Cleanup crews put a big dent in local litter

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By William P. Thompson: William_Thompson@link.freedom.com A wide array of trash and junk was picked up from alongside Portales streets and yards Saturday as city officials and the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce held the city’s fourth annual Great American Cleanup. Amie Franz of the chamber said about 200 area residents helped out in the litter pickup. […]

Obituaries for April 23, 2006

Ollie Vernon Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery Ollie Vernon, 88, of Portales died Friday, April 21, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. Born Jan. 13, 1918, in Sentinel, Okla., to Ethel and William A. Moore, she grew up in Dell City, Okla. She married D.C. Vernon on July 16, 1934. In […]

U.S and China talks may produce more than staged theatrics

Editorial Highly public meetings between heads of state, like the meeting in the White House on Thursday between President Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao, are “90 percent political theater and about 10 percent substance,” says Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. But symbolic or theatrical […]

Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2006

??r: Immigration is growing into a major issue. Demonstrations have been held in hundreds of cities. When people take to the streets it is often a sign of democracy beginning to flourish. Democracy requires the public be informed and involved, and movements must be inclusive and vibrant. Segments of the business community want access to […]

Gas prices may teach us to sacrifice

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Is everybody out there ready for $5-a-gallon gasoline? Evidently it won’t be long before a gallon of gas will be selling for more than a gallon of milk. Then again, with the price of fuel rising I suppose the price of milk and just about everything else will go […]

Avoiding grandkids

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Here at the Great Thoughts Institute, we’re pursuing our never-ending quest for bliss in the American family. Today’s lesson is, “How to Avoid Grandchildren, and Is It Possible?” Ask any grandfather, and he’ll say it’s easier to give up tobacco and booze, even cussing, than it is to shuck […]

All in a day’s work

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales waitress Ruby Burden began her serving career at Jimmy’s Cafe 36 year’s ago. She hasn’t skipped a beat, going to work for the Donut Hut, Nell’s Cafe and then Judy’s Cafe before becoming one of the first employees of the Wagon Wheel Cafe in 1986. Wagon Wheel […]

Abilene Christian takes two from Hounds

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PNT staff Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh got reasonably good pitching performances from left-handers Seth Clabaugh and David Swinconos on Friday. What he didn’t like what his team’s overall approach in 9-3 and 9-1 Lone Star Conference South Division losses to seventh-ranked Abilene Christian at Greyhound Field. ENMU (22-28, 4-10 South) managed […]

Elida stays unbeaten in district play

FLOYD — Thomas West went 4-for-5 with two doubles and Austin Shrock added three singles, leading a 12-hit attack for Elida as the Tigers beat Floyd 13-3 on Friday in a District 6-1A baseball game. Wesley Gilmore went the distance for the Elida (7-4, 3-0 district), striking out 13 and allowing six hits and a […]

New ENMU coach not getting in a rush

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer As new Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese tries to put a team together, he figures it’s better to take his time than to make snap decisions. Weese, who spent more than 20 years as an assistant to Texas Tech women’s coach Marsha Sharp, is busy […]