Shopper stories

Freedom Newspapers Some shoppers got everything they wanted in a matter of minutes. Others fought through crowds to discover their targeted items were sold out. We talked with a few shoppers on their Black Friday experiences in eastern New Mexico. Ashly Baccas, shopping in the afternoon with family, said she has never done the early […]

Day Trip: Area offers year-round golf

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Year-round golfing seems like a dream in some places, but not in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Fall and winter golfing can be found all over the area. From the local courses in Portales and Clovis to the Ocotillo Park golf course in Hobbs and The Links at […]

Nov. 25, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Freedom Newspapers Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. W” just got custody of her grandchildren and times are a little hard right now for the family. Her holiday hopes: To have presents under the tree for her grandchildren. Clothing needs: Boys pants size 5, boys shirt size 5, boys […]

Police handle large fry order

Freedom Newspapers A tractor-trailer accident early Friday morning near St. Vrain resulted in the drug-related arrest of a Salt Lake City man, according to state police. Around 4 a.m. a tractor-trailer carrying frozen french fries traveling east on Highway 60/84 overturned and caught fire, state police officer Lance Bateman said. The driver, Hank Breitenbugher, 41, […]

Zias set to start division play early

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers It’s early to begin Lone Star Conference South Division play, but that’s what the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team is about to do. The Zias (2-0) will be in Canyon, Texas, to meet Adams State at 1 p.m. (MST) today before facing division rival West Texas A&M in […]

Some things worth thinking about

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist Food for thought: — Chicken. I only wish it tasted more like chicken. — Hungry people don’t protest genetically modified foods. — What is the difference between the people who worked for F.E.M.A. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina vs. the reporters, politicians and movie stars who jostled each other […]

Thanksgiving: Time for added thanks

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist Thanksgiving isn’t over until you’ve made the green chile turkey enchiladas with the leftovers the day after. We haven’t eaten the last of Dad’s delicious pumpkin pie either, so technically it’s still Thanksgiving. My friend, Bernard Polaco, says every day is Thanksgiving, so I can, in fact, write this column […]

Lack of support shouldn’t justify forced participation

By Freedom Newspapers Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is poised to be quite powerful, as congressmen go, since he is slated to chair the Ways and Means Committee in January, has raised once again the idea of a military draft. While we can sympathize with some of the reasons he wants to reintroduce this idea […]

Volunteers serve up free feast

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer A community Thanksgiving dinner fed about 500 people in Portales this year. More than 50 volunteers from the community and Cannon Air Force Base help put on the annual event is sponsored by the city of Portales and Central Christian and St. Helen churches. “We have awesome sponsors but […]

Work doesn’t stop during holidays

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By Ashley Lee Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice day, so […]

Scammers target residents

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is warning residents to not fall prey to a new scam that has sprung up recently in the area. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, he has received calls from area residents in the last week who are concerned with the phone calls that […]

God sends gift of joy from above

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Have you ever noticed how many times the words “joy, joyful, rejoice, rejoiced, rejoicing” appears in the Bible? It’s because the gospel is indeed “Good News.” I believe the greatest gift to mankind is truly “ Joy To The World.” Joy is a fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Happiness […]

Holiday cooking easy as pie

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Holidays are a time for family and friends to gather, traditions to be passed on, food to be prepared and of course, the all important ending to a meal, dessert, or in this case, pie. Well known for her cream pies, Edna Grimes is a bit of a celebrity […]

Local businesses reach out

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As the holiday season swings into full gear, area agencies and volunteers are putting together numerous drives to help those in the community who may be less fortunate. Thanks to the generosity and efforts of area individuals, organizations and business, the Community Services Center has received several donations of […]

Annual Empty Stocking Fund drive kicks-off

Freedom Newspapers With Christmas a month away, shoppers are busy searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. However, some parents are simply wondering how they will afford gifts at all. The Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, is once again under way. According to Capt. Tammy […]

Local business holiday closings

The following businesses and public offices will be closed on Friday, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday: • Portales City Hall • Roosevelt County Courthouse • Portales Police Department offices • Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department offices • Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce • Eastern New Mexico University • Area Schools • The Portales News-Tribune will […]

Holiday decor

Freedom Newspapers Holiday traditions don’t just happen — they take planning and hard work. Members of the Altrusa Club of Portales say the club has been working for months to make sure a nine-year holiday tradition turns out festive and fun for everyone. The organization is sponsoring the 9th annual Holiday Happening from 10 a.m. […]

Kabrick lifts Zias over NMHU

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Linden Weese knows his Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team has work to do, but he believes the potential for good things is there. The Zias bolted to a 19-point first-half lead, saw it shrink to five, and then pulled away late for a 74-50 victory over New Mexico […]

Hounds secure first win

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Mikal Monette scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in securing the fourth double-double of his career, as the Greyhounds got their first win of the season, beating cross-state rival New Mexico Highlands University 81-71 Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. “This team that […]

Lady Rams get win in Carlsbad

The Portales Lady Ram basketball team opened their 2006-07 season with a 47-41 win Tuesday night at Carlsbad. The Portales girls led 12-8 after the first quarter, and took a 23-17 advantage into the half. Senior Kaycee Quick led Portales with 24 points. “We played okay,” Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez said. “I expected […]