Hounds go 12 to beat Kingsville in opener

PNT staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Freshman Evan Orsak pitched 4 1/3 strong innings in relief and sophomore Keith Balderaz earned a school-record ninth save as Eastern New Mexico University outlasted Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-7 in 12 innings on Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader. The Javelinas came back to […]

Lady Rams take district team crown

PNT staff LOVINGTON — Michelle Wallis had been waiting four days for a rematch after her Portales High girls tennis team lost at Lovington 5-4. The Lady Rams got their revenge on Saturday, beating the Lady Wildcats 6-3 in the finals of the District 4-3A tennis team championship. Both squads qualified for next week’s Class […]

Struggle to immigrate sometimes long

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared one room and a kitchen in home with a dirt floor. She left the coastal city — rich in agricultural products but mired in poverty — for the United States at the […]

Local plans set for ‘A Day Without an Immigrant’

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer If all goes as planned, it may not be business as usual in the United States on Monday, which is “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant” Day. Nationwide, immigrant supporters hope to disrupt the day to illustrate, like the 2004 movie, “A Day Without […]

Sheriff debate begins

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer People will get the chance to hear how two sheriff’s candidates envision law enforcement working for the next four years Thursday as part of the Roosevelt County candidate forum. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and county officials are putting together a forum scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in […]

Draper weaves together, art, war and Navajo tradition

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Teddy Draper III has visited lots of battlefields over the last few years, including some in Iraq. But it was his trip to one historic battle site that has had a half century to heal that provided the inspiration for a mural he completed at the Community Services Center […]

Smith hits right note

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School choir teacher Franklin Smith tried to talk himself out of his music calling, but a college music professor told him he had what it takes to instill a love of music in teens. “I was at a crossroads. I was working as a server at […]

Prankster shows up

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Those of us who worked the news side of the Denver Post became concerned when Downhill Updyke stopped inventing elaborate practical jokes. When we asked him about it, he said he was just getting too old to play games. Pranks in those days were common in the city room, […]

Obituaries for April 30, 2006

Fred Schaap Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Fred Schaap, 74, of Farwell died Thursday, April 27, at Farwell Convalescent Center. Mr. Schaap was born March 8, 1932, in Terkaple, Fr., Netherlands. He immigrated to the United States on March 31, 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and […]

Death tax will hurt people, not help; time to put it to rest

Editorial Family farms and small businesses are depending on Congress to make permanent the 2001 phase-out — leading to complete repeal in 2010 — of the “death tax,” otherwise called the estate tax. The U.S. Senate will take up the measure in the next couple of weeks. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning to […]

A little bit of fiber can do wonders

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A little more fiber in our lives would be a good thing. Right? I hope so. This week I signed up for the fiber optic package that Yucca Telecom just started peddling. They’re supposed to come out next week and run the fiber under my yard and replace traditional […]

Ahead of the curve

Senior Airman Wilfredo Nieves inspects the safety wires of the main gun system on a M61A1 20mm gun. Airman Thomas Trower Armament shop streamlines weapon inspection Though maintenance shops throughout the Air Force perform preventative maintenance on their equipment, one Cannon shop has spearheaded the effort to minimize the downtime of operational jets in each […]

Pet-friendly rooms

Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s “pet friendly room” program has been in operation for nine months at the Caprock Inn to provide guests with a cost-effective means to allow animals to travel with them. Caprock has nine rooms that are considered pet-friendly and appropriate for families traveling with their pets, said Michelle Fry, Caprock Inn’s manager. Guests […]

Celebrating Law Day

Courtesy Cannon Legal Office Congress has declared Monday as “Law Day,” a day for all Americans to celebrate the practice of law and justice. In 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed Law Day to strengthen the heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. In 1961 a joint resolution of Congress designated the first day […]

Career reservation program aligns Air Force, Airmen needs

Master Sgt. Gary Thurman The Career Job Reservation (CJR) program is one of the tools used to maintain Force Shaping and to prevent surpluses and shortages of personnel in specific career fields in the Air Force. The program is managed by Headquarters, Air Force Personnel Center to control first-term reenlistments according to the requirements for […]

By giving a little, we receive so much more in return

Lt. Col. Roseanne Warner I’m sometimes asked why I would volunteer outside the workplace given the constant 24-7 demands on my time/life/family. I could easily agree that “Yes, my time is so limited I don’t want to ‘waste’ another minute from my personal life.” After all, I work hard and I deserve a break. This […]

Military children volunteer, earn college money

Courtesy 27th Services Squadron Cannon youth programs can help teens earn money toward their college tuition. The Youth Employment Skills (YES) program, funded by Air Force Aid Society, offers high school dependents of active duty military members an opportunity to learn valuable work skills while positively impacting base agencies. High school students, grades nine through […]

Photography technology gives new vision to local hobbyist

Mr. Chandler is a weekend photographer from the 27th Civil Engineer Squadron. Janet Taylor-Birkey While Rick Chandler spends his work day at the 27th Civil Engineer Squadron office, much of his free time is spent playing in a bluegrass band, doing leather work and taking shots at just about anything that will stand still. While […]

Hounds blow ninth-inning lead, drop twin bill

PNT staff KINGSVILLE, Texas — Even a standout performance by Eastern New Mexico University freshman left-hander Seth Clabaugh couldn’t save the Greyhounds on Friday. Clabaugh, who came in with an 0-5 record, was in line for his first collegiate win after throwing eight innings of three-hit ball in the opener of a Lone Star Conference […]

Portales netters qualify four individual entries for state

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Portales High qualified one singles and one doubles for the boys and both doubles teams for the girls on Friday in Class 1-3A District 4 individual tennis competition with top-three finishes. The Rams and Lady Rams return to Lovington today for team competition. Class 1-3A state tennis team competition is scheduled […]