina and Japan have been feuding of late, with an estimated 10,000 protesters surrounding the Japanese embassy in Beijing over the weekend of April 9-10, shouting, “Be ashamed of distorting history.” The ostensible reason for Chinese anger is Japanese textbooks, not yet officially adopted, that downplay Japanese war crimes during the World […]

You can’t extinguish a stack of burning hay

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Jessie Winchester wrote a song called “Mississippi on my Mind.” It contained the line, “Where the dogs are hungry all the time.” The same can be said about team-roping steers. They’re bred to stay thin and rarely are they overfed. Shannon had a little arena and always kept a handful […]

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 […]

Carthel returns to college coaching

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Former Eastern New Mexico University football coach Don Carthel has returned to the Lone Star Conference. Carthel was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach at West Texas A&M University to succeed Ronnie Jones, who resigned the position last week after a university investigation concluded that he used state and […]