Zias win third straight

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University Zias have matched their best start in team history thanks to solid free-throwing shooting down the stretch. With Heather Brown leading the way, Eastern converted 11 of 13 free throws in the final 3:13 to hold off pesky Oklahoma Panhandle State 77-70 Thursday in […]

Operation Santa Claus under way

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Santa Claus will come by mode of police car for many Roosevelt County children this year. Holiday spirit is in full swing at the Portales Police Department as officers collect toys and cash donations for its eighth annual Operation Santa Claus. In addition to toys, canned foods will also be […]

Christmas festivities take place tonight

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Portales streets will once again light up as the annual lighted Christmas parade and downtown Christmas Jubilee celebration are set to take place, beginning at 6:30 p.m. today. Sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, various events will be held throughout the evening, said Amie Franz, RCCC. A […]

Pheasant frenzy hits local area

By Greg Price: Freedom Newspapers Bill Bradford of Placitas has hunted pheasant for almost 50 years. Bradford said it should be a strong pheasant season in New Mexico, since cold weather has been sparse. “I have bird dogs and I enjoy watching them work,” Bradford said. “And certainly (pheasants) are good to eat.” The four-day […]

Virgin de Guadalupe remains shrouded in mystery

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers We’re not supposed to argue about religion, or so we’re told. But the Virgin Mary has become a very arguable figure in Biblical history, with many alleged apparitions and unexplained events surrounding her. The Virgin Mary — or Our Lady of Guadalupe, as we Latinos call her — holds a […]

FFA participants have right to be proud

By Baxter Black: Humor Columnist They stood before me as I was signing books in my booth at the National FFA Convention this fall in Indianapolis. The man showed his age but was still holding up. “This is gonna be my last,” he said. I looked at him more attentively. “How long have you been […]

United States can’t solve Iraq’s problems

Editorial The most impressive aspect of the report by the Iraq Study Group, or the Baker-Hamilton commission, created by Congress in March, is the assessment contained in the first 40 pages. It is a grim but essentially realistic assessment. It highlights the increasing levels of violence and the inability of the current “stay the course” […]

Christmas brings joy to many

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Here we go again! Will it ever stop? Excuse me, but I’m getting weary of those who want to take Christmas away from me. A news commentator has called it the “War on Christmas.” So we don’t know the exact date our Savior was born. I’m thankful we have one […]

Water authority gears up for next congressional session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With 2007 being touted as the year of water by Gov. Bill Richardson, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic it will get maximum support for the Ute Water Project from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. The Authority hopes for the same optimism from the 110th […]

Food bank suffers shortage

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is caught in a food crunch that is gripping food charities across the United States, according to New Mexico Food Bank officials. The food shortage has halted food deliveries in eastern New Mexico and elsewhere, according to officials. “We are in a […]