Newspaper editor makes New Year’s predictions

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It’s time to rub the old crystal ball, or in my case scratch the top of my balding pate, and make a few prognostications about what’s ahead of us in 2007. I don’t take this annual duty lightly and readers mustn’t take it seriously. • With the acquisition this […]

Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. I […]

Death of Hussein gives people reason for hope

Editorial Each faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance and […]

Ram football pride returns in a big way

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series looking at the top local sports stories in 2006. The Elida Lady Tigers volleyball team had a season to remember, the Portales school board approved a new sports program and the Portales Ram football team opened eyes all […]

Rams beat Taos 53-41

PNT Staff Writer LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Several hours after the Lady Rams won the consolation championship in the Clovis tournament, the boys followed suit winning the consolation bracket in the annual Stu Clark tournament in Las Vegas, but they may be there awhile. Saturday’s winter storm unexpectedly kept the Rams overnight, after a 53-41 […]

Lady Rams finish Clovis tourney on high note

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez said if her girls could combine their first half against La Cueva with their first half against Gallup, they would have won this weekend’s Plateau Holiday Classic. As it stands, they won the consolation championship with a 45-24 win Friday morning against […]

Strong snowstorm snarls traffic across area

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Travel throughout eastern New Mexico slowed to a crawl Saturday as a major winter storm dropped snow across the region. Numerous roads in Curry, DeBaca and Roosevelt counties were closed Friday and Saturday due to low visibility, drifting snow and accidents. The closures and treacherous road conditions jammed motels […]

City raises, incentive plan get approval

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Joe Ramirez and his employees at the city water department are often called out at all hours of the night to take care of emergency situations. Those circumstances sometimes make it hard to retain employees. Ramirez, the utility supervisor for the City of Portales, expects a new incentive pay […]

Teen pregnancy rates raise alarms

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Alarming statistics show that more than 30 percent of Roosevelt County in ninth through 12th grade students are engaging in sexual activity. Recent reports also indicate that younger children are also starting to explore and participate in sexual activity. Conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico […]

Floyd Jamboree sets auditions

The Floyd Lions Club Jamboree for 2007 will hold auditions at 1 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Old Gym of the Floyd School. Persons wishing to audition should have two traditional country/western or gospel songs prepared for the audition, including words to the songs and the key in which they will be sung. Extra copies […]

Guv reappoints Stinnett regent

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A Portales man was reappointed to the Eastern New Mexico University board of regents, making him one of several state appointments announced Friday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Marshall Stinnett of Portales, vice president of Southern Newspapers, was reappointed to a six-year term on the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Paper delivery delayed

Friday’s storm has prevented delivery of some newspapers and delayed others. Newspaper officials said delivery was continuing late this morning, but some carriers’ vehicles have been disabled because of the icy road conditions. Efforts will continue throughout the day.

Year in Review: New Cannon tenant deals in unconventional warfare

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission of the 16th Special Ops Wing is unconventional warfare. The wing specializes in: • Counterterrorism • Combat search and rescue • Personnel recovery • Psychological operations • Aviation assistance to developing nations • Deep battlefield re-supply, interdiction, and close air support Four major groups support the wing: Operations, […]

Saddam executed

By Christopher Torchia and Qassim Abdul-Zahra: The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday. It was a grim end […]

Year in Review: Area awaits arrival of new mission

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In early 2006, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base remained unwritten. Banners supporting the installation lingered in yards and storefronts. Residents of eastern New Mexico had just one thing to do — wait. “In the beginning of the year, we were anticipating we would be selected for a new […]

Zias drop Lady Chaps

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Even though Eastern New Mexico University was trailing by three points at halftime, Zias coach Linden Weese thought his team was on the verge of taking control. Senior post Riikka Lehtonen collected 20 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes and the Zias dominated the final 10 minutes Friday to […]

Greyhounds stumble out of break

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer With the way his team played, Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan said it was hard to tell just how good Lubbock Christian was. Lubbock Christian guard Max Eding scored 23 points and fellow senior Marques Baldwin added 21 in a 73-64 win over the Greyhounds in […]

Rams bounce back with domination win over Lordsburg

PNT staff The Portales Rams rebounded from a first-round loss in Las Vegas’ Stu Clark basketball tournament to dominate the Lordsburg Mavericks Friday afternoon 62-37. The Rams spread the ball around, as center Chance Sherburne led Portales with 9 points, followed by fellow senior Cruz Ontiveros posting 8 points. “I feel real good because our […]

Portales wins battle of defending champs

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Portales coach Brenda Gomez said in five of the Lady Rams’ six losses this season, they let a lead slip away. Portales refused to let it happen again Friday, surviving sloppy ballhandling and poor shooting to edge Gallup 31-29 in a consolation semifinal game in the Plateau Holiday Classic at […]

Day Trip: Let it snow in Cloudcroft

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Getting snowed in can be fun when you’re in the mountainous village of Cloudcroft. Just take a short drive to the snow-covered hills for a day of snow tubing, snowmobiling, skiing and ice skating. Nestled in the Sacramento Mountains, conditions are just right for plenty of outdoor winter activities. A […]