Briseno banking on accross-the-board experience in education

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the third of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position: David Briseno is principal at La Casita Elementary in Clovis. He is also the federal programs director for the district, where he oversees more than $3 million in federal grants per […]

Higgins wins second go at CNFR

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins won the second-go in bullriding competing with a score of 79 on Tuesday in the College National Finals rodeo to move into a tie for sixth place in the overall standings. Higgins’ third-go was scheduled for Tuesday night during the “performance” phase of […]

Candidate carved path of his own

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four stories about the Pioneer of the Year nominees who will be recognized during this year’s Heritage Days. Jim Williamson epitomizes the pioneering spirit of Roosevelt County, said Rick Hauptmann, who has nominated the 92-year-old rancher for the Pioneer […]

KENW-TV tele-auction deemed a success

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Bid they did, as viewers helped KENW-TV raise $65,000 during its 29th annual tele-auction which ran June 6 through last Saturday. “We upped our dollars per hour by a thousand,” Said Sheryl Borden, marketing director for KENW-TV. “Last year we averaged $2,000 an hour.” The total is $4,000 greater […]

Residents prepare for BRAC hearing

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor At least 16 buses will be on hand June 24 to take Portales residents to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing in Clovis, according to the Portales “Operation Keep Cannon” committee. Members also discussed Tuesday plans for distributing tickets to the hearing, set for 8:30 a.m. at Marshall […]

Dream continues for award nominee

By Tony Parra Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of four stories about the Pioneer of the Year nominees. Years after moving to Portales, Clytie Calton and her husband, George, conjured up dreams of owning their own furniture store. More than 45 years later the dream is still going strong. Clytie Calton […]

Fowler hopes Eunice experience will translate

By Tony Parra Editor’s note: This is the second of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position: Randy Fowler of Midland, Texas, is a field service agent for the Region 18 Education Services Center in Midland, Texas. Q: What aspects of your job will translate to the superintendent job? A: I […]

Other bases await Cannon’s fate

By Marlena Hartz The future of Cannon Air Force Base is being watched closely even beyond eastern New Mexico and West Texas. Six Air Force bases across the United States stand to inherit F-16 fighter jets if Cannon is closed, including Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. “I can’t say there is a direct […]

Area plans for hearing

By Marlena Hartz Roy Seay, vice president of Clovis National Bank, will not be in his office on June 24. He will be on the streets of Clovis. And so will his employees. The bank will be closed until noon because, for Seay, it is important to replace that morning’s normal activities with flag waving […]

June 14 Military Update

By Tom Philpott The Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation has adopted an “action plan” to study private-sector-like changes to military pay and retirement, the kind that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has endorsed for several years. The committee of seven “eminent authorities in the fields of compensation,” as described by the department, adopted an agenda […]

Two ENMU rodeoers in top 10

Freedom Newspapers CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Brittany Bennett and senior James Gilliland were both in the top 10 in their events after Monday’s first go in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Bennett, the day’s first competitor at 7 a.m., posted a time of 14.69 seconds in […]

Association shows support

By PNT Staff The New Mexico Association of Counties unanimously passed a resolution, 33-0, in support of the Curry and Roosevelt County government entities’ efforts to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. The NMAC members passed the resolution on Friday morning during the Annual Conference of the NMAC in Hobbs. Dennis Lopez, Roosevelt county commissioner, […]

Fireworks fund in need of donations

By: Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is in the process of kicking off its annual Fourth of July fireworks fund-raising campaign according to Sharon King, chamber manager. “The goal that we have set for the chamber is $10,000 for this year’s celebration,” King said. The chamber has achieved $6,000 of […]

Derby includes good weather, time, turnout

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Never mind baseball, Zack Austin said, fishing is his all-American sport. In fact, he skipped his T-ball game Saturday to attend the Kids All-American Fishing Derby at Ned Houk Park. Austin was among the dozens of youngsters who hauled in a record number of catfish and a couple of oddball […]

We hope FBI did its work in California terrorist case

Freedom Newspapers I f it all pans out, it looks as if federal authorities are doing it right in Lodi, Calif. FBI agents arrested Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father Umer Hayat, and detained three other Pakistani-Americans suspected of having a link to al-Qaida or some terrorist organization. On the basis of preliminary news reports, […]

The good old days: Five kids, five dogs

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist When I was bringing home $90 a week to feed a family of five, I experienced an illuminating event in my life. It should be noted that I also supported a pack of five dogs, a cigar addiction, and an ancient Chevrolet that came over on the Mayflower. If anyone […]

I’m just a guy, nobody special, looking around

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist This column has appeared on this page for well over two years now. Sometimes it’s serious, and sometimes it’s downright silly. It’s not news reporting or presenting myself as an authority. I ask questions rather than claiming to have incontrovertible answers. I try to be observational, not professorial. In short, […]

Girls having sweet summer so far

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By Kevin Wilson Portales coach Brenda Gomez had long-term and short-term reasons to be happy Saturday evening. In the short term, the weekend scrimmage featuring 12 teams went off with very few problems. For the long-term, Gomez’ 19th season leading the Portales girls is shaping up to be a good one. The 2004 Class 3A […]

Trio set to compete in CNFR

By Dave Wagner Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo program have made their way to Casper, Wyo., this weekend for the College National Finals Rodeo. Competition begins today and wraps up Saturday. Seniors Dusty Higgins of Roswell and James Gililland of Tularosa and sophomore Brittany Bennett of Portales will represent ENMU in […]

Basketball camps to host 93 teams

By Dave Wagner A total of 93 teams are expected for Eastern New Mexico University’s summer basketball camps, scheduled to begin today at Greyhound Arena. ENMU men’s basketball coach and camp director Shawn Scanlan said the large school boys camp, which goes today through Wednesday, will have 16 teams while the large school girls camp, […]