Words are all we have to honor soldiers’ sacrifices

Editorial They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was serving […]

Letters to the Editor for May 28, 2006

Reader says column unfair Dear Editor: Regarding Sunday’s column by Karl Terry on Portales’ Maypole tradition: Each person is entitled to his/her own opinion about events. It’s obvious that when the girl called Terry about winding the Maypole years ago, he should have said, “No.” I found Terry’s remarks about Barbara George to be rude, […]

Good night and good luck with TIVO

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My granddad used to call it the idiot box 30 years ago. If he reappeared alive today, television would be a foreign thing to him. On my day off this week my wife and I (history buffs both of us) purchased the movie “Good Night and Good Luck” on […]

Garman’s history lessons extend from classroom to home garden

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Alex Garman has been living and working in Portales since he and his wife moved here in the fall of 2004. Garman moved here to teach European history at Eastern New Mexico University, where he is now the assistant history professor. Garman has a great love not only of […]

Portales trio tests waters

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — It’s not a big field at the oldest New Mexico tennis tournament this weekend for the women’s open singles competition. Even so, the top of the draw is extremely good and it didn’t take long for three Portales entrants to find out. Thanks to the entry of Ella […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific Prowler idled, bird nests and cobwebs cluttering her insides. That was until Jim Terry rescued her. Three years ago, the retired Air Force pilot restored the famous World War II bomber, built in August 1944. “It was a ghost,” said Terry, a […]

Blackmon, Gomez move on next year

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers Just as one local product makes her way to South Plains Junior College in the fall, another will come back from the Levelland, Texas school. Clovis’ Brittany Blackmon has decided to go to South Plains for her freshman year, while Portales’ Roni Gomez has signed to play at Eastern New […]

Clovis players sign with ENMU

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Clovis High graduates Sean Cruce and Matt Ulibarri are happy to be staying close to home. Cruce and Ulibarri signed national letters of intent to play baseball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Both were four-year regulars for the Wildcats under former ENMU player Shane Shallenberger. The […]

Area teams busy with summer schedules

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — The season may be nearly six months off, but Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler believes the summer schedule his team will go through over the next six weeks is crucial. Isler’s four-week summer league began Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gym, and he hopes the Wildcats can […]

Valencia Elementary will have new fence

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board approved a bid to construct a fence around part of Valencia Elementary to protect fourth- and fifth-graders at school. Western Builders of Amarillo was awarded the contract for $19,880 Thursday during a school board special session. T.N.T. Fence of Savoy, Texas, submitted a bid of […]

Clovis man convicted of murder

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Her jaw clenched, eyes shielded behind glasses, the mother of shooting victim Roshawn Pitts sat with arms and legs crossed, nodding her head emphatically Thursday as each guilty verdict was read. William Riley, 33, showed no emotion as his family members shook their heads in disbelief and anger after a […]

Thunderbirds ready to entertain at Saturday’s air show

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Despite the sweat-inducing heat, Maj. Nicole Malachowski appeared calm, cool and collected as she stood on the flight line Thursday afternoon at Cannon Air Force Base and recalled the moment she knew she would one day be a pilot. Malachowski, 31, said an air show she attended with her parents […]

Veterans council seeks to mark veteran graves

Freedom Newspapers The Joint Veterans Council of Curry and Roosevelt counties will place approximately 2,300 American flags on veterans’ graves this weekend. But each year, council volunteers miss veterans’ graves because there is nothing to indicate veteran status. All veteran organizations have bronze markers that can be purchased to mark veterans’ graves. VFW Post 9515 […]

Be grateful to those who have sacrificed

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Every day I hear complaints, murmurs and criticisms of my beloved land. I am an American and proud of it. I cherish the freedom I have. I wouldn’t live anywhere else on Earth. For more than 200 years this country has opened arms to those who seek a better […]

Raid on Congressman’s office questionable but not unconstitutional

Editorial A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit overwrought. […]

Fiction makes vacations better

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I stumbled upon a school report by my older sister Becky in elementary school titled “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” and was shocked. According to the report, she went to Disneyland and Six Flags. Funny, I didn’t remember going to those places that summer. I just remembered riding in […]

PHS lists four on softball 4-3A list

PNT Staff Four Portales players were selected to the 2006 District 4-3A All-District team. Senior left-fielder Rebekah Gonzales along with junior catcher Jessica Adkins, junior second baseman Amanda Terry and junior pitcher Sasha Parker were selected to the team. “They are all very well-deserving, very reliable,” Portales softball coach Robbie Crowley said. “They hit the […]

Hounds sign guard to squad

Freedom Newspapers Justin Redman-Trotter, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Milwaukee, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Redman-Trotter was a two-year starter at Northern Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, averaging 16.6 points last season to rank second in the Iowa Community College Athletic […]

Summer youth program back for second summer

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff The Portales Recreation Center is conducting a summer youth program for the second year in a row. The program offers activities such as games, arts and crafts, movies and physical education for children between the ages of 5 and 13. “I like the rock climbing wall and the computers,” 8-year-old […]

Book deadline approaches for Elida centennial

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The deadline to submit stories or photos for an Elida Centennial Book is June 1. The book is scheduled to be released in June 2007. Elida was incorporated July 3, 1907. Shirley Cater of Elida said she spoke with former and current Elida residents during the Elida all-school reunion […]