Zia coach happy with spring recruiting

Freedom Newspapers Linden Weese is going slowly in his new job as Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. The longtime assistant to Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech admits he’s still trying to sort things out a bit at the Division II and Lone Star Conference level. “I think we’ve had a good spring,” said […]

Snake stories hard to pass up

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now that hot weather is blasting the High Plains — as if hot weather isn’t usually blasting the Plains — it’s high time for one of the coolest creatures to come lurking from its hole. Welcome the season of the rattlesnake. Perhaps the most regrettable aspect of my leaving New […]

No empty nest syndrome here

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Our children are nearly ready to leave the nest. It seems just like yesterday they were little eggs. OK, I don’t mean children literally. I’m referring our adopted family of swallows. If you’re a regular reader you may remember me telling about the swallows that began building a nest […]

Youth summer track program hitting its stride in Portales

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer As she stood demonstrating to seven or eight pairs of watchful eyes on how to throw a shot put at the Portales High School track, 14-year-old Samantha Ochoa encouraged the girls to do a couple warm up throws so they could get the hang of it. “It’s okay just […]

Tuesday’s primaries hold two races of local interest

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer On Tuesday, Roosevelt County voters will cast their votes in the primary elections. County Clerk Janet Collins said the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Collins said that voters will not need to show voter identification cards, but will need to provide their date of birth […]

Yucca TeleCom turning on fiber optic network

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The surf is up in Portales — at least in some places. Scott Arnold, general manager of Yucca TeleCom, said Friday that the company’s new fiber-optic network was turned on two weeks ago in some locations around Portales. He said that as installation is completed, other areas around the city […]

Schools receive $1 million grant

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Portales municipal school district will receive $1 million over the next three years to provide in-depth training in American history to 75 elementary and secondary teachers. The school district will use the grant to partner with Eastern New Mexico University’s Department of History, Humanities and Social Sciences and other […]

Boys’ State at ENMU this week

PNT Staff Report For the better park of a week, prospective New Mexico high school boys will be taking a crash course in democracy. Starting June 4, Boys’ State will be holding its 2006 leadership program at Eastern New Mexico University to teach high school students about the interworkings of the government. During the course […]

South falls in bottom of seventh in 1A-2A all-star baseball

By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — For his first all-star coaching experience, Dora’s Ty Thatcher definitely had a philosophy that differed radically from his opponent. Using his bench liberally, Thatcher used 20 players for the South in Friday’s Class 1A-2A senior high school all-star game at Sandia Prep. Meanwhile, the North utilized four substitutes […]

Hounds optimistic about basketball signees

Freedom Newspapers Sixth-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan feels pretty good about the team that’s in place for next season. Eastern signed four players, all junior college transfers, to national letters of intent. “I think we’re in good shape right now,” said Scanlan, who last season led the Greyhounds to a […]

Clovis, Portales gain semifinals

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Cade Wheeler didn’t get off to the kind of start on Friday that he’d hoped for on the mound. Leave it to an older hand to help him get on track. Wheeler, who will be a senior at Clovis High in the fall, was touched up for three […]

Safety major concern at public pools

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By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Public swimming pools are a hot spot for children to spend their summer days. Safeguards, including lifeguards and fences, border the area, but the element of danger is never far away. Rough play, falling, stubbed toes and novice swimmers venturing into water over their heads are some of the more […]

63-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was killed and his wife injured Friday morning in a motorcycle accident about 13 miles east of Fort Sumner, according to a State Police press release. John McQuillen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Judith McQuillen, 62, was transported to Plains Regional Medical […]

Curry County pioneer women honored at breakfast

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Battling rattlesnakes and mice in shoddy homes. Farming through droughts and dust storms. Wading through unpaved streets. Feeling hunger pangs. Being a pioneer in Clovis drenched these women in such hardships. Early Friday morning, about 100 Curry County natives gathered in the Clovis Civic Center for the Sixth Annual Pioneer […]

Local speller ready for break

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Zia Elementary student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Lucas Donaldson was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he calmed himself during the […]

Day trips: Canyon close to home

Making it to the Grand Canyon from Portales within a few hours isn’t a feasible task. However, if that is what you’re seeking and only have a day to devote to travel, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a closer option. According to their Web site, the Palo Duro Canyon is often compared to […]

June 3, 2006

William Edward Hill Services: Have been held. William Edward Hill, 84, of Jal, Texas, and formerly of Portales, died Friday, May 26, 2006, in Winkler Memorial Hospital in Kermit, Texas. He was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Bowie County, Texas, to Charlie and Effie Hill. He moved from Portales to Jal in 1949. He was […]

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The battle for your buck

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The lure of easy money is a temptation for some Airmen who then find themselves spiraling further into debt. Janet Taylor-Birkey Easy money often lures Airmen down road to financial nightmares (Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about Airmen and their money) Signing on the dotted line can take on a […]

It’s always time to ‘knock it off’ for safety

Master Sgt. Ken Oswald F-16 pilots have a safety management tool called “knock it off.” Air Force Instruction 11-214 outlines conditions under which anyone in the flight can call a “knock it off.” When that happens everyone stops what they’re doing, makes sure they’re pointed away from the ground and each other, and they address […]