Mom’s tax return filed for free

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer When my daughter Laura was a toddler, she would say, “When I grow up, I’m going to smoke cigarettes and do income taxes like grandma!” Laura would sit on the couch next to Mom, with one of Mom’s calculators in hand, and wearing play reading glasses, she would scribble […]

Protective mothers a determined lot

By Baxter Black For years, New Mexico State University managed a ranch on the Jornada, running Santa Gertrudis’ cattle. One of the vivid lessons I learned was the intense protectiveness of the Braymer-blood mama cows. If you stepped into the high-fenced corrals with the mothers and their young’ns, you were asking for trouble. They were […]

Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

Freedom New Mexico Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. “I am very pleased that the bill […]

Events Calendar, April 3, 2008

TodayOgallala Quilter’s Society 11th annual festival “Diamonds in Dimmitt” — All day, Expo Building Southeast Fourth and East Lee in Dimmitt, Texas, $5 admissionThe Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (ENMU choirs and symphony — 7 p.m. CUB Ballroom, free admission SaturdayOgallala Quilter’s Society 11th annual festival “Diamonds in Dimmitt” — All day, Expo Building Southeast […]

Grass fire near St. Vrain doused

Freedom New Mexico A fire started by a resident burning trash torched more than 1,000 acres of grassland between Clovis and Melrose on Wednesday before firefighters from four departments were able to extinguish it, fire officials said. Lt. Jim Hogg of the Clovis Fire Department said the fire began around 11 a.m. and lasted about […]

Cooking school teaching diabetics new lifestyle

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Janelle Newberry of Portales doesn’t have diabetes, but her 3-year-old grandson does, and that’s one reason she’s attending the Kitchen Creations Cooking School for Diabetics and Their Families. More than two dozen diabetics, or family and friends of diabetics, are attending a free, four-part class at Eastern New Mexico […]

Smithsonian exhibit draws large crowds

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer More than 1,100 people have been exposed to the “Key Ingredients: America By Food” Smithsonian exhibit at Eastern New Mexico University, a carefully orchestrated event which has drawn the community into its numerous activities. This is the estimate that Merlene Olmsted has come up with as the six-week-long tribute […]

Third man arrested in robbery, beating of elderly woman

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Two men were arrested late Tuesday night and another man on Wednesday in connection with a Portales home invasion in which an 82-year-old woman was battered, according to a Portales Police Department press release. Jay Brian Stuart, 20, Preston Blake, 25, and Joel Zertuche, 18, all of Portales, face […]

‘Air Raid’ Hounds offense coming to stadium near you

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico When you watch Eastern New Mexico University football games next fall, you may not recognize the team. ENMU begins spring drills today, and fourth-year Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo is planning to revamp the team’s offense and defense.Ribaudo is implementing what he called “The Air Raid Offense” — a pass-happy […]

ENMU rodeo rides well in Odessa weekend events

PNT Staff Report ODESSA, TEXAS — Two Eastern New Mexico University cowboys and a cowgirl made their mark over the weekend in the Odessa Rodeo. Senior Greyhound Jared Green registered a third place finish in bareback riding with 138 points, moving into second place in the region in the bareback riding event. “Jared continued to […]

Calf carcass dumping a problem again

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter Taxpayer dollars are being spent to clean up illegal dumping along Roosevelt County roads. When one drives down a county road it is not uncommon to see some trash in the ditch. Assorted items such as aluminum cans, bottles and sometimes household items such as carpet and broken furniture. […]

Former resident recalls days in CCC

By Lisa Smith, Special to the PNT AUSTIN, Texas —Former Portales and Clovis resident Hermon Elliott remembers his years in the Civilian Conservation Corps as some of the best years of his life. He said he attended dances, swam in Colorado’s warm artesian wells and even saved up enough money to buy his first car. […]

Council approves economic incentive

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter City Council members approved the spending of $43,148 for capital improvements for

Cannon Airmen’s food drive could feed hundreds

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico A recent trial community service project at Cannon Air Force Base will mean that hundreds of men, women and children in the local surrounding communities will have a lot more of the food they need. The Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1255 spent three weeks collecting canned food and […]

Library to hold family nights

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The Portales Public Library wants to promote family literacy with reading programs in April. The Family Reading Nights program will focus on bringing families together to spend time enjoying reading, said Heather Christensen Portales Public Library’s youth services librarian. “We designed programs so that families could enjoy them together

ENMU Briefs April 2, 2008

Employee/student/alumni briefsKenneth Sanders, assistant professor of economics, presented a paper at the Southwest Economics Association meetings in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 12-15, titled “A Note on Jean-Baptiste Say’s Development and Ownership of the Law of Markets.” Juchao Yan, associate professor of chemistry, delivered an oral presentation on multiplexed biosensors at the 2008 Spring Materials […]

Events Calendar April 2, 2008

ThursdayFun With Poetry, Family Reading Night — 6 p.m. Portales Public Library. FridayOgallala Quilter’s Society 11th annual festival “Diamonds in Dimmitt” — All day, Expo Building Southeast Fourth and East Lee in Dimmitt, Texas, $5 admissionThe Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (ENMU choirs and symphony — 7 p.m. CUB Ballroom, free admission SaturdayOgallala Quilter’s Society […]

Military’s top brass finally have their say

Editorial President Bush’s meeting last Wednesday with the Joint Chiefs of Staff was held in a secure Pentagon room called “the tank,” so it is almost impossible for outsiders to know what really happened. But enough came out in official and unofficial accounts to suggest that the military leaders were exceedingly frank with the president […]

Pelosi late to the dance on human rights

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When Nancy Pelosi is featured on SportsCenter, it somehow gets my attention. The California Democrat and Speaker of the House is turning her attention to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and to President George W. Bush. She’s calling on Bush to boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympics […]

Gap widening between active and retired pay

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]