Children source of wisdom

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I feel a tug at my heart. By this time, I would have all my bulletin boards up, all my students’ names on the desks, all my lessons planned and would have prayed for a successful year. Why do I miss teaching school so much? I miss those little shiny […]

Secret passwords no fun anymore

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

Good news radiates from university

Editorial Eastern New Mexico University is often a source of “good news” for the region and two recent items are especially worth noting. On Sept. 13, ENMU President Steven Gamble announced student enrollment is up slightly from a year ago. “Given our demographic conditions, this is a minor miracle,” Gamble said. And then last Saturday, […]

September 23, 1969

• Portales residents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Johns were preparing to travel to Seoul, Korea where Mr. Johns will be an advisor to Korean manufacturing firms under the auspices of International Executive Services Corps. The couple had served as Vista workers for the past year. • During a meeting of the Roosevelt County Soil and Water […]

September 21, 1969

• Roosevelt County youth Kent Allison of Portales and Dwayne Chenault of Elida, sold their winning livestock in the Junior Livestock Sale at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque. Allison sold his grand champion market lamb for $13 a pound, for a grand total of $1,209, and Chenault sold his grand champion Duroc barrow […]

ENMU’s College “Daze” Rodeo begins tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer ENMU rodeo head coach David Browder expects a good performance by his Greyhounds and Zias this weekend. “You always want to come in with high expectations, and I think we have just as good of shot as anyone at winning our home town rodeo,” Browder said. The Eastern New […]

Zias lose in three at West Texas

Freedom Newspapers First-year Zia volleyball head coach Kim Falkenhagen probably could have imagined a better homecoming to her former stomping grounds in Canyon than she got Wednesday night. As it turned out, her Zias (3-14, 0-3 LSC) were swept by the 19th ranked West Texas Lady Buffs (13-5, 3-0 LSC), 30-19, 30-28, 30-22. The bright […]

Running for awareness

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Entering the Portales High track, Tim Borland was greeted with cheers and whistles as he made the first of 11 laps to complete his 26.2-mile run as part of the A-T Cure Tour. Since Sept. 3, Borland has been traveling to designated cities across the U.S. and running a […]

Authority discusses legislation timing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The water […]

Tarantulas turning up across state

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Every year about this time male desert tarantulas emerge from burrows and crevices in search of a perfect mate. About the size of a human hand — counting their eight long, hairy legs, they traverse roads and fields in a mad dash to reproduce. “They’re basically pretty harmless. They’ll mate, […]

Man arrested in Tucumcari slaying

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — State police arrested a man in connection with the death of a 60-year-old employee Wednesday at the Microtel Inn. State Police Sgt. Andrew Tingwall said James Benuska has been charged with an open count of murder in the death of Nancy Archibeque of Tucumcari. Investigators believe she was […]

Sept. 20, 1969

• The Roosevelt County 4-H Club exhibit received seventh place in the booth competition at the 1969 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque. The booth theme was care of horses and netted the group $40 for their efforts. • Dennis Luce, of Floyd, showed the grand champion Suffolk ewe and the grand champion Suffolk ram at the […]

Goddard dispatches Lady Rams

PNT Staff Report The Portales Lady Rams visit to Roswell Tuesday night lasted about an hour, as the Goddard Lady Rockets quickly dispatched the Portales girls in three games, 25-9, 25-14, 25-9. “We just didn’t serve, receive or pass the ball,” Chavez said. “I think (Goddard) is better than us right now, but I don’t […]

Councilors OK project expansion

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales City Councilors gave the OK at Tuesday’s regular meeting to expand a street project currently under way in northeast Portales to include areas cut out in the project’s grant process. City officials say engineer Chad Lydick is estimating the extra work — on First Street near Mental Health […]

School bond passes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Portales voters emphatically said yes to a school bond that would pave the way to a new building. By a 871-172 count, $9.5 million in General Obligation Bonds will be issued. The money will be coupled with $11.8 million already awarded by the state for construction of a new facility […]

Hospital gains new staff

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A new doctor and a new director of cardiopulmonary services were introduced at Tuesday’s monthly Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting. Monica Panwar will specialize in internal medicine and infectious diseases while Alex Wynn replaces John Bridges director of cardiopulmonary services. Bridges was appointed Portales Fire Department chief. Also, Doyle […]

Talk of extraterritorial zoning dominates meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Roosevelt County Commissioners heard a report from Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. on extraterritorial zoning. Ortega said growth in outlying areas and conflicts like odors and insect control prompted him to begin exploring the process. Ortega said a preliminary meeting to learn how extraterritorial zoning might benefit citizens included […]

Vote-by-mail promising system

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In counties across New Mexico, voters had an opportunity Tuesday to decide important issues like school bonds. In the years since the disputed 2000 presidential election, voters have shown trepidation about whether their vote will count. The government’s response is the Help America Vote Act, which has mandated counties buy […]

Clinton’s proposed health-care plan step backwards

Editorial HillaryCare is back with a promise to make health care more affordable, more available and with more choices for everyone. But if Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health care program financed with $110 billion a year in new taxes becomes law, health care will be substantially more expensive, health insurance will be much less available, and […]

St. Mary’s hands Greyhounds third straight loss

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANTONIO — St. Mary’s scored three unanswered goals in the second half and pulled away to a 4-2 men’s soccer victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Sunday. The loss was the third in a row for the Greyhounds (3-4). The Rattlers (4-2) scored in the eighth minute when senior Funmilola Dada […]