Earmarking funding sure to end in scandal

Editorial If anyone still believes the changing of the guard in Congress will curtail the annual raids on ye ol’ pork barrel, or end the practice of earmarking special expenditures for the home district or state, they didn’t read last Sunday’s story in The New York Times, “As Power Shifts in New Congress, Pork May [...]

Short-handed Rams open season tonight at Roswell High Coyotes

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales Rams basketball coach Mark Gallegos will have to wait a bit for his full squad. The reason — three Portales football players making the transition to basketball are injured, with two of them getting hurt in Saturday’s state football championship. The Rams open their season tonight at Roswell [...]

Rams sudden success surprising

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After a 2-9 season a year ago, not many could have imagined a state-championship appearance by the Portales Rams under first-year coach Andy Correll. But that’s what happened. Correll knows the sudden success will raise expectations for next season, and that’s a good thing, he said. “The expectations cannot [...]

Head Start looks to consolidate

By Casey Peacock and Karl Terry: PNT Staff The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency’s Early Headstart program in Portales is hoping to expand and centralize its operation. Program’s officials are hoping to accomplish that by adding on to a building leased from the city of Portales on Boston and moving out of one on South [...]

College, elementary students join efforts for food drive

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Students from Valencia Elementary School recently collected 2,342 cans for the food pantry at the Community Services Center. Valencia student Amy Carter went above and beyond the call, donating more than 200 cans of food. According to Amy’s mom, Christie Carter, when Amy asked for money she thought her [...]

Dec. 5, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a single mother who can barely make ends meet financially. She and her family recently experienced an electrical fire and have been staying with friends and relatives. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice present. Clothing needs: Girls [...]

Air Force: F-16 pilot killed

Staff and wire reports The American pilot whose F-16 fighter jet crashed Nov. 27 in Iraq was listed as killed in action following DNA analysis of remains recovered at the crash site, the Air Force said. Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, 34, was supporting troops fighting about 20 miles northwest of the Iraqi capital. Videotape footage [...]

Robertson holds the cards in 3A final

3A State Finals

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — A pair of sustained drives sandwiched a Portales miscue in the first half and the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals went on to a 28-6 victory Saturday, earning their second consecutive Class 3A state football championship. “(Our kids) came out ready to play,” Robertson head coach Chad [...]

Hounds take second half control, beat Cameron

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With their next three games on the road, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were hoping for a positive sendoff on Saturday night. The Greyhounds matched Cameron shot for shot well into the second half, then took off on a 21-2 run over six minutes to gain control en route to [...]

Zias beat buzzer

By Greg Price, Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Heather Brown is the first to admit she got a little lucky. Brown stole Cameron’s inbound pass, took a dribble and banked a 3-pointer home as the buzzer sounded, giving the Zias a 77-74 victory over Cameron at Greyhound Arena. “She kind of telegraphed [...]