Lady Rams claim win in district opener

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Morgan Hill had 15 points to lead three Lady Rams in double figures, and Portales jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 71-42 victory over Lovington in Friday night’s District 4-3A opener. Portales (13-6) played an inside-outside game, with Hill scoring on the interior and her […]

Rams snap Carlsbad winning streak

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]

Portales looking to jump-start large residential development

By Tony Parra Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed Ortega, City […]

Hounds rally in second half to win LSC-South opener

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Tristan Largent converted a 3-point play and a 3-point basket on consecutive trips downcourt, putting Eastern New Mexico University in front during an 11-0 second-half run Thursday night, and the Greyhounds went on to beat Angelo State 74-64 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game. […]

Zias drop second LSC South game

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State opened a 13-2 lead in less than five minutes and the Rambelles went on to an 82-65 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s game. All five Angelo starters scored in double figures, led by sophomore forward Kandra […]

Grading the governor

Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in state government, […]

Ram teams hitting the road

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Whether it’s the boys or the girls, whether district play starts this week or next, both Portales teams have the same philosophy with their pre-district schedules. A loss against Class 5A Clovis is better than an easy win against just about anybody else. It’s the reason why the Portales […]

Effort under way to open conference committes to public

The Associated Press SANTA FE — An effort is under way to open up what goes on behind closed doors in legislative conference committees. “Other public bodies have done this, and they’re still able to get things done,” said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a measure to make conference committees meetings public. Conference committees, […]

House speaker pushes minimum wage ahead

The Associated Press SANTA FE — House Speaker Ben Lujan pledged Thursday to push ahead with a proposal to boost the state’s minimum wage to $7.50 an hour starting next year rather than phasing in the increase over three years as recommended by Gov. Bill Richardson. Lujan, D-Santa Fe, was joined by chairmen of key […]

Proposal calls for fingerprinting immigrants

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration is proposing that illegal immigrants who apply for a New Mexico driver’s license be fingerprinted for background checks. That would strengthen border security and ensure that applicants for licenses “are who they say they are,” Taxation and Revenue Secretary Jan Goodwin said Wednesday. New Mexico is […]

Senate quickly approves nursing home bed tax repeal

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The Senate gave quick approval Thursday to a measure that will repeal a politically unpopular tax on nursing home care. House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, said the House would take up a similar proposal early next week, raising the possibility that the Legislature could reach a final agreement […]

Republicans propose saving $200 million surplus

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature should save $200 million of the state’s revenue windfall by depositing it in a permanent fund that will generate money to pay for future needs, House Republicans said Thursday. The Legislative Finance Committee is advocating a similar move but is recommending the transfer of $125 million into […]

A new home at last

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By Tony Parra The new 34,000 square-foot Communication Center is full of life with the bustling of with students and professors in the first week of use at Eastern New Mexico University. On Thursday the overall feeling expressed by students was that it’s nice to be going to communications classes in only one building and […]

Cattlemen gather in Tucumcari for annual beef symposium

By Ryn Gargulinski TUCUMCARI — Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not because the vet of 35 years was especially enamored by it, he said, but because he was glad to hear the knowledge shared with Thursday’s crowd. “It reinforces what […]

Family photo albums part of history

By Helena Rodriquez I didn’t realize how unorganized I was when it comes to documenting my family history until I began doing a scrapbook of my trip last summer to Mexico and started organizing my photo albums. Now granted I’m not a big genealogy buff, although there’s nothing wrong with that, I just don’t have […]

Humor is a good slice of life, even in the Bible

By Joan Clayton I think God has a sense of humor. I like to read 1 Kings 18:22-39. The wicked King Ahab had brought his followers to Mount Carmel to confront Elijah. They each made a sacrifice and Elijah told them to call on their god and he would call on the Lord. The people […]

It’s a dog’s life: from a canine’s perspective

Meadow (left) and I are looking a lot better now. Our foster humans fed us four meals a day to beef us up and help us regain our health. Now we need a home. Janet Taylor-Birkey “Dog is man’s best friend.” We like to think that is true, but our lives prove that the opposite […]

Promoting unit cohesiveness, recognizing individuals

Airman Thomas Trower Cannon Airmen deployed to fight the war on terror and other conflicts around the world can rest easier knowing their families at Cannon can find support at the Family Support Center (FSC). “The main objective of providing assistance to military families is to allow the military member to focus on the mission […]

Increasing customer satisfaction or improved customer service

Senior Airman Christopher Willing Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The camaraderie you build sometimes feels like you gained a bunch of brothers and sisters with all the joking and occasional bickering. […]

Improving Cannon’s work environment or physical plant

The 27th Security Forces Squadron’s new facility opened its doors in a ribbon cutting ceremony May 12, 2005. The new building is located across from Building 622. Melanie Salazar After almost two years of construction, the new 27th Security Forces and Air Force Office of Special Investigations building opened its doors for business in May […]