Dora schools aim to attract new students with academics and extracurricular activities

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Dora Municipal Schools is one of three small area school districts in Roosevelt County which met the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Standards – and Dora is using that as a selling point to attract students. That, combined with an award-winning agricultural program, is what Superintendent Steve Barron is […]

Floyd Schools ready to move to 4-day week this fall

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd Schools will be in for some exciting changes this year when school starts Aug. 21. The biggest change is implementation of a four-day school week. School will be in session Monday through Thursday, with Friday being an added day off for students. Classes will know run from 7:55 […]

PHS, PJHS ready to begin school year

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Building on last years success and striving for better excellence, not just in academics but in athletics and activities alike is what Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser says he hopes for the 2006-2007 school year. “I think we had a great year last year, we just raised the bar,” […]

Cars: Necessity, status symbol or addiction

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers What is it about guys and cars? Perhaps us women will never understand. As I mentioned in a previous column, my friend Bernard Polaco is into “Chevy porn.” When he goes to Wal-Mart, he can’t bypass the magazine aisle. He spends hours on Chevy porn Web sites and affectionately calls his […]

Feds shouldn’t regulate oil fields

Editorial It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP problem and […]

People need encouragement

Joan Clayton: PNT religion columist It’s been said, “If you can’t get along with people, move to an isolated island.” What an empty, miserable, selfish life that would be. I’m so glad God made you and me. You and I are unique, a custom-made person by a great God. Think of it … we came […]

Lady Ram volleyball reloads

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By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers In four years of playing volleyball at Portales High, recent graduates Megan Kabrick and Morgan Hill showed they had all the natural physical gifts to play the sport. In their second of two championships, a knock-down, drag-out battle with Pojoaque in the 2005 Class 3A title game, Kabrick and Hill […]

ENMU football workouts boast numbers

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University football team should have plenty of time to get ready for its first game. Around 140 players reported Wednesday for the start of preseason workouts, which begin today. School doesn’t start until Aug. 28, with the Greyhounds scheduled for a Thursday night season opener (Sept. […]

Group forming to tackle Cannon growth issues

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The framework will soon be laid for a volunteer group that will consider growth challenges that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to officials. As Cannon transitions into the home of the 16th Air Force Special Operations Wing, issues of infrastructure will likely […]

Gas prices expected to climb

Freedom Newspapers Area residents could see higher gas prices in the coming weeks, according to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Jeanie Chavez. The recent announcement that an Alaskan oil company has shut down in order to replace a corroded pipe line is the latest in a string of events that led to record gas prices in […]

Field day shows off crops

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Around a bend on a narrow road, pockets of sorghum, canola, sunflowers, cow peas and corn sprout from the rutted brown soil. The crops are the research of about a dozen New Mexico State University researchers and staff. At the Agricultural Science Center north of Clovis, the group uses […]

Movie Scenes to be shot in area in September

Freedom Newspapers Local residents can expect to see a film production crew around town in September, according to the film’s location manager. R. Michael Charske confirmed Wednesday he scouted several locations throughout Clovis for the movie “Seasons of Dust.” “I looked at tons of locations,” Charske said, “but no contracts have been issued.” The movie […]

Fugitive from Texas caught in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers A man wanted in connection with two shooting deaths in Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested Tuesday night in Clovis, police said. Darcy Wiley, 21, was arrested about 10 p.m. Tuesday walking in the 900 block of Edwards Street. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wiley and a friend, Christopher Gatewood, had planned to rob […]

Brown Early Childhood to have more space for expected higher enrollment

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Best-selling author Robert Fulghum says, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten” and at L.L. Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, there will be more room for learning during this critical stage. When pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students begin filling the halls on Aug. 21, there will be […]

Steiner Elementary looking to make stars, leaders and readers

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers School mission statement: “Good morning! Buenos dias Steiner Stars. At Steiner Elementary, we will have a 100 percent day where readers are leaders and leaders are readers and everyone is a star.” School spirit will be the focus as Steiner Elementary School students begin classes Tuesday by reciting the school’s […]

Valencia school to focus on student success, parent involvement

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At Valencia Elementary School, one of the first thing students will learn when school bells ring Tuesday is that “Everyone is in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing to learn.” As principal of Valencia Elementary, Todd Morris wants to make sure that fourth- and fifth-graders […]

R.M. James elementary to stress three R’s, mainly reading

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Second- and third-graders at R.M. James Elementary School will get educated in the three R’s – Reading, ‘riting and rithmetic – but principal Michael Terry really wants to stress the first R this school year. “Our goal is to make sure that every student is reading on level by the […]

Lindsey to prepare middle-schoolers for world of responsibility

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Sixth-graders will enter a world of more independence as they begin at Lindsey Middle School on Tuesday, but with that independence will also come responsibility and accountability. Lindsey Middle School Principal Rick Segovia said, “Middle schoolers are at that age where they can keep up with their homework in the […]

Curry County Fair offers entertainment for everyone

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers National Tejano and country music performers highlight the entertainment portion at next week’s Curry County Fair . “(The fair) is the largest annual event in Curry County and it’s just the best of family entertainment,” said Cheri Christensen, marketing consultant for the Curry County Fair. “We’re anticipating at least 30,000 […]

Portales ranks 15th in quality-of-life study

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A quality-of-life study conducted by an Internet subsidiary of American City Business Journals has ranked Portales 15th in the nation among micropolitan areas. “Isn’t that something? I’m surprised we’re even on the list,” Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Sharon King said. “How interesting. I think it’s absolutely wonderful […]