Area volleyball teams prepped for season

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent It’s volleyball season once again for small schools in eastern New Mexico and local squads will no doubt answer the bell, and they all have reason for optimism. For Elida, a team that lost to Fort Sumner four times, that distance may have been breached somewhat by the Vixens’ injuries […]

County fair provides youth chance to showcase livestock

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer It’s show time! The countdown is on for area kids to showcase their skills at the upcoming Roosevelt County Fair. After months of preparation, all their hard work will be on display in the show ring and indoor exhibits this week. For Jalayna Roberts, 13, of Dora, says this […]

Road issues aired at Dora meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor What started as a gripe session evolved into group therapy. Dora and southern Roosevelt County residents filled the Dora Senior Citizens Center on Monday night to hold the collective feet of the Department of Transportation and N.M. 209 road contractors to the fire. Over and over they heard contractors […]

Portales deals with weekend of weather woes

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer After a long dry spell, Mother Nature decided to catch up on rainfall in the Portales area — and she did it quickly. Friday saw heavy downpour in the area, along with high winds and low visibility. With lighter rains on Saturday things dried out some, but not much, […]

Rams preparing new offense

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Its back to the future for 2006 Portales High School football, but there aren’t any winged time machines, instead, its the wing-T offense. This year’s version of the red and white gridiron warriors have a new head coach, who’s actually a former assistant coach, and a fresh new offense […]

Roosevelt County Fair celebrates 100 years of fun

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With a century of county fairs under its belt, the Roosevelt County Fair is planning a big centennial edition of the county tradition. The fair begins Wednesday with a special 100th-year anniversary party on Friday. “We’ll be doing some history and facts of former fairs,” Michelle Lamb said. “Around […]

Cannon police officer arrested for attempting to lure child

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A high-ranking enlisted military police officer at Cannon Air Force Base was charged Friday with attempting to entice an 11-year-old girl over the Internet into having sexual relations with him, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation by state police and Air […]

Memorializing Mireya

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a […]

Individuals must take responsibility

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columist The Nobel Laureate in literature, Gunter Grass, whose book “The Tin Drum” made him world renowned as Germany’s most prominent postwar novelist, had one major obsession: How all of Germany must be held guilty for the Holocaust. “The Tin Drum” itself harps on that theme and he has continued to […]

Child-rearing is anything but boring

By Anita Doberman: Local Columist USA Today published an article about a freelance writer, Helen Kirwan-Taylor, who wrote an essay on how her children bore her to death, and how she would rather do anything than spend time with them. Having five children, you can imagine I had many thoughts after reading this article, not […]

Investigators general make sleeping easier

Editorial The average American taxpayer doesn’t have a lot of friends “inside the Beltway.” Rather, most of the interest groups and individuals that make up the Washington establishment look at the people like tiny ATM machines, from which they want to maximize withdrawals. So today we pay tribute to the largely unsung heroes who are […]

Air Force numbers show gradual base growth

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The Air Force Special Operations Command released preliminary information Friday about the number of personnel who will transition to Cannon Air Force Base over the next few years with the 16th Special Operations Wing. The Wing assumes ownership of Cannon on Oct. 1, 2007, according to Air Force officials. In […]

Roosevelt General celebrates fifth anniversary

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital buzzed with activity Friday as it celebrated its fifth anniversary. Hospital staff and community members were out in full force to mark the occasion. With a festive feel in the air, people lined up to dine on grilled hamburgers and fresh roasted green chili. Hospital staff […]

Senator’s visit focuses on water

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., met with local officials Friday to discuss water issues. Clovis was the end of the senator’s three-day trip to eastern New Mexico that included stops in Portales and Tucumcari. Bingaman’s first Clovis stop was the city’s wastewater treatment plant, where he was led on a […]

Sen. Bingaman visits Portales

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told a crowd of Roosevelt and Curry county agriculture producers Thursday in Portales he was pessimistic about passage of a new farm bill this fall in Washington. He said the proposed farm bill is tied to world trade talks, which he said have collapsed. “Chances […]

Portales girl killed in accident

Freedom Newspapers A 7-year-old Portales girl was struck by a pickup truck and killed Thursday as she attempted to cross a highway east of Portales, according to New Mexico State Police. Mireya Tarango was crossing the highway from a neighbor’s home to her home on N.M. 88 when she was struck, according to investigating officer […]

Village of Dora granted new water tower

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer There’s a new look to the Village of Dora. Standing against the skyline, just east of the Dora Church of Christ, is the new water tower. Completed in July, the tower stands approximately 110 feet tall and holds 93,000 gallons of water. The capacity of the old tower was […]

Plans moving forward for February bond election

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Portales Municipal School District is moving forward with plans to hold a bond election in February. The plan is to keep the rate as close as possible to the current rate while extending the district’s bond payout period, according to Superintendent Randy Fowler. At Monday’s school board meeting, members […]

Leaders of tomorrow are children of today

By Joan Clayton: Guest Columist This time of year is “bittersweet” for me. I see “Back to School” reminders everywhere. I feel a “tinge” of fall in the air and I remember those first days of school. New lunch boxes and crayons held in little hands walked into my classroom with eager expectations. Being a […]

Hold soldiers accountable

Editorial It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed this crime, […]