What if traffic fines were based on a sliding scale like income tax?

Jim Lee: Local Columnist One of the best ways for a storyteller to get something started is with a simple question beginning with the words “what if?” Of course I don’t mean to pass myself off as a storyteller. Everybody who has read this column for a while knows I never exaggerate, resort to silliness, […]

Things airline attendants want to say to you

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Hidden in the dark minds of commercial flight crews are wisecracks they’d like to shout over the planes’ speakers but don’t, because these heroes of the skies prefer to play the game of “Things I’d love to say, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life driving a […]

Cannon’s future still up in the air

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Innovation may prove to be the key in the fight to save Cannon Air Force Base. It is a word, and a spirit, that New Mexico lawmakers, and some eastern New Mexico civilians, have kept in mind since Cannon was announced May 13 as one of 33 major bases slated for […]

Commission set to make final deliberations

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The stage is set and, in a matter of days, so will be the fate of Cannon Air Force Base. The nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission will enter into final BRAC deliberations on Wednesday. The nine-member team is expected to complete their work — deciding which military […]

Roosevelt County Fair Schedule

Roosevelt County Fair Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday (Entry Day) 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Booth setup, Home Arts Building. Noon-6 p.m.: Horticulture, 4-H Educational/Open/Junior Open entries, Youth Building. Noon-6 p.m.: Baking entries and Home Arts entries, Home Arts Building. Noon-6 p.m: Photography/Fine Arts entries (Pavilion). 7 p.m.: Judge booths, baking, food preservation, delicacies. Tuesday 9 a.m.: Judging […]

Memories outlast exhibits

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Dovie Marie Littlejohn has been to the Roosevelt County Fair for at least 20 years, making a point to enter something every time. “One of the reasons I do it is to help,” she said. “If no one entered, it wouldn’t be much of a fair.” Littlejohn’s gardening skills have also […]

Portales schools see increase in enrollment

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Principals are reporting higher enrollment numbers throughout the Portales School District after the first four days of school. Todd Morris, Valencia Elementary principal, said there is a slight increase at Valencia Elementary with 210 fourth-grade students and 223 fifth-grade students, totaling 433 students. The fourth-grade students have hit the ground […]

Lady Rams hungry for another shot at state

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor For all intents and purposes, the next state volleyball tournament for Michaela Alexander will be her first. She hopes it will end in her first state championship. “I see every girl going hard,” the senior outside hitter said of this year’s practices at Portales High, “and I think every […]

Littlefield roughs up Rams

Freedom Newspapers LITTLEFIELD, Texas — Portales’ preseason scrimmage at Littlefield saw the Rams somewhat overmatched Friday against the host Wildcats. Littlefield scored once during a 15-play set, once during a 10-play set and three times in game-type possessions against the Rams. Portales couldn’t muster a score under the same conditions, but got the ball inside […]

Experienced offense excites Hounds

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BY Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — First-year Eastern New Mexico University head football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Blackwater Draw that he’s not sure if the Greyhounds are quite as ready as they’d like to be for the earlier opener in school history — Thursday against Central Arkansas at […]

Floyd in rebuilding mode

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Texico Wolverines have gotten used to playing in the state Class 1A championship game. Despite significant graduation losses, sixth-year coach Mike Prokop thinks his team is capable of making a run at a third consecutive crown and fifth appearance in a row in the title clash. “We expect to […]

Advocates represent interests of victims of crimes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups — the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.” That’s the introduction to the popular television series “Law and Order.” In the real courtrooms of […]

Auction taste of ranch business

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Even though the cow she raised sometimes nibbled on her hair, Chelsea Hinrichs suffered a little heartache when she had to sell it. That was the first time the Texico 14-year-old traded an animal for money in the annual Curry County Junior Livestock sale. Friday night, the 4-H competitor completed […]

Rides top draw for brothers

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Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal gave Joshua Willmot, 9, of Clovis, $80 to spend at the Curry County Fair. He took his brother, Elighio Rodriquez, 7, and his mother, Tanya. The following is the boys’ report as told to CNJ staff writer Jesse Wolfersberger. Joshua and Elighio spent most of their time and energy […]

Plans for railroad overpass due to be submitted

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Final plans for the construction of a railroad overpass on state Road 467 are due to be submitted Monday to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Officials from the state and county road departments met Aug. 11 in Albuquerque to finalize plans for a railroad overpass that will serve residents […]

Senior News

Mary Lynch: PNT Correspondent Seniors who gather daily at the Senior Center on Industrial Drive have chosen in many cases to keep their minds and bodies healthy and active. The staff at the center appreciates the joy of being involved. We at the center are gearing up for the Senior Olympics in March, and we […]

Creating bulletin boards topic of show

Sheryl Borden: Local Columnist Information on making bulletin boards and pairing wine and food will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” Tuesday at noon and Saturday at 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Bruce Johnson is a furniture refinishing […]

Tiffin created own pathway through life

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Name: Curtis Tiffin Born: March 25, 1925 Died: Aug. 8, 2005 Preceded in death by: his parents, and a brother, Carroll T. Tiffin and a sister, Thelma Starkey. Survived by: His wife; two sons, Ted (wife Debbie Anne) Tiffin and Time A. Debbie Ellen) Tiffin of Fort Worth, Texas; four daughters […]

Wall enjoyes small town life in Portales

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Compiled by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Your name: Tina Marie Wall Your job: Victory Life Coffee House. Your age (and birth date): 41, June 22, 1964. Your hometown: Shelby County, Tennennesse  Your family: Husband James Wall, employed at MTS. Three children Derrick, Justin, and Jonathan. Two grandchildren; Braydon (2) and one soon to arrive. Your […]

Libero usage may vary

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Kevin Wilson: Managing Editor The word doesn’t exist in a standard dictionary, but it has a meaning in volleyball. What that meaning is depends on who and when you ask. The word is libero, and it’s one that high school volleyball fans will be more familiar with as the sports season progresses. The libero is […]