Farm safety is no laughing matter

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched before thrusting the hose forward, letting loose a stream of water. Zig-zagging it from side to side, she watched in satisfaction as the orange glow gave way to smoke and the flames disappeared. “I was scared of (the [...]

Hunger growing problem

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Nancy Taylor said a survey showed more than 89,000 people a month sought help last year in Curry and surrounding counties. “The numbers (of [...]

Happiness is a choice we should all make

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist It has been said, “The happiest heart is one that beats for others.” I agree. Preoccupied with oneself brings selfish misery. I’ve also heard that when a baby is born his or her little fists are clinched and they are crying. But when one dies their hands are open and [...]

Perfecting art of coffee drinking takes time

By Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a [...]

Legends are born from wild bullock tales

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist “I’ve finally caught the wild bullock,” Marian told Dave over the phone. “Bring a big gun!” she said. It was a bright summer morning when Dave pulled into Marian’s stock farm in the northern part of New South Wales bush country. “He’s real nervous,” she explained. “He’s with the bull. [...]

Support of Kurds could be mutually beneficial

Editorial In all the reporting on the Iraq war it is too seldom noted that one region of the country can tentatively be called a success story. The northern portion of the country dominated by Kurds, Muslims who are neither Persian nor Arabic but a separate ethnicity with a long history, is generally calm and [...]

Greyhound soccer falls by 1 at WT

CANYON, Texas — Itamar Keinan scored with 12 seconds left in the second half and the game-winner early in overtime to lead West Texas A&M to a 3-2 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a Southwest Soccer Conference men’s match Wednesday at Kimbrough Stadium. Freshmen Keith Vargas and Dustin Flores scored for Eastern (2-5-1, [...]

‘College Daze’ rodeo in town

Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team hosts the 43rd annual ‘College Daze rodeo’ beginning tonight and continuing through Saturday at Lewis Cooper Arena in Portales. ENMU rodeo coach David Browder describes the rodeo as a family event. “For the three-day total there will be over 750 runs and rides out there for [...]

Rams line anchors offense

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer You won’t see their names in the box score, and rarely do you hear their names in the radio broadcast, but ask anybody who knows, the Portales offensive line is the centerpiece of the 2006 Ram football team. In three games this season, the Portales rushing attack has churned [...]

Hospital installs new CT machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Healthcare is advancing rapidly in Portales with the placement of a new Computerized Tomography Imaging (CT) machine at Roosevelt General Hospital this week. According to hospital officials, the new CT machine has the ability to scan images five to 10 times faster than older machines. “Scans will be more [...]