ENMU absent from governor’s budget recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University officials knew capital outlay funding from the 2007 Legislature might be tight this year for the university, but the news that they had been left off the governor’s capital budget recommendations came as a hard blow. Among the major capital outlay projects ENMU submitted through […]

College implements safe ride program

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University has implemented a Safe Ride program in an attempt to curtail students from driving under the influence of alcohol. A student-run transportation program, the service is available 24 hours a day seven days a week to students, student body president Steven Frost said. There are […]

West Texas dominates Hounds

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — According to Eastern New Mexico men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan, the Hounds aren’t playing defense, and when they don’t play defense they can’t win games. Especially true against Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M, who beat ENMU Tuesday night 91-79 at the First United Bank Center in […]

Zias beat WTAMU in softball tourney

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Freshman second baseman Rebecca Quinones delivered a one-out, two-run single to right in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Eastern New Mexico University softball team a seesaw 6-5 win Sunday over West Texas A&M in the Angelo State Classic. The Zias came back to pound UT-Permian Basin 7-1 […]

Hill trying to catch a wave at Navy

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Former Portales Lady Ram Morgan Hill still studies and shoots hoops, but everything else in her world has dramatically changed. Morgan is a freshman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. — and like any new arrival, she’s still trying to adjust. “This is anything but normal,” Hill said. […]

Classic truck source of pride

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It started out as a way to advertise a family business, but family and friends say the 1948 Ford F-1 pickup is Thom Moore’s pride and joy. Moore was surprised early this year as the truck was featured in “reader’s trucks” sections of two nationally circulated classic truck magazines. […]

Chamber honors longtime residents

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Surprise was evident and awards were presented during Saturday’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce banquet. “I’m speechless,” said Frankye King, as she came forward to receive the Workhorse of the Year award. King has been involved in many organizations throughout the years, from raising money for Roosevelt General Hospital […]

Minimum wage bill flies through Senate

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Moving with a speed that surprised some legislators, the state Senate approved a minimum wage bill 35-7 late Friday, sending it to the House before a House version received a chance to get on track. Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, said she’s fundamentally opposed to a state minimum wage and […]

Q&A: Project manager says core group moving forward

Scott Verhines is the manager of the Ute Water Project. Based in Albuquerque, Verhines and his administrative team provide administrative, technical and program responsibilities for the project. The project, at a current cost of $436 million, would supply water via pipeline from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County for the eight members of the Eastern […]

Manning potshots belie team concept

By Karl Terry He can’t win the big game. That’s the big knock on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. That argument is hogwash and has nothing to do with Manning’s greatness or his team’s chances today in the Super Bowl. Another great quarterback wore the same tag around his neck — even longer than Manning […]

U.S. actions overseas making us no better than our enemies

Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a hillside […]

Spouse’s return negates need for order

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist My husband recently came back from a deployment. I was anxious to welcome him back home, and the days leading up to his arrival were filled with expectations and work. I wanted to accomplish all the things on my to-do list, making everything and everyone appear as far from chaos […]

Hounds and Zias both win on diamond

Freedom Newspapers ALPINE, Texas — Clayton Young went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs and sophomore left-hander Seth Clabaugh earned his first collegiate win Saturday as Eastern New Mexico University rolled over Sul Ross State 9-1 in the first game of a baseball doubleheader. The Greyhounds then completed a sweep of the season-opening four-game set […]

Richards leads Zias to win

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — For a change, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was playing from ahead, and there was no way the Zias were going to let this one slip away. Senior forward Elizabeth Richards posted her 10th double-double of the year with 26 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and […]

Multimedia merger means more work for units

Tech. Sgt. Ronald Flack, 27th Communications Squadron graphic artist, prepares display boards for an upcoming Phase II exercise. The graphics career field will be phased out shortly as multimedia merges with the public affairs field. By Janet Taylor-Birkey Cannon’s Multimedia lab will soon be making a lot of changes in the way they do business. […]

Local tobacco costs rising

By Janet Taylor-Birkey It costs to smoke in today’s society, and the prices continue to soar. A recent law passed in Texas increased the cost of cigarettes by more than $1 per pack, leaving smokers a bit uneasy about their own future going up in smoke. But Cannon smokers shouldn’t see those increases come to […]

Jewelry store robbed

Freedom Newspapers Woody’s Jewelry in Portales was broken into about 9 p.m. Friday, according to Portales Police Chief Lonnie Berry. The thief broke into the front door of the jewelry store on 117 W. Second St., grabbed two cases from the top of the counter. When a security alarm in the store sounded, the thief […]

Fighter shot, killed in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari martial-arts fighter was shot to death Thursday night. Police said Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, was killed following a fight on the city’s Main Street, near a gym where fighters were weighing in for a martial-arts event slated for Friday night. The event, called the Desert Xtreme Blood […]

Food fuels football fun

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Every year, sports fans around the globe gather with friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl, and the communities of Portales and Clovis are no different. In addition to the various decorations, jerseys and drinks, another necessary component of a proper Super Bowl fest is food. Michelle […]

Urlacher success surprises former opponents

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Brian Urlacher helped the Lovington Wildcats go undefeated and win the Class 3A state football title in his senior season. However, area players and coaches who faced Urlacher while he was at Lovington are mildly surprised he became an NFL superstar with the Chicago Bears. The five-time All-Pro middle […]