Cannon couple help give direction

Janet Taylor-Birkey The Doherty home is filled with big brown eyes and giggles all around from having a case of what Jennifer Doherty calls “the sillies.” But the wiggling little bodies emanating the giggles are a far cry from the children who walked into the Doherty home — and their hearts —seven months ago. That’s […]

Foster care: Growing need in Roosevelt County

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The front porch is littered with trash, including broken glass, beer cans and other refuse. The paint is peeling, and the bare porchlight bulb hangs from its wiring. A woman answers the front door in worn jeans and T-shirt, and is verbally combative with Children, Youth and Families Department […]

Third suspect in armored car case arrested in Arizona

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the embezzlement of more than $600,000 from an armored car service in early March. The suspect was arrested two weeks ago in Tucson, Ariz., on an unrelated warrant, police said. According to court records, three men conspired to go into hiding […]

Response to letter not enough; U.S. needs to talk to Iran

Editorial May you live in interesting times, goes the old Chinese curse. Judging by the sophomoric letter apparently sent by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, we certainly live in interesting times. Iran and the United States — backed to some degree by most of Western Europe — are involved in a potentially deadly […]

I’m the mom my mom warned about

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes it’s the little things about Mom: That annoying tone in her voice when she wants something. That wrong-size birthday gift. That “Someday when I’m no longer here” line, which gets old. But the worse part is I’ve found myself doing and saying all of the above “mom things” to […]

A mother’s love is an investment

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s a day to honor mothers. Where would we be without them? To me, mothers have the whole future of mankind in their hands, and their tasks are many. From babyhood to great-great-grandmothers, they fulfill a great responsibility. The Bible has a lot to say […]

Rams storm past Bloomfield

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Rams — and District 4-3A, in general —have made a loud statement in the Class 3A state baseball tournament. Portales, seeded 12th in the 16-team field, advanced to the semifinals with an 18-6 rout of Bloomfield on Thursday at the University of New Mexico’s Lobo Field in a game […]

PHS STATE TRACK: Roehl ready to move up in shot

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Portales High sophomore Jordan Roehl finished sixth in Class 3A state girls shot put as an eighth-grader. She was sixth again last year, even though she threw better. “There was just a lot more competition my ninth-grade year,” she said. On paper, Roehl is one of the Lady Rams’ […]

Area ENMU grads inspired to finish

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer There are more than 50 students who graduated from local high schools will be receiving another diploma Saturday, this time from Eastern New Mexico University and they said they wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of family, friends and ENMU staff. New Mexico Lt. Gov. […]

Zoo keeper: Baby birds in trouble best left alone

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. Inevitably an infant bird will take an untimely plunge to the ground and be picked up by a well-intending Samaritan, according to Laura Shepler, a clerk at Hillcrest Zoo […]

Portales police officer injured directing traffic

PNT Staff Report A Portales police officer and a motorist were injured Wednesday in an accident that occurred as the officer was arriving to direct traffic at a railroad crossing near the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 467, according to state police. According to State Police officer Ramon Borjas, a Dodge Dakota pickup turning […]

Obituaries for May 11, 2006

Jeffie Whitworth Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. Jeffie Whitworth, 89, of Santa Fe and formerly of Portales, died Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at Casa Real Nursing Home in Santa Fe. She was born Nov. 4, 1916, in Bronco, Texas, to Etha and Jefferson Davis Hunter. As a small child, she moved with […]

‘Alternative country’ working out well for Terry

Freedom Newspapers Kene Terry thinks performing on stage is great. Selling albums and getting on TV would be good too. But Terry’s not out for fame. He just likes jamming with his buddies. “I like the camaraderie,” Terry said. “I like when we get together and make it up as we go along.” Terry, of […]

Rams face newcomers to state

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By Dave Wagner: PNT Sports Writer The Bloomfield Bobcats are in uncharted territory, at least in their recent past. Bloomfield advanced past the first round of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs last week for the first time in at least four years — and perhaps more — with a 14-4 win over Grants. The […]

Ex-PHS assistant named head coach

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Former Portales High offensive coordinator Andy Correll has been hired to be the Rams’ new head football coach. A native of Knox City, Texas, Correll was chosen from seven candidates interviewed by the school. He was the offensive coordinator at PHS from 1999-2001, under outgoing head coach Glenn Johnson. […]

Rams second in state Class 1-3A golf tourney

PNT staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales High boys golf team played Tuesday the way it had hoped to play Monday in the state Class 1-3A tournament at UNM South. The Rams simply had too much ground to make up. Portales’ five players cut a total of 17 strokes from their first-day output, shooting Tuesday’s best […]

PHS netters preparing for state singles, doubles

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer When Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self take the No. 1 seed into doubles competition in this weekend’s Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque, they’ll be shooting for perfection. Neither has lost a match all season in singles, and they’ve compiled a 14-0 record in doubles […]

Mock council session evokes serious thought

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The possibility of no fireworks this year saddened some of the Portales High School and junior high students, but they were able to pass a recommendation during a mock city meeting to allow for a city fireworks display show. The Portales students held a mock city meeting Tuesday afternoon […]

Education hopefuls test waters at ENMU teacher fair

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Those searching for a career in teaching and those looking for teachers said they benefited from attending the teacher fair at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday. Students said the ENMU teacher fair helped future teachers get an idea of what’s available for new teachers in New Mexico and Texas. […]

Hayden appointment raises valid questions

Editorial Whether Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden can bring the Central Intelligence Agency out of its doldrums is a question whose answer we may not have until long after he has left his post as CIA director — assuming he is confirmed. His appointment has raised questions that are worth discussion as the United States […]