New political activism group being formed

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The new Student Association for Voter Empowerment (SAVE) at Eastern New Mexico University has two goals: Get young people informed and get them to the polls. The young vote is expected to play a more-critical-than-ever role in this November’s presidential election, and so SAVE, a nationally-affiliated, non-partisan group, is […]

School board considering 3-4 percent teacher raises

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Nothing is set in stone yet, but Portales Municipal School employees could receive a 3 to 4 percent salary increase during the 2008-2009 school year, largely because of state mandates. The Portales School Board discussed the 2008-2009 budget during a special meeting on Monday night, but no action was […]

It’s Their Job, Cliff Neece

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Local Briefs April 29, 2008

Symonds to address Library Friends Rev. Jeff Symonds, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Portales and a long-time maker of doll houses and miniatures, will present the program at the next regular meeting of the Friends of the Portales Public Library. The group will meet at

ENMU Briefs April 29, 2008

Faculty/Staff/Alumni briefsLinda Weems, graduate coordinator, program director and professor in the communicative disorders program, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School.Weems earned her B.S. in communicative disorders at ENMU in 1974 and her M.S and Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She was born and raised […]

Hounds add two signees to basketball

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has added a pair of men’s basketball signees, both junior college transfers, for the 2008-09 season. They are Gerald Brown, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard from Kilgore (Texas) College, and Brandon Lewis, a 6-7, 210-pound forward from Faulkner State (Ala.) Community College. Both will be juniors next season. ENMU […]

Four ENMU cowboys make National Finals

PNT Staff Report The Eastern New Mexico men’s rodeo team finished their regular season with four members qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. Jared Green, placed fourth in bareback riding at the Tarleton State Rodeo, at Stephenville, Texas. With a score of 150 at the TSU rodeo, Green is now ranked […]

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Firefighters battle blaze west of Portales

PNT Staff Report Just before 4 p.m. Monday fire units from Portales, Floyd and Elida responded to a grass fire eight miles west of Portales that burned 300 acres along U.S. 70. Three fire units from Portales, five from Elida and four from Floyd contained the blaze in two hours, said Mickey Hargrove, Portales Fire […]

Sibling rivalry can be funny … eventually

The psychologists call it “sibling rivalry.” I call it brothers and/or sisters hassling, and country kids seem to have abundant aggravation resources. My brother and I, as I recall, argued about most everything, but especially the important stuff like which bait would work best when we were fishing or whose turn it was to milk […]

Zias finish with a sweep

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Freedom New Mexico Laura Thompson made her speed pay off Saturday. The Eastern New Mexico University junior center fielder and leadoff hitter accounted for the winning run in both games after stealing third and continuing home on errors as the Zias finished their season with a 1-0, 6-5 Lone Star Conference South Division sweep of […]

Greyhounds manhandle Alumni in shutout

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Freedom New Mexico BLACKWATER DRAW — There wasn’t much suspense in Alumni Bowl II. Freshman quarterback Carl Bouldin threw three first-half touchdown passes and Eastern New Mexico University cruised past the Alumni 27-0 on Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. In the first version of the event a year ago, the Greyhounds had their hands full before […]

Hound baseball picks up doubleheader win at WTAMU

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — It turns out the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team didn’t use up all its runs on Friday after all. The Greyhounds came back with 29 runs on 29 hits Saturday, including six home runs, and completed a four-game sweep of West Texas A&M with 17-4 and 12-7 wins […]

Events Calendar April 27

Sunday “The Foreigner” drama — 2 p.m., Main Stage University Theatre Center, ENMU, $8 general admission Monday Portales School Board special meeting — 6 p.m., board room Central Office Elida School Board special meeting — 6 a.m., Elida High School library Tuesday Blood Drive — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dora High School, 477-2211 Wednesday […]

Local Briefs, April 27, 2008

Bonem Home in need of supplies Bonem Home of Portales, a non-profit residential treatment center for children between the ages of 7 and 12, is seeking donations that will be used for renovations of the home and its property. At the top of its list of needs are home improvement supplies such as floor tiles […]

Environmental awareness, economics slowly driving local ‘green’ efforts

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Although Earth Day was observed Tuesday, folks in Portales intend to keep on going green all year long. Eastern New Mexico University is preparing to go green on a much larger scale. The university is working on a project design to construct the campus’ first LEED (Leadership in Energy […]

Shafer expected tough decisions

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer After 34 years in city politics, former Portales Mayor D.K. Shafer, jokingly says he’s now a “has been” in local government. The recently retired councilor has had his share of battles over the years. “When Portales was dry for a long time and then became wet in the 1980s, […]

City officials: Water issues require multiple solutions

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The city of Portales has enough water to meet its needs for the foreseeable future, but alternatives need to be considered, officials said in a meeting last week. Portales city officials discussed the topic in a workshop Tuesday. “We can meet demand,” Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. said. “We’re doing […]

Editorial: Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and $2,300 for general […]

Houseguests worth a few challenges

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I briefly turned my back on the pan of gravy to start another pot of coffee and it erupted like a white volcano from the stove. Seconds later the smoke alarm was going off and both dogs were nervous and one was barking his head off. A manageable problem […]