Pope’s U.S. visit renews faith of local Catholics

By Helena Rodriguez Catholic priests in Clovis and Portales describe Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to the U.S. this week as a shepherd tending his flock while Ted Olmos of Clovis recalls the “awe” of seeing another pontiff, John Paul II, in 1987. Following a visit to Ground Zero in New York City this morning […]

Spokesman warns against dangers of smokeless tobacco

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Rick Bender is a living testament to the destruction tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, can do. Bender, who lost part of his jaw due to oral cancer, spoke to Portales youth Saturday at the Teens Take Control Summit at the Portales Recreation Center. Bender, 46, has testified before Congress in […]

Children remembered

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Their lives ended at a tender age, but two Portales elementary school students will continue to be remembered thanks to the efforts of police and firemen. Friday Portales Fire Department and Portales Police Department members presented memorial benches in honor of Mireya Rascon and Lorenzo “Lenchito” Cabral Jr. to […]

Editorial: DNA collection needs to be used responsibly

The federal government has announced it will expand its

Health care reform requires personal responsibility

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think I

Special video gets surprise reaction

By Anita Doberman I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction. We received the DVD through a program called “United Through Reading.” The deployed military member visits a USO center and the staff records him […]

Floyd School News April 20

Upcoming Events The Book Fair will be April 28-May 6. The fourth, fifth and sixth grade track meet with Elida and Dora will be at Floyd on May 1. The Spring Program will be at 6:30 May 5. Childfind A developmental screening for children from birth to 5 years of age will be held from […]

PJHS News April 20

Track teams sweep Tatum Tuesday both Portales Junior High track teams carried away the first place trophies. Girls’ coach Ann Marie Bucksath reports these results: 300 hurdles —

PHS counselors April 20

ACT, SAT exams Senior and junior students interested in attending a four-year university after graduation must take a college entrance exam, either the ACT or the SAT. The next ACT will be given June 14. Deadline to register is May 9. The next SAT will be given June 7. Deadline to register is May 6. […]

Celebrating librarians

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis and Portales libraries and librarians celebrated National Library Week with story times and decorations. But what is behind the decorations and the events? Who are the people who are never seen at the library but are an important part of its processes?Even librarians lose books, and sometimes […]

Bronchos rally for win over ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s bats put a serious hurt on standout Central Oklahoma pitcher Clint Straka Friday night. It wasn’t enough to prevent him from getting a victory. The Greyhounds jumped on Straka (9-0) for a 4-0 lead through two innings, but the Bronchos scored six times in the third and held […]

ENMU holds off Abilene Christian

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore shortstop Casandra McCommons blasted a three-run homer and Eastern New Mexico University took advantage of five Abilene Christian errors for eight unearned runs Friday in an 8-5 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over the Wildcats. With two out in the top of the third, Rebecca Quinones reached […]

Man surrenders on gas theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A 54-year-old man wanted in connection with gas thefts in the Grady turned himself in to authorities Friday, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Robert “Bobby” L. Daniel turned himself in at the sheriff’s department around 1:30 p.m., Waller said. Daniel is accused of stealing a total of 465 gallons of […]

Three charged in zoo incident

Freedom New Mexico Police charged a man and two juveniles with misdemeanor animal cruelty Friday for feeding hot peppers to primates at the Hillcrest Park Zoo, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The charges stem from a March 30 incident where two families were detained by zoo officials after it was discovered spider monkeys […]

Creative Living April 20

Information on “shabby chic” decorating and using a rice cooker will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. According to artist and designer, Tera Leigh of Paintability, “shabby chic” decorating is becoming more and more popular because it has an antique look. She’ll demonstrate this technique by painting […]

Dora Highway, U.S. 70 hot topics

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The New Mexico Department of Transportation Commission announced a $7 million plan to correct a failed pavement project on the Dora Highway and plans for an engineering design for U.S. 70 in downtown Portales Thursday. In a meeting at Eastern New Mexico University, the six-member commission also heard traffic […]

Summit seeks to empower county youth

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer In a Teens Take Control Teen Summit on Saturday, area high school students will do more than talk about sex and drugs. Youth will actually develop plans of action for their families during emergency situations. In addition, teens will get a lesson in media literacy, focusing on how advertising […]

Moon was devoted to local VFW cause

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There were two things Duward Moon hated to see — a home appliance that didn’t work and a veteran who didn’t belong to a Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He spent his free time fixing both. The Vietnam veteran and repairman died March 31 at age 61. Born Jan. […]

Garage sale finds great joy for some

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico When Joannie Spear goes to a garage sale, she’s mostly looking for resale value. She never thought she’d find her personal holy grail. Originally from Hawaii, Spear visits garage sales every Friday and Saturday morning in Clovis looking for items to sell on eBay. “I look for odd items, […]

Some Clovis residents exposed to TB

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Around 80 people in Clovis are being screened to rule out the spread of tuberculosis after a health care worker was diagnosed with TB, a state Department of Health official said Thursday. Those exposed have been clearly identified and the community at large should not be concerned, said Dr. […]