PHS grads celebrate success

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is ready to face the world, but asked, “Is the world ready for us?” O’Hare’s classmates applauded his observation as he gave the welcoming address during the PHS […]

Elida graduates six seniors

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer ELIDA — A night of remembering, honoring and celebrating the high school careers of the six Elida High School seniors had some of the graduates and few audience members shedding tears. The ceremony, which included Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia as guest speaker and a senior video of the […]

Tucumcari youth drowns in irrigation canal

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMACARI — Dive teams found the body of a 12-year-old boy Friday night after nearly 24 hours of searching in a Tucumcari irrigation canal. Residents of Tucumcari hoped and prayed for the best, but feared the worst with every passing hour that Agustin “Augie” Montiel, a fifth-grader at Tucumcari Elementary […]

Billy the Kid Scenic Byway offers daytrip through the old Wild West

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Compiled By Paula M. Cronic: Freedom Newspapers For anyone seeking out a historical adventure and a day of exploring the area that old Wild, Wild West outlaws called their own, The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a perfect experience. Starting in Ruidoso Downs, the byway travels through Fort Stanton and Capitan, into the […]

Vikings trade Baskett to Philly

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — After sitting through the recent National Football League draft and never hearing his named called, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has now been a part of two NFL organizations. Shortly after the draft, Baskett signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday, they traded […]

Maypole tradition marks 77th year

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Imagine being able to step into a fairytale and feel like a princess with the beautiful dress, the perfect hair and having all eyes on you. For Portales High School senior, Kacee Lovato, and everyone who participated in Thursday’s Maypole at PHS, that fairy tale seemed to come true. “It’s […]

County’s elected officials to receive 15 percent raise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After three tries, Roosevelt County commissioners finally passed a 15-percent pay raise for elected county officials Thursday and approved their $8.7 million interim 2006-07 budget. Commissioners convened briefly in a budget public hearing, in which no one spoke out, before taking up the interim budget. On Monday commissioners heard […]

CrossWalk America group given cold shoulder in Clovis

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers They say they are passing through the area spreading Jesus’ message of love. Their self-described progressive views on Christianity, however, are not embraced by everyone. Six primary walkers of CrossWalk America began their four-month journey in Arizona and plan to end in Washington, D.C., where they will hold a rally […]

Diplomatic relations with Libya move from rhetoric to realism

Editorial The restoration of U.S. diplomatic relations with Libya, while it no doubt will raise questions and unpleasant memories, is welcome, signaling a desire for normalization on both sides. If it also represents a shift toward realism over rhetoric in U.S. foreign policy it will be even more welcome. One should not downplay or forget […]

Words of wisdom for graduates

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to believe that 21 years ago it was me walking across the stage to receive my high school diploma from Portales High School. I was filled with ambition, dreams and a strong determination to be somebody. I had a specific plan of action and then, from there on, […]

Life is meant to live, not just survive

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Eagles have always fascinated me. Their courage, bravery and strengths are inspiring. No wonder the eagle is our national symbol. Eagles build their nests high among the timberline. When the time comes to teach the eaglets to fly, the mother eagle stirs up the nest. The eaglet stumbles out […]

PHS set to graduate 170

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Approximately 170 students will graduate from Portales High School and about 10 from Broad Horizons on Friday, but for 80 percent of these students, their education won’t end there. “We have a high percentage, probably about 80 percent, who say they are going to college, a vocational or two-year […]

County high schools gear-up for graduation

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Spring is definitely here and that means high school graduation ceremonies are just around the corner. Yet again, it is that time of year when invitations are mailed, families gather and high school seniors walk down the aisle and receive their diplomas. Roosevelt County schools Dora, Elida, and Floyd will […]

Obituary May 18, 2006

Bernice Neely Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Steed-Todd Chapel. Bernice Neely, 77, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born April 30, 1929, in Kiel, Wis., to August and Rose Kenier Hanke. She was a longtime resident of Clovis. She married David H. Neely on Aug. 28, […]

Air Force completes Floyd fire probe

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers There is no vegetation to hold the dusty land in place after a fire burned about 27,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern New Mexico. A heavy coat of dirt sticks to the windows and covers the floors of Jeff Essary’s home. Reminders of the fire that devoured more than […]

No fireworks ban in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Fire Department and other city officials will be reinforcing public awareness on the drought conditions and the dangers of fireworks, but have elected not to place a ban on the selling of fireworks. “I think in talking with Charlene (Hardin, county administrator) we feel we need to have […]

RGH looks to locals to fill nursing jobs

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital board members approved donation of $15,000 from the hospital’s general budget to a scholarship fund being administered by Eastern New Mexico University Foundation for local nursing and social services students. The RGH board members made the approval during a board meeting Tuesday. James D’Agostino said he […]

County commissioners ponder pay increases, budget

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners favor a 5-percent pay increase for most county employees as part of the 2006-2007 budget. Salaries for elected officials are still up for debate. “The bottom line actually looks better this year than it has in the last four years,” County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. “Gross […]

Obituaries for May 17, 2006

Mavis George Services: 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Portales Mavis George, 83, of Portales died Monday, May 15, 2006, at her home. She was born April 13, 1923, in Center Point, Texas, to Bessie and Kelley White. She graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, in 1941. She played in the […]

Eavesdropping illegal, wastes time and money

Editorial President Bush has tried to be reassuring in defending the National Security Agency program of electronic eavesdropping on telephone calls between people in the United States and possible terrorist suspects overseas that was disclosed last December: “One end of the communication must be outside the United States.” Along with many legal scholars, we are […]